Look how PALS West learned how to use Google’s tools from an Android app to Google Earth. How are we using technology today to keep in touch with all our PALS across the country?
Joe’s first week away from his family and his brother was Camp PALS West. Andrew, his brother, and his parents followed the blog daily to see what Joe was up to. Andrew compiled this video highlighting Joe’s week of growth at PALS. We hope to see both of you at camp next year!
Wow… we can’t believe the inaugural year is over already. Here is the final video we played during Camp PALS West 2012’s Closing Ceremonies. We our campers and counselors so much already, and we can’t wait to see you all again next year. In the meantime, stay in touch!
Parents are arriving. Campers are all packed up. The Camp PALS West 2012 Closing Ceremony livestream has begun.
We ended the day with our (soon-to-be) annual last-night semi-formal dance. The women were beautiful and the men were good-looking as they arrived down the red carpet. After a long, awesome party, campers received awards from their counselors.
Robert and Alex shot a video scrapbook capturing the magic of PALS all around Google’s campus. Many many thanks to the Google employees who worked with us to make yesterday so memorable.
Camp PALS got to use the Android arcade and take pictures in Google’s sculpture garden.
Campers got an awesome surprise this morning when a couple counselors who work at Google got them some Android-shaped hoodies. Moments later we arrived at Google and had a deliciously healthy breakfast.
Each camper and counselor got to design an Android to look like their pair.
We got up early today and drove to Santa Cruz to enjoy a day at the world-famous Boardwalk. Pirate mini-golf was a dramatic start to the day. Marissa made this hole in only 2 shots!
We had lunch on the Boardwalk and then some of us went for the rides (others took a leisurely stroll). Emily and Kate went straight for the famous free-fall ride.
The rest of the day was at the beach having fun in the sun. Some brave campers and counselors jumped in the water. Jeremy took it upon himself to make sure that Director Kate Fleming enjoyed the water too.
Nicole is a guest blogger writing about an experience she had with the R-word, and how she is empowered to make a change.
“So I was at my friend’s house having dinner when one of my friends Adam came and we talked about things and one of them was the R-word!!! Then I said I don’t like it at all. He has ADHD but it is not ok. He said I am sorry.
So I want the R-word to be done. So let’s stop. It hurts a lot in my heart. I felt better and felt very different after words. I really want to stop it now. Not later but now. So let’s have a stand and fight a lot and never give up. Tell everyone about it and I will do the same at my school. I have strong feelings for the R word. I will do everything to stop it so please help us and stop the R-word and make a big change in the whole world. Please make a difference for people with Down syndrome. They can’t change but we can make a huge difference for them.
The R-word is not just Down syndrome but for all kinds of disability in the world today!!!!”
After a morning of kickball and yoga we had an awesome pool party with music, squirt guns, beach balls and tons of fun.
Keep a look out later today for updates on cooking and our chocolate fondue party! And to see more photos from Camp PALS West, check out our Facebook page here and our Flickr page here. We’ll be posting photos there all week long.
Camp PALS visited the San Francisco Zoo yesterday and we all got a little wild. Can you guess what everyone’s favorite animal is??
Today we’re going to be playing kickball, doing yoga outside, going swimming, cooking, and writing letters. Stay tuned for photos!
We started Monday by heading to the San Fransisco Zoo, where Hiren and John especially enjoyed the monkeys and koalas.
We had a picnic with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Ryan was mesmerized by the foggy scenic drive across the bridge afterwards.
We also stopped at Ghirardelli Square for ice cream sundaes, and Joe devoured his dessert.
We sat outside by the fountain, and some of us even made a wish - to come back to Camp PALS next year. Cody and Whitney enjoyed watching the “Call me Maybe” flashmob CP West started on the Square.
The cable cars were next, and we all fit in one (barely). Jason and Grace held on tight as we cruised up and down the hilly streets.
We finished our day with karaoke! Dedications went out and rap beats were made. And Olivia serenaded the crowd with a beautiful solo.
Time to meet all 19 pairs of campers and counselors at PALS West. After a delicious dinner and ice cream social, we wanted to share our best California dance moves with everyone. We’re also happy to announce our first spontaneous dance party! Keep checking the blog for more dance parties throughout the week.
We had a 4-hour dance party (with some football and karaoke) in the beautiful California sun as campers arrived all afternoon. When camper Kate arrived from the airport and gave director Kate a huge PALS hug, it was official: Everyone is present and accounted for at CP West, so let the fun begin!
The halls are decorated and campers are arriving. Let Camp PALS West 2012 begin!
Alex added to a big Camp PALS West sun at the main entrance of our dorm.
Meaghan finished up signs so every camper can find their way to the best place on Earth.
And the girls’ hallway is ready for the Beach Babes to arrive.
Camp PALS took over Walmart… now we’re ready to deck the halls. See you tomorrow!
There is only 1 day to go till the first ever Camp PALS West, so without further ado, let us introduce the rest of our crew!