Camp Bloomfield: Day Four

 

Pictured: Taylor and Hanna's

Pictured: Taylor and Hanna’s “Soul Sister” Award from Camp Bloomfield

The fourth day of camp was awesome. It was a little different than usual. Breakfast was the same as always. Then, we got to pick our own activity to do. All but one of us went horseback riding. I got to ride another horse named Socks. I thought the ride was fun as usual, but this time the saddle was different. There was a little handle to hold on to called the horn. The other saddle didn’t have it. Then, after riding for a little bit, we worked on a lunch cheer. Finally, we had to change clothes because there was a surprise where we got to get wet. I just wore my bathing suit under my clothes. Then, we took a camp picture and the surprise came. The captain of the fire department came. There were two trucks. We got to feel the equipment and feel inside the trucks. Then we got sprayed by the fire hoses. It reminded me of our church camp that we do every summer. It was really fun.

After the fire truck came, we had our second activity. We had a rerun on the rock wall and the high ropes course. I climbed the rock wall in about two minutes. The high ropes course was my favorite, though. I did it twice. My favorite part of it was holding on to the cables and walking across the rope. Finally, after we finished the rock wall, we went to our cabin to get ready for the awards dinner. As girls, of course, we wore dresses because they wanted semi fancy clothes. As we were getting ready, some of us wore perfume, so a yellow jacket flew into the cabin. It was terrifying! Then, we headed out for dinner.

After dinner, our counselors and activity leads presented the awards. I got an award on the rock wall. The activity lead Rolie, told me that when I was going down the rock wall, I hopped like a frog. So naturally my award was called the “Frog on the Wall” award. Then finally our counselors presented our awards. Mine and Hanna’s went together. Ours was called the Soul Sisters Award. I was really excited that ours went together. We went back to our cabin and then went to the dance. It was fun. We danced to “I’m All About that Base” and “When I met you in the summer.” I mostly hung out with my friend Mina and my other friend Brennen. I even danced with him. After the dance we started packing up for tomorrow. Hanna helped me a lot. Man, she was helpful. Finally, we settled down and went to sleep.

The next day, we woke up, realizing that we only had one last morning together. We finished packing and got ready. Then, we met up by the dining area and did our lunch cheers. We forgot ours, though. It was pretty funny. Then after breakfast, we played for a little bit with a ball. Finally, even though it took her forever, my mom took me and my soul sister, Hanna, home.

There are a lot of people I would like to thank. First, I would love to thank Junior Blind of America for putting this amazing event on. Next, I would like to thank my braille teacher, Jamie Murdy, for recommending us to come. The third thank you I would like to say is to my parents for saying yes. Also, I would love to thank my counselors, Sunflower, Nolla, and Mango. Last but not least, I would love to thank my friend Hanna. She was amazing and helped me a lot this week. A big part of my week I spent with her. Like our counselors said, we are soul sisters. I’ll be writing soon about my recording equipment adventures.

Thank you,

Taylor

Camp Bloomfield: Day Three

 

Pictured:  (l-r)  Taylor and Hanna at Camp Bloomfield

Pictured: (l-r) Taylor and Hanna at Camp Bloomfield

 Our third day of camp was my personal favorite. First, we did the rock wall and the high ropes course. My rock wall experience was super cool but also very familiar. This was my second chance climbing the wall (if you look at my Junior Blind Olympics post, then you can hear about my first time). Then, I did the High Ropes course. It was fun getting up to the rope and climbing these steps. Then, we had to walk across the rope and hold on to these cables. After that activity we went to Nature where they had chickens, goats, and rabbits. So basically, it should’ve been named “Nature on steroids.” After we got to feed, pet, and hold the animals, we went to Music. I got to play the bongos and play a little game with it. The object of the game was to listen for a certain beat and we had to answer back by hitting the drum three times. I won the game and I was excited about it! Then, we got to play instruments. I tried the trumpet. I was terrible. I couldn’t get a sound out of it. On my last try, I got a note out of it. Let’s just say I was really excited. After that, our last activity was Archery and that was really fun. We shot arrows, but almost none made it on the bullseye. It was still really fun and I was glad that some just made it on the board. After dinner, we had a campfire, but it was called Christmas in July. There was fake snow and Christmas songs. It reminded me of our church’s Christmas celebration where they had sledding and fake snow, too. We also had a talent show. It was fun to watch, because all of the little kids sang and danced. One even played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Then, Santa came and he even left us presents. After that night, we went to our cabins and opened up presents. We got princess stuff and a kit for making crafts. At long last, we got ready for bed and dropped into a blissful sleep.

Camp Bloomfield: Day Two

Pictured: Taylor, Hanna and their cabin-mates and camp counselors. Photo courtesy: Taylor Cox

Pictured: Taylor, Hanna and their cabin-mates and camp counselors. Photo courtesy: Taylor Cox

 

The second day of camp was awesome. First, we had to wake up at 7:00 A.M. Then, we got ready for our day and went to breakfast. After a meal of bacon and pancakes, we went to arts and crafts. The activity lead, Harmony, helped us make dream catchers. In case you’re wondering about the names like Sunflower and Mango, every counselor and activity lead at Camp had a nickname. Anyway, arts and crafts was fun because I got to know my cabin-mates a little better. After arts and crafts, we went swimming in the pool. The activity leads, Guppy and Oono, split the cabin into groups. The ones who knew how to swim went with Oono to practice some drills, while the others stayed with Guppy to learn a little bit more on how to swim. After that, our next activity was sports. We did track, which was pretty tiring, but my guide Sunflower, was a track expert. I totally think she helped a lot. At the end of the session, we had races. I went up against the other visually impaired girl in our cabin. I won three out of three times, but the other girl was really fast. Then, we went horseback riding. That was fun, too, because I hadn’t ridden in a long time. I got to ride a horse named Tiny. It was funny because Tiny sneezed on Sunflower five times! That was by far one of my favorite activities.

After horseback riding, we had dinner cheers, which are always fun to do because every cabin had to make one. We did our cheer to Uptown Funk. We ended up winning first. That was exciting. Finally, after dinner we had a movie. We got to watch Monsters University. It was neat because they had it Audio described. After the movie, we did each other’s nails. My other counselor, Nolla, did my nails. Finally, after a long but extremely fun day, we finished it off with some needed sleep.

Camp Bloomfield Day One

 

Taylor and Hanna photo

Pictured: (l-r) Taylor and Hanna at Camp Bloomfield

Hi, everyone! I’m excited to be writing again so soon! Last week, I attended Camp Bloomfield. It was the best thing I’ve ever done. My best friend, Hanna, went with me.

Day One

The first day, we drove up to Malibu in under two hours. We ended up eating lunch by some benches by the entrance when we got chased by some bees. After getting them away, we checked in then got the basic lowdown and we met our camp counselors, Sunflower and Nolla. After setting up in our cabin, we headed for the pool.

After rest hour, we did sports where we had to run laps and raced.

My mom and sister left Hanna and me into the hands of our counselors and CITs, (counselors in training, Rebecca and Alex) we went to take our swimming test. The activity leader, Guppy, had us swim two laps and tread water for two minutes (I passed) and we played human foosball where we had to listen to a jingle ball and know when to kick it. I was terrible at it, but our cabin tied one game and won another. After that, we had soup, lasagna, and bread for dinner. I thought that the pasta was really good. Then, it was campfire time and s’more time. We sang songs and the counselors and activity leads did little plays for us. Finally, after a long day of travel and activity, we went to bed.

Stay tuned for more on Taylor’s complete Camp Bloomfield recap and what’s been going on with her recording equipment!

Follow the Arrow

In the middle of the school year we got a grant for archery. Four students from my school got to go to archery lessons. There were more students from other schools in our district there also. The archery lessons were at a place called Break the Barriers. Break the Barriers has classes for people of all abilities. I had done archery before, at Camp Bloomfield, so I thought this would be the same. But, it was not. First of all, it was inside. Secondly, the targets were different. The targets at Camp Bloomfield were kind of hard, like wood. The targets at Break the Barriers were made from hay bales and had plastic targets covering them. A blind woman named Janice Walth, from Lodi, California invented a couple of things that make archery easier for blind people. One of the things is a foot guide that helps you stand correctly, and the other is a stand that helps you place your hand so that your bow faces the target. The coach that helped me was really good about explaining ways to do things so that I was a better archer – and so I wouldn’t shoot anyone – haha! His name is Coach Kyle. At the end of one practice he gave me his name tag and everyone started calling me Heaven Kyle. I also got to shoot at a moving target. I could hear the target moving and Coach Kyle helped me by telling me when it was in front of me. I had fun doing bulls eye battles with another student. I really liked archery and we will have four more lessons next school year. Maybe someday I will compete in an archery competition. One more thing to put on my list of things I want to do. I am including a link about my archery class. Next week, I’ll tell you about my first triathlon!
Until next time,
Heaven

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