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B Session Closing – Thanks for a Great Session!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our B Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time for the two week session.  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 […]


Final Full Day of B Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, We just finished Friendship campfire and everyone is headed back to their cabin.  Our day started with rain but by lunch, it was the perfect day for being outdoors and active with camp.  Due to the rain, we had to cancel several trips including kayaking, climbing, and biking.  Each group made […]


Tajar Ball – Mountainside / Riverside Return!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another cool morning gave way to afternoon showers but a wonderful day again at camp.  It was our last full day of programming and it started out with a bang.  The Tajar was full of folly last night and left much evidence of his mischief as we arrived at breakfast.  There […]


Celebrating Poland and Ireland!

Greetings from Gwynn Valley! Every Tuesday we celebrate a different country or group of countries, and this week is no exception! International days involve sharing culture, food, language, and traditions from our international friends. Last week was UK today, which included staff representatives from England, Scotland, and Wales. Today we celebrated the Republic of Ireland […]


Camps Values and How It Changed the Monkey Kingdom!

Dear Parents & Friends, Happy Sunday to all and here at camp it was “Special Day”, which always bring us together for a camp-wide game.  Well almost everyone as Riverside took off today for their backpacking segment.  They are on the Art Loeb Trail which starts just around the peak of Cold Mountain and yes […]


Adventures Ahead for Mountainside and Riverside!

Greetings from Gwynn Valley, We’ve had another gorgeous day at Gwynn Valley, which wrapped up with one the most beautiful sunsets yet of the summer! As I watched the sky turn pink this evening, I’m reminded of all the simple joys that make up a day at camp. From laughter around the dinner table to […]


Building Bridges in Many Ways!

Dear Parents & Friends, A spectacular day here at GV with typical early summer weather, low 80’s and a constant breeze blowing all day long.  We had a short shower just during dinner, but Mr. sun came out and it’s back to beautiful.  Tomorrow is the last day of Discovery activity and all next week […]


Summer Solstice!

Dear Parents & Friends, When was the last time you milked a cow or goat or fed a baby calf?  For many of us, maybe never or perhaps just a few times.  For these campers here at camp it happens every day.  Like clockwork, these animals need nurturing and care and they get the best.  […]


Celebrations and Dignitaries Make a GV Appearance

Dear Parents and Friends, Lots of sun and some rain were a part of our day here at GV.  A thunderstorm rolled in just near the end of rest hour this afternoon and we had to hunker down in our cabins for a while before afternoon activities started.  Our Thorguard Lightening System gave us fair […]


First Full Day of B Session and Off to a Great Start!

Dear Parents and Friends, I can just barely see the outline of the mountains as camp settles into our quiet time of the evening.  Our staff are putting campers to bed and singing, playing music, or reading stories as they drift off on our first full day of B Session.  We just finished a mountain […]


“B” Session Opening and More!

Dear Parents and Friends, Opening Day for B Session was awesome.  We had cool weather in morning fading in the perfect afternoon to hold swim assessments and get into activities right off the bat.  Everyone attended lunch and then it was off to the Lodge to choose activities for Discoveries this week.   This is important […]


Farewell to Session A and Video Recap!

Dear Parents and Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our A Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and will carry lots of good memories from those children that were here for 7 days.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate […]


A Great Session to Start Off the Summer!

Dear Parents and Friends, It is just after our Friendship Campfire which is always on the last night of the session.  Several cabins are out on the Gatehouse Green watching the sun go down and catching fireflies as they capture the remaining time here with us in the Valley.  It’s been a beautiful last day […]


A Sunny Tajar Ball Day!

Parents and Friends, We have some catching up to do and it’s been a wonderful day, starting with a little Tajar Folly or Foolery.  Our ever-present Tajar left his mark by leaving our Downtown GV a little bit in disarray this morning.  There were boats on the Green, paddles spelling out his name, inner tubes […]


Partnering With Others!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another super day at GV brought more sunshine than we anticipated.  It was supposed to rain today but held off till just before the campfire.  It only lasted for about 30 minutes which was nice for our cabins camping out tonight.  They were scattered about over our property in dry and […]


Playing Outside and Growing Inside!

Today was a great start to our regular days here in session A.  We started our Morning Discovery Activities and I was able to make it around to a good many of our first day activities.  On the athletic field campers and staff were playing the most popular game in the world – soccer or […]


Opening Day A Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, Welcome to Session A and another great year of Gwynn Valley.  We had a wonderful opening day here and we’re off to a terrific start.  After a buffet lunch at noon today, we all headed to the Lodge for a bit of singing with Debbie on the 88’s and then made […]