Center Stage: Purduettes Camp Day 2
The women of the Purduettes and the gentlemen of the Glee Club met early Tuesday morning on the steps of Elliot Hall to leave for Camp Tecumseh.
Katie Peine, Sarah Beatty, and Alyssa Beatty take a moment from their breakfast to smile for the camera. A wonderful sack breakfast was served by parents and the PMO staff to enjoy on the bus.
The women were put into several rooms randomly in order to get to know one another better. This was a great opportunity for new women to get closer to old and for old women who do not know much about one another to have the chance to learn more about their fellow old women.
After getting settled in their rooms, sophomores Erin Handy, Emily Friesen, Abby Green, and Katie Thomason stop to chat before heading down to rehearsal.
Led by Gold of Properties Sarah Kretzmann, the new women are taught how to do their first set up by the Sophomore Leaders.
Katie Persenaire, Sara McNally, and Cayla Mustin review some music to prepare themselves for the first rehearsal of the day.
While we reviewed previously learned songs, we also learned three completely new songs to the entire group: Glorificamus Te, God Bless America, and I Hear A Song.
Jon Ranard directs the first sopranos on their parts of I Hear a Song and encourages them to stay on top of the pitch.
Neal Morehead, Director of the Leadership Center Activities, welcomes the Purduettes and directs us on meal procedure at Tecumseh before lunch.
Sophomore Sara Wooten enjoys a delicious lunch with her sisters in song.
New and old women had a chance to practice some table songs during lunch including "By the Light of the Silvery Moon".
Gold of Public Relations Sarah Beatty gives a presentation on her committee duties, their importance, and also explains about how all Purduettes get involved with her committee throughout the year.
The Scholarship Committee put a new twist on committee presentations.
Gold of Scholarship Amanda Kaye Bills explains the essentials of maintaining Mind, Body, and Spirit and explains that keeping up one's academics and health as well as taking time out of the day for one's self can ultimately better a person's experience as a Purduette.
Sophomore Rachelle Buuck sang the solo from Glorificamus Te beautifully.
The Purduettes load up the camp bus to go participate in leadership games and activities.
On the short trip, the women were able to go over each other's information and sing songs to pass the time. It may have been a short bus ride but the women had a great chance to get to know each other a little more closely.
All sixty women of the Purduettes traveled to the Lake Village of Camp Tecumseh to work with Neal Morehead on leadership skills.
The first activity allowed the women to find unique similarities in one another which helped them to strike up conversations later that day.
The second activity allowed everyone to be a leader by having them lead a dance to several different types of music. This taught the ladies that while being a leader is important, being a good follower is just as important. Brittainy, Mindy, Hannah, and Emily rocked out to some funky music.
Many groups got creative with their dances.
This activity allowed the old women and new women to share many laughs and taught them how to let all their insecurities go.
The task in the third activity was to take one of the members of the group and flip them 360 degrees upside down. The challenge was that they also had a full glass of water that cold not be spilled. Leanne Shideler, a new woman, prepares to be flipped by her group members.