A Connection to Camp

Although it is early February, we’ve had some beautiful spring weather here at camp with temperatures in the 60s, blue skies, and daffodil shoots pushing up through the ground with their bulbs waiting to open. All these changes in the natural world are reminders that camp is right around the corner, and we are SOOO excited! In just four months, our first campers will arrive for A session and our staff will have just finished a variety of staff training programs. These warm temperatures make us anxiously await all the activity that happens during the summer season.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Video Highlights from each session during the 2019 summer, I recommend it as a great way to get excited about coming to camp in 2020, especially new camper families. Video Highlights offer a peek into the activities at camp and the fun that is had, which may help diminish some of those anxious feelings that all campers experience leading up to the summer season. Our 2019 photo and video team (Liv, Jacob, and Charis) did a wonderful job catching the magic that happens at camp, the smiles and the laughter, the friendships made, the skills learned, and so much more. You can find the video highlights listed by session on our website under the video gallery: https://gwynnvalley.com/who-we-are/video-gallery/. Who knows, maybe you will catch a glimpse of yourselves or our wonderful video team at the Oscars later this month; you never know!  

Each summer, our photo and video team tries to share a glimpse of camp life with our parents and families while their children are at Gwynn Valley. It’s a way for parents who are “camp sick” to get to see snippets of the many activities going on at camp, and to hopefully see their child practicing a newly learned skill, making a new friend, or hanging out with their cabin group. Although we aren’t able to post a photo of every child every day, we do our best to provide families with a link and a connection to camp. 

At the core of what we do, camp creates connections. At Gwynn Valley, we like to say that life begins in the cabin and works outward into program. Making and strengthening authentic friendships is one of the many important skill building opportunities that camp affords to children and teenagers. Community living in the cabin helps create these bonds, which travel out into program and table families. One of the joys of growing older is being able to witness and experience the many strong friendships campers have made throughout the years that have carried into adulthood. We see this in so many of our counselors and staff whose best friends were fellow campers in their cabin or Mountainside adventure group. It’s so amazing to think that this connection to friends and community has been happening since 1935. 

If you haven’t had a chance to watch the 2019 video highlights or to look through the photos from camp with your child, please do! This is a great way for your family to get excited about the summer, talk about friendships made, discuss the challenges overcome, and to experience a connection to camp.