A way for us to recognize those who ARE part of our extraordinary world
Pearce Williams has a long and rich history. As the years go on, we're blessed to have 2nd, 3rd and even 4th generation campers join us year after year as campers, staff and volunteers.
To celebrate their commitment, we use tree cookies and plaques!
Every year someone returns to attend a week of camp or commits to at least 5 days of service, it counts towards their "years at camp".
Starting at 2 years, people receive one tree-cookie per year. Every 5 years, you get a BIG cookie. At 10 years, we will cut out your name, paint it, and mount your tree cookies to a board (from the old barn while the supplies remain!)
Missed out on the summer of 2018 and want your cookies?
We started this program in the summer of 2018 and with almost 1000 tree cookies cut and branded, we're off to a great start!
However, if you're an alumnus who wants to catch up with your tree cookies and plaque there are two ways that you can join the program:
1) Serve 5 days volunteering or working and we will catch you up on whatever year you are on.
2) Purchase the items as part of our fire upgrades fundraiser. See below.
Purchasing Names, Boards and Tree Cookies
If you are not able to volunteer, work or attend 5 days, or lost your tree cookies, you may purchase tree cookies and plaques at the following prices:
Individual tree cookies based on your years attending/serving: $10 each
Mounting tree cookies onto a board: $50
(boards will be barn boards from the original barns while supplies last)
Custom-cut Pearce Williams "Nametag": $50
Board and Nametag Combo: $80
The slums made a wall at immersive night!
Last night youth camp held our final immersive night of 2018. Many things happened and many rules were changed. Culture groups were no longer allowed to steal unless they wanted a fine of at least a quarter f their resources. Another culture group was added known as the refugee's. Refugee'shave no building and no resources. They however know where the drinking water is but another culture group could get there before them. We had four refugee's who were later taken into the Thailand culture. The slum's formed a wall of protection and only made trades when at their wall. However the wall was destroyed by a slum's member later into the night. Past campers were elder's and were stuck at their culture the whole night.
Blue and Yellow competition continue's to heat up. Blue being slightly in the lead. Today a series of water events and tasks will begin in which they can score points. Battlestilts champion round is also today with many more fun things in store. Lastly our annual barn festival is tonight in which everyone will dress nicely.
Check tomorrow to see how our last day of camp goes.
Today we had a volunteer run session of cup stacking!
Today we introduced a new session run by one of our volunteers, named cup stacking. The winner of the fastest time received a tinfoil cup to congratulating them on their victory. We continued with CYOA's today, hosting 2 sessions worth. This is due to a change in our schedule for tomorrow.
Tonight we have immersive night! However this is not your regular immersive night for we have changed it to make it more interesting to older campers who have done it several times. Rumor has it that another culture group is joining Pearce Williams. As well there is now a fine for stealing. This is exciting stuff. Photos will be posted tomorrow.
Lastly for our color competition today we played a game of jeopardy. The categories were out of this world, Nature, Ologies and Pearce Williams history. Blue team was extremely victorious knowing the most random of facts. However yellow is still not far behind.
Check back tomorrow for those immersive pictures.
Today was a wet and rainy day but it did not drown the spirits of anyone at Pearce Williams.
Many of our programs needed to be switched out today to go with the weather, however today was still a ton of fun. We participated in archery, forts, crafts and many other things. We also had a presentation about the Duke of Edinburgh program.
One thing that we have been doing throughout the summer here at Pearce Williams is the Roberta Bondar program.Through this program campers learn photography skills in which they discover nature through. See nature through another lens. Today we got some incredible pictures for the rain was able to hold off for part of the session and raindrops just simply look pretty on everything nature.
Our color wars competition has continued with a classic round of monster tag. This activity involves strategy. Yellow did very well in this activity however blue is still ahead with 13 points while yellow has only 8. It is still anyone's game and we will have a lot more competitions soon.
Check back tomorrow to see how the teams are doing and how the weather may play into our day.
Today we had some super chill chalk art drawings formed on our sidewalk for everyone to see.
Today we had several sessions run. Garden and grow, chillin chalk art, mansion fort building and many others were a huge success today. We also competed in our first color house event of 2018. This event was called Hula Hoop rock paper scissors. One person from each color will enter the line of hula hoops from either side jumping with 2 feet,when they meet up they must stop and play a game of rock, paper, scissors. The winner gets to continue on while the loser retreats back to their line. A new person from the loser's team may enter. Blue team gained 3 points for this event while yellow gained one. However yellow also gained a point for their original cheer compared to blue's parody.
Check back tomorrow to see which team is in the lead!
The last week of summer camp has begun!
Youth week has begun with our oldest campers! The theme is colour wars with the colours being blue and yellow. Campers will compete through out the week in mini special events to gain points for their teams. Water events may be happening on Thursday this week to gain tons of points.
We are so happy to be spending this week at camp and with all the amazing campers but we are sad to see the summer end. We strive to make this week the most amazing yet.
Check back tomorrow!
Today was the great battle of Pearce Williams. Giants, Wizards and Elves competed in many challenges to gain territory of camp.
Today for special event day camp was broken into species,giants, wizards and elves. They competed in several competitions to gain land of Pearce Williams. Each had a disadvantage, giants had to stand on their tippy toes, elves were on their knees and wizards had to say everything twice. One of the challenges was to discover who out of the staff members was telling the truth about what a random object was. Campers enjoyed this game a lot and wanted to continue playing it.
Tonight we had a wacky feast in which random utensils were used. Tiny utensils, giant utensils and everything in between. We had someone eat with a whisk, ice cream scoop and a ladle. Our fun continues tonight and we don't want the week to end.
Check back soon to see what happens.
Everyday we host chapel in which campers will sing religious upbeat songs.
Chapel is a camper favorite. We sing several upbeat songs to express our religious values. Classics like Pharaoh, Pharaoh and I just wanna be a sheep are sung almost daily. Other songs like More Love were written here at camp. We try to write a new camp song every year to go along with our camp theme for the summer. We also usually perform a bible story skit and have an activity. Today we asked questions about the bible.
Camp has overall been going great. Campers enjoyed immersive night and continued to enjoy sessions today. Tomorrow is our special event day as well as wilderness canoe trip. If it storms we will be doing some amazing inside activities and cardboard boat racing.
Tomorrow a blog post will be up to talk about special event day!
Did you know that there are giants,wizards and elves at Pearce Williams?
Pearce Williams is a magical place full of surprises. Anything can happen. Giants,Wizards and Elves have entered Pearce Williams and we are prepared to have an eventful fun time with them this week. Satchel and the sword was a game to see who would be the dominant species on the land. Team dragon became victorious. Games promoting this adventure will continue throughout the week.
Immersive night is tonight and every camper is excited. Many cabins are planning on sleeping out in our world camp buildings and others are planning to sleep in other creative fun locations. Hopefully the weather is kind to us and everything goes smoothly.
Check back soon for another update on camp.