Our wacky Wednesday today greeted our campers with their beloved friend Barney, and our rootin’, tootin’, fun time of a Hootenanny!
Campers were welcome back from dinner into the new pavilion were a good friend from past camps named Barney stood with guitar in hand, and with a smile that welcomed all with excitement and encouragement to have a good time.
The first part of many in the hootenanny began with some square dancing along with the Virginia Reel, danced to the tune of many melodies including church hymns, country songs, rock songs, and a little Jamaican style songs all mashed together in a melodic rhythm with joy uncontained.
The next part provided campers with many opportunities to express themselves through creative dance moves. Starting with “Boom-Chicka-Boom” where Barney lead campers to follow after himself with expressive movement representing types of people like bikers, cheerleaders, dog groomers, and janitors. The next part of the expressive dancing was called “Chili-Chili/Boomerang” where campers are encouraged to dance their “Boomerang” (whatever style of dance that they choose to dance) with a beat from Barney’s drum.
The final part of the hootenanny was surrounded with the inspirational sounds of Barney’s piano, drum, and guitar playing accompanied by his voice in song. Some of the music portrayed was “Mother Mary” by the Beatles, singing along with the drum in the drum circle, “Don’t take it so Seriously” to encourage campers not to be so worrisome, “Listen to our Hearts” to show campers to look into the hearts of others as God does, and finally “All as One” which encourages campers to have friendship with love and to work together to create friendship with all people so that all can feel at home together.