Keep it high energy and keep it short.
It never fails, ever. So introductions were given and campers were informed of the YMCA's four core values: respect, responsibility, honesty & caring. The villages VC's (village chiefs) were then called up one at a time to introduce their staff and show off feats of strength or short skits! These are high energy and usually involve something like shaving cream or buckets of water on fellow staff. As things came to an end each village was cheered for and campers were very excited to start session #3 with their very weird but very fun counselors! And opening campfire ended an hour after it began with enough time to spare for campers to get settled in in their respective villages.