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2023-2024 Year-Round connectivity

While many of our campers stay connected year-round through letters, calls, texts, and FaceTimes, the Malta Camp family also comes together as a group periodically to celebrate holidays and spend time with friends.

Fall 2023

Welcome to the first of many Malta Camp quarterly updates. As many of you know, Malta Camp is so much more than a week – it is about the community we build! And to keep that community strong, we have reunion events every few months to bring as many of our camp family members together as possible. This fall, we had 2 reunion events, one in-person in Boston and a second virtual Halloween party.

In mid-October, about 25 people joined us for an afternoon of fall activities. Volunteers came from across the country, with several flying in a few days early to help set up for our afternoon of festivities. Together our group decorated pumpkins, jumped on a moon bounce, and enjoyed lunch. We FaceTimed Guests and volunteers from across the country, passing phones around for everyone to say hi. At a scrapbooking station, everyone made posters and cards filled with pictures of their favorite camp memories surrounded by fun stickers. It was a day filled with lots of hugs, a few happy tears, and the infectious joy that overwhelms the room every time this group gets together!

Funny faces photo at in-person reunion in Boston

Then on Saturday, October 29, we hosted a virtual Halloween party! After lots of excited hellos and time for people to show off their costumes, it was time for a dance break. We danced along to classic Halloween songs and some popular camp favorites. It was so much fun catching up with friends we hadn’t seen in a while and getting to see the full group together. We discussed our favorite Halloween movies and favorite candies before taking on a group challenge. Working together, we solved a puzzle to reveal the location and dates for Malta Camp USA 2024… drum roll please… next year we will be heading back to Siena College for Malta Camp from June 23-28. After a few more dances, we said our goodbyes, all excited for our next reunion!

Things got spooky at our virtual Halloween party
During one of our virtual parties, everyone worked together to reveal the dates and location of Malta Camp USA 2024

Winter 2023 - 2024

Happy 2024! As we mark the beginning of a new year, the heart of our community continues to beat strong - keeping us connected in spirit and purpose. This winter season has seen the strength of our community continue to grow through virtual events, where laughter, creativity, and joy abounded.

In December, our virtual Christmas party twinkled with festive cheer! From lively rounds of Christmas would-you-rather— imagine choosing between tinsel for hair or Christmas lights for fingernails!— to our hilarious MadLibs rendition of "The Night Before Christmas," and heartwarming carol singing, the spirit of the season was truly magical. Everyone was decked out in Christmas sweaters, some cozy others funny, bringing smiles and warmth to our screens. It was a memorable celebration for all!

It's not Christmas without a Malta Camp party!

In February, love was in the air as we gathered virtually for our Valentine's party. Together, we indulged in sweet delights with cookie decorating, tested our wits with trivia, and embraced the fun of classic games like Simon Says. The highlight was our interactive matching game, where campers uncovered exciting news—mark your calendars for Saturday, April 6th, from 1-3pm – when we’ll be hosting a virtual Easter celebration, our final virtual event before we all get together in-person at camp! As our call concluded, everyone talked about how excited they were to go back to camp, with a few people mentioning they had already begun packing for our time together!

Malta Camp USA participants celebrated Valentine's Day together at our virtual party
At our virtual Valentine's party, we decorated cookies together, in addition to playing games like Simon Says

At the heart of these gatherings lies our unwavering commitment to fostering connection, joy, and inclusivity. As we eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring and the promise of new beginnings, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to each of you for being an integral part of our Malta Camp family. We look forward to more moments of laughter, friendship, and growth as we gear up for camp this summer!

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