TABERG ‚ÄĒ Despite the rainy Tuesday, the fun never stopped at Kamp Kiwanis.
About 90 children at the camp ‚ÄĒ which is affiliated with Operation Sunshine, an O-D charity that helps send kids to camp who would otherwise be unable to attend ‚ÄĒ each got a chance to participate in some of their favorite activities during the not-so-great weather.
And one that was a big hit with the kids ‚Äď tie-dye.
Sitting in a row on each side of the table, kids reached into a big bag of rubber bands to tie their shirts to help create intricate designs such as flowers or other shapes.
One cheery 9-year-old girl, Alexandra Giltenboth, said this is her second year at camp and that she didn‚Äôt have a set idea for her T-shirt but that she was going ‚Äúto do a random design.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI am gonna try to make as many colors as possible!‚ÄĚ she said.
After each child tied¬†his or her¬†shirt, two at a time would go up and dunk their shirts in the colorized buckets and then they were brought outside to dry.
In another building, kids were playing crab soccer, an informal sport played by two teams where players are in the crab position for the entire game and the objective is to kick a ball into a goal to score points.
Constant chants of ‚Äúover here‚ÄĚ could be heard as kids waited for their turn to kick the ball into the two-coned goals placed on each side of the room.
And whenever a goal was made by either team, the players would stand up and celebrate.
‚ÄúCrab soccer was really funny and crazy,‚ÄĚ 12-year-old Alex Lynch said.
Among the activities the children participated in included charades, various mini games, sock dodgeball and dancing.
Gareth Murphy, Kamp Kiwanis media director, said that since he joined the team at the camp, he has ‚Äúloved working here.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI enjoy seeing their smiles in almost every activity and see them having fun,‚ÄĚ Murphy said. ‚ÄúIt just makes it so rewarding to see that.‚ÄĚ
Contact reporter Mark Doherty at 315-792-5013 or follow him on Twitter (@OD_MDoherty).