A Day to Remember

Dear Parents and Friends,

It’s been another great day at camp. We had a thunder boomer this evening right after dinner which put a damper on 4 cabin campouts. Never fear, they will reschedule and make it happen. The day started off with a strong group of mountain bikers heading to the Hunt Farm to test their metal on the new trail over there. We just finished building it in the Spring and it’s a good beginner/intermediate trail. The faster you ride it the more of a workout you get. It’s rolling with no step hills but several sharp turns that require fast reflexes. Mountain biking is one of the untethered sports where the campers has a great deal of independence and can really feel a sense of freedom within the confines of two counselors at either end of the group. In this case it’s Ben and Erin. Erin ran our program last year and hails from New Zealand and Ben is a Senior at Brevard College studying in the Wilderness Education Dept. He’s an outstanding biker and has the ability to tone down his personal riding and adapt his skills to teaching beginners at camp. Between he and Erin we have great teachers in that program. Erin is spending time working in the Main Camp Logistics position when she’s not on a bike.

Our kayakers are getting ready for a river trip which will happen next week. Those who feel comfortable with their wet exits and have learned to handle their boats on the lake will be going off site for a trip. Remaining in the water world, we’re catching lots of fish down at the Mill. We should be having a fish fry soon. Soccer and archery rounded out the morning on the sports pitch. There’s at least one soccer game every day at camp and more often there’s more than one. After all it is the world’s #1 sport (behind ACC Basketball). Pottery, while not a sport does take a fair amount of coordination. I’ve been in camping a long time and haven’t yet been able to master the proper throwing of a pot. Practice and perseverance will get you there.

The Riversiders came home tonight after 4 days out on NC rivers. They spent the first two days on the Green to get their sea legs and then progressed to the Tuck over around Dillsboro and then today paddled the Nantahala. The Nanty is a great teaching river and offer the paddler a lot of chances to play and ply its waters. It’s a good trout stream which means it’s cold and colder than most, because it drains off the bottom of a lake. Year round temperature of the water is not much above 52 degrees if that much. They had a great time putting in at Delbar’s Rock and taking out at Surfers Rapid. Only one boat went over all day trying to negotiate Whirlpool rapid and trying to ferry out of the whirlpool. I think they had a blast as was evident in the dining room tonight upon their return. They came in after campfire and ate leftovers of jambalaya and several other tasty dishes. It’s amazing how campers can be revived after putting some food in their bodies. It was quite a transformation.

There is someone almost always on the zip line when the waterfront is open. It’s a great ride and everyone’s challenge is to perform a spiderman (hanging upside down) while zipping. Harder than it looks. We’ll try and get some photos.

There are not a whole lot of photos this evening because Natalie our photographer is off tonight. I would normally take pics but I’m getting ready for our American Camp Association re-accreditation tomorrow. We getting our once every three re-accreditation and will be visited by two other camp directors who will spend most of their day with us and looking at every aspect of camp. They’ll arrive about 8:00 and will be with us most of the day. We’ll keep you posted on how we do. Stay tuned!

Grant