C-1/C Opening Day & July 4th

Dear Parents & Friends,

Thanks so much for such a smooth opening day and Happy 4th.  We hope that you’re safe at home or at least in a place of choice where you can rest and relax.  Beautiful weather this morning and afternoon as your children began their camp experience.   After lunch today program got off to a good start and everyone jumped in with both feet.  If you view the photos from today you’ll see lots of arrival shots.  It’s an important day and hope that your arrival was a good one.  We do our best to have you focus on your child and have your luggage and camp gear at the cabin soon after arrival.   We apologize for the long line at the Health Care Center and will work on that for the future.  Camp shots today include signups and several scenes from the Lodge  as campers decided their program preferences.  There was a good deal of action at the Farm today as campers made their first visit to that area.  Our Team Maintenance crew were also putting up hay which we grow right here at camp.  The boys baled and stored almost 700 bales today.  There was also cow milking, chicken chasing and much more at the farm.  It’s an active animal filled part of camp.  Those baby goats go to highest point as you can see from the pictures.  What young animal doesn’t like all that attention.  Good thing we have these children here to provide nurturing for all the babies at camp.  It’s almost as though we’re all growing up together.

You might not see photos of camp’s favorite game which is played mostly when we’re waiting to go into the Dining Room.  It’s called “Knockout” and utilizes the basketball goal.  You have two balls and everyone shoots from behind the foul line.  If you make your shot you go to the back of the line.  If you don’t you keep shooting from anywhere on the court until you sink a basket.  If the player behind you sinks hers before you can make yours then you’re out.  It is a competitive game but many people play and every age wins.  It basically comes down to 2 players in the end.  You can start with as many as 40 or 50 players.  Kids love it and so do staff.  75% of the time a camper wins.  It’s played so often that no one remembers who won the last game.  We are a non competitive camp but I feel we do a great job when children do compete with one another.  We honor participation and good sportsmanship and de-emphasize winning.  There were parachute games on the Green and the 4 leaf clover club that found 10 on their last outing.  Gwynn Valley must be at the end of a rainbow or have Leprechauns about. Or maybe it’s because of the Tajar;  our own wee fellow that swings by his tail and does death defying life leaps from tree to tree.  That’s the tip of the iceberg with the Tajar and you’ll learn more later.

The smiles were plentiful in the riding ring this afternoon.  Pottery magic of the day with creative hands  molding clay into many shapes.  That part of camp is whirlwind of activity including Arts & Crafts and the Mill.  Smoke was billowing over the fire at the Mill so something was cooking there. Climbers were also climbing on the wall and there was World Cup soccer in Sports today at the field.  Great dinner tonight with macaroni and cheese, salad, bread, beans and corn and to top it off – giant cookies.  I sat at one table that literally couldn’t eat the whole cookie.  All homemade and a good bit of our evening  meal was from our farm.

Skits were tonight at campfire.  Six cabins got on stage tonight and 13 cabins will provide the entertainment tomorrow night. Parents, we will be celebrating July 4th on Tues.  That’s usually a day when the honor the international aspects of GV but it’s going to be our National Day that day.  Stay tuned!