Lights, Camera, Action! Hooray for Carpe Diem!
This year Tinsel Town traveled to Twin Lakes as Camp Carpe Diem had a Hollywood theme. We have camp mascot and ace Hollywood reporter Julius Seizure Frog to report on the activities of the week:
From the day they arrived until the final Hollywood Gala, the 41 campers taking part in Camp Carpe Diem were treated as “stars of the show”. At registration, they had their glamour shots taken before they proceeded to their cabins, which featured decorations as realistic as any Hollywood set. As in any large production, they were assisted by a large supporting cast of dedicated counselors and a backstage crew of nurses, pharmacists, family life specialists and Twin Lakes Staff. Coordinating the show was Best Director nominee Claire Aikens.
The week did get off to a solemn note, as the entire camp gathered around the flagpole in a Memorial Day salute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country. After the ceremony concluded, everyone returned to their cabins to prepare for a week of fun and friendship.
Daytime activities included swimming, music, team sports, boating, swimming, arts and crafts, fishing and discovery time. Each cabin also had periods set aside for cabin chats to help build self-esteem and encourage teamwork and sharing with each other about how to deal successfully with epilepsy/seizure disorders.
Each night of the week was devoted to a special activity linked to a movie theme. These included a “Blue Hawaii” luau and pool party, a Rock and Roll party that had everyone dancing “Footloose” and a red carpet gala on Thursday night (emceed by yours truly in a tux). The paparazzi was out in full force to capture the stars as they arrived at the awards ceremony. After dining on an exclusive meal, each star received an award for a special accomplishment they had achieved during camp. As the week closed, in true Hollywood tradition, each participant received their star on the Carpe Diem Walk of Fame.
The camp week was definitely a smash hit and everyone is looking forward to the sequel in summer 2014!