Friday, August 4, 2017

Interview with a Camper

What is your favorite sport?

What is your favorite animal?

What is your favorite food?
Ramen Noodles

What is your favorite color?

How old are you?

Where would you go to live for the rest of your live?
A forest in Columbus, Ohio

If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A burrito

Where is your favorite place to go?
Camp Shankitunk

How would you describe camp?
Really fun, except for the bugs

If you could have one pet what would it be?
A crow

What do you want to do when you're older?
Script writer

What are you good at?

What are you scared of?
Gas masks

What do you like to do for fun?
Binge watching Netflix

What is your favorite band?
Twenty-One Pilots

What do you think is the prettiest place?

What is your favorite play?



A few researchers were camping deep in the woods. They were lost and tired. At night, one researcher woke up and checked the tent where another researcher was staying. There was no one there, bro he wondered where his friend was. The researcher searched the woods for his friend. He heard screams coming from a cabin, and inside there was an unfamiliar man walking out of the door. Who could he be?

Dun dun dun... Find out next summer at the Shankitunk newspaper!


Game Review

I'm going got be reviewing Peanut Butter River. This game originated from the team challenge class. In this game out use rubber pads (toast, according to counselors) to get from one end of the rec hall to the other end. Personally, I think the game was extremely hard, because you can't let go of a pad without touching, or it will 'float away.' If even one person falls off, you must restart the entire game. I would only recommend this game if you are determined to finish, otherwise, good luck! The game requires a lot of people to work as one... Pretty hard if you ask me, but completing the game was worth it. However, I would probably never do it again.



What kind of bagel can fly?
A plain bagel

How do you get a tissue to dance?
Put a little boogie in it!

What did 0 say to 8?
"Nice belt"

What did one firefly say to the other?
"You glow girl"

What did one tonsil say to the other?
"Get dressed the doctor is taking us out"

Why is it so windy in a sports stadium?
There are so many fans

What do cows read?

What do birds give out on Halloween?

What washes up on tiny beaches?

How do mountains stay warm in the winter?
Snow caps

What do you call an old snowman?

How do bees get to school?
The school buzz

What do you call a sleeping Bull?
A bull dozer

What did the candle say to the other candle?
"I'm going out tonight"


Interview with Emily S.

What's your schedule this week?
Cookery, Crafts, Cookery, and Archery.

Where is your ideal vacation?

Who is your role model?
My mom.

What skills do you want to have?
I'd like to be a really good runner

How old were you when you first came to camp?
I was eleven

What was your first ever cabin?
Cabin 5

What advice do you have for first-year campers?
Make new friends, and enjoy camp while you're young.

What key piece of advice would you give future counselors?
Make sure you work hard, but still have fun and ALWAYS be there for your campers.

What's your favorite cabin?

What is your favorite class to teach?
Backpacking II

What is your biggest challenge as a counselor?
Being loud

What is your most embarrassing camp story?
One time the curtain from the shower fell while I was changing.

~ Sophia

Thursday, August 3, 2017


Aquarius: January 20 - February 18: You will find a very special treasure in your near future.
Pisces: February 19 - March 20: You will experience something that is very rare.
Aries: March 21 - April 19: You will soon get a one in a lifetime opportunity.
Taurus: April 20 - May 20: You will soon find out something new.
Gemini: May 21 - June 20: You will discover something that nobody else has ever discovered.
Cancer: June 31 - July 22:You will soon meet somebody that will influence your life forever.
Leo: July 23 - August 22:You will find out something new about yourself.
Virgo: August 23 - September 22:You will have to make a very important decision.
Libra: September 23 - October 22: You will soon go through a big change in your life.
Scorpio: October 23 - November 21: Something that is very unexpected will happen to you.
Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21:You will want to change your appearance.
Capricorn:December 22 - January 19: Something that you did not think was important will soon be very important to you.

~ Martha


September 4th:
Gale had to stop at the supermarket on the way home from work to pick up some ingredients for the pasta salad he was going to make for a small college potluck his friends organized. He wasn't so excited about it, but he was coming because he would receive a college hoodie at the end, which usually costed thirty-five dollars. He was low on savings and his credit card use was now limited. So he had decided to come, despite his terrible cooking. He hosted a cookout in his senior year and a few high school kids got bad stomach aches from raw hot dogs.
But this time he was happy... It could be cold.
However, at the potluck, his advantage was wasted, and he had tried the freezer in his haste, and took out the pasta too quickly. The pasta was still warm. The only way he got away with it was that no one knew he had brought it.

October 31st:
But Gale did NOT give up.
On Halloween he struck again, this time, a salad!
How could he fail?
Here's how:
The party requested an oil-vinegar dressing, and to Gale, dish soap looked like olive oil.

November 20th:
Gale brings cranberry sauce to a Thanksgiving party. Drops the dish that tasted like moldy dog food on the floor.

December 20th:
Holiday celebration. Gale brings a salad with mistletoe in it. Mistletoe just happens to be poisonous.

December 31- January 1st:
New Years party. Forgot the food in fridge.

March 21st:
Spring party.
Forgot food again.

May 20th:
End of school party.
A.K.A. hopeful revival point.
Gale: Stops at supermarket. Buys tomatoes. Ciabatta bread. Mozzarella. Basil. Olive oil, but no soap. Balsamic vinegar. Puts it in nice glass container.
Gets in cab. Rides to the house, puts it on the buffet. One person walks over. Takes some.
Success! Food tasted good. The man was about to take more, but he tripped on his shoelace and bumps the bowl. It falls and smashes into a million pieces on the floor.
The End.

~ Sam

Thursday, July 27, 2017


Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 18)
You will get candy from your parents every day.
Pices (Feb. 19- Mar. 20)
You will win every platoon game this week.
Aries (Mar. 21- Apr. 19)
You will be visited by the Shanki.
Taurus (Apr. 20- May 20)
You will stay in  four square for ten rounds.
Gemini (May 21- Jun. 20)
You will get a green swimming band without taking the test.
Cancer (Jun. 21- Jul. 22)
You will lose a battle to day camp.
Leo (Jul. 23.- Aug. 22)
You will return to camp in a year for a pleasant surprise.
Virgo (Aug. 23- Sept. 22)
You will win Slickest Spot twice in a row.
Libra (Sept. 23- Oct. 22)
Your team will win pirate ball.
Scorpio (Oct. 23- Nov. 21)
You will make the longest lanyard ever.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22- Dec. 21)
You will get to the front of the line at snack.
Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 19)
Your two favorite counselors will run your cabin.

Interview With Cassidy

Do you have any hobbies? "Searching the internet for concert tickets and wasting all my money."

What is your biggest fear? "Crayfish. I hate crayfish."

Who is your role model? "HALSEY"

How old are you? "Many moons." (17)

What is your favorite color? "Blue."

What is your favorite band or artist? "Halsey, Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco, and Fall Out Boy."

What is your favorite book series? "Shadowhunters."

Do you like ducks? "Yes."

Are you vegetarian or vegan? "Vegetarian."

Do you have any pets? "A dog, two cats, a rabbit, and a horse."

Do you like sports? "No."

Lasagna or baked ziti? "Lasagna."

Whats your middle name? "Lee."

Any special talents? "Being awesome."

Play any instruments? "I'm practicing ukulele and piano."

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


A girl is found dead in school on the first day. The main suspects were the teacher, the janitor, and the principal. The teacher said she was grading a test, the principal said he was cleaning his desk,and the janitor said he was cleaning the bathroom... WHO DID IT???                                       

The teacher 

One night, a king and queen were on a boat going to a island
How many people were on the boat????

3 people

what has a bed but never sleeps but moves???????

A river

~ Abby

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Interview with Joel

name: Joel
age: 17
where do you live? Oneonta
pets? 1 dog
siblings? brother
food? chicken wings
color? blue
sport? swimming
music group? none
book? Giving tree
subject in school? none
animal? giraffe
game? 4 square
T.V. show? none

any hobbies? 4 square
worst fear? drowning
funny story? Timmy goes to kindergarten
role model? himself

Interwiew with John H.

name: John
age: 17
where do you live? Delhi
pets? dogs and cats
siblings? sister, step sister, step brother
food? waffles.
color? blue.
sport? humor.
music group? Radiohead.
book? to kill a mockingbird.
subject in school? math.
animal? turtle.
game? monopoly.
T.V. show? friends.

any hobbies? guitar
biggest fear? hippos.
funny story? trip to old snore.
role model? cousin RJ

Friday, July 14, 2017




During drama today we finished making our props and then headed to the rec hall to practice our skit.
Our skit is about 2 dead buffalo and 2 live buffalo. It`s set in the wild west. We based it off a camp song. I am going to play a cowgirl. We will do the skit today before everyone leaves. I am excited for all of camp to see the skit.
~ Manu



Interview with Jamie



What is your full name?
Jamie D. Dugan

What year did you first come to camp?

What is your job at camp?

What is your favorite day at camp?
Sunday, I get to meet new people

What is your favorite snack?
Dirt cups

What is your favorite movie?
It changes all the time, but the first thing that pops to mind is She's the Man

First camp crush?
Jon Conklin

Do you have any siblings?
Technically, no, but I do have family friends that I grew up with and they call me their little sister.

Interview with Lauren



What is your full name?
Lauren E. Lionetti

What is your job at camp?
Lifeguard/Day camp/Counselor

What are you scared of?

Do you have any siblings?
2 younger sisters

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
Spain, it's beautiful

Thursday, July 13, 2017


What is your favorite camp class?



Art: 4
Newspaper: 4
Drama: 4
Team Challenge: 6
Sports: 6
Woodworking: 7
Science: 2
Rocketry: 3
Geocaching: 2
Archery: 3
Day Camp: 2
Photography: 3
Chefs Club: 5
CIT2: 1
Outdoor Cookery: 2
Living History: 4
Swimming: 1
Backpacking: 4
Zumba: 4
Fishing: 2
All classes: 2


       Hi! My name is Lulu. I am here to write about my experience in crafts! It is the second period class, and so far its been really fun! On the first day we made marbled paper which was really fun since we get to use shaving cream! The next day we got to tie-dye bandannas and got different designs we could use. Yesterday we made beaded animals, and today we made paper beads! Tomorrow is a complete mystery!


Embarrassing Moments



Emily Hughes: "When I have to go number 2 and someone else is in the bathroom."

Emily Siegel: "One time during a cross country race, I got sick and finished so late that I ended in the next race."

Marion: "When I was a camper I sleep-walked into the field and Corrine came and brought me back to my cabin."

Ellen: "Once I was with a group of friends in the winter getting in a car, slipped on the ice and went under the car door."

Josh: "One time in 2014 I dressed up as a cow for the dairy princess and tripped on my way up there."

Justine: "One time I was getting oatmeal with a friend, and they put a bunch of water in it, and they tripped and spilled it all over me."

Kimi: "One time I was talking and drinking milk and I missed my mouth with the milk."

Kat & Lauren: "We both got pants-ed during Safari."

Anthony: "One time I got out of the shower and put pants on and got almost halfway back to my cabin before realizing I had no shirt on."

Kaitlyn: "One time at camp I put orange juice in my cereal."

Jamie: "So this one time my cabin and I (When I was in cabin 10) wrote a song about stalking Jon Conklin."

Daulton: "I was at the Rice Hall eating and I went to reach for the orange juice and I spilled my chocolate milk and it looked like I peed myself." 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Team Challenge: Minefield

Today in team challenge we played a game called minefield that was really fun. First we separated into pairs and then one of the partners was blindfolded. After that the blindfolded partner was led into a small square of obstacles, like balls and stuffed animals. The goal of the game was to only use verbal communication to get your partner to the other side of the square without them stepping on the obstacles. It took me and my partner a little while but in the end it was really fun to get to the other side.

Here We Sit Like...

Birds in the Wilderness!

Hello all!
Since staff training, the Shankitunk staff has been keeping a close eye on a robin's nest located in the pool's buddy board. The aquatics director, Ellen, was the first to point out the four baby robins in the nest, and since then the lifeguards have been keeping close watch over their growth. Before each class or Rec period, they would check on the birds, and once again before locking up the pool. The entire staff has had a lot of fun watching the baby birds grow over the past three weeks.
Monday, when checking on the birds, it was pointed out that one of the birds had gotten out of the nest and was walking around in the buddy board on their own. Tuesday, when checking at the middle of the day, we realized that the baby birds had all flown from the nest! It is bitter-sweet for us to see them go, but we are hopeful that they will still visit the pool area throughout the rest of the summer!

~ Shankitunk Staff
** A photo of the birds from week 1 of the summer**

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

     Tie-Dye Disasters

Today in Arts and Crafts we did tie-dye. Everyone tie-dyed a bandanna but, if you wanted to tie-dye a white shirt , you could. First we started out by putting on gloves, then Emily handed out our trays. The colors were red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black. When we finished our bandannas we put them in plastic bags. Then I noticed that someones tray was spilled. I looked under the table and the floor was covered in tie-dye and, when i looked up, the chairs had dye on them too. I said something about it and they said to get paper towels. I went to go get paper towels and as I was cleaning it up the dye stained the floor. The chairs were fine but the floor was stained. Well, just another day at arts and crafts. I am excited to do the rest of the planned crafts for the week.

~ Claire

Monday, July 10, 2017

The First Day of Swimming

Hello my name is Sara,  I will be talking about one of my classes, it is swim. One of the things that we did was the front crawl, if you don't know what the front crawl is, it is a stroke for swimming. The first step is you have to make your hands straight, the next step is that when you kick you have to put your legs straight and kick straight. For our next class we are going to do the elementary back stroke. There are many strokes for swimming, there is the breast stroke and many more. They teach you a lot at Shankitunk about swimming and other classes too like rocketry, newspaper, crafts, backpacking, and many more. I hope you enjoyed this blog.

~ Sara

Welcome to the Shankitunk Blog!

Throughout the summer of 2017, the newspaper classes will be trying something new: a more modern form of the newspaper! Every day, we will have a few students write something up about the most exciting part of their day so far. Outside of classes, campers will be conducting interviews, surveys, and writing pieces of their own to also publish on the blog. We are very eager to start this new chapter for the newspaper class here at camp, and hope you enjoy our blog! ☺☺☺

~ The Newspaper Staff