We’re All Mad Here.
By Noa Billick
The Queen of Hearts told Alice that she once believed six impossible things before breakfast: Camp North Star’s Alice in Wonderland theme day would not have been an impossible thing to believe in.
I watched Alice in Wonderland when I was a little girl – since the age of about six years old, this classic Disney film has stuck with me. Little details like singing flowers, letters made of smoke, mushrooms that look like cheese, eating a plate like a cookie, and exactly half a cup of tea have stayed with me.
Our morning was spent watching the 1951 Disney version of Alice in Wonderland while enjoying breakfast. This put us into a thoroughly dream-like mindset, ready for a whimsical day filled with Alice’s adventures in wonderland. After some camp cleanup, we returned to the main field and ate lunch on an incredibly long picnic table similar to the tea party table in the animated film. Our lunch was followed by a very merry un-birthday celebration, where each cabin had their own un-birthday cake to share.
We returned from our cabins to the main field for some mystical activities, such as knocking the teeth out of a giant Cheshire Cat, taking photos with props in front of a giant mushroom, decorating top hats, and playing croquet, amongst many other things.
Counselors and campers alike dressed in Wonderland-esque outfits and celebrated the beauty of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. I felt like channeling my inner Queen of Hearts, so I decided to paint the middle of my lips like a red heart, along with a few other counselors.
I was stationed at the photo booth, armed with a digital camera, a box of props, and some incredible Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum cardboard cutouts. The kids I took pictures of had particularly big smiles! The campers really enjoyed this theme day, as they got to dress up and spent the day as though they were in the classic Disney film. As someone who has attended Camp North Star for six years, this is one of the absolute best weekend activities I have ever experienced. There was so much thought, effort and consideration put into making this theme day the best it could be. Specifically, as a counselor, Camp North Star’s Alice in Wonderland day was one of the most incredible and fun activity days to have been apart of.