Ah…summer camp.  And what could be more fun at camp than water sports!

Here at Dahlem we don’t have a lake to swim in or a river to paddle upon, but we do have hoses and buckets and cups and sponges…all the fixins needed to fill a hot afternoon with wet and wild fun.

First up, we have a Pass-the-Water game.  The first person in line fills a cup and pours it into the cup of the person behind.

On down the line it goes,

cup by cup,

until the last person gets it, and he/she pours whatever water remains into a bucket.  Whichever team gets its bucket full first, wins.  Later, we played a variation where the kids sat one behind the other and they had to pour the water from their cups over their heads and hopefully the person behind caught it in his/her cup before passing it over his/her head to the next person in line.  There were a lot more laughs and soggy clothes with this “blind” version of pass-the-water!

An aquatic twist on “Duck, Duck, Goose” gives us “Drip, Drip, Drench!”

Over & Under is a popular game.  Two teams compete.  The first in line dips the sponge in the water and then passes it over his/her head to the person behind.

That person then passes it between his/her legs to the next person, and on it goes, over and under, until it reaches the last person, who squeezes the remaining water into a pail and then runs to the front of the line to dip and pass the sponge.  Whichever team fills its pail first wins.

A rousing game of squirt bottle tag is always more fun when the counselor gets soaked, too!

The most interesting game of the day was Sponge Bum.  Again, we have two teams.  The first person in line ties a sponge to his/her backside…

… and must get it wet in the wading pool.

Then the two competitors race down the field to two waiting buckets,

where they sit and squeeze their sponges before racing back and passing the sponge to the next in line.

The team whose bucket gets the most water in it after everyone has had one go, wins!

Of course, I think the most fun came when Counselor Doug emptied the buckets.

What goes up, must come down…

Doesn’t this look like fun?  Do you know some kids who would enjoy a summer camp like this?  It’s not too late to sign up for Dahlem’s Summer Adventure Day Camp.  We have two weeks of camp left:  18-22 July and 25-29 July.  Next week we are featuring Michigan Habitats, and for Week 3 we are doing Outdoor Skills.

Camp is for children who will be entering grades 1 through 6 this fall, and is only $105 for members, $115 for non-members!  What a bargain for a whole week of camp!

But wait, there’s more!

Camperships are available for people who need financial assistance.  No child should be left indoors this summer when such an amazing offer is available.

So, talk to the kids in your life, be they your own kids, your grandkids, your nieces or nephews, or the kids down the street.  If you know a kid who would benefit from a week of fun in the sun, stop by our offices or visit our website,, to pick up a registration form.


About Dahlem Center

The Dahlem Center is a non-profit nature center/environmental education center located on almost 300 acres just south of the city of Jackson, Michigan. The Center is one arm of the Dahlem Conservancy, which includes land conservancy and stewardship in its mission.
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One Response to Sum-sum-summertime!

  1. Glenn G. Dahlem says:

    Keep up the good work! from your distant relative Glenn Dahlem, descended from Gerhard himself.

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