C-1 Says Goodbye and C Rolls On!

Dear Parents & Friends,

What a great session we just completed today for those of you that picked up your children for C-1. Thank you for sharing your children with us this past 10 days.  We’ve had a wonderful session and it was evident as we held our closing for Session C-1 Friendship Campfire last night.  It’s was a beautiful morning for closing and hope most everyone is safe and sound back home by the time you read this.

Soon you will receive an evaluation via email, sent to you by the camp and we hope you will take the time to fill it out and send it back.  This provides us with feed back to help make our program better.  The eval will come through a service called Constant Contact.  They will not solicit you in any way and you get only one correspondence from them.  We use their services and design the form here at camp.  We appreciate you taking the time to help us keep Gwynn Valley an outstanding program.

As our C-1 session campers left today we still have Mountainside participating in their training day and getting ready for adventures next week. They chose their adventures a couple of nights ago and each group is using this time to prepare and work on skills. The MS group will all head out on Sunday as will Riverside on their next outdoor component. Riverside is out paddling this week and ran the Tuckaseegee today and should be on the Nantahala tomorrow and then on to Section 9 of the French Broad. It’s one of my favorite sections of river in NC. We can’t wait to hear the stories from their adventures and look forward to having them back in camp.  I spent part of the morning and all afternoon with Mountainside paddlers. They had their first taste of moving water today on the upper French Broad and I will be out again with them on Thurs. afternoon as we raise the bar on their skills.

Creek hikes and tubing were the order of the day for some of our waterfront activities. A creek hike is a fun exercise and today was no exception. Our creek is spectacular as you ascend to the upper reaches of our property. You feel like you’re out the middle of the national forest but you’re only just few hundred yards from camp. We always take a lifeguard on the trip even though the pools are barely 4 feet in most places. Along on any trip is a radio (or cell phone if farther away), a first aid kit, an epi pen and staff qualified in first aid and CPR.

For those of you that still have children in camp, tonight is special. We have ice cream on the Green and show a movie in the Lodge. Tonight’s presentation is “Despicable Me 2”. I’ve not seen it, but hear it’s pretty good. It should be an early night and then up in the morning regular time and off to activities. We held regular activities for those children today and will do the same tomorrow.

For those of you that have arrived home we hope that your child’s experience has captured all the magic of what camp can be. We hope you will hear stories and songs as the weeks go by and camp becomes a great memory. Placed in the hands of a mature staff a camper really gains a good bit from “playing outside which produces growing inside”.  From all of us, thanks again for a great session.  Wonderful children, great staff and the Simple Joys of Childhood at Gwynn Valley!  Hope to see you next year! For those with children in our C Session stay tuned for the latest news and hope you’re having as much fun as we are.