Dear Families and Friends,
What a wonderful day we had at camp! Every Tuesday we have an International Day to celebrate staff members who live all over the world. Today we celebrated our staff from South Africa as well as Turkey. We started the day off with a delicious Turkish breakfast and got to hear the national anthems of both countries. As always, the morning was a full one with campers choosing from a wide variety of sign-up activities. Feeling confident with their discovery activities behind them, campers had the chance to participate in some more unique and in-depth program offerings today. While some chose a relaxing tubing trip down the nearby French Broad River for two hours, others enjoyed an active “Bike & Swim” afternoon. Still, others were able to hone their skills down at the stables with some lessons in trotting.
After a full day of activities, we enjoyed an amazing South African feast for dinner followed by our international day campfire. We learned about the history and culture of both South Africa and Turkey, and we even got to learn a traditional Turkish dance! Thanks to our Fine Arts campers we also enjoyed lively enactments of South African folktales. We are so fortunate to have such a globally diverse community here at camp. One of our core values at Gwynn Valley is acceptance, and learning about different cultures on international days helps to enrich our campers’ sense of community and understanding.
It’s certainly been a fulfilling day here on Main Camp, and we are looking forward to welcoming our Mountainside and Riverside campers back from their adventures tomorrow. Tomorrow night’s Tajar Ball is the perfect opportunity to come back together and celebrate as a whole camp community! We can’t believe how quickly this session has flown by and we know there are many more memories to be made with these amazing kids in our last few days together.