Dear Parents and Friends,
What a great day here and I can’t believe it’s gone so fast this week. Isn’t that how it works. When you’re having fun, things tend to speed up and go too fast. We held sign-ups this morning and every single activity you could think of was up and running. Capture the flag ruled the athletic field and around in that vicinity. We also had several trips out today including climbers that went to climb Cove Creek which is up in Pisgah. There’s a miniature sliding rock nearby but don’t know if they took advantage of that. Our climbing staff do a great job of engaging our campers and actually teach them how to belay with a counselor backup so up to three people are involved in each climb including the climber. It’s a focused, involved and fun situation.
Our kayakers were out today as well and we took on the mighty French Broad nearby camp. I went with this group and we were back before lunch. Most of these paddlers were not comfortable with wearing the skirts so we had a more leisurely paddle. The emphasis was on reading the river and control of your boat as well as learning angles and how the water reacts to you, your boat and your paddle. Eddy turns, peel outs, ferrying, river bends, strainers, swim position and more were words and phrases from the day.
The afternoon was filled with packing and of course pillowcase day where everyone goes to the pool and takes their pillowcase along. You get it wet and fill it with air – voilà, you have a floatation device. It was the perfect day to be at the pool and everyone enjoyed their last swim. Along with pillowcase day is our traditional last meal of pizza and of course a delicious dessert of brownies. Some campers had dessert early today at the mill, where peach and fudge ice cream were made in the morning. Eating here is a lot of fun because of all the good food. We spent time together at the table and don’t just eat and run. There’s always time for good conversation and finding out what people are doing as the day progresses.
After supper activities is always a nice time at the end of the day. It’s cooler and is perfect for some running sports like ultimate Frisbee or soccer. Tonight it was ultimate and of course Thunderball. If you’ve never played it’s fast paced with lots of running. You can’t run with the disc but can throw it a long way. As soon as it’s missed by the team that throws it, the other team gets the disc. It’s very similar to many of our sports taking the best of each. It does take some skill to throw and it’s also a game of opportunities where you get many chances to catch and throw.
Friendship campfire was filled with talent and folks singing songs and readings along with a great slide show made from the pictures you all have been seeing over the past couple of weeks. Last week, I think I wrote about Debbie, our pianist being such an asset during these times. She adapts to whatever is going on in the Lodge and she’s tickling the piano keys to match the emotion in the room. What a gift!
As you arrive tomorrow friendship circles will be in each cabin at 10:30 unless you’re on Mountainside and Riverside and they will conduct their campfire for parents at the same time. Our final campfire for Main Camp will be at 11:00 in the Lodge and your welcome to stay and have some delicious GV farm food at 12:00. See you tomorrow and safe travels!