Dear Families and Friends,
What a great day we had here at Gwynn Valley! With plenty of activities, some packing for our older programs, and a special guest, it was a fun-filled day! We started the morning with delicious homemade corn muffins, sausage, eggs, and fruit! A delicious and energizing start to a full day for everyone. As discoveries were enjoyed by our Main Campers, our Riversiders and Mountainsiders packed for the 4-day adventures that they will be embarking on tomorrow! Riversider will be departing on their third and final adventure where they’ll be hiking part of the Art Loeb trail. On Mountainside, campers also spent the day packing, enjoying calm activities, and resting up before they head off on either climbing, hiking, earth skills, paddling, or biking adventures.
Our Young Leaders assisted in leading discoveries in the morning and participated in leadership training in the afternoon. These trainings are lead by various leadership staff on camp and focus on different key leadership concepts. Today’s was about synergy and the importance of a strong group dynamic.
We enjoyed an extra-long rest hour today thanks to a few scattered thunderstorms in the area. As soon as we got the all-clear, afternoon activities proceeded as normal and campers enjoyed their sign-ups feeling recharged and ready!
Tonight was our Special Guest campfire, where we welcome Puppeteer and ATL native, Jake Krakovsky to camp for a presentation and performance about puppets! Jake and his puppet friend Phil taught us about the history of puppetry, puppets used in different cultures, the various types of puppets, and his experiences as a puppeteer! Almost all of camp was there to see his show, and every cabin, from playhouse to Joe Pye enjoyed the performance! Jake was also a camper here and his sister Sloan is one of the Mountainside Logistics this summer! It’s always exciting to see how former campers have grown up and where life has taken them. Jake was commenting on the nostalgia he was feeling listening to Debbie’s music and walking around camp. There are so many special moments at camp that we all carry with us over the years.
We hope that you all have your own special memories of Gwynn Valley that bring you peace and joy. We will certainly be making more memories over the next few days as adventures will depart and Special Day arrives!