2015 Derby Camp Best Ever!

Maintenance - Goshen

Walter Denham, Maintenance – Goshen

Well, Derby Camp 2015 is on the books. And what a Derby Camp it was! I have talked to Bob Bertke and we declare this to be the best Derby Camp ever!

We started off on Friday greeting 36 campers who were eager to get going. After a few minutes of going over the rules for the day, we loaded the bus and headed off to Lazer Blaze. Connor Gorman won the first round and Georges Ghali won the second. Several of the 5th graders had a go at the bumper cars (I’m guessing to prepare for our third stop, Bluegrass Indoor Karting). In addition to winning the first game, Connor won the inaugural “Down the Clown” challenge, narrowly beating out Mr. Bertke.

After playing several arcade games at Lazer Blaze, we again loaded onto the bus and went to lunch at Qdoba at The Summit. In keeping with the yearly tradition, almost everyone went to 32 Degrees. Sean Denham came out with an enormous yogurt again. It weighed in at over 15 ounces!

Our third stop was the one everyone was waiting for, Bluegrass Indoor Karting. A great roar erupted on the bus when we pulled into the parking lot. We filed in to get checked in and to get our racing groups. After lots of race rubbing for the two races each, the fastest lap was turned in by Will Cole. Our “Bringing Up the Rear” award went to Caroline Frederick. Ayda Marshall had the most memorable quote of the camp by asking, “Mr. Denham, do they have a driver’s manual I can study before I drive?”

Then it was off to the movies, where we saw The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Good movie, lots of popcorn was devoured.

Back at school, we had pizza for dinner, and at 9:30 p.m. we played the greatest game ever, “Where’s Bertke?” Bob
was hiding somewhere outside and the campers’ job was to find him. Sydney Ragland, Michael Scheen, Brian Haupt 20150502_195744and Arabella Maki found him in two minutes (he was hiding in the bus). Bob relocated for a second round, and again he was found by the same group (henceforth known as The Bloodhounds!). A third game was called for, but I instructed the campers to go to the gym, where we played dodgeball. But this is Derby Camp so we played “Derby Camp Dodgeball,” complete with laser lights, music and strobe lights! As the clock approached 11:00 p.m., we played “Where’s Bertke, Brown, Frechette?” The three of them hid outside again (Andrew Frechette in a tree on the playground, Tina Brown under the table outside her room, and Bob Bertke on the porch of the creepy old house) and the campers had to take a picture of each and bring them to me to determine the winner, which again were The Bloodhounds!

At midnight we went inside, then lights out at 1:00 a.m.

Saturday morning we welcomed nine new campers after saying goodbye to four. This brought our total to 41. Breakfast, rules and on the road to Kings Island by 9:45 a.m.
Lunch was at Wendy’s outside the park. (Our receipt was over six feet long!)
At the park, we broke off into groups and went about our day. We decided that 3:00 p.m. was to be “Fury O’Clock,” with everyone meeting at Viking Fury to ride the ride that Mr. Bertke considers the greatest ever. Georges Ghali won the largest prize this year. He captured the crown from me by winning a 6′ tall, 3′ wide blue monkey. My prize was a 5’x5′ pig pillow pet, a close second.

Back on the bus by 8:00 p.m., we headed home with the 6th grade singing the entire way to Dairy Queen in Prospect at 10:30 p.m. We arrived at school, full of Blizzards and Orange Julius, at 11:00 p.m. Several games inside the school and then most were asleep by 2:00 a.m.

Sunday brought us doughnuts and check out by 10:00 a.m.

The campers behaved wonderfully wherever we went and I am proud of each and every one of them. Several stops paid our large group compliments on their behavior. The students represented our school and themselves to the high standards of SFS.