Dear Parents & Friends,
It’s a cool night here at camp and tomorrow morning it will dip down to 60 or the high 50’s. That’s good sleeping weather up here. We had a shower earlier this evening just before dinner and that started the cool down. We stoked those little furnaces with Chili tonight at dinner served with cucumber salad, rice, cornbread and honey and butter. The chili and rice was the perfect fuel to propel us into Twilight play which is our extended version of after supper activities. Usually it’s about 40 to 45 minutes long but tonight it was well over an hour with many great activities offered. Capture the flag literally captured a good many people. Candles, horseback riding, mountain biking, kayaking and a host of others rounded out the evening. 6 cabins were on campouts tonight and it’s a spectacular sunset happening as I write. By now they’ve cooked out, had dinner, have a roaring fire going and are probably about to serve up some smores.
Water polo has been a favorite this summer and we play at the pool. If you’re a shallow swimmer, this really helps with your swimming skills. You can start off with a swimming noodle +which makes you a little more buoyant. Swimming with the ball in front of you is such good exercise and also provides stamina. Cindy who runs our waterfront told me this evening that many of the children had really improved their strokes and were so much more confident in the water because of water polo. I saw some confidence gained today in our mountain biking program. I subbed in for a staff member who was on a day off and got to ride with both groups this morning. The first hour had some beginning riders that I worked with. These are campers that can ride a bike but our terrain has lots of features that are quite different from the yard/street/sidewalk at home. Learning how to ride in the attack position and being able to shift your weight around was the first thing we tackled. The attack position is when your pedals are even at the 9/3 or 3/9 position depending on which foot you want to place forward. You’re also standing up out of the saddle with your weight evenly distributed over the entire bike depending on the terrain which we teach in a later lesson. We keep a couple of fingers on the brake levers ready to use those if you need them. We first started off in that position riding down a slight incline and then went to maneuvering the bike around a few obstacles in that position and then finally going off several small drops about 4 to 6 inches high. Everyone did great which led into a ride around camp utilizing our terrain with its many features. We got on the single track bike trail at the end our session and went about a ¼ of the way up our trail and rode back down because we were running out of time. Big improvements with this group!
Mountainside chose their activities today and will be heading out on Monday for their adventures. I have a Mountainsider at my table and she was very excited about being on the climbing adventure. We have a great staff up there with super leadership. I wish my own children hadn’t aged out of that program because I’d love to have the staff as their mentors and role models. It’s all about the staff and the role they play while your children are here at camp. Conal, our assistant waterfront director, told stories in his Irish accent tonight as thunder and showers ran some of us indoors before supper. It just sounds better with the accent and not to mention he’s a great guy and good teacher. It’s hard to take your place here at camp but we’re doing our best. Tomorrow’s forcast-zero chance of rain and lots of sun. Stay tuned!