Dear Parents & Friends,
Anne, the kids and I just returned Monday from a relaxing week at the beach and we’re setting the stage to crank up for the new year here at Gwynn Valley. Thanks so much for sharing your children with us this summer. Each session brought all the joy that comes with their arrival and experience here at Gwynn Valley. As we begin preparations for our 75th year, a true milestone, I’m reminded of the simple joys that were realized here at camp this summer. Many experiences are savored and accomplishments are made while at camp but for me the thing that tops the list is building human relationships. Coming to camp not knowing anyone and making new friends that could last a lifetime is priceless. Or coming to camp with your friends from last year and rekindling the friendship in a wonderful and creative environment. The other aspect of a camp experience starts with counselors. They set the stage in so many ways for the campers experience and life in the cabin is the building block to move out into program. Staff are creating “camp DNA” as they embed great memoires in the recesses of campers brains. Camp also encourages exploration and a camper who is curious loves to explore and enhance their experience here, will no doubt become a leader. The camp community nurtures and facilitates those willing to approach healthy risks; those willing to try, fail, and try again; and those who understand the value of working together to accomplish the greater good. That greater good comes back in full circle to that daily interaction with other campers and staff; to a place that is unplugged where conversation is real and not from a screen, keyboard or text. What better place for a child and the simple joys of Gwynn Valley!