Here are some interesting tidbits about Camp Namanu: -We have quite a few resident elves and fairies, and we even have a giant. The most famous of these magical creatures is Mr. Skriggleboggle who knows everything about Namanu. Campers, especially Blue Wing and Sherwood, are encouraged to write to him and ask any question about (more...)
Main camp seemed a little emptier today as the Balaneeris campers (7th through 12th graders) were up at the challenge courses all day. We have quite a few different ropes courses at Camp Namanu, which are located up near Ranch camp. Balaneeris campers hiked up in the morning with their sack lunches and then stayed (more...)
This week at camp we have a four day session, an overnight, and the first half of our two week long session. Campers from Blue Wing to Robin Hill are testing out the waters at Namanu with an abbreviated stay where they get to enjoy all the things camp has to offer, but in fewer (more...)
We participated in some very special traditions today. Namely, our final meal at Namanu. We call it banquet because it is a slightly fancier meal. Staff dress up and serve the entire meal. We sing special songs at this meal, and after the clearing song, we get two desserts! Namanu Delight is a jello specialty almost as old as Namanu itself. Finally, there is the Dream Cake. Every staff and camper get a small piece of cake with a lit candle. Each person makes their own personal wish while reflecting on their week at Namanu. The staff at Namanu want to thank the campers for all of their songs, dances, smiles, and laughter. Shutterfly Pictures: https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/5762 ~WoHeLo
Today was the last full day of camp for session two. We had a wonderful week, but it’s not quite over yet! Tonight we hosted Junior and Senior Council Fire. Tomorrow there is Sing Down, slideshows, Forest Echoes and Namanu Delight. You can also look forward to this weeks photos uploaded on the Namanu Shutterfly account tomorrow. ~WoHeLo
Today was Free Choice day at Camp Namanu! Free Choice is a day where campers from all age groups (and Ranch !) join together in programs of their choosing, planned by the Namanu staff. There was a two hour block in the morning and in the afternoon where campers got to experience these unique programs. (more...)
Updates from Namanu: Blue Wing is having their overnight in the meadow. They should sleep soundly tonight after their adventures giving Pioneer a Heart-Attack. Blue Wingers drew heart pictures with the Gears and surprised Pioneer by hanging them up in their unit. Sherwood boys had shark day and made shark-themed cabin banners. They also wrapped (more...)
Singing songs is a Camp Namanu tradition. We sing while we hike, we sing while we line up for meals, and we sing when we put up the flag each morning. Camp Namanu shares some camp favorites with many camps across the United States, but we also have some songs written by campers and staff (more...)
We had a lot of rain at Namanu to kick-off session two. Luckily, we have a plethora of programs and creative counselors to keep campers busy, even in the rain. Kiwanis aimed between the raindrops at extreme archery. Pioneer relaxed in the weavery while Balagan and the CITs learned camp songs. Sherwood played lots of (more...)
Thank you to all our wonderful campers who made our first session of 2014 a success! We hope all your dream cake wishes come true and can’t wait to see you next year and, for some of you, later this summer. Please take a look at the photos of Ranch and Main Camp this week at: https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/19 ~WoHeLo
We are wrapping up our first week at Namanu with Council Fire. It has been full of learning, fun and new friends. Blue Wing and Kiwanis executed a perfectly stealth cookie raid on the kitchen, Sherwood became robots and joined the fantasy world of Harry Potter, Robin Hill joined the Counselors In Training in concluding junior Council Fire, Ranch got to know all of Namanu’s new horses, Pioneer built shelters out of natural materials, and Balagan hiked all the way to Chickamunga for their overnight. We are also very excited to have our Gears and CITs back with us next week! Here are some pictures from junior and senior Council Fires this evening… ~WoHeLo
Wednesdays at Namanu are a special opportunity for the campers to choose their programing. Counselors volunteer new and exciting ideas for programs and the campers choose their top three favorite activities. Today we had raft building in the pool, nature hats, fantasy themed archery, tie dye and so many more. Also some pictures of this week’s campers can be viewed at: https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/5559 Nature Hat Free Choice Raft Building Free Choice Tie Dye Free Choice Tie Dye Free Choice
This year at Namanu we have several international staff. They are quickly learning all about the American camp culture and bringing some of their own traditions to camp. They hail from Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Our traditional raising of the flag looked a little different this morning. A British Union Jack (more...)
We’d like to introduce you to some of our program specialists. At Namanu we call them Okihis! Canada, our Arts and Crafts Okihi, has been hard at work helping campers create cabin banners to decorate their Namanu homes with. Sherwood (4th and 5th grade), Robin Hill (6th), Kiwanis (7th), and Pioneer (8th and 9th) units (more...)
We are starting off session 1 of Namanu 2014 in a big way. It is only the first day of camp and already campers are scampering up the climbing wall, trying their hand at archery, and enjoying this wonderful weather with games in the meadow. After a day of making new friends, the entire camp came together for opening camp fire. This is the time when we welcome everyone, learn some great songs and enjoy a crackling fire. A popular Namanu night song we sang: If you love me, if you love love love me Plant a rose for me And if you love me for a long long time, Plant an apple tree. So whether I stay, or whether I go, You’ll have an apple and you’ll have a rose So if you love me, if you love love love me Plant a rose for me. ~WoHeLo
Friends, Thank you so much for an amazing summer! 2013 has been full of joy and we are already counting the days until we can welcome all our friends back to the Sandy shore. It’s hard to believe that only eight sessions ago we welcomed the first batch of campers to Namanu. The summer has been full of art projects, fire building, swimming, playing meadow games, archery, climbing tower, hiking, gaga ball and so much more. We can’t wait to do it all again next summer! Follow the link to view photos from Camp Namanu summer 2013 : https://campnamanu.shutterfly.com/ See you next summer! WoHeLo
Slide shows from Ranch Session 2 and Ranch Session 3/4 are now available here: (more...)
Howdy! Monday was a busy day for Camp Namanu!Camp was abuzz with the arrival of Blue Wing, Sherwood, Robin Hill, and Gears campers. Everyone enjoyed a barbecue and opening campfire in addition to an afternoon of fun programs. Tuesday marked Camp Namanu’s annual staff duck pond boat races and welcomed the Mini-Blue Wing unit to (more...)
Greetings! Session seven is off to a lovely start with a morning full of fun and activities. The week is shaping up to be a lot of camp fun with theme days galore. All of camp will have the opportunity to participate in Wednesday’s trivia night and plenty of traditional Camp Namanu fun! Namanu’s Blue (more...)
Hello everyone, our blog will not be updated during the period of tomorrow Friday 8/16 through Tuesday 8/20 due to website maintenance. Thank you for your understanding and we will be up and running as soon as possible. Wohelo!
Greetings friends! This evening senior campers are enjoying dinner over a fire for All Camp Cookout. Campers and staff alike will be making some delicious meals with their cabins groups tonight. In the morning breakfast will be delivered to the campers for Sleep In Breakfast, a Thursday treat. Thursday is Free Choice day which means (more...)
What is your camp name and why did you choose it? Nova. I picked it from a whole list of camp names because I really like stars and the solar system. Why do you work at Camp Namanu? I really like working with kids and I feel like I make a difference here. (more...)
Greetings friends! As session 6A draws to a close and we say goodbye to our Blue Wing and Sherwood campers and look forward to the summers to come. We have so many happy memories of the four day session. The junior unit campers had four days full of fun. With meadow games, duck pond boating, swimming, fairy house building, archery and so much more Session 6 A was a delight. All of Blue Wing is going home with pets! These campers have rescued and groomed several pet rocks in their time at Camp Namanu. Sherwood had a Harry Potter themed week complete with wand whittling, hiking the Forbidden Forrest, spectacle making, and of course Quidditch. The session was truly magical. We can’t wait to see all of these camper’s smiling faces again next summer!
Video Camp Namanu’s Gears received a surprise visit from one of Namanu’s Little Brown Bats! The Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) is our native bat species here at Camp Namanu. When all folded up, they are about the size of a furry little golf ball. They eat mosquitoes (hooray!) and other flying insects, (more...)
In honor of Shark Week, Wednesday night will include a game of Namanu Clue: shark edition! Senior campers will be traveling through camp to solve the mystery of the missing shark. In addition to camp clue there will be a plethora of other shark games and activities throughout the week both in and outside of the pool. Session five marks many theme days and games for all campers! Blue Wing is participating in ‘Cartoon Day’ on Wednesday while Sherwood has many theme days including Cat Wednesday and Mustache Thursday. Session five is already breezing by! We can’t wait to tell you more of your camper’s awesome activities. More to come!
Camp Namanu’s vast staff pool includes Jenga, the camp craft assistant. As camp craft assistant Jenga teaches outdoor skills works maintains the Camp Namanu equipment and tools. Favorite Song: Forrest of dreams. Fun Fact: Jenga was a camper when the song was written and recalls the inagural rendition of Forrest of Dreams. Favorite Camp Meal: Sunday night barbecue because she gets to meet all the new campers. Favorite Camp Activity: Cookouts! Jenga is a master fire-builder and an excellent chef. She enjoys making pie iron pizzas with campers. Jenga is looking forward to Wednesday night’s game of Camp Clue and getting to know all our new campers!
Greetings friends! Session four has passed fast. Wednesday evening senior units participated in a rousing game of Capture the Flag in the Meadow. The intense match resulted in a tie and a good time had by all. Last night’s Riverbox Theater was a smashing success! The Gears unit hosted the event where campers showcased talents, skits, and other entertainment for their fellow campers to enjoy. Tonight’s closing festivities include a camp-wide banquet, council fire, and the graduation of our beloved counselors in training (CITs)! These CITs have spent seven weeks at Camp Namanu learning all there is to know about counselor-hood and much more. We are tremendously proud of the progress that these campers have made and cannot wait to witness their transition from camper to counselor. Congratulations CITs! More to come!
Greetings friends! As we enter into our fourth session of the summer Camp Namanu is brimming with excitement! This week all senior units will be participating in everyone’s favorite game, Capture the Flag, this Wednesday evening! This morning the Blue Wing unit built nature/fairy houses and are looking forward to a scavenger hunt to come. (more...)
The two week session has been marked with many activities and milestones. These campers are excited to schedule their second week of activities and explore all that camp has to offer. For now all of camp is content to have a relaxing evening of pizza and games. The senior campers have proven themselves to be (more...)
Camp Namanu has been taken over by the mega-unit ‘Balaneeris’. The combination of the Kiwanis, Pioneer, and Balagan units have been experiencing a wide range of camp activities. From sleeping under the stars at exotic and exciting overnight locations to taming the low ropes course the Balaneeris unit is truly making Camp Namanu their own. These campers have plenty more days remaining under the Camp Namanu sunshine and each day seems more exciting than the last. Joining Balaneeris at main camp is the Mini Blue Wing unit! This adventurous bunch of first and second graders are learning all about Namanu. On their first day at camp Mini Blue Wing has already experienced both boating in the Duck Pond and visited the Nature House! The afternoon is sure to impress with visits to the Art Barn and Walker Creek for creek play.
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We have been so busy with FUN these past few days, let's catch you up! (more...)
This week at Camp Namanu has been going swimmingly. Between all the hiking, singing, and general merriment the campers and staff are enjoying the first session. (more...)
Pictures from Session Eight so far are posted on the Camp Namanu Shutterfly page! (more...)
Archery is a very popular program at camp, and every camper, Sherwood unit and up, do what they can to get some time at the range. (more...)
It is hard to believe that this is already the last session of camp for 2012. (more...)
Meet Gumby! He has been a staff member for six years at Namanu. (more...)
Pictures from this session have now been posted! Keep checking the blog out for more later in the week! (more...)
The Gears program has been around in some shape or form for awhile, but only recently has it begun to develop into a leadership program for high school aged campers. (more...)