Dear Parent and Friends,
Today was cool day at camp and then around 5:00 we got a little shower. It’s been the only rain we’ve really had this week after having rain last week. The cool weather is nice for all but water sports. We built a fire in the Lodge this morning for those that needed a warm-up between activities.
Archery always draws a crowd and today was no exception. Campers love target sports where we can zero on the bulls eye. We have a variety of bows that some of our youngest campers can shoot to some that are of the compound variety that take a bit more skill. Most of our activities have appropriate sized equipment for as many people as possible. I think sometimes our staff would like to have that same equipment that would fit them. Our little 1 ½ Jackson kayaks are so tiny and they’re made just like an adult boat but just a lot smaller. They are perfect for our program.
I went out with Mountainside this afternoon and ran a fun section of the French Broad. They will spend a bit more lake time with me over the weekend and will be leaving next Tues. on their final adventures. Next week, one of our regular instructors will be with them for their 4 days of paddling. Climbers, Pioneers, and Bikers were all out today. Each group came back to a great dinner of homemade pizza and salad. Riverside returned today as well and spent the last day on the Nantahala River. It’s was a cold day over with water temps year round about 48 -50 and air temps today were around 68 degrees. That’s a cold combination and one has to be careful when paddling in these temps. Our Mountainsiders went swimming today near the end of the trip and were pretty cold when we got to the take out. They had rain and spray jackets but only a couple of them wore the gear. Where they chose to swim was a good place to experience the power of water that’s barely to your knees.
The last afternoon of a session is always pillowcase day and almost all the cabins made it to the pool before the rain and thunder arrived late today. You can do amazing things with your pillowcase after it gets wet. Fill it air and it will keep you afloat for quite a while. It’s fun to go down the slide at the pool to see if you can fill it up before you hit the water.
We held our Friendship Campfire tonight and many children received their blankets and plaques for coming to camp for 4 or 5 years. It’s always fun to recognize these children as well as our staff and SIT’s who have attended even longer. Each year we see more of our campers coming back as staff. Seeing campers come back as staff is one of the best parts of my job. The reward of having them here brings me a lot of joy.
Speaking of joy, I’m sure you’ll be joyful as you arrive tomorrow to pick up your children. They will be waiting for you in the cabins. At 10:30 there will be a cabin friendship circle where all can join in. We do these each night and check in with campers to find out how their day has been. A lot happens in our day here at camp and it’s a good way to learn about the children’s experiences. After the cabin friendship circle, we welcome you to join us in the Lodge for our end of session campfire. After that feel free to have lunch with us and maybe walk around camp to see some of the activity areas. Thank you for sharing your children and hope to see you next year. Stay tuned!