Dear Parents & Friends,
As our C-1 session campers left today we still have our C session campers rolling right along and having signups all day today. Mountainside started their training days today to get 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. The Tuck to the Nanty is a good stepping stone and it’s easily within their reach. We can’t wait to hear the stories from their adventures and look forward to having them back in camp. I was out on the Mountainside paddling trip with them today. We warmed them up on the mighty French Broad not too far from camp.
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 in 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, 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 had ice cream on the Green and showed a movie in the Lodge. The movie is Zootopia, which I haven’t seen. It should be an early night and then up in the morning regular time and off to activities for those C campers.
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 child’s life is expanded by “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. If you haven’t seen the video we showed the children last night, here it is.