The carnival was really fun. Volunteers hosted different home-made activities that were rigged to have the children WIN. Rene cleaned up at the fishing pond and ring toss. He made the serious "police officer" laugh while he was thinking of what to do. He stood in front of her and shifted his weight, scratched his head, scratched his legs, moved his lips, rolled his eyes, thinking, thinking, thinking... she couldn't resist smiling.
Rene was actually a little bummed that there were plenty of activities for adults and kids only. He wasn't so into being separated from us. (He's never liked that and it's a testament to his increasing maturity that he handled it and enjoyed camp.)
I would recommend the camp to anyone except maybe families with really little children who feel anxious when separated from the their parents. On the other hand, if you want to give your child practice at being separated this is a fun and safe place to do it. Sorry, to most parents out there: you can only go to Camp Goodtimes if your family has been affected by childhood cancer.
Rene loved the climbing wall, archery, carnival, and dance best of all.
One correction to my previous blog: The camp is run by full-time, professional staff, supported by hundreds of highly trained volunteers.