C, C-1 Opening Day

Dear Parents & Friends,

It’s a cool night here after a great opening of our C, C-1 Session.  Many thanks for dropping off your children as we head right into the middle of our summer with a lot of returning campers as well as those who will experience Gwynn Valley for the first time.  One our values at camp is acceptance and we acknowledge the fact that we come from many places and have a lot to share and what better place to do that than camp and especially GV.  We make it a priority to incorporate those new campers and make them feel that are part of the GV family.  It doesn’t take long and already I’m seeing friendships being formed.  Those that have been to camp before know that we start off our first day of camp with a bang.  Activities were rolling with campers at tree climbing and arborist climbing.  We were briefly interrupted by an afternoon shower but went right back to it afterward. Arts and Crafts, Sports, The Farm, and the Waterfront were cranking this afternoon.  Always an active part of camp, the Waterfront had the Zip Line humming with camper after camper trying to go for the Spider Man.  The web spinner would be proud of our fledgling “spidies”.  We also held our Discovery Skits just after lunch, which provides the campers with a glimpse of the kind of activities they can take in the morning.  They get 4 choices for an every other day schedule, one each hour of the two hour time slot. The afternoon signups happen every day for either two one hour activities or one two period.  The two hour provides a chance to go on a long hike, bike, visit the rock, go to the farm or possibly a tubing, kayak trip down our section of the French Broad.

We also had swim assessments after signups with some time to digest our food and get ready for the afternoon.  The swim checks allow us to gauge how well campers swim and their comfort level in the water.  These are done in the pool where you can easily see the bottom and its only 5 ft. deep at the DEEP END.  It’s a great teaching pool and allows those who are a bit uncomfortable in the water to take it on gradually.  The depth starts off about 4 inches and gradually goes to the 5 ft. mark.  Speaking of water, I think there were some trout caught this afternoon at the Mill.  It seems that the fish were biting just after the storm.  We also had time after lunch for a bit of corn shucking.  Our corn started coming in several days ago and it should be going strong right through the end of the session and beyond.  Some of that corn was part of our dinner tonight as well the traditional first night macaroni and cheese, salad from the farm, watermelon and the GIANT COOKIE with each cabin’s name on it.  We will move to our tables tomorrow at lunch where we’ll mix up ages and programs and you’ll have yet another group that you belong to at camp.

After supper activities are a free time for campers to choose one activity after dinner.  It changes each evening and a variety are offered each night.  Usually there’s a ball game or two of some sort, games on the green, some kind of arts & crafts, story telling, and any number of other activities.  Tonight after activities we held our first campfire and cabins began introducing themselves through cabin skits.  I spent about half my time with Main Camp and then made my way to Mountainside to see what they were up to.  Riverside came up for a visit to introduce themselves and to make an informal  soccer / ultimate frisbee challenge.  That will take place on a day this week or next week.  Mountainside starts their mini-adventures tomorrow with each camper trying out all for activities- mountain biking, paddling, climbing and pioneering.

Tomorrow always brings more and our days are full.  That’s the way it should be at camp.  Maximize our time outdoors, taking in as much as possible, getting good rest by night and eating well by day.  What more could a youngster ask for.  The “simple joys” of GV abound and it’s an exciting time as we begin our session. Stay Tuned!