Guy Ellis

by Guy Ellis

Grove Sun Daily

The Grand Lake Family YMCA Day Camp began wrapping up their 2008 session Thursday afternoon with their annual Talent Show. The show took place at Grove Lower Elementary gym.

“It has been a fantastic summer,” said Day Camp Director Kami King. “We had a very full ten weeks. We’ve had some absolutely incredible kids here this summer.”

Thursday’s talent show featured a wide variety of performances: karate exhibitions, cone-stacking, and jump roping, as well as traditional fare such as guitar strumming, piano playing, singing, and dancing.

“Some things may not be considered a talent in the grown-up world, but, you know what, the kids want to do it and they’re proud of it and we encourage them all the way,” King said.

The staff and campers had been planning the show for some time.

“We started several, several weeks ago getting ideas and encouraging the kids to come up with things that they liked to do,” said King.

The playbill for Thursday’s show featured each age group performing collectively followed by solo exhibitions from each member. Following that each camper received a summer-end award from their group counselors honoring things such as “Most Enthusiastic” and “Most Creative,” to name but two.

Parents and friends who attended Thursday’s performance found a Lower Elementary gym specially decorated for the occasion.

“The oldest group of kids is the smallest group (in numbers) and they are the ones who decorated the gym for the talent show,” said King. “They made all the decorations, they put up all the lights, and they’ve done everything. They worked super hard. They’ve been one of our best groups ever.”

Thursday night the campers attended an exclusive performance of the Grove Playmakers production of “A Dinosaur Musical.” A weenie-roast was scheduled for Friday to bring the camp to an official close for the summer.

From here the YMCA shifts gears to their after school program which will begin on Monday, August 18th.