Saturday, May 14, 2011

Unique Birthdays and Highly Recommended Camps

We have birthdays on the brain this week.    My youngest, Sagezilla, just turned 8 on Wednesday and experienced her 1st breakfast in bed and her first American Girl Doll!    She's quite consumed with CircEsteem performances this weekend, so we've postponed her "kid friends party", though the circus timing works well for visiting grandparents.

Back in March, Du-Jay shared his birthday on the 12th with author/screenwriter Dave Eggers and beat poet, Jack Kerouac.    And we had one of the best birthday parties ever, at Archery Bow Range Chicago.    Speaking of birthdays, these guys just turned 1 May 6th.   We were super impressed with the staff and highly recommend Archery Bow Range as a unique birthday party destination.

Our party was led by world class marksman and Lincoln Park Archery Club President, Bill Munson.  It's rare to find someone is an expert in their field, who is also great with kids and can not only do but teach others.    That's a unique gift.

Here's our video from our son Du-Jay's 10th birthday at Archery Bow Range Chicago. Archery is great because beginners can jump right in, while those with more experience can still be challenged. It's gender neutral and girls can shoot just as well as the boys. And the largest or fastest kids don't have an unfair advantage. All the kids had an excellent time and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ya gotta love a bow range that quotes Buddha, Ralph Nader and Euripides, among other wise international wordsmiths, on their site!  
Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.            --  Ryunosuke Satoro – Japanese poet 

A jug fills drop by drop.   -- Buddha 

We ought to think that we are one of the leaves of a tree, and the tree is all humanity. We cannot live without the others, without the tree.       --Pablo Casals

No  man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent … -- John Donne

There is the sky, which is all men's together... -- Euripides (412 B.C.)

It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. -- Irish proverb

When strangers start acting like neighbors...communities are reinvigorated. –Ralph Nader

That's the kind of people these guys are.
They also run a summer camp, so check 'em out HERE.

June 27 - July 1
(Details coming soon)

Hours of Operation:

Sunday:  12noon-5pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday: 6pm-9pm
Saturday: 12noon-6pm

CASH or CHECKS only. 
Archery Bow Range Chicago is located at:
1757 N Kimball Ave
Chicago, IL 60647 



We also highly recommend CircEsteem classes and summer camp.   They have amazing teachers, a multicultural perspective, and an egalitarian approach that brings together kids from all over Chicago to work, play, create and travel together.   They are accepting camp applications now and have camps running in 1 week sessions from June 20-July 29.   Join the circus for 1 week or all summer.   Multiple weeks bring multiple skills.   The performance team is also available to perform for parties and special events. 



Circle Pines
If you're considering overnight camp, check out Circle Pines.   We've been talking up Circle Pines since February, but they still have some summer camp space available.    As much as we're committed to city living, we love to camp, and hike and love to get away to where the trees are taller than the buildings.

Circle Pines is just 3 hours away from Chicago, and offers kids and families a chance to appreciate nature, actively participate in social justice and the arts, environmental stewardship, and thrive in an accepting environment.    They take campers from 8-17 years old and have 3 camp sessions of two weeks each.   Click HERE for more info and application forms.

The mission of Circle Pines is to teach peace, social justice, environmental stewardship and cooperation. The Center aims to demonstrate cooperative alternatives for economic and social issues and to teach cooperation as a way of life.

Along with all the normal camp recreational activities - like swimming, canoeing, field games, arts and crafts, drama and dance, there are other things unique to Circle Pines. Each day after lunch, campers and staff sing from our extensive collection of folk songs, many coming from the peace, social justice and environmental movements. Circle discussions foster critical thinking and creative problem solving: campers are empowered to come up with topics to discuss with their counselors and peers. Creation of the “puppet parade” (1st session) and “folk opera” (3rd session) are events where great fun is had by the whole camp.

Many of our campers tell us that they feel more at “home” at Circle Pines than they do anywhere else. We pride ourselves on creating a safe, inclusive, engaging space where diversity and growth are fostered.

Circle Pines Center is a member-owned and run non-profit cooperative organization. We run a children's summer camp and year round retreat and conference center with programs for families, children and adults. The co-op owns 294 acres of land with rolling hills, hardwood and pine forests, meadows and frontage on Stewart Lake. We have miles of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, diverse wildlife and an organic garden and orchard.
Circle Pines Center is located in Southwest Michigan, about halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, in beautiful Barry County.

Circle Pines Center

8650 Mullen Road, Delton, Michigan 49046

Phone: (269) 623 - 5555

Fax: (269) 623 - 9054