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Another Saturday Night and We’ve Got Camp

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a cooler day here after a hot one yesterday.  Sorry for not blogging, as I was on a day off.  Spending a day away from camp is like spending a week away in our regular lives.  So much goes on here each day and a good bit of energy […]


Simple Joys!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another great day for D session at Gwynn Valley.  We just finished our campfire for Brookside campers , however many of them are camping out tonight at this hour and I’m sure are sitting around the campfire after a meal and some smores.  What is a campfire without smores.  I’m always […]


Twilight Play and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s Twilight Play tonight here at camp.  There are quite a few cabins on cookouts and campouts tonight so a good many people didn’t make it to the dining room.  They will do their dining around the campfire.  It’s a good night to campout because we had a shower during signups […]


International Day- Brazil & Australia!

Dear Parents & Friends, We’re getting a well timed shower just after the campers have left the Lodge from International Day which celebrated Australia and Brazil.  A great campfire tonight complete with slides, dancing, storytelling and music.  I love Tuesday’s at camp because we learn so much about the rest of the world.  Leon, who […]


Butterfly’s are free to fly!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s cooled off a bit after a brief shower this evening.  Our first full day of camp brought a host of new activities and campers joining in to make it a super first day.  The climbing wall was extremely busy this morning with Mountainside and Riverside there.  Riverside was working on […]


Opening Day Session D!

Dear Parents and Friends, Opening Day was the best.  Beautiful weather, great kids and smooth arrivals.  Hope you all had a safe trip home.  As I write I’m sure most everyone is snuggled down in their camp beds after a very full day filled the anticipation of returning to camp or coming for the first […]


Closing Day C/C-2 Safe Travels!

Dear Parents & Friends, As we wind down today I want to thank you for sharing your children with us this past session.  This is our 75th summer serving children at Gwynn Valley and the summer to the point has been terrific.  We will miss the joy that comes from our campers who have been […]


Session C/C-2 Coming to an End

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last day of the session.  We just finished our evening campfire program which is always called Friendship Campfire on the last night of camp.  It’s been a great session and we celebrated that by showing many of the pictures that you […]


Tajar Ball

Dear Parents & Friends, Tonight we celebrated the Tajar’s Birthday with a cookout, games, hayrides and of course everyone in costume.  We all just left the Lodge from an evening of magic and a short play written by the campers about Merlin and his children who run into a heap of trouble as they travel […]


UK Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been one heck of a day here at camp.  Today was UK day starting out with William Wallace’s crew (of Braveheart fame) running the English Lords out of Scotland by descending from the woods and taking the Green to declare their independence.  From there it was all uphill complete with […]


Campouts Tonight and WEB/OLS Campfire

Dear Parents & Friends, We’re still having some problems with the e-camp software and weren’t able to load all the pics tonight.  Hopefully we’ll get this worked out in the next day or two.  Bear with us.  I just returned from taking the Mountainside Bikers a spare bike.  They were having some mechanical issues with […]


Special Day – Carnival!

Dear Parents & Friends, As you’ve probably seen on the web site, we’re experiencing upload problems with the e-camp software.  For several days it’s been acting up and we were unable to load photos from today.  We’ll keep trying through the evening because we’ve got some great shots from the day.  Today was “special day” […]


Not just another Saturday!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a beautiful day here at Gwynn Valley with a little thunder but no rain to speak of.  Program went on all day long with no delays.  I was on a day off yesterday and that’s why there was no blog.  My son’s birthday was also yesterday so it was […]


Twilight Play and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another glorious day here at camp with clear skies and warm temps.  Tonight is Twilight Play when after supper activities are extended into the evening.  It’s a great time to take part in some activities that you maybe haven’t participated in or want to spend a bit more time in.  There […]


C-2 Opening and C Continues!

Dear Parents and Friends, Thanks for such a smooth opening day for C-2 Session.  The weather was perfect and everyone at this hour is visiting with the sandman.  Serenade was a couple of hours ago and that’s a time when our staff go around to each cabin to let them know it’s time for lights […]


C-1 Closes, C Continues

Dear Parents & Friends, Thanks so much for such a smooth closing today and hope everyone is safe at home or well on their way to another adventure.  We enjoyed having your children over the last 10 days and will look forward to having them back next year.  Look for a survey to come your […]


Last Day of C-1!

Dear Parents & Friends, Our time is fleeting and as we just ended campfire I really hate to see this session come to an end.  We will miss the campers who have been here for the last 10 days.  Yesterday was such a busy day that I didn’t have time to write.  Some days are […]


C/C-1 First Week

Dear Parents & Friends, If you didn’t see a blog up last night it was because Anne and I had time off.  Mr. and Mrs. Camp Director need a bit of time off once in a while too.  We were back in the saddle again today to a full day of sunshine and clear weather.  […]


Thursday Means Twilight Play!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another warm sunny day here at camp filled by active children and staff.  Mountainside was back on their mini-adventures today with MS campers going in 4 different directions to get a feel for the 4 adventures they will be able to choose from.  Riverside returns tomorrow from Linville Gorge where they’ve […]


Sunny and Beautiful!

Dear Parents & Friends, We were a little tired this morning after staying up a bit later last night to watch fireworks and man, they were good.  Hats off to Team Maintenance for their splendid pyro-techniques display.  It was a great day following another great day here at GV.  The waterfront has been a most […]


Happy 4th of July !?

Dear Parents & Friends, Happy 4th of July (even though it’s the 6th).  Our day started out quite chilly with the temperature at 59 degrees and a cool morning.  Good sleeping weather.  We celebrated all day long and it’s not over yet.  I’m taking a break just after campfire tonight to write to you all […]


A GV Kind of Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, It was a splendid first day here at camp today.  Perfect weather, great campers, good food and a great start to C/C-1 session.  Normally, Mountainside and Riverside are hard to capture since they are so mobile.  We found both programs at the Climbing Wall today, one starting their mini-adventure and Riverside […]


C-1/C Opening Day & July 4th

Dear Parents & Friends, Thanks so much for such a smooth opening day and Happy 4th.  We hope that you’re safe at home or at least in a place of choice where you can rest and relax.  Beautiful weather this morning and afternoon as your children began their camp experience.   After lunch today program got […]


Session B last full day

Dear Parents & Friends, What a day we had today.  Great last day of Session B.  I can hardly believe it’s over.  Just finished campfire with some great songs by staff and campers.  We have some very talented people here and it was in evidence tonight as we shared with one another at friendship campfire.  […]