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Where the Wild Things Are at GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, As I write, Mountainside is walking back from the Hunt Farm where they found out which adventure they were going on starting on Monday of next week.  Our Hunt Farm view looks right into heart of our Blue Ridge Mountains and was the perfect setting to set their minds toward the […]


A Special Day In So Many Ways!

Dear Parents & Friends, An absolutely beautiful day again here at camp as we held our Special Day for Session D.  The weather has been just as yesterday – breezy and clear.  As I write Riverside is gathering on the Gatehouse Green to see the silhouette of our mountains as the sun has already dropped.  […]


A High Pressure Overhead Brings the Best of the Best!

Dear Parents and Friends, We’ve had an unbelievable weather day here today.  I woke up early this morning to come shoot some footage of our view because it was so clear.  All day long it’s been crystal blue sky and a breeze blowing throughout.  We’re under a big high pressure that’s going to be around […]


Golden Days of Summer

Dear Parents and Friends, Today was a perfect summer day! Although the weather was cloudy for some of the day, we managed to avoid major rain outside of meal times and rest hour, allowing all activities to continue as normal. As we near the end of our first week of D session, it really feels like […]


Twilight Play – A Camper Favorite!

Dear Parents and Friends, Our day started much like the past few days with a cool morning followed by a warm but beautiful day with a breeze blowing all day long.  Thank goodness for the breeze.  It wasn’t as hot as it has been, but it was warm.  We held Twilight Play this evening, where […]


A Cooler Day and Wonderful Evening!

Dear Parents and Friends, Our day was sunny, bright and warm and with our shade, water activities and fun quotient it was a terrific day here at GV.   Tonight was Tajar Tales for Hillside  and s’mores night for those Brooksider’s.  We also had a giant picnic on the Green that everyone attended.  Our kitchen staff […]


It Was UK Day At GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, Today is UK (United Kingdom) Day here at good ole GV.  The whole day was mixed with good food, visits by reigning monarchy and a wonderful evening campfire that included many campers dancing, singing and being in skits.  Our international staff did a great job giving us a first-hand look at […]


Growing With Each New Experience!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a beautiful day here, a little warm but no rain or thunder storms which is rare so far this summer.  Campers dove right into their Discovery activities this morning with gusto.  It was a fine morning to visit with programs, so I started close to Downtown GV at the […]


Opening Day D Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, Thank you for bringing such a great group of campers today.  We’ve had a great day apart from a short thunderstorm during our lunch hour (perfect timing).  The added bonus from the rain that came through, was a cooling down from the previous hot days this week.  After lunch campers began […]


C, C-2 Closing and Video!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our C, C-2 Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time hosting your children.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate in.   We appreciate you taking the time to help us keep Gwynn Valley an outstanding […]


A Wonderful Way to Spend Our Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, We just finished our Friendship Campfire for Session C, C-2.  At campfire we honored the campers who have many years of Gwynn Valley summers.  As a tradition at our final campfire we honor those who are coming for their 4th and 5th year with a blanket for the 4th year and […]


Happy Birthday Tajar!

Dear Parents and Friend, Greetings from the land of FUN! The Tajar visited us last night and there was evidence of his mischief in Downtown GV this morning.  Boats, buckets, bowls, lawn mowers, tables, chairs and anything that didn’t grow hair was somehow amiss.  If you don’t know who the Tajar is, just ask your […]


Viva El Mexico!

Dear Parents & Friends, We are celebrating Mexico Day here at camp today.  Our morning started off on the Green learning about Mexico’s independence and it only got better as we took history and turned it into food.  Our breakfast and lunch so far today has been wonderful and this is authentic Mexican food.  We […]


A Special Day inspired by Dr. Seuss!

Dear Parents & Friends, Every Sunday at camp, when it’s not an opening day, is “Special Day” and today was truly  special!  The theme today was Dr. Seuss. Campers moved around camp participating in different activity stations with their cabin groups. Each station was inspired by a different book and brought to life by our counselors. […]


The Gold Rush Comes to Gwynn Valley and Saves Us!

Dear Parents & Friends, Here we are at the end of another great  and action packed day at Gwynn Valley! Main Camp is getting into a rhythm again as C2 campers settle into the flow of camp. We are well into Discovery’s, which means that campers are gaining skills in each morning activity.  As I […]


Farm Campfire and a Beautiful Day!

Dear Parents and Families, It was a hot and sunny day here today and we began with clear blue skies without our usual morning fog that sets into the French Broad Valley on normal days.  No rain came until dinner time and lasted through the meal and was gone by the time after supper activities […]


Opening Day of C-2, Riverside Returns and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, We welcomed our new campers for C-2 today and got off to a rousing start to begin that session. For those of you that dropped off your children today, I hope that you’re safe and sound and at your destination. You were shown to your cabins today by our SIT’s and […]


C Session, Mountainside and Riverside Marches On!

Dear Parents & Friends, As our C-1 session campers left today we still have our C session campers rolling right along and having signups all day today.  Mountainside started their training days today to get ready for adventures next week.  They chose their adventures a couple of nights ago and each group is using this […]


C-1er’s We Will Miss You and What a Last Great Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, It was a brilliant day at camp as we wound down in our C-1 Session.  Trips out of camp today were great and the campers took advantage of our warm and clear weather to bike, climb, and paddle.  I went out with the Kayakers to the French Broad this morning.  We […]


It Was Indeed a “Special Day”!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a day we’ve had…. hot and beautiful weather with a breeze all day long and big puffy clouds filling our exceptional view of the mountains.  Every Sunday at camp, when it’s not an opening day, is “Special Day” and it was truly  special.  The theme today was Disney and it’s […]


Hummingbirds, Cake & Appalachian Entertainment!

Dear Parents and Friends, Every day at Gwynn Valley is truly an adventure. When you wake up in the morning, you have an idea about where the day will take you, but you never really know what will unfold as the hours roll on. Today, was one of those days full of magical surprises. At the […]


Imagination at Camp – Powerful!

Dear Parents & Friends, It was an almost perfect day here at camp with great weather, a short shower during lunch and everyone enjoying the best that GV has to offer.  Some Brookside cabins went up to Mountainside tonight to see what that program is all about.  Mountainside is for those finishing 6th, 7th and […]


No Rain Today and Who Could Ask For More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Here we are at the end of another busy and beautiful day. It was first day in a while that we haven’t had rain.  It did rain a bit on our paddlers in Dupont on Lake Julia but none here at camp.  Several cabins were again camping out tonight, cooking dinner […]


A Great American Day and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Wow and the fun never stops here.  Yesterday was an unbelievable day as we celebrated the 4th here at camp.  It was such a full day we had little time to catch you on all the details of our “Great American Day”.  We started off with a wake up by Paul […]


Happy 4th of July!

Dear Parents  and Friends! We hope you’ve had a wonderful 4th of July and just finished our annual Fireworks Show and it’s been a full day.  Camp has celebrated in so many ways during this time of our nations history.  We will catch you up on our day tomorrow.  Hope all is well in your […]


Intermittent Sun and a Little Rain Never Spoils the Fun!

Parents and Friends, Our first full day at camp was pretty darn good.  We had a wee bit of rain just during lunch and it was over before the end of sign-ups and allowed a rain free rest hour and afternoon.  Having a tin roof on your cabin is different than home where you rarely […]


Session C, C-1 Opening!

Dear Parents & Friends, As folks arrived this morning it was clear that most of our families and campers are returners to Gwynn Valley.  In making the rounds today, I was just up on Mountainside where they were playing a game called “Breaking Up Housekeeping”, (strange name but fun game).  The question was, “how many […]