A Virtual Camp for 2020


Madade

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For the last 3 years I've attended a camp for  brain injuries.  This year the powers to be formatted the camp for us to stay in touch.  No doubt it was a logistical head banger and something I certainly couldn't handle.  Kudo's to all involved for pulling off the virtual camp.  

 

They had an opening ceremony to explain the Zoom and times.  They mailed out a package with a T-shirt which they do every year for campers.  Supplies for the activities which you felt you could handle.  

 

The first event I participated in was the scavenger hunt.  The posted items on the Zoom Meeting.  The allowed time to hunt.  Here is an example of my items for a stuffed animal a yellow rabbit. Something with wheels, a John Deere toy tractor, a ball my therapy ball, something that makes bubbles.  A motion activate bubble machine, a item that means something.  A portrait of my in-laws.  

 

Then everyone held up their finds.  They posed a question.  What did we find neat about this exercise.  For me it was I didn't realize that there was lights on the tractor I got 3 years ago.

 

After the session was done they logged us off for the next session to start.  Which for me was the next session. A pre-recorded motivation speaker with a brain injury.  She was witty but didn't appeal to me.  

 

The last event for me was Bingo game at 7 pm.  There was 2 bingo card in the package and puzzle pieces were suppose to be used as the markers.  I missed those instructions as my computer would connect sound.  So I had different colour markers handy and used them to mark the game card.  I'm not really good at listening to a bingo caller.  They had virtual prizes. Which made us all laugh.  

 

The letter X was to be a Ford F150 and I won.  Wouldn't you know a virtual truck.   It didn't require gas or insurance the comments came back.  

 

That ended my Thursday onto Friday I had yoga at 10, a zoom chat at 11. There was a "planking exercise" competition that happened next.  Getting everyone on the ground and camera or phone positioned was interesting.  We did 3 sets of the plank exercise.  I lasted for a little over 2 minutes.  Must confess I had been doing these as part of my weekly routine

 

Then a canvass painting lesson with the paint and canvas they had mailed us.  It was instructional with a bird as the main focus.  I needed a pencil to start sketching the bird.  I found a pen.  Then when the painting came I could get the paint out.  Along with that I had no method of cleaning the brush off to switch.  

I tried but the right hand didn't work good.  I ended up with a hummingbird sort of as my beak went long.  It was recognizable.   Lacked water and brush cleaning.  Was neat to learn some of the blending techniques.

 

Some of the campers were quite talented at painting.  More prepared than I was.  The next session was the annual general meeting.  Virtually again.  They were capable of recording for attendance and secretarial recordings so that was made easier.  Financially they are sound for now but didn't have the expense as it was not a actual camp with food and transportation cost and rentals.  Fundraising is down likely to sponsor funding other organizations on a rotational mode.  Hopefully the 2021 year will have them  more on track.

 

They asked each camper for suggestions and what they liked.  I enjoyed the trivia as it was done in smaller groups and easier for me to listen.  I also liked the win in the 

Virtual Bingo I had with the Virtual Truck.   Suggested perhaps dry rehearse some of the features of zoom if they go with it again.

 

 There was a campfire sing a long or dance not quite sure as in past years a got as far from the noise as I could. 

 

Saturday morning I started with hunting for a rock to paint.  The zoom schedule for the painting of the rock was at 11.  A little more prepare with a water rinse and some paper towels.  Listening to the instructors guidance for idea's I settled on a barn.  Tried to follow along with her colour mixing and blending tips and got a red tone more brown but it work for my rock.  It was a bit easier to do with the ideas being thrown out to us.  

 

Sunday was the last day of event and they've maintained a closing ceremony like they did at real camp.  They started it with a zoo visit also virtual.  We got to ask questions about the lemur's that was online.  The zoo owner told the many varieties, the habitat and how they are kept indoors as soon as it cools.  Very territorial animals and they don't survive well outside their territory.  The Lemur she had was 7 years old.  Likely to live till 15 in captivity with controlled diet and veterinary guidance.  Lots of question coming from other campers.  

 

Closing ceremony last login time for the zoom meeting.  A poem was read, A song.  Explanation of a puzzle piece for 2021.  Design it and it will be pieced together for 2021.  Neat!  They provide a postage and return envelope for puzzle pieces, pictures of t-shirt and Camp Dawn means to you paper.  

The President was a tad overwhelmed.  How successful the virtual camp turned out.  At the wrap up she said well good thing is no waiting for a bus this year.  All on time. 

 

I think it went rather well and many have indicated that perhaps this could be a monthly meeting/activity moving forward.  I think it was a great idea. 

 

Took me all day to stay focused enough to write this.  I'll try and select and link some photos from this virtual camp.  

 

Mark

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark :

 

your camp sounds so much fun  & I agree they should make it monthly meeting  for this kind of meeting. It will be nice to meet each other that way often . Maybe we should also have zoom call for our chatroom & maybe play one of this games on zoom once a month or something, it will be fun.

 

Asha

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So much can be done with virtual togetherness. Sounds like they should have sent you a list of items you want to have handy for your painting session so you could have been better prepared. They are things the session leader would have bought along to an in person event.  So glad you had fun.

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Interesting Asha, that maybe possible.  

Thanks Heathber, want to do photos.  Tricky here to do even though I have done several photos.

 

Just amazed that they pulled the event together and mimicked the actual camp in such short time.  

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Mark, that really sounds like it was a lot of fun! I would have loved to do something like that.  And the singalong and dancing, well, I would have had them in stitches with cotton in their ears.  You did a really good job writing this and I could visualize all the activities.  I hope they take you up on your suggestion, it sounds like it would be fun and uplifting!

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Oh wow! Mark that sounds awesome!

So glad there were many things you were able to do!

Would love to see photos when you get a chance!

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Trying greenqueen.  Its a challenge for me.  I like when I could upload then add or tweak them before making public or using them in blogs.  

That feature along with folder deletion is gone.  I wrote a note to the administrators.  Guess what, I didn't send it.  Surprise though the complete message was still available.

 

I'll keep trying.  Preplan my uploads.  

 

Kelli J S has been helping me a lot though.

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Well that is so reassuring to know.  Mentally its discouraging.  Sure wish there was a delete on folders and privacy for myself till got the photo  to where it should be.  I find much of my troubles are with my ability with right hand spasticity.  Many times I've uploaded the wrong photo.

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url That is what I see it asks me for when I try to post a picture so I give up. I believe it has something to do with our internet address. You are selling yourself short on your computer savvy. We aren't a couple 9 year olds who have always lived with them but you've got both feet in the water so to speak and are game. It was disappointing that the boarder closed and remove any chance of breaking bread together sometime.

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A URL is the internet address of a particular image or site and location within that site.   You can usually see it in the header of your browser window e.g. the URL for this conversation is "http://www.strokeboard.net/index.php?/blogs/entry/15365-a-virtual-camp-for-2020/#"

 

To reference a picture in a blog or entry like this you have to upload the image to a server that is on the internet. The easiest is to add your image to a gallery on this site use the "Create" menu from the Strokenet Header at the top of the page. and select Gallery Image and add your image to your album. Once you have the image in the Strokenet gallery Use the Other Media button on your Entry and select "insert existing attachment".  If the image you want to use is from another site you can "insert image from URL" or just paste the URL into your text and this site will automatically bring in (upload) the image. To do this go to the site with the image and right click on the image and select Save image location, which will copy the URL to your clipboard so you can paste it into here, or use the Other Media media button and specify the URL.

 

Good luck and don't give up

It's not as scary as it sounds

-Heather

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Sure wished we could of got together Willis. Miss Panera too.  

 

Heathber that's a lot for my half of processor.  I know it works. See done several postings.

 

Again thank everyone for comments. It helps.

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Yes that was a lot of info from Haeathber and I'm going to copy it and see if I can eventually figure it out. Who knows how much fun an occasional lunch could have turned into. I pictured my wife April and I heading across the Blue Water Bridge your way also to meet at one of your favorite places to eat. Oh well maybe someday. 

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7 hours ago, heathber said:

A URL is the internet address of a particular image or site and location within that site.   You can usually see it in the header of your browser window e.g. the URL for this conversation is "http://www.strokeboard.net/index.php?/blogs/entry/15365-a-virtual-camp-for-2020/#"

 

To reference a picture in a blog or entry like this you have to upload the image to a server that is on the internet. The easiest is to add your image to a gallery on this site use the "Create" menu from the Strokenet Header at the top of the page. and select Gallery Image and add your image to your album. Once you have the image in the Strokenet gallery Use the Other Media button on your Entry and select "insert existing attachment".  If the image you want to use is from another site you can "insert image from URL" or just paste the URL into your text and this site will automatically bring in (upload) the image. To do this go to the site with the image and right click on the image and select Save image location, which will copy the URL to your clipboard so you can paste it into here, or use the Other Media media button and specify the URL.

 

Good luck and don't give up

It's not as scary as it sounds

-Heather

Thank you! Copied and pasted (I can do that lol) and I will use it as a reference. I will figure this out.

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On 9/25/2020 at 12:01 AM, GreenQueen said:

Figure out your url??

Willis, I don't even know what that is!!

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We are working on it aren't we. A good challenge I suppose because if we never figure it out, oh well.  🥴 LOL

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15 hours ago, Madade said:

Sure wished we could of got together Willis. Miss Panera too.  

 

Heathber that's a lot for my half of processor.  I know it works. See done several postings.

 

Again thank everyone for comments. It helps.

 

I'm not giving up but I see Prime Minister Trudeau is now concerned about this 2nd wave and the travel restriction has been expanded. It doesn't look good.  I'm afraid this winter things could get very ugly. I sure hope not. I just don't feel enough believe it's real like our ...leader? I bet April and your better half would be off talking about us in no time given the chance. 

 

 

 

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In Western Australia we won't let anyone in. Overseas travellers returning home are the exception, but only a certain number per week.

Our Premier is looking after us well.

The restrictions scomo (our prime minister) has put in place is good for the whole country.

 

I pray for my American friends all the time.

 

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3 hours ago, GreenQueen said:

In Western Australia we won't let anyone in. Overseas travellers returning home are the exception, but only a certain number per week.

Our Premier is looking after us well.

The restrictions scomo (our prime minister) has put in place is good for the whole country.

 

I pray for my American friends all the time.

 

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Oh we need that. Thank you. I keep telling myself it's ok we print "In God We Trust" on our money. This election in Nov. is going tell me and the rest of the world who America really is. 

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Closing down again.  Not bad yet but restaurants and large gathering have be drastically reduced to numbers.

 

One weird thing is the testing was a open thing but across the province they got overwhelmed with people wanting tests. So only symptoms or in contact with known covid cases.  No general tests must be warranted for testing which goes against what the government wanted last for anyone to get tests.  

 

Stay put and limit my travels and visits.  

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1 hour ago, Madade said:

Closing down again.  Not bad yet but restaurants and large gathering have be drastically reduced to numbers.

 

One weird thing is the testing was a open thing but across the province they got overwhelmed with people wanting tests. So only symptoms or in contact with known covid cases.  No general tests must be warranted for testing which goes against what the government wanted last for anyone to get tests.  

 

Stay put and limit my travels and visits.  

That is the plan. 

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One thing about winter, everyone that has a sniffle can get a test. The hard part is that even if you get a negative result you are supposed to stay isolated until all symptoms resolve (in case it is a false negative).  Add this to stroke affected immune system and I should not have left my house for 3 months. So glad that Spring is starting to take hold here, other than a really cold snap last week that meant we had snow in the hills again. It also looks like we are finally coming out of our lockdown here in Victoria, Melbourne is now one of the most locked down cities in the world, both for length and severity of restrictions. Curfew was finally removed last night.  Fingers crossed we get our gyms and restaurants back soon.

 

The things that seemed to stop it here were mandatory masks and a 5km travel limit for metro residents.  Although at the same time they also severely limited the number of people who could be in any workplace. But it seems to be working only 5 new cases reported in Victoria today and the metro 14 day average is now 20.3 and the regional 14 day average 0.6. All going well we should reach the next target point before the end of October.

 

 

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The limitations on the number of people in shops is bizzare. 

 

It goes on floor size, but I think it needs to be accessible floor size.

 

Here the handbag shop can have 13 people.  Due to shelves and displays there's not a heap of space to walk. Doesn't really fit that many normally!

 

The insurance place has room for a sheep station, but is allowed 10.

 

One of the optometrist places is small and pokey and they are allowed 26!!

 

Crazy!!

 

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