If you’re thinking, ‘hmm… This does not look like Honeycomb Valley…’, you’re right! It’s not! We have arrived in Appaloosa Plains for the third annual addition of Camp Windiwell. The summercamp proved to be more popular each year and teens from many places other than just Honeycomb Valley were signing up.
After a long busride camp counselors Don and Kylie had arrived with 10 teens. This year the group consists of the following teens:
Some teens in this group have some history together.
Lison and Elliott are a couple, well, kind of, because how serious can a long distance relationship with a 13 year old get, really? They met when Lison went on an exchange to Enekjaer and really liked each other. They also met again, when Elliott visited Sandy Valley a while later and that stay was again wonderful for both parties. However, Lison also had a crush on Silas last summer when he visited Sandy Valley.
Molly met Holly and Kyra in Honeycomb Valley when she was there for the Athletic Festival in March. She particularly made a connection with Holly as both girls love horses, gossiping and talking about boys! Molly has a huge crush on Seth Day, Silas’ twin, but unfortunately, he’s not here.
Logan and Benjamin became good friends when they met at Windiwell last year. They both love fishing and dogs so they have lots to talk about.
Kyra has had a crush on her friend Logan for YEARS, but he doesn’t seem to notice her. Not as anything other than a friend that is. They watched the stars together last summer, but that’s it. Nothing more happened, through out the entire year…
Now, that’s a little background, now, let’s see what they got up to, shall we?
After the kids brought their stuff to their cabins, they assembled at the stage to hear what Don and Kylie had to say.
Don and Kylie explained the rules and told the kids when they were up for kitchen duty. Then Kylie said that, instead of doing the grouppicture at the beginning of camp, they would do it at the end, but she did want to snap a polaroid picture of each of them accompanied by an assignment. Each teen would receive their picture with the camp name and their own name printed on it and was asked to write on the picture what they expected from Camp Windiwell, what they hoped and wished for this summer or why they came here. They were told to hang on to these pictures so that by the end of camp they could look back and see if what they wrote actually happened. Just for fun! The pictures were private and wouldn’t be shared with the group. (But will be shared here, Simlish translated to English for easy reading. 😉 )
We’ll see how much of that will actually happen…
After all this, the teens had the rest of the day to themselves to explore the camp and get (re-)acquainted. Logan and Khalid weren’t off to a great start…
Lison and Elliott did better and immediately went for a game of gnubb together.
Kyra and Silas discovered a turtle which they watched together for a long time. Fascinating!
Molly and Holly were already back to gossiping!
Ben found a banister to slide down.
Lison also had a chat with Silas. Now that she was with Elliott, she suddenly had no trouble talking to Silas anymore. She still thought he was cute though!
***Note: I guess this is a good point in the story to make a little gameplay note. When I play Windiwell, I play by different rules than when my sims are home. Because I have a big town and my sims go about their business when I’m not there, I use Nraas Story Progression to make sure they don’t autonomously make babies, break up, cheat and the works. I don’t like going back to a family I haven’t played in a while and find the parents divorced and mum pregnant by another man. But at Windiwell, I turn the flirt and romance options of SP on again, so the teens can decide for themselves who they’ll flirt (and fight) with and all that. Makes for a much more interesting summer and since they’re in Appaloosa Plains. the settings won’t affect my sims in Honeycomb Valley. I don’t control flirts at Windiwell at all. Not even if I think two sims would be good together. At the first edition of camp, Finn and Esme got together that way even though I would never have thought of them as a couple before that summer. Once two sims BOTH have the wish to kiss one another, I do help them out. In my experience, autonomous kisses between teens who are not yet romantically involved are quite rare, so I will help them there, but only if BOTH parties have the wish to do so. Other than that, they’re on their own… So when Lison went up to Silas I just watched. They ended up just chatting though.***
I don’t know if Elliott was jealous because Lison had talked to Silas, or if something else was going on, but suddenly this happened:
Logan looked up Kyra to do the cool kids greet. It’s not exactly romance, but at least he was paying attention to her…
And Lison and Elliott continued their discussion inside…
Rain fell that night, so the teens spent the night indoors and then were told to go to their cabins for the night. First brush your teeth though! Kyra and Silas were again having a chat. It looks like these two will be very good friends.
While her best friend Holly stayed behind in the bathroom to gossip with Molly, Kyra made a new friend of her own.
And of course summercamp isn’t summercamp without a good PILLOWFIGHT!
The next morning Kylie woke up early to make breakfast.
Benjamin was up early too. The fish tend to bite more in the mornings, you know!
They just cleaned. Exciting stuff!
Luckily the rain had disappeared and it was in fact a very warm day. Since most kids (and Don) wanted to go to the Summerfestival, that’s where they went!
Once there, Khalid and Logan had a good chat (in a barn?). It seems that, despite their rocky start, these two are actually starting to get along.
Lison and Kyra had some ice.
Soon it got busier on the rollerskating rink.
Some skaters clearly were more talented than others…
And then there was Don, who actually is the biggest kid of all, because he, autonomously, went to get his face painted.
Molly and Holly decided to have a waterballoon fight. These two were really starting to become inseparable!
But Molly did take a break to “enthuse about dogs” to Logan. Score! There’s nothing Logan loves more than dogs, so he obviously thought Molly was pretty cool after this.
In the midst of all this, were Kyra and her new friend Silas. Slowdancing. Kyra was really starting to like this new boy who was being so charming towards her. Was Logan getting some competition?
Holly decided if she wanted to “kiss a cute boy” like she wrote on her picture, action needed to be taken. And she already picked out who the boy had to be. He was charming, sexy and 16! So she decided to try a little flirting on Khalid.
Holly was no Edyta, that much was sure, but Khalid had come for distraction and distraction she was. Blonde distraction. So he didn’t hesitate to flirt back.
When the day drew to an end the kids decided to have a big waterballoon fight together. Well, with the exception of Molly and Ben who were entering in an eating contest (blergh) and Elliott who was still making twirls on the rollerskating rink.
It had been a good and eventful first day and a lot was still to come! Read about that in…