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Tajar Ball

We awoke this morning to the Tajar’s folly with all kinds of pranks in downtown GV.  There were so many things moved and out of place we hardly knew what day it was and where we were.  There were boats in the dining room with staff sleeping in them.  Tubes from the lake were all […]

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Do Something Difficult Everyday

What a great start  to our last week of camp for our new campers who arrived yesterday for E session and for our three weekers. Although it was a rainy day, we didn’t have any storms and were able to carry on with activities as we held our first day of Discoveries.  Campers were discovering […]

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The Simple Joys Abound

What a great day here with beautiful breezy weather starting our morning.  Today we were starting our week with A Day Discovery Activities.  When you’re having a great time, things tend to speed up and go too fast.  We had a little rain shower just after lunch but no thunder boomers.  Several cabins took the […]

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

It’s hard to believe we are halfway through D session. Time has really flown by here at camp, and we hope it has for you as well. It has been a full day here with the third day of AM discoveries. Campers were doing everything, from riding a horse through the center of camp, biking […]

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Developing Strong Friendships

As I write, my window captures our mountain’s silhouette of 5000 and 6000’ peaks, darkened by the vanishing sunlight that has created that orange to blue night sky.  It’s been a great couple of days here for our D Session campers and older programs.  Laughter and joy has abounded as returning campers came back to […]

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What a Great Time We Have Had

We just finished our Friendship Campfire for the three week and 10 day session.  What a great time we’ve had tonight and all day long as well.  At campfire we honored the campers who have many years of Gwynn Valley summers.  As a tradition at our final evening program we recognize those who are coming […]

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Sunday at Camp – What a Special Day

Every Sunday at camp, when it’s not an opening day, is “Special Day” and today was very  special despite the rain!  The theme today was Disney. Campers moved around camp participating in different activity stations with their cabin groups. We had games consisting of relay races, balancing on a barrel in the lake, paddling on […]

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Camp Is About Connection

We welcomed our new campers for C-2 today and got off to a rousing start to begin that session. For those of you that dropped off your children today, I hope that you’re safe and sound and at your destination. You were shown to your cabins today by our SIT’s (staff in training). They are […]

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An Almost Perfect Day

It was an almost perfect day here at camp with great weather, a big rain during rest hour and everyone enjoying the best that GV has to offer. The rain extended our rest hour for about 30 minutes and I think everyone enjoyed a little extra down time.  Main Camp enjoyed a big scavenger hunt […]

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Another Busy and Beautiful Day at GV

Here we are at the end of another busy and beautiful day. We had some rain early this morning but it stopped right when it was time to come down to breakfast at 8:30.  Several cabins were again camping out tonight, cooking dinner over an open fire and it’s the perfect night for it.  Every […]

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Simple Joys at GV

Our first full day at camp was pretty darn good.  We had a wee bit of rain just during lunch and it was over before the end of sign-ups and allowed a rain free rest hour and afternoon.  Having a tin roof on your cabin is different than home where you rarely hear the rain […]

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A Golden Day of Summer

Today was truly a golden day of summer! We have enjoyed cooler temperatures, a lovely breeze today and lots of blue sky and gorgeous sunshine. With Riverside still in camp preparing for their next trip, Mountainside doing sign-up activities today, and Young Leaders back from their rafting trip, our entire camp community was on site […]

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Great Day to be on the Waterfront

It’s been another great day at camp although hotter than usual.  We thought we might get some rain or a storm but it passed us by. Even though it was hot, we hit the trails at GV going in all directions by foot, hoof and bike.  Campers from all over camp traversed our many trails […]

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Great Opening Day!

Opening Day for B Session was the best. Thank you for dropping off many returning campers as well as new campers to Gwynn Valley.  We know everyone will have a great time over the next couple of weeks. After the campers greeted their counselors and cabinmates, got unpacked, and were settled in their cabins, we […]

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That Silly Tajar

Today happens to be a very special day at Gwynn Valley. It’s the Tajar’s birthday! No one knows for sure how old the Tajar is, but he has been around Gwynn Valley for a long, long time. For those of you who haven’t heard about him yet… The Tajar is part tiger, part jaguar, and […]

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Camp – the Perfect Recipe

We had another great day here in the Valley with beautiful weather, brilliant blue sky, sunshine, and a lovely breeze blowing.  Even when it’s hot outside we seem to have a great deal of shade to cancel out the heat.  I would say about 90% of our trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding are […]

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Off to a Great Start

What a wonderful opening to camp we have had with lots of sunshine, cool weather, fun, and friendships being formed. We are off to a great start!  After counselors helped their campers unpack and make their beds yesterday, we all headed to a buffet lunch. We signed up for our morning Discovery activities before cabin […]

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Tajar Ball E Session

We awoke this morning to the Tajar’s folly with all kinds of pranks in downtown GV. There were so many things moved and out of place we hardly knew what day it was and where we were. Chairs from the dining room were on the basketball court along with the soccer goal. Tubes and paddles […]

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Playing and Learning Outdoors

We had a cool and misty day today with some light showers but we continued to have fun at all of our activities and enjoyed gathering around the fire on the Pavilion after swimming, kayaking, and playing at the lake. Our Mountainside and Riverside groups are into their second night of being out of camp. […]

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Opening Day of E – Final Week for Older Programs

Great opening for E Session today; thanks so much for giving us a chance to host all the wonderful children who arrived today.  These campers have been waiting all summer to experience camp.  That is an exciting way to end the summer as many will head back to school in a short time.   After […]

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Tajar Ball!

What a day!  Tajar Ball has just ended and the sun has just gone behind our beautiful mountains.  On nights like this, I know why they call it the Blue Ridge.  It’s also been our hottest day of the summer with temps approaching 91.  More of the same is forecast for tomorrow.  I was one […]

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Building Resilience and Confidence

We were watching the weather today here at camp and were fortunate to have a clear morning with no rain until rest hour. Morning programs went on as planned including a hike to The Rock which is always a “high” light.  The view was good today as the campers looked out over camp, the valley, […]

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Playing Outside, Growing Inside

We’ve had beautiful and warm weather today with lots of blue skies and sunshine. The lakefront, pool, and hiking to Connestee Falls were popular activities. We have several cabins who are camping out tonight who hopefully have enjoyed a good meal over a campfire and s’mores with their cabinmates. Campouts are good bonding times for […]

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The Simple Joys of Childhood

What a great day here at camp.  The weather couldn’t have been better with lots of sun and a brief shower right before dinner tonight.  I spent the morning visiting program and checking out all the activities from morning Discovery.  With the good weather also comes the enthusiasm that goes along with that.  Climbing was […]

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International Day!

We had a great day at camp today and were fortunate to not get rained on during activity times. It was International Day here at good ole GV and we celebrated and learned about Columbia and Jamaica. The whole day was mixed with good food and fun with football this evening and Jamaican and Columbian […]

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Camp Is A Magical Place by Grant Bullard

I hope you’ve all safely arrived either home or to your destination.  Opening day was great with cool nice weather and the campers all seem to be happy as clams.  Thank you all for the adjusted drop off procedures and your patience as we aim for a safe and healthy session.   One grandmother who […]

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The Land of Fun! By Grant Bullard

Greetings from the land of FUN! The Tajar visited us last night and there was evidence of his mischief in Downtown GV this morning.  Boats, buckets, bowls, tables, chairs and anything that didn’t grow hair was somehow amiss.  If you don’t know who the Tajar is, just ask your child.  Each session we celebrate his […]

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Farm Campfire!

We just finished our farm campfire (evening program) which was great fun with skits, baby animals, a band, stories, and a little dancing. Our farm staff hosted it and our performing arts sign up activity put on a wonderful short play about vegetables and teaching children how delicious brussel sprouts, broccoli, lettuce, and peas are. […]

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Cloudy Skies and Sunny Faces by Emma Thames

Though the threat of thunderstorms loomed over our valley all day, activities went on all day without a hitch across our programs. This morning saw Main Camp going through their A-Day discoveries after breakfast. The waterfront is a particularly popular spot throughout these hot summer days, and hearing the joyful splashing and playing of children […]

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Reconnecting with Nature

Today we began a new round of morning discoveries with our C & C2 campers. Campers were excited as they found out what their schedule will look like for the next six mornings. Morning discoveries are organized into A & B Days and cabin groups rotate through activities of their choice 3 times each with […]

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Simple Joys of Childhood by Grant Bullard

We were sad to say good-bye to our C-1 session campers today but are so happy to have our three week campers from C, Mountainside, Riverside, and Young Leaders still at camp!  Riverside went to the Tuckasegee today and is heading to the Nantahala tomorrow to take the plunge (let’s hope not literally).  The Nanty […]

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Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July and hope you all have had the enjoyable day we’ve had.  Our day started with a bit of history as Paul Revere charged through camp warning us that the British were coming.  We actually missed our Brits this year due to Covid restrictions and will welcome them back in ‘22 as […]

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Another Day of Opportunity

Here at Gwynn Valley we are at the end of another busy and beautiful day. Although they were calling for rain, we had lots of sunshine and only a sprinkle of rain around 6:00 which only lasted a few minutes. Several cabins were camping out again tonight and cooking dinner over an open fire.  Every […]

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The Fun Doesn’t Stop Even in the Rain!

Wow and the fun doesn’t stop even in the rain!  Yes, it was a very rainy day today but fortunately, we were still able to climb, bike, and play with our raincoats on and soggy feet. The sun came out at dinner so that we could enjoy After Supper Activities and Evening Program. We have […]

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Making New Friends

What a wonderful opening day with only one small shower early this morning and then lots of sunshine and smiles. It’s nice to see so many familiar faces and returning campers from previous years along with our new campers, many of whom have waited two years for this session. As many of you know, we […]

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Sad To Say Good-Bye

What a great day here and I can’t believe the week has gone so quickly!  Isn’t that how it works.  When you’re having fun things tend to speed up and go too fast.  The older I get the more time flies.  I always convey to our staff to really enjoy the moment because the nine […]

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Celebrating Australia and Argentina Day!

As I woke up early this morning to the sound of rain, I thought about our Mountainsiders all out on adventures and our Riversiders backpacking in Pisgah National Forest. Hopefully their tents and tarps kept them dry as they slept and as they enjoyed breakfast. Fortunately, the rain stopped at 10:00 and the sun peeped […]

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Another Beautiful Day in the Valley

The weather has been beautiful this week with crisp, cool mornings, warm afternoons, and lots of blue sky. They are calling for rain this evening and tomorrow but hopefully it will decrease as it moves over the mountains.  We finished our day a little while ago with a peaceful time in the dining room where […]

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Twilight Play Makes the Day – By Emma Thames

Today was another chilly morning at Gwynn Valley as the sun crested over the mountains. Breakfast was a huge hit this AM–the chocolate banana bread was enjoyed by everyone! Today was the second B-day of B session, with campers getting to develop their skills over a period of three days in their alternating discoveries. It […]

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A Beautiful “B Day” by Emma Thames

Tuesday, June 15th dawned bright and with a refreshing mountain-crisp edge. Breakfast was burritos with egg, fresh seasonal fruit, and cereal (some tables got lucky with the ever-popular Raisin Bran!). Today, camp saw a very full day of fun and activities! This was a “B” day, meaning Main Campers rotated to another two morning discoveries […]

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B Session Opening Day! With one session of Main Camp under our belts we had a great opening day for B Session.  Lots of returners as well as many new faces here at Gwynn Valley.  Many of you told us that you were ready to come in 2020 and as we all know that one […]

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The Week Has Flown By!

It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last full day of Session A.  We just finished our evening campfire program by neighborhood which is always called Friendship Campfire on the last night of camp.  It’s been a super session and we celebrated by showing many of the pictures that you all have […]

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It’s been a beautiful day!

It was another beautiful day at camp with the perfect mix of clouds and sun.  Our day started off with homemade scones, fruit, cereal, eggs, bacon, and yes, chocolate milk by a local dairy, French Broad Creamery.  We had a delicious stir fry tonight for dinner with rice, Asian salad, edamame beans and fruit.  We […]

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Camp empowers young people

Camp empowers young people! It was an early morning for Riverside as they grabbed breakfast at 8:00 and headed out on their climbing adventure. This small group of 11 campers and their four staff, plus the two climbing specialists, will spend the next four days camping off site and climbing. Their first stop was to […]

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Opening Day of Camp 2021

Dear Parents and Friends, Wow! We have been waiting two long years for today and what a great day it was at GV!  Opening day for the summer was beautiful, not too hot with a cool breeze blowing and blue sky. It was so joyful to have so many children and teenagers enjoying being together, […]

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A Full Last Day of E!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another day has ended here at GV and we’re about to end our E Session and summer with your arrival tomorrow.  Our campers rose to a cool and overcast day filled with some sun, and a few showers in the afternoon but no thunder.  Activities proceeded as planned.  I was at […]

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Free to be you and me

Dear GV families and friends,  The blue skies were totally uninterrupted today at Gwynn Valley, which was a reflection of our day overall – perfect weather, happy campers, and smooth sailing in camp! On day six of E session, campers are well into their discoveries, making progress and developing skills in the areas they’ve selected […]

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Mountainside has returned!

Hello, families and friends! Guess what! There’s a guest author for today’s Gwynn Valley news! Allow me to introduce myself. I am…the Mountainside Shelter. The Mountainside Shelter? Hold on a second! you might say. The Mountainside Shelter! Isn’t that a…building? And you would be correct. I am the 50-foot-by-30-foot pavilion up in Mountainside that serves […]

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What a DAY!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been an incredibly beautiful day in the mountains.  I was not at camp all day but coming back around dinner time tonight it was just perfect weather for being a camper at Gwynn Valley.  I spent the day with one of our Mountainside groups paddling on the Tuckaseegee River.  More […]

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Celebrating sunshine and friends from afar!

God aften Gwynn Valley families and friends!  Every Tuesday throughout the summer, campers and staff celebrate a country or group of countries represented by members of our community. The 40 or so international staff members who are hired each year through the J-1 Visa are actually here on a cultural exchange program – not a […]

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First Full Day of E

Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, Today was the first full day of E session and what a day it has been! We started the day with a delicious breakfast of bagels, scrambled eggs, cheese, fresh fruit, and cereal. With such a filling breakfast, main camp campers were ready to head back to their cabins to […]

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Sunshine in the Smiles of Our Campers

Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, We hope you all have reached your homes or the place you are staying for the night safely. We had a beautiful day, if a bit overcast. This session we have a mix of both returning and new campers. Upon arrival, all campers were greeted and told which cabin they […]

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A Perfect Final Day of D!

Dear Families and Friends,  What a wonderful final day of camp! We started the morning with our very last sign-ups of the session for Main Camp. Campers were offered activities like flag football, making campfire apple crumble with camping skills and nature, and trail riding with horses (to name a few). We also had a […]

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Festive Days and a Little Haze!

Dear Parents & Friends, My guess is some of you watch our weather here on most days.  We had threatening skies all afternoon but it never dampened our spirits for the Tajar’s birthday.  We started our day with several trips out of camp – climbers and several other groups of Mountainside.  The climbers headed to […]

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An Amazing Costa Rica, Argentina, and Mexico Day!

Hola Familias y amigos,  Today was international day at camp and we were fortunate enough to learn about Costa Rica, Argentina, and Mexico! We started the day learning about Costa Rica and sharing a traditional Costa Rican. One of our counselors this year is from Costa Rica, and several of our American staff spent the […]

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun at Camp

Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, It’s hard to believe we are halfway through D session. Time has really flown by here at camp, and we hope it has for you as well. It has been a full day, starting with the first day of AM sign-ups. We do morning sign-ups when discoveries are over, as […]

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A Truly Magical Special Day

Dear Parents, Families, and Friends, Today was Special Day at camp, and the last one of the summer. For Special Day Molly, one of our Main Camp Logisticians, planned a day full of magic with the help and support of our leadership team, and cabin counselors. These days revolve around a theme and today’s was […]

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A Great Day to be a Camper!

Dear Families and Friends,  Every day is a great day at Gwynn Valley, and today was no exception. We started the morning with a delicious breakfast of grits, sausage crumble, and fruit. It was such a delicious meal that we all applauded the kitchen afterward showing just how much we had all enjoyed it. After […]

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A perfect day at GV for all!

Dear Families and Friends,  What a wonderful day at Gwynn Valley! Today was filled with adventure and reunions, as well as incredible weather that made it a truly spectacular day! Main Camp spent the morning in their third day of A Day Discoveries. These campers have now spent three mornings growing their skills, making incredible […]

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A magical GV day wraps up with Twilight Play

Dear Parents and Friends, I’m not sure how your day was back home, but here at camp… Today was practically perfect in every way! From weather to food to activities, many of the campers I spoke to said today was THE best day yet of the session!  The weather was gorgeous with a cool morning […]

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Another Perfect Day at Gwynn Valley

Dear Parents and Friends, Our morning started out very cool with temps hovering around the mid 50’s. Everyone was advised to use their sleeping bag as a comforter last night. Tonight may prove to be more of the same. No rain today and hardly a cloud in the sky which looks good for the days […]

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A Magical UK Day!

Dear Families and Friends,  What a day! Today was International day at camp and we spent it learning about and celebrating the United Kingdom. International days are a chance to learn about the culture, food, and people who join us during the summer!  We started the morning with a magical surprise. Our dining hall was […]

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The First Full Day of D

Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, Today was the first full day of D session, and what a full day it was. Campers started off the day with delicious and filling breakfast of homemade whole wheat biscuits, pit ham, sliced cheese, fresh local peaches, and homemade peach jam. This gave everyone energy for their first day […]

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A Perfect Opening of D Session!

Dear Families and Friends, Today was our opening day of D and what an incredible day it was! Skies were blue and the cool mountain air was perfect for greeting campers and parents alike. As campers eagerly learned the names of their counselors and fellow cabinmates, there was a joyous feeling all around. Opening days […]

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Sunny days and sad goodbyes!

Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, It’s hard to believe that we are already at the closing night of C session! Here at camp the days are long, but the weeks are short. To be honest, the years are short as well. For many of the campers we recognized this evening at Friendship Campfire, I can […]

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Making Memories!

Dear Parents & Friends, We just finished our Tajar Ball celebration and the skies cleared just before the Ball.  Usually, we eat on the lawn of the Green in front of the Dining Room, but thundershowers kept us inside and celebratory none the less.  As many of you know Tajar Ball happens two nights before […]

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Twilight Play, Adventures, and More!

Dear Families and Friends, We have enjoyed another great day at camp! Campers worked hard on their final morning of A day Discoveries! The third day of discoveries is always exciting as campers have had a chance to master the area they’re in. Be it finishing a challenging project in crafts, overcoming fears on the […]

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A Farm Filled Day

Dear Parents, Family, and friends, Each day is important and fun at Gwynn Valley but today really seemed to take the cake, carrot cake to be precise. It started with an amazing breakfast of fresh baked apricot cranberry scones with pork sausage, scrambled eggs, and mixed fruit. Following breakfast, campers moved to their B day […]

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Moon Landing Special Day!

Dear Families and Friends, ​ Today was another SPECIAL day here at Gwynn Valley. Each Special Day has a unique theme … today we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing with a day filled with intergalactic fun and creativity! It’s amazing to celebrate such a monumental part of history with so many campers, […]

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A Great Day at Camp!

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 […]

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A Wonderful Day for the Books

Dear Parents, Families, and Friends, It’s been another fun filled day at camp. Our campers started the day with their first B day discoveries. For our C campers these activities differed from their first four activities in C1. Offering different activities allows our C2 campers to have a full range of choices, and for our […]

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New Zealand and Spain International Day!

Dear Families and Friends, Kia Ora and Hola! Today was International Day at Gwynn Valley and we were able to learn about New Zealand and Spain! One of the best parts of Gwynn Valley is the staff and campers who join us from all over the country and the world. This summer we are fortunate […]

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C-2 Opening as C Dances On!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a great day to open our C-2 Session and thanks for bringing your children to camp this morning.  Everyone is in their cabins after a great first day here in the Valley.  Old Mr. Sol shined throughout the day and into the evening.  No rain again today but we […]

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C-1 Closing…C Session, MS2, RS2 and YL2 march on!

Dear Parents & Friends of C-1 Campers, C-1 Closing Thank you for a great ending to our C-1 Session today! We’ve had a wonderful time for the last 10-days getting to know your children. For those of you that have arrived home already, we hope that your child’s experience included all the magic of camp […]

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The Last Full Day of C1

Dear Families, Friends, and Loved Ones, It’s a wrap on another day here at Gwynn Valley, and what a full day it’s been. Today is the last full day of C1 so we had a wide variety of things happening around camp. It was a normal morning with sign-ups for both our C and C1 […]

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A World Cup Special Day

Dear Families and Friends, What a special day we had at Gwynn Valley! Today was Special Day here at camp, and what an incredible day it was! We started the morning with a little sleep in, giving everyone time to catch up on sleep after a busy week of fun! Since the kitchen had a […]

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Another Gorgeous Day at Gwynn Valley

Dear Parents, Families, and Friends, It’s been another gorgeous day for the books! The sun was out all day and while we did have some cloud cover, and a few rumbles of thunder, our day carried on with no interruptions.. There was a delicious breakfast of oatmeal, scrambled eggs, and fruit followed by the final […]

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The Layers of Friendship!

Dear Parents and Friends,  It’s hard to top July 4th at camp but darn if we didn’t do it today.  It was a bit cooler this morning and everyone was enjoying the nice weather and sunny skies.  Big thunderheads moved in later in the afternoon, but we have our reliable Thorguard to tell us when […]

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A Fantastic Fourth of July!

Dear Friends and Families,  Happy 4th of July! What an incredible day we had celebrating Independence Day with the whole of camp. We were woken this morning not by the bell, but by several of our counselors on horseback, shouting traditional Cherokee greetings! As all of the cabins excitedly went down to meet for breakfast, […]

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Twilight Play, Adventures, and an Inspection!

Dear Families and Friends, ​Another great day has passed at Gwynn Valley and what a full and exciting day it was! We started our morning enjoying the cool mountain air. It’s always a pleasure waking up to fog over the lake and then watching it dissipate as the sun rises higher in the sky throughout the […]

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A Great Day at GV!

Dear Families and Friends,  Every day at Gwynn Valley feels like the best day, and today was certainly no exception! On Main Camp, we spent the morning enjoying our B Day Discoveries! This was a chance for our campers to dive into two of their chosen activities and they will get two more days to […]

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A Fun Filled First Full Day of C and C1

Dear Parents, Family, and Friends,  What an amazing first day of our C and C1 session. We had a great opening day with campers choosing what Discoveries they wanted to do, and today they found out. Discoveries are various activities around camp where campers will alternate between their four chosen program areas. Unlike the afternoon […]

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A Great Opening Day! C Session 2019

Dear Families and Friends,  What a wonderful day we had at camp! Today was our opening of C and C1, MS2, RS2, and YL2 sessions! With an influx of campers and parents, camp felt full and everyone’s excitement was palpable. There were cheers and hugs as campers eagerly learned what cabin they will be in […]

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B Session Closing Day 2019

Dear Families & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our B Session today! We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and will carry lots of good memories from this incredible two week session.  For those of you that have arrived home we hope that your child’s experience has captured all the magic […]

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The Perfect End to an Amazing Session

Dear Parents, Family, and Friends, The final night of B session is here at Gwynn Valley. It has been an amazing time with such awesome and awe inspiring campers. Those of us on the leadership team, counselors, and program leaders have seen growth in our campers. From trying new foods, challenging their fears and pushing […]

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A Great Day Shared on Two Wheels!

Dear Parents and Friends, Tajar Ball has just finished on this beautiful Wednesday night and a few of the older campers are lingering in the Gatehouse field watching the last light disappear behind the mountains.  Our view day in and day out is unmatched and we’re so lucky to be at this gem we call […]

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A Fantastic International Day!

Dear Families and Friends,  What a wonderful day we had at camp! Every Tuesday we have an International Day to celebrate staff members who live all over the world. Today we celebrated our staff from South Africa as well as Turkey. We started the day off with a delicious Turkish breakfast and got to hear […]

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Adventures at GV, away from camp, and on the stage!

Dear Parents & Friends, Somehow I find myself settling into the peace and quiet of another cool mountain evening here at Gwynn Valley. What a full day we’ve had!   Our first news item of note today was saying goodbye to our Mountainside campers and staff after breakfast. Five adventure groups headed out in separate directions […]

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We’re all superheroes here at GV!

Dear Families and Friends, Today was an incredibly special day at Gwynn Valley… it was our very first Special Day of the summer! Specials Days happen on Sundays during the two and three week sessions. During these unique programming days, cabin groups spend the day together exploring new activities and games that are only offered […]

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Another Beautiful Day at Gwynn Valley

Dear Parents and family, It was another beautiful day at Gwynn Valley. Everyday is filled with the joy of trying new things and growing in so many ways. Piled on top of this is good weather, blue skies and sun drenching our property just enough for a cool dip in the lake or our Carson […]

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A Fantastic Summer Solstice!

Dear Families and Friends, Another wonderful day has passed here at Camp Gwynn Valley! Today is the Summer Solstice and we celebrated our extra long day of sun with play, exploration, and fun! We started the day with a delicious breakfast that included homemade scones, scrambled eggs, and fruit! There’s nothing quite like waking up […]

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Gorgeous day at GV for an ACA Accreditation Visit!

Today was another perfect Gwynn Valley day! It was one of those mid-session days when everything feels ‘in the groove.’ Children and staff are feeling comfortable with the rhythm of camp; skill progression is evident everywhere as campers are halfway through their morning discoveries; and friendships in cabins and table families are really starting to […]

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The FUN Never Stops and There’s More!

How do you spell fun at camp?  All capitals, right! FUN! I see it everywhere I look and it’s like waves at the shore – some big and some small but always in motion and never ceasing.  We do have a lot of fun at camp and it’s a great environment to enjoy being with […]

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What a Way to Celebrate Australia

Dear Parents and Families, What an amazing day! We had our first International Day here at camp and it was such a blast. What is International Day you may ask? These happen every Tuesday in our B, C, C1, C2, and D sessions. On each of these days we celebrate and learn about one to […]

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Enjoying the Natural Wonders of Camp! B Session 2019

Dear Families and Friends, What a wonderful day here at Camp Gwynn Valley! Our first full day of B session was an absolute blast, filled with a morning of discoveries and afternoon sign-ups. In our Main Camp discoveries, campers  were able to make hair pins in the Blacksmithing, go creek hiking around camp, and pick […]

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B Session Opening Day 2019 – A Fun Filled Day!

Dear Families and Friends, Today was a wonderful day at camp! With the opening of B, the sending off of Riverside on their second adventure, and the final day of MS1A, there was so much to do! We saw many familiar faces as well as some new ones as we greeted our Main Campers this […]

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Adventures Home and Some Just Starting!

Dear Campers and Friends,  For those of you that have campers here from Mountainside, Riverside, Young Leaders and the stayovers for Main Camp, it’s been another beautiful day.  All of Mountainside ended their adventures today and all are back in camp safe and sound after three days of being in the field learning, challenging themselves […]

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Friendship Campfire and Closing of A

Dear Parents and Friends, After another action-packed day at Gwynn Valley, camp is quiet again. We started the day with one last morning of sign up activities. Campers were able to choose from over 20 activities including making hemlock tea with Camping Skills & Nature, rock climbing at the tower, candle making at crafts, trail […]

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Sunshine and Smiles – A Session 2019

Dear Families and Friends, After several rain showers the last few days, a warm sunny day was greatly appreciated by all. We continued with our third day of Main Camp discoveries where campers were able to build on the skills they were introduced to two days ago in activities such as weaving, climbing, and horseback […]

100

Another Great Day

Dear Family and Friends, Another great day has passed at Gwynn Valley. Each day brings more fun and excitement with more experiences to have. Today has been no different and we have been busy in many activities, making more new friends, and have had less rain with the sun coming out late this afternoon – […]

101

The Simple Joys of Camp

Dear Families and Friends, As our first full day of A session comes to an end, I’m reflecting on the day we’ve enjoyed as a camp community. We often say at camp that the days feel long but the weeks feel short and this day is no exception. It’s amazing how many incredible activities and […]

102

Opening Day Session A – 2019

Dear Parents and Friends, We hope you are safe and dry back in your home or maybe on the way to your next destination.  Thank you all for a smooth opening for Session A and the beginning to another great summer at GV. This is our 85th year of operation and certainly a milestone for […]

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E Session Closing Day and the End to a Great Summer of 2018!

Dear Parents & Friends of E Campers, Thank you for a great ending to our E Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time with our 8-day session.  Wherever you roam we hope that GV is sending some sunshine home with you.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you […]

105

Tajar Ball and More at GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, We awoke this morning to the Tajar’s folly with all kinds of pranks in downtown GV.  There were so many things moved and out of place we hardly knew what day it was and where we were.  Tables from the dining room were on the basketball court.  Tubes from the lake […]

106

Welcome home Mountainside + Riverside!

Dear Families and Friends, Here we are at the end of another wonderful day at Gwynn Valley! One of the biggest landmarks for today is the return of six different adventure groups who have been away from camp since Monday morning. From Mountainside, the Backpackers, Climbers, Paddlers, Bikers, and Earth Skills Crew all returned home […]

107

A Day on the River Makes for a Perfect Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a great day on the river with Mountainside.  I left camp this morning at about 8:15 and arrived at the Tuckassegee around 10:00 to meet them.  They were camped at Mills River Campground which is a National Forest campground between here and Asheville.  The Tuck River put-in as we call […]

108

Beautiful Morning As We Start Our Second Day of Discovery!

Dear Parents & Friends, We had another beautiful morning here again today and by midday, the sun was rather toasty.  Today we celebrated our last international day of the summer focused on France, Russia and Israel.  Our Mountainside and Riverside groups are into their second night of being out of camp.  We heard from several […]

109

First Day of Discovery and Cruising at 6000′ !

Dear Parents & Friends, What a day here at GV.  The weather started out beautifully this morning as we held our first day of Discovery.  Campers were discovering so many new things and enjoying time well spent with our staff while learning and stretching themselves.  Miss Mary Gwynn, who founded the camp in 1935, said: […]

110

E Session Opening!

Dear Parents & Friends, Welcome to E Session and hope your travels home or wherever your destination was safe and sound.  We felt it was a smooth and easy opening and we’re just happy the weather cooperated.  After your departure, everyone had a buffet lunch in the Dining Room.  Lunch ended as cabins finished up […]

111

D Session Closing – Take Some GV Sunshine Home!

Dear Parents & Friends of D Campers, Thank you for a great ending to our D Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time with our 2-week campers despite all the rain.  Wherever you roam we hope that GV is sending some sunshine home with you.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that […]

112

A Little Rain Can’t Dampen Our Spirits!

Dear Parent and Friends, I just returned from campfire with a slight drizzle overhead.  We’ve had rain throughout the day but spirits and enthusiasm were anything but damp.  Our last full day of D was truly a great one.  Signups this morning were fun from all indications.  Camp has to be flexible with weather and […]

113

Chasing Raindrops!

Dear Parents & Friends, My guess is most of you have been watching our weather the past couple of days.  Well, we’ve faired very well and didn’t let a little rain stop us from carrying on here at GV.  It rained, drizzled and spat off and on all day long.  Programs went on as planned […]

114

Bikes, Boating, & Climbing Beta!

Dear Parents & Friends, We had a great day on the Tuck today with Riverside.  Leaving camp this morning it had started to rain a bit but there was patchy sun throughout the day except for lunch.  Our day on the Tuck was the same and it only started to rain once we got off […]

115

Breezes, Clear Skies and Full Lives!

Dear Parents and Friends, What a great day here with beautiful and breezy weather today.   When you’re having a great time, things tend to speed up and go too fast.  We held sign-ups this morning and after lunch so campers took this opportunity to do things they loved to do and even try a few new […]

116

Special Day at Pirate Cove! ARRRRGGGGG!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a brilliant day here at camp.  The weather was perfect but not all appeared as it should.  Several days ago we were visited by a crusty band of Pirates.  We managed to chase them from our land and they returned this morning in greater numbers demanding we find all the […]

117

Soaking up sunshine, playing hard, and eating well!

Dear Gwynn Valley Friends and Families, I’m not sure what the weather was like where you’re reading, but today at camp it was gorgeous. The blue skies and sunshine were just right for all the fun things we love to do outside! The waterfront was very popular at sign ups this afternoon with a tubing […]

118

Sunshine Brings Out the Best and We Play All Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, We have had a beautiful and action-packed day here in the Valley! The weather was sunny and warm all through the day with just a few clouds and a super sunset tonight.  I just got back from the Lodge where Mountainside took advantage of a night of Mountain Dancing.  Kevin, Debbie […]

119

Twilight Play Is the End to a Perfect Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, What a great day here at camp.  The weather couldn’t have been better with lots of sun casting itself in the low 80’s and a nice cool evening.  Tonight was Twilight Play which is an extended after supper games and program time.  There were all kinds of activities open from,  dessert […]

120

Better Weather Ahead But Still The Fun Quotient Exists!

Dear Parents and Friends, Our day was cool this morning with a rain shower just before rest hour today.  The evening turned out nice and we participated in an all-camp game for after supper activities.  Despite our weather, the fun quotient continues.   Our game tonight was called the Color Game where each team (cabin) had […]

121

Australia Day at Camp!

Dear Parents & Friends, G’day Mates and today was Australia here at good ole GV.  The whole day was mixed with good food, visits by the Man From Snowy River, The Wiggles and a wonderful evening campfire that included many campers dancing, singing and being in skits.  Our international staff did a great job giving […]

122

A Day of Discovery and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a great first day of program here at camp and we’ve had good weather the day through.  It’s been cool in the morning with some clouds and the sun poked its head out later in the afternoon.  Discoveries started this morning and there were lots to choose from.  Check […]

123

Opening Day of Session D!

Dear Parents & Friends, I hope you’ve all safely arrived either home or to your destination.  Opening day was great with cool nice weather and campers all seem to be happy as clams.  After parents departed everyone partook of a buffet lunch and then went to Discovery sign-ups just after to choose their morning skill-based […]

124

Session C and C-2 Closing!

Dear Parents & Friends of C and C-2 Campers, Thank you for a great ending to our C and C-2 Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time with our 3 week and 10-day campers.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate in.   We appreciate you taking […]

125

Tajar Ball and Adventurers Return!

Dear Parents & Friends, Tajar Ball just ended and the sun is down on a wonderful GV day.  In a matter of minutes over half of the camp will be drifting off to dreamland and reliving moments and minutes from our day, week and session.  Camp is a lot like a good dream in that […]

126

International Day Celebration for Spain, Columbia, Mexico and the Netherlands!

Dear Parents & Friends, We celebrated International Day here at camp.  Four countries were represented: Mexico, Spain, Columbia, and the Netherlands.  Food today has been out of this world with foods from all four countries.  Breakfast started us off with huevos chorizo, (scrambled eggs), Tamales wrapped in corn husks, Plantanos Fritos (Fried Plantains), and hot […]

127

Twilight Play is a Blast!

Dear Parents and Friends, It is a beautiful sunset here tonight and as you can guess that made for a great day.  We were supposed to get thunderstorms most of the day today but it sprinkled one time and was sunny and partly cloudy all afternoon.  This afternoon several cabins went “off program” on creek […]

128

World Cup and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Vive la France and congratulations to the French nation for winning the World Cup today.  If you are a soccer fan, and we have many of them here, you surely were aware that the finals of World Cup were happening.  I don’t ever recall so many parents asking if we would […]

129

The perfect day at Gwynn Valley!

Dear Gwynn Valley Parents and Friends, Today was another perfect camp day! Campers continued to build skills and learn more deeply about their Discovery activities this morning on our 2nd A-day. As I walked around camp, I saw progress on many crafts in process like pottery vessels and needlepoint projects. Kevin has been working on […]

130

Horton hatches an egg (among other joys!)

Dear Camper Families and Friends, Today was one of those perfect camp days where the sun was shining all day long and every where you looked campers were having fun and learning alongside their friends! Mountainside and Riverside are both in camp for a few days, so our dining hall feels full and our community […]

131

First Day of Discovery!

Dear Parents & Friends, Welcome to another day of GV news and what’s happening at camp.  Certainly way too much to write about.  Our day started off pretty normal like most camp days; beautiful weather, cool temps, and everyone ready to start their Discovery activities this morning.  I elected to spend some time with our […]

132

Opening Day of C-2 and Off to a Great Start!

Dear Parents & Friends, We welcomed our new campers for C-2 today and got off to a rousing start to begin that session. For those of you that dropped off your children today, I hope that you’re safe and sound and at your destination.  Those campers who are here for three weeks had signups this […]

133

C Session, World Cup, and Ice Cream ( All Good Things )!

Dear Parents and Friends, Our wonderful C-1 campers have departed and we are down to those terrific C Session children.  It’s a special day for them because our numbers are reduced and there are fewer folks here.  Afternoon programs went very well with everyone involved with sign-ups and choosing their favorites for the afternoon.  The […]

134

C-1 Closing and C Marches On!

Dear Parents & Friends of C-1 Campers, Thank you for a great ending to our C-1 Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time for the 10-day session.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate in.   We appreciate you taking the time to help us keep Gwynn […]

135

Last Full Day of C-1 was Spectacular!

Dear Parents & Friends, It was a glorious day here at GV and as I write the silhouette of the mountains is making it hard to keep my eyes on the screen to write this post.  Several cabins are out enjoying this same view and some enjoying their last night in Session C-1.  We just […]

136

“Spacial” Day Was a Beautiful Day Here at GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a day we’ve had…. hot and beautiful weather with a breeze all day long and big puffy clouds filling our exceptional view of the mountains.  Much different than yesterday which was very cool (73 degrees high) and spitting rain most of the day.  Everything blew right away today and it […]

137

Wind chimes, rainbows, unicorns and lots of fun!

Dear Parents & Friends, I heard a brand new sound a camp today and it was beautiful! I wish I had a recording to share with you. At the end of morning discoveries, ringing out over the sounds of chatter and footsteps and laughter and the turning Mill Wheel, the musical clinking of delicate metal […]

138

July 4th and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Hope you’ve had a wonderful 4th of July!  We certainly have and it’s been a day for the ages.  All systems were going today and our regular schedule was just jettisoned into the next galaxy of GV.  While there were the usual activities all day, we were treated to great moments in […]

139

World Peace in Our Hands Here at Camp!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another great day at Gwynn Valley and a bit hot but a good day to stay wet.  No rain was in our plans and that was a bonus.  Two Mountainside cabins went to the Farm after dinner tonight and three MS cabins were there last night.  Several cabins are camping out […]

140

No Rain Today and We’re Off and Rolling!

Dear Parents and Friends, Our first full day of C, C-1 Session was excellent.  We had cool temps today and not a sign of rain.  Tonight is cool and there’s a slight breeze blowing through the valley and hills surrounding the camp.  We’ve had so much rain until today you can hear our creeks and […]

141

C Session – Opening Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, Thanks for a wonderful opening day and hope that drop-off went well for you and family.  It’s nice to see so many familiar faces and returning campers from previous years.  It’s been a pretty smooth day as we dodged a few rain showers here and there.  As many of you know […]

142

B Session Closing – Thanks for a Great Session!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our B Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time for the two week session.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate in.   We appreciate you taking the time to help us keep Gwynn Valley an […]

143

Final Full Day of B Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, We just finished Friendship campfire and everyone is headed back to their cabin.  Our day started with rain but by lunch, it was the perfect day for being outdoors and active with camp.  Due to the rain, we had to cancel several trips including kayaking, climbing, and biking.  Each group made […]

144

Tajar Ball – Mountainside / Riverside Return!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another cool morning gave way to afternoon showers but a wonderful day again at camp.  It was our last full day of programming and it started out with a bang.  The Tajar was full of folly last night and left much evidence of his mischief as we arrived at breakfast.  There […]

145

Celebrating Poland and Ireland!

Greetings from Gwynn Valley! Every Tuesday we celebrate a different country or group of countries, and this week is no exception! International days involve sharing culture, food, language, and traditions from our international friends. Last week was UK today, which included staff representatives from England, Scotland, and Wales. Today we celebrated the Republic of Ireland […]

146

Thunder, Hot Metal and Dragons -somewhere there’s a connection!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been an exciting day here at camp.  It was a cool morning working its way into a hot steamy afternoon and a big thunderstorm just before dinner tonight.  It was a good night to attend the theatre and that’s exactly what we did.  The day was perfect for almost any […]

147

Camps Values and How It Changed the Monkey Kingdom!

Dear Parents & Friends, Happy Sunday to all and here at camp it was “Special Day”, which always bring us together for a camp-wide game.  Well almost everyone as Riverside took off today for their backpacking segment.  They are on the Art Loeb Trail which starts just around the peak of Cold Mountain and yes […]

148

Adventures Ahead for Mountainside and Riverside!

Greetings from Gwynn Valley, We’ve had another gorgeous day at Gwynn Valley, which wrapped up with one the most beautiful sunsets yet of the summer! As I watched the sky turn pink this evening, I’m reminded of all the simple joys that make up a day at camp. From laughter around the dinner table to […]

149

Building Bridges in Many Ways!

Dear Parents & Friends, A spectacular day here at GV with typical early summer weather, low 80’s and a constant breeze blowing all day long.  We had a short shower just during dinner, but Mr. sun came out and it’s back to beautiful.  Tomorrow is the last day of Discovery activity and all next week […]

150

Summer Solstice!

Dear Parents & Friends, When was the last time you milked a cow or goat or fed a baby calf?  For many of us, maybe never or perhaps just a few times.  For these campers here at camp it happens every day.  Like clockwork, these animals need nurturing and care and they get the best.  […]

152

Celebrations and Dignitaries Make a GV Appearance

Dear Parents and Friends, Lots of sun and some rain were a part of our day here at GV.  A thunderstorm rolled in just near the end of rest hour this afternoon and we had to hunker down in our cabins for a while before afternoon activities started.  Our Thorguard Lightening System gave us fair […]

153

First Full Day of B Session and Off to a Great Start!

Dear Parents and Friends, I can just barely see the outline of the mountains as camp settles into our quiet time of the evening.  Our staff are putting campers to bed and singing, playing music, or reading stories as they drift off on our first full day of B Session.  We just finished a mountain […]

154

“B” Session Opening and More!

Dear Parents and Friends, Opening Day for B Session was awesome.  We had cool weather in morning fading in the perfect afternoon to hold swim assessments and get into activities right off the bat.  Everyone attended lunch and then it was off to the Lodge to choose activities for Discoveries this week.   This is important […]

155

Farewell to Session A and Video Recap!

Dear Parents and Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our A Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and will carry lots of good memories from those children that were here for 7 days.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate […]

156

A Great Session to Start Off the Summer!

Dear Parents and Friends, It is just after our Friendship Campfire which is always on the last night of the session.  Several cabins are out on the Gatehouse Green watching the sun go down and catching fireflies as they capture the remaining time here with us in the Valley.  It’s been a beautiful last day […]

157

A Sunny Tajar Ball Day!

Parents and Friends, We have some catching up to do and it’s been a wonderful day, starting with a little Tajar Folly or Foolery.  Our ever-present Tajar left his mark by leaving our Downtown GV a little bit in disarray this morning.  There were boats on the Green, paddles spelling out his name, inner tubes […]

158

Partnering With Others!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another super day at GV brought more sunshine than we anticipated.  It was supposed to rain today but held off till just before the campfire.  It only lasted for about 30 minutes which was nice for our cabins camping out tonight.  They were scattered about over our property in dry and […]

159

Playing Outside and Growing Inside!

Today was a great start to our regular days here in session A.  We started our Morning Discovery Activities and I was able to make it around to a good many of our first day activities.  On the athletic field campers and staff were playing the most popular game in the world – soccer or […]

160

Opening Day A Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, Welcome to Session A and another great year of Gwynn Valley.  We had a wonderful opening day here and we’re off to a terrific start.  After a buffet lunch at noon today, we all headed to the Lodge for a bit of singing with Debbie on the 88’s and then made […]

161

E Session Campers Were the Icing on the Cake!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our E Session yesterday. We’ve had a wonderful time hosting your children and it was a great group to help us end our summer season.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate in.   We appreciate […]

162

Last Full Day Was Spectacular!

Dear Parents and Friends, We just finished our Friendship Campfire for Session E.  What a great session it’s been and a wonderful way to end our summer.  We were treated to nearly perfect weather all day today and we finished strong.  Our morning Discovery’s were running full steam ahead and I stopped for some time […]

163

Celebrating the Tajar’s Birthday and A Great Day At Camp!

Dear Parents & Friends, We awoke this morning to the Tajar’s folly with all kinds of pranks in downtown GV.  There were so many things moved and out of place we hardly knew what day it was and where we were.  Tables from the dining room were on the basketball court.  Tubes from the lake […]

164

Camp Community reunited to celebrate New Zealand & South Africa!

Dear Parents and Friends, Today was a very special day at Gwynn Valley. We celebrated the countries of New Zealand and South Africa all day long by eating their national dishes, enjoying skits before meals, singing national anthems, and of course having our whole evening program devoted to children’s stories, dances, and songs from these countries. Our […]

165

Rolling On the River!

Dear Parents & Friends, I’m back at camp after a great day on the river with Mountainside.  I left camp this morning about 8:30 and met them in a little town called Dillsboro where the Tuck Gorge starts.  It’s about a 4 ½ mile trip with consistent whitewater the whole way.  The group is camped […]

166

Weaving Your Way Through Camp – So Many Opportunities!

Dear Parents & Friends, Even though it started a little rainy this morning during breakfast, our day was cool and cloudy with the sun peaking through every now and then.  We had some showers about 4:30 but nothing that ran us indoors.  Brookside just finished their evening of Mountain Dancing and about 6 cabins are […]

167

We Only Get Wet Skin Deep!

Dear Parents & Friends, It takes more than a little rain to dampen our spirits here at camp.  All activities were running strong today as we arrived for breakfast with some sprinkles from the sky.  It rained off and on all day but never too hard and was just the perfect temperature to swim or […]

168

Opening Day of E Session!

Dear Parents & Friends, A cool morning turned into a warm day as we opened E Session.  Many thanks for dropping off your children as we finish off our summer with many who are experiencing camp for the first as well as returners to GV.  We are so pleased to have your child, whether new […]

170

Last Awesome Day Of A Great Session!

Dear Parent and Friends, As I write, it’s almost dark and just a wisp of red is in the western sky.  Campers from several cabins got to the Gatehouse Green to see the last remnants of ole Mr. Sol.  On the other end of camp a three quarter moon has risen over the Lodge and […]

171

The Tajar Makes Folly On His Birthday!

Dear Parents and Friends, Today we awoke to the mischief of the Tajar.  He moved tables around, boats upside on the Green, teacups hanging from trees and somehow managed to get the SIT’s to sleep walk to the Green and sleep in the kayaks.  When we came down for breakfast they were snuggled in their […]

172

International Day and River Meanderings!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another splendid day at GV and time is flying.  It’s hard to believe that we are winding down D session. Today was another beautiful day here at camp with sunny skies and all activities in high gear.  I spent the entire day going out with Riverside to the Tuck.  They paddled […]

173

Where the Wild Things Are at GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, As I write, Mountainside is walking back from the Hunt Farm where they found out which adventure they were going on starting on Monday of next week.  Our Hunt Farm view looks right into heart of our Blue Ridge Mountains and was the perfect setting to set their minds toward the […]

174

A Special Day In So Many Ways!

Dear Parents & Friends, An absolutely beautiful day again here at camp as we held our Special Day for Session D.  The weather has been just as yesterday – breezy and clear.  As I write Riverside is gathering on the Gatehouse Green to see the silhouette of our mountains as the sun has already dropped.  […]

175

A High Pressure Overhead Brings the Best of the Best!

Dear Parents and Friends, We’ve had an unbelievable weather day here today.  I woke up early this morning to come shoot some footage of our view because it was so clear.  All day long it’s been crystal blue sky and a breeze blowing throughout.  We’re under a big high pressure that’s going to be around […]

176

Golden Days of Summer

Dear Parents and Friends, Today was a perfect summer day! Although the weather was cloudy for some of the day, we managed to avoid major rain outside of meal times and rest hour, allowing all activities to continue as normal. As we near the end of our first week of D session, it really feels like […]

177

Twilight Play – A Camper Favorite!

Dear Parents and Friends, Our day started much like the past few days with a cool morning followed by a warm but beautiful day with a breeze blowing all day long.  Thank goodness for the breeze.  It wasn’t as hot as it has been, but it was warm.  We held Twilight Play this evening, where […]

178

A Cooler Day and Wonderful Evening!

Dear Parents and Friends, Our day was sunny, bright and warm and with our shade, water activities and fun quotient it was a terrific day here at GV.   Tonight was Tajar Tales for Hillside  and s’mores night for those Brooksider’s.  We also had a giant picnic on the Green that everyone attended.  Our kitchen staff […]

179

It Was UK Day At GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, Today is UK (United Kingdom) Day here at good ole GV.  The whole day was mixed with good food, visits by reigning monarchy and a wonderful evening campfire that included many campers dancing, singing and being in skits.  Our international staff did a great job giving us a first-hand look at […]

180

Growing With Each New Experience!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a beautiful day here, a little warm but no rain or thunder storms which is rare so far this summer.  Campers dove right into their Discovery activities this morning with gusto.  It was a fine morning to visit with programs, so I started close to Downtown GV at the […]

181

Opening Day D Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, Thank you for bringing such a great group of campers today.  We’ve had a great day apart from a short thunderstorm during our lunch hour (perfect timing).  The added bonus from the rain that came through, was a cooling down from the previous hot days this week.  After lunch campers began […]

182

C, C-2 Closing and Video!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our C, C-2 Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time hosting your children.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate in.   We appreciate you taking the time to help us keep Gwynn Valley an outstanding […]

183

A Wonderful Way to Spend Our Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, We just finished our Friendship Campfire for Session C, C-2.  At campfire we honored the campers who have many years of Gwynn Valley summers.  As a tradition at our final campfire we honor those who are coming for their 4th and 5th year with a blanket for the 4th year and […]

184

Happy Birthday Tajar!

Dear Parents and Friend, Greetings from the land of FUN! The Tajar visited us last night and there was evidence of his mischief in Downtown GV this morning.  Boats, buckets, bowls, lawn mowers, tables, chairs and anything that didn’t grow hair was somehow amiss.  If you don’t know who the Tajar is, just ask your […]

185

Viva El Mexico!

Dear Parents & Friends, We are celebrating Mexico Day here at camp today.  Our morning started off on the Green learning about Mexico’s independence and it only got better as we took history and turned it into food.  Our breakfast and lunch so far today has been wonderful and this is authentic Mexican food.  We […]

187

A Special Day inspired by Dr. Seuss!

Dear Parents & Friends, Every Sunday at camp, when it’s not an opening day, is “Special Day” and today was truly  special!  The theme today was Dr. Seuss. Campers moved around camp participating in different activity stations with their cabin groups. Each station was inspired by a different book and brought to life by our counselors. […]

188

The Gold Rush Comes to Gwynn Valley and Saves Us!

Dear Parents & Friends, Here we are at the end of another great  and action packed day at Gwynn Valley! Main Camp is getting into a rhythm again as C2 campers settle into the flow of camp. We are well into Discovery’s, which means that campers are gaining skills in each morning activity.  As I […]

190

Farm Campfire and a Beautiful Day!

Dear Parents and Families, It was a hot and sunny day here today and we began with clear blue skies without our usual morning fog that sets into the French Broad Valley on normal days.  No rain came until dinner time and lasted through the meal and was gone by the time after supper activities […]

191

Opening Day of C-2, Riverside Returns and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, We welcomed our new campers for C-2 today and got off to a rousing start to begin that session. For those of you that dropped off your children today, I hope that you’re safe and sound and at your destination. You were shown to your cabins today by our SIT’s and […]

192

C Session, Mountainside and Riverside Marches On!

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 […]

193

C-1er’s We Will Miss You and What a Last Great Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, It was a brilliant day at camp as we wound down in our C-1 Session.  Trips out of camp today were great and the campers took advantage of our warm and clear weather to bike, climb, and paddle.  I went out with the Kayakers to the French Broad this morning.  We […]

194

It Was Indeed a “Special Day”!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a day we’ve had…. hot and beautiful weather with a breeze all day long and big puffy clouds filling our exceptional view of the mountains.  Every Sunday at camp, when it’s not an opening day, is “Special Day” and it was truly  special.  The theme today was Disney and it’s […]

195

Hummingbirds, Cake & Appalachian Entertainment!

Dear Parents and Friends, Every day at Gwynn Valley is truly an adventure. When you wake up in the morning, you have an idea about where the day will take you, but you never really know what will unfold as the hours roll on. Today, was one of those days full of magical surprises. At the […]

196

Imagination at Camp – Powerful!

Dear Parents & Friends, It was an almost perfect day here at camp with great weather, a short shower during lunch and everyone enjoying the best that GV has to offer.  Some Brookside cabins went up to Mountainside tonight to see what that program is all about.  Mountainside is for those finishing 6th, 7th and […]

197

No Rain Today and Who Could Ask For More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Here we are at the end of another busy and beautiful day. It was first day in a while that we haven’t had rain.  It did rain a bit on our paddlers in Dupont on Lake Julia but none here at camp.  Several cabins were again camping out tonight, cooking dinner […]

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A Great American Day and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Wow and the fun never stops here.  Yesterday was an unbelievable day as we celebrated the 4th here at camp.  It was such a full day we had little time to catch you on all the details of our “Great American Day”.  We started off with a wake up by Paul […]

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Happy 4th of July!

Dear Parents  and Friends! We hope you’ve had a wonderful 4th of July and just finished our annual Fireworks Show and it’s been a full day.  Camp has celebrated in so many ways during this time of our nations history.  We will catch you up on our day tomorrow.  Hope all is well in your […]

200

Intermittent Sun and a Little Rain Never Spoils the Fun!

Parents and Friends, Our first full day at camp was pretty darn good.  We had a wee bit of rain just during lunch and it was over before the end of sign-ups and allowed a rain free rest hour and afternoon.  Having a tin roof on your cabin is different than home where you rarely […]

201

Session C, C-1 Opening!

Dear Parents & Friends, As folks arrived this morning it was clear that most of our families and campers are returners to Gwynn Valley.  In making the rounds today, I was just up on Mountainside where they were playing a game called “Breaking Up Housekeeping”, (strange name but fun game).  The question was, “how many […]

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B Session Closing – Playing Outside and Growing Inside!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our B Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time for the two week session.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate in.   We appreciate you taking the time to help us keep Gwynn Valley an […]

203

Trips Out and Ending on a High Note!

Dear Parents and Friends, We just finished Friendship campfire and during dinner it rained for the first time all week.  The rain felt good and we needed it to restore the moisture to our mountain coves.  It was such a good day and campers broke into song in the dining room tonight during dinner as […]

204

Tajar’s Birthday and Time to Fun It Up!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another cool morning gave way to a wonderful day again at camp.  It was our last full day of programming and it started out with a bang.  The Tajar was full of folly last night and left much evidence of his mischief as we arrived to breakfast.  There were kayaks in […]

205

So Much To Do, So Many Adventures and So Much Fun!

Dear Parents and Friends, It was another very wonderful day here at camp with another cool evening.  From sweatshirt to sweatshirt the morning and evening dictated warmer clothing.  Campers will use their sleeping bags as comforters again tonight and it will be hard to pry them from their warm beds in the morning.  Sleep will […]

206

One Day in a Most Excellent Week!

Dear Parents & Friends, Campfire is over and it’s been a truly cool mountain day.  Our morning temps before breakfast were in the low 50’s and at my house it was 52.  Most everyone came to breakfast in sweatshirts and it was sweatshirts on till about 10:30.  We’re looking at another cool night.  Good for […]

207

Special Day is Truly Special!

Dear Parents and Friends, It was Special Day at GV and it was just that.  We got a little extra sleep in this morning so breakfast was pushed back to 9:00 which meant everyone got an extra 30 minutes before breakfast.   Every little bit helps because camp is so busy.  Breakfast was hot off the […]

208

Saturday at GV and More to Come!

Dear Parents and Friends, We just wound down from Mountain Dancing in the Lodge and had 6 cabins join us for the hoe down.  Dances included Hokey Pokey, Going to Kentucky, The Bluebird Dance, and of course the Russian Folk dance called Shasha. Everyone had a great time and Debbie was magnificent on the 88’s.  […]

209

Gold Rush at Gwynn Valley!

Dear Parents and Friends, Today was truly a golden day of summer! After the recent rain, we enjoyed every moment of gorgeous sunshine that we were lucky to receive at Gwynn Valley today. Aside from a few sprinkles this evening, we have had sunshine all day long. With Riverside still in camp preparing for their next trip […]

210

That Australian Current Swept Through Camp – Dude!

Dear Parents and Friends, I’m sure that many of you have been following the weather and the tropical depression southeast of us as it makes its way toward the mountains.  Believe it or not, we haven’t had that much rain.  We’re scheduled to get some thunder storms later this evening and by now most of […]

211

Happy Summer Solstice (Even though we didn’t see the sun)!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been another great day at camp and happy summer Solstice.  It is the longest day of the year and we just finished our Solstice campfire where campers traveled to 4 different stations to learn and participate in this fun and ancient evening.   Backing up to the morning we had some […]

212

Nary a Raindrop Today!

Dear Parents and Friends, It was a great day a camp today with nary a raindrop in sight.  The temperatures stayed very cool today and even at the farm it was quite a nice day.  With little shade there it can get hot.  I was down there this afternoon as children were pulling carrots out […]

213

A Few Showers and a Great Day!

Dear Parents and Friends,   It was a cool start to our day today and one that makes us all appreciate living life outdoors.  There’s no air conditioning at camp and the only electronics are in the office and the staff living room.  It makes life much simpler.  I left our Lodge tonight after an […]

214

Session B Opening Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, Opening Day for B Session was the best.  Thank you dropping off many returning campers as well as new campers to Gwynn Valley.  We know everyone will have a great time over the next couple of weeks.   After a good lunch we presented activity skits for our morning “Discovery” programs to […]

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A Session Closing! Have a Great Rest of the Summer!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our A Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and will carry lots of good memories from those children that were here for the one week session.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you […]

216

Last Full Day of A and a Great Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last full day Session A.  We just finished our evening campfire program which is always called Friendship Campfire on the last night of camp.  It’s been a super session and we celebrated by showing many of the pictures that you all […]

217

The Tajar’s Birthday!

Today happens to be a very special day at Gwynn Valley. It’s the Tajar’s birthday! No one knows for sure how old the Tajar is, but he has been around Gwynn Valley for a long, long time. For those of you who haven’t heard about him yet… The Tajar is part tiger, part jaguar, and […]

218

A Little Sun, A Little Rain!

Dear Parents and Friends, We had a beautiful morning here at camp and the afternoon was filled with some showers.  Rain is fine at camp but we did have a little thunder going on.  With that rain came some bigger thunder and I’m sure your children will tell you about our Thorguard system here.  It’s […]

219

Sun, Shade & Water = Fun!

Another great day here at camp started a little cloudy but the sun broke through early afternoon.  Even when it’s hot outside we seem to have a great deal of shade to cancel out the heat.  I would say about 90% of our trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding are shaded.  It’s a great […]

220

Day Two – Discovery and More!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another great day with beautiful sunny skies today at GV!  We started our Discovery activities and there was so much to offer including: Mountain Biking, Climbing, Whitewater Kayaks, Camping Skills, Fire Building, Outdoor Cooking, Shelters, Weaving, Candle Making, Gourds, Kumihimo, Pottery, Farm, Mill, Appalachian Tall Tales, Appalachian Music and Dance, Horses, […]

221

Opening Day “A Session”!

Dear Parents and Friends, We hope that you’ve either had a safe journey home or at another destination of your choice and relaxing on this Sat. night.  What a great opening day we’ve had.  We just finished our campfire for the evening with some Tajar Tales and just getting to know one another a little […]

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E Closing and End of Our Summer! :(

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our E Session today.  We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and hope they will have great memories of their experiences with us.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate in.   We appreciate you […]

223

Tajar Ball at the End of Fun Filled Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, We awoke this morning to the Tajar’s folly with all kinds of pranks all over camp.  There were so many things moved and out of place we hardly knew what day it was and where we were.  Tables from the dining room were on the basketball court.  Tubes from the lake […]

224

Plenty of Sunshine & Adventure Return!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a gorgeous day here at Gwynn Valley! We started with some rain, but the clouds parted late this morning and the sun has been shining ever since. It has been a bit wet this week, so a sunny day like today was well appreciated around camp. Several cabin groups took advantage of the clear […]

225

Good Food, Great Paddlers and Managing Challenge!

Dear Parents & Friends, I’m back at camp after a great day on the river with Mountainside.  I left camp this morning about 8:30 and arrived at their campsite about 9:00 near Dupont State Forest.  It’s a great place to camp because it’s public but only one group is there at a time.  The gate […]

226

A Simpler Life at Camp!

Dear Parents & Friends, We must be living right here at GV.  We have had another good weather day today after early morning showers pelted us before breakfast.  The day was a mixture of sun and a few sprinkles here and there but the sun did shine a good bit of the time.  We’ve had […]

227

Good Weather and Climbing High!

Dear Parents & Friends, Believe it or not we dodged the weather forecast again today.  It was a beautiful day here with just a light sprinkle early this morning before breakfast.  The sun went in and out in late morning and it stayed that way all day.  It started raining about 5 minutes after I […]

228

Opening Day of E Session!

Dear Parents & Friends, Welcome to Session E and welcome back to those who have children attending our 3 week Mountainside and Riverside sessions.  We’ve had a great first day and I hope drop off was very smooth for you. Main Camp Session E and A is when we have most of our new campers, […]

229

D Session Closing – See You Next Year!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our D Session yesterday.  We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and hope they will have great memories of their experiences with us.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate in.   We appreciate you […]

230

Last Full Day of D and What a Great Day It Was!

Dear Parent and Friends, I just returned from campfire with a slight drizzle overhead.  We had rain several times today but spirits and enthusiasm was anything but damp.  Our last full day of D was truly a great one.  Signups this morning were great from all indications.  I spent the morning and partial afternoon with […]

231

Tajar Ball is Always a Highlight!

Dear Parents and Friends, Today we awoke to a foggy and cool morning.  It was nice until ole Mr. Sol came up over the fog and burned it off to reveal the heat.  It was also the Tajar’s birthday.  There is always Tajar folly on his birthday and today there was no exception.  His folly […]

232

The Dragon That Ate Gwynn Valley!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another splendid day at GV and time is flying.  It’s hard to believe that we are winding down D session. Today was another beautiful day here at camp with sunny skies and all activities in high gear.  We had a little thunder and a sprinkle of rain but nothing to send […]

233

You’ve Got a Friend At Camp!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a gorgeous day here today.  The temps were about 10 degrees cooler than they have been most of the summer.  Cool breezes blew all day and we had relief from the humidity that’s been occupying our skin over the past few days.  This of course made for great activity […]

234

Special Day and New Video!

Dear Parents & Friends, We just finished our Sunday Service here at camp after another perfect GV day.  On Sunday’s we have Staff Rec which is when our staff gets together to socialize and share some food.  We hold it in two sessions so there is always 1 staff member left in the camper cabins.  […]

235

Everyday at Gwynn Valley feels like the Weekend

Dear Camper Families and Friends, It was another beautiful, sunny day here at Gwynn Valley! The weather has been really warm, which makes for great swimming. We caught the edge of a thunderstorm this afternoon just after rest hour, but after about 5 minutes of rain, the sun returned to it’s throne in the sky […]

236

Just the Right Amount of Rain!

Dear Parents and Friends, We have had a beautiful and action packed day here in the Valley! The weather was sunny and warm until late afternoon when it rained for about 30 minutes and it was cool light drizzle that fell like tiny air conditioners.  Throughout this we had no thunder and lightening.  I was […]

237

Camp Is All About the Simple Joys!

Dear Parents and Friends, Our day started much like the past few days with a cool morning followed by a warm but beautiful day with a breeze blowing  all day long.  Thank goodness for the breeze.  It wasn’t quite as hot as it has been, but it was warm.  The next two days look good […]

238

Twilight Play and Alternative Fishing!

Dear Parents and Friends, Our day was sunny, bright and warm but with our shade, water activities and fun quotient it was a terrific day here at GV.   Tonight was Twilight Play where there was no campfire or other evening program so we played hard after dinner until about 8:30.  We also held a giant […]

239

International Day and the Sunny Side of Camp!

Dear Parents & Friends, “Another day of opportunity at camp” theme fits right into our European Day here at GV.  It was International Day here at camp celebrating Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland and Ukraine.  The whole day was mixed with good food, visits by reigning monarchy on horseback and a wonderful evening campfire that included […]

240

Great Day of Program and Going Down That Road to Self Reliance at Camp!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a beautiful and hot day here at camp and we jumped right into Discovery programs this morning.  I visited a lot of program this morning just around the center of camp, which included: biking, climbing, soccer, pottery, the Mill, weaving, batik, camping skills and nature, horseback, and archery.  I […]

241

Opening Day of D, MS3 and RS3!

Dear Parents and Friends, From my view, opening day for Session D was smooth.  There are always a few kinks here and there but overall we hope you had a pleasant experience.  Our morning was cool and calm and the heat took over about 11AM as planned.  All campers accessed the pool today to cool […]

242

C, C-2 Closing and Thank You!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our C, C-2 Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and hope they will have great memories of their experiences with us.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate in.   We appreciate […]

243

Spirits Soared On Our Last Full Day of C, C-2!

Dear Parents & Friends, We just finished our Friendship Campfire for Session C, C-2.  What a great time we’ve had tonight and all day long as well.  At campfire we honored the campers who have many years of Gwynn Valley summers.  As a tradition at our final campfire we honor those who are coming for […]

244

Tajar Ball and All His Mischief!

Dear Parents and Friend, Greetings from the land of FUN! The Tajar leaves lots of mischief around the center of camp the night before his day while we’re all asleep.  If you don’t know who the Tajar is, just ask your child.  Each session we celebrate his birthday and everyone comes to the party in […]

245

“I Still Call Australia Home”

Dear Parents & Friends, Another beautiful day at camp dodging the weather around us and we were lucky to just have thunder but no serious threats.  Our Thor Guard went off after sign-ups but cleared soon after during rest hour.  The afternoon was clear and sunny.  Today was Australia day and we started out witnessing […]

246

A Well Rounded Day of Imagination!

Dear Parents and Friends, Here we are at the end of another fabulous day at Gwynn Valley! The day started off overcast and foggy which is often the case in our French Broad Valley.  Breakfast was homemade biscuits and sausage, fruit, cereal and orange juice the weather must have known we had just eaten well […]

247

Special Day Olympics and Positive Moments!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a day at camp.  It was of course “special day” here where we don’t run normal programming and all the activity leaders have the day off.  We just finished our Vespers campfire and the theme was Gratitude for God’s Gifts.  That’s a broad topic and as you might expect there […]

248

Setting Sun and Rising Moon Over Oz!

Dear Parents & Friends, Here we are at the end of another beautiful and action packed day at Gwynn Valley! Main Camp is getting into a rhythm again as C2 campers settle into the flow of camp. We are into our second A day of discoveries, which means that campers went to their A day […]

249

Discoveries and Adventure Training Begins!

Dear Parents and Families, Today we began a new round of morning discoveries with our C & C2 campers. Campers were excited as they found out what their schedule will look like for the next six mornings. Morning discoveries are organized into A & B days and campers rotate through activities of their choice 3 times each with the […]

250

C-2 Opening on a Perfect Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, We welcomed our new campers for C-2 today and got off to a rousing start to begin that session. For those of you that dropped off your children today, I hope that you’re safe and sound and at your destination. You were shown to your cabins today by our SIT’s. They […]

251

Session C-1 Closes and C Keeps on Rolling!

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 […]

252

Last Full Day of C-1 and What a Day We Had!

Dear Parents & Friends, We’re winding down for our C-1 Session and many of you are picking up your children tomorrow.  It’s been a hot dry session until just around dinner time tonight when we got some “good rain” to cool us off and water our garden at the farm.  Our head counselors, Jordan and […]

253

“Special Day!”

Dear Parents & Friends, What a day at camp!  It was the perfect day to get wet and our “special day” theme was Under the Sea.  “Special day” here is where we don’t run normal programming and all the activity leaders have the day off.  We just finished our Vespers campfire and the theme was […]

254

Your Child on Nature!

  Dear Parents & Friends, Sorry for not posting a blog yesterday.  I was on a day off and frankly you can pretty much guess what transpires each day when you view the pictures.  There was a short storm last night just after dinner and much of our internet went down for a good and […]

255

Open House, Good Food and Twilight Play!

Dear Parents & Friends, Here at Gwynn Valley we are at the end of another busy and beautiful day. It was another hot day today but a breeze seem to cool us throughout the afternoon heat.  We got a little drizzle during the dinner hour tonight which helped to cool things off.  Several cabins were […]

256

Many Teachable Moments!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another great day at Gwynn Valley and we’re just experiencing a little front that may drop some rain on us after bedtime tonight.  Two Mountainside cabins went to the Farm after dinner tonight and two MS cabins were there last night.  Six cabins are camping out tonight so we had quite […]

257

The Song of Camp!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another warm and beautiful day here at GV.  The mornings are wonderful and by 10 it really starts to heat up.  Mountainside started their mini adventures today and everyone was divided into 4 groups to try out each adventure component; biking, climbing, paddling and pioneering.  They will be participating in “minis” […]

258

Only the Beginning!

Dear Parents & Friends, Happy 4th of July and hope you all are enjoying your time off today.  Our day started with a bit of history as Paul Revere charged through camp warning us that the British were coming.  Actually they’ve been here all summer and this time they are our allies.  We have about […]

259

Opening Day C/C-1 !!

Dear Parents & Friends, A cool morning turned into a warm day as we opened 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.  Tonight at […]

260

Closing Day B Session!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our B Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and will carry lots of good memories from those children that were here for the two week session.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you […]

261

Piglets, Pizza and Pillowcases!

Dear Parents and Friends, What a great day here and I can’t believe it’s gone so fast this week.  Isn’t that how it works.  When you’re having fun things tend to speed up and go too fast.  We held sign-ups this morning and every single activity you could think of was up and running.  We […]

262

Happy Birthday Tajar!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another great day at camp with sunny hot weather!  Today we awoke to some major mischief from the Tajar who moved tables outside and put Debbie on the roof along with kayaks and paddles.  He was excited in anticipation of Tajar Ball.  We had a long distance thunder boomer just during […]

263

Rocks, Roots and Kiwi’s!

Dear Parents & Friends, I spent a good portion of my day with the Mountain Bikers in Dupont riding just over 9 miles of single track.  It was an all male group that left under drizzly and humid skies this morning.   Arriving at Dupont we started at Reasonover Creek out of Fawn Lake parking area.  […]

264

Finally….. a Little Rain, Longest Day and Bellyaks!

Dear Parents & Friends, I write as campfire is concluding right outside my window.  Six cabins are on a campout tonight so we have a pretty small camp gathered around the fire in the field.  We’re actually celebrating a late Summer Solstice which is the longest day of the year.  That was of course around […]

265

Special Day for B Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, It was Special Day at GV and it was just that.  We got a little extra sleep in this morning so breakfast was pushed back to 9:00 which meant everyone got an extra 30 minutes to sleep in.  Every little bit helps because camp is so busy.  We also had a […]

266

New Tables, Great Views and Tree Climbing!

Dear Parents & Friends, As I begin tonight’s writing I’m hearing out my window the first cicada of the summer.  Soon more and more will be chiming in and yet another great sound to add to our outdoor world collection.  Several cabins are camping out tonight.  Brooksider’s were invited up to Mountainside for an evening […]

267

Servant Leadership

Dear Families & Friends, It has been another sunny, gorgeous day here at Gwynn Valley! Campers were busy outside today making the most of every ray of sunshine. This morning marked the 3rd session of A day discoveries, which means that campers have now visited those areas for 3 mornings this week. Returning to an activity […]

268

Blacksmithing, Mill Cookery and Good Counseling!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another hot and sunny day here at camp and everyone is taking advantage of the shade and water.  We’re slathering on the sunscreen and drinking lots of water to keep everyone cool.  While we feel it’s hot for this time of the year it was only 86 in Brevard.  Camp temps […]

269

Ice Cream Makes Any Day a Great Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been another great day at camp.   With the good weather we hit the trails at GV going in all directions by foot, hoof and bike.  Campers from all over camp traversed our many trails as well as walked the creeks and hiked to Connestee Falls to cool off and […]

270

Challenge by Choice and More!

Dear Parents and Friends, We just finished our first International Day of the summer and celebrated England.  Of course this morning we had a royal visit from the Queen to announce this was a special day at GV.  Her highness was elegantly clothed and instead of her usual hat she wore her crown.  All three […]

271

Cool Weather and Cool Counselors!

Dear Parents and Friends, Day two of Session dawned bright, cool and beautiful and our temps were chilly this morning about 8:00.  52 degrees registered on the thermometer here in our office.  Campers and staff wore their sweatshirts to breakfast and by 10:00 and the start of activities, everyone was peeling layers and enjoying the […]

272

B Session Opening Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, Opening Day for B Session was the best.  Great cool weather in the morning was the perfect way to open our next session for the summer.  After a good lunch we presented activity skits for our morning “Discovery” programs to help campers decide what they wanted to take over the days […]

273

Closing Day A Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s hard to believe that our first session of the 2016 summer has already ended! The families of our A session campers started to arrive after breakfast. Happy reunions were seen all over camp this morning as children ran into the arms of their parents and showed them their favorite activities […]

274

Lions, Mice, Pillowcases and Pizza With Brownies!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last full day of Session A.  We just finished our evening campfire program which is always called Friendship Campfire on the last night of camp.  It’s been a super session and we celebrated by showing many of the pictures that you […]

275

Happy Birthday Tajar!

Dear Camper Families & Friends, Today happens to be a very special day at Gwynn Valley. It’s the Tajar’s birthday! No one knows for sure how old the Tajar is, but he has been around Gwynn Valley for a long, long time. The Tajar is part tiger, part jaguar, and part badger. The Tajar is […]

276

Rain Is Good!

Dear Parents and Friends, We finally got some relief with rain just before dinner tonight.  It really rained for almost two hours and is letting up as I write.  It’s been the hottest driest spring that I’ve seen in many years.  Usually this time of year is much cooler.  Asheville which is nearby, has set […]

277

Brilliant Days, Camping Out and Mountain Dancing !

It was a brilliant morning and the sun was slow warming us up this morning.  Children at my table were talking about how cool it was in the cabins and it seemed some pulled their sleeping bags over them to burrow in.  Our mornings sometime have everyone in sweaters but usually by 10 or 11 […]

278

Day Two of the Journey of Imagination and Creativity in A Session!

Today was a great start to our regular days here in session A.  We started our Morning Discovery Activities and burst right into the afternoon as well.  I visited with Sports this morning as they played the most popular game in the world – soccer or football or futbol depending on where you come from.  […]

279

Opening Day Summer 2016 A – Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, What a day at GV!  Opening day for the summer was hot but wonderful.  I just returned from Mountainside’s campfire and Anne just returned from Main Camp’s campfire.  Maggie, our assistant director had dinner with Riverside as we tried to cover all the bases of our program.  Our Young Leaders program […]

280

E Session Ending and A New Year Begins!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to E Session and our summer.  We had a wonderful time with your children and thanks for sharing them with us.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate in.   We are collaborating with Clemson University to […]

281

Great Day, Super Campers, and What a Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, We just finished our Friendship Campfire for Session E.  What a great time we’ve had and tonight was no exception.  We honored the many campers who attended camp for years.  As a tradition at our final campfire we honor those who are coming for their 4th and 5th year with a […]

282

Great Day for the Tajar and Campers Alike!

Dear Parents & Friends, We awoke this morning to the Tajar’s folly with all kinds of pranks all over camp.  There were so many things moved and out of place we hardly knew what day it was and where we were.  Tables from the dining room were on Green.  Folks had different name tags on […]

283

Rain Timed Perfectly and What a Day of Fun!

Dear Parents & Friends, We finally got some rain today and it came at the right times.  Just a little bit of program was interrupted today by a short storm that rolled through camp this morning and some rain this afternoon after lunch and during rest hour.  Sign-ups had pretty much completed when it started […]

284

Feliz dia de Mexico, Nicaragua y Honduras!

Dear Parents and Families, Today was another sunny, beautiful, and action packed day! The day started early for our cabin groups returning from last night’s camp outs. All 10 cabin groups returned before the wake up bell to put away their dirty dishes and replace the smell of campfire-smoke-scented hair with sweet shampoo smells. Breakfast was abuzz […]

285

Adventures Ahead and Main Camp Buzzes!

Dear Parents & Friends, Session E is off to a great start with another great day here at GV.  Today was a special day for Mountainside and Riverside as they left on their adventures.  All groups were out of camp by about 10 this morning, all heading off into different and diverse directions.  The MS […]

286

First Day of Discovery!

Dear Parents & Friends, A great day at GV started early and cool this morning.  Many campers and staff wore their sweatshirts to breakfast this morning and well into mid morning as the sun reached its long rays into camp by 11 to heat up our mountain hideaway.  I was doing some video of campers […]

287

E Session Opening Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, I hope most of you are safe and sound at home or perhaps at your alternate destination.  Thanks so much for such a smooth opening day and it was a great day to start our E session camp.  By noon most everyone was here and our lunch buffet kicked off the […]

288

Closing Day D Session!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our D Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and thanks for sharing them with us.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that we are hoping you will participate in.   We are collaborating with Clemson University to conduct […]

289

Last Full Day of D Session :( but there’s always next summer :)

Dear Parents and Friends, What a great day here and I can’t believe these two weeks have gone so fast.   Isn’t that how it works.  When you’re having fun, things tend to speed up and go too fast.  We held sign-ups this morning and campers took this opportunity to do things they loved to do […]

290

The Tajar’s Birthday!

Dear Parents & Friends, Tajar Ball has come to an end here at GV and it was total fun had by all involved.  Of course this day starts as we celebrate the Tajar’s birthday and of course he has to make his presence known by creating organized chaos on the Green and in the Dining […]

291

Kiwi Day Today!

Dear Parents & Friends, Welcome to New Zealand Day.  We were met at breakfast by Gandalf the Wizard and precious rings were given out to campers upon entering the land of the Lord of the Rings through the Hobbit Hole.  We heard he Kiwi national anthem and then proceeded in to eat a typical NZ […]

292

Counselor Spotlight!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a great day at camp and that’s not unusual.  You know staff really make camp what it is and we’ve got a great staff this year.  You’d probably rather know what’s going on at camp with your children but I thought it noteworthy to talk a little bit about […]

293

Special Day at a Special Place!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a fun and beautiful day here at camp.  As you may or may not know Sunday’s are what we call “Special Day” here.  It’s a day when all of our activity leaders have a day off and it’s a break from the normal routine of camp Monday – Sat. […]

294

Capturing the Essence of Gwynn Valley

Dear Families & Friends, Good evening from Gwynn Valley! Main Camp just finished playing a game that has everyone pursuing colors of the rainbow and the pot of gold at the end.  Six colors have to be gathered from the counselors wearing those colors. When a camper tags a designated ‘color of the rainbow’ that counselor has […]

295

Another Day of Opportunity

Dear Gwynn Valley Familes and Friends, We are happy to report that our dining hall was full again this morning! All 11 cook out and camp out groups from last night made it back to downtown GV in time for breakfast this morning. Breakfast was abuzz with tales of fire building, s’more making, star gazing, and […]

296

Twilight Play, after playing all day!

Dear Camper Families and Friends, We had a beautiful and hot summer day here at Gwynn Valley! In the morning temperatures stayed temperate as campers enjoyed their second A day of Morning Discoveries. In the afternoon, it was perfect weather for swimming and the waterfront was a popular spot for afternoon sign ups. Campers were out having […]

297

International Day for Poland, Slovakia and Hungary!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s International Day at camp today and we’re celebrating Poland, Slovakia  and Hungary.  Every Tuesday we celebrate a country or several countries as part of our international focus at GV.  One really learns a good bit about the many countries represented here at camp.  We have lots of accents and to […]

298

Foundation Day for Teaching Discovery!

Dear Parents & Friends, It was a beautiful day to start our Discovery activities.  The water activities felt great because it was hot and sunny.  I spent the morning visiting a few activities and watching staff begin their day and begin their program with instructions and getting the campers familiar with the foundations of program.  […]

299

Great Opening Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, Your arrivals and drop-offs went very smooth this morning.  Our D session started beautifully and then a shower rolled in later in the afternoon.  After lunch went right into signups and then off to activities.  There’s not too much down time on opening day and there are reasons for that.  Thank […]

300

Thank You All for a Great Session!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our C, C-2 Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and will carry lots of good memories from those children that were here for the 10 day / 3 week session.  Soon you will receive a link to an evaluation that […]

301

Last Full Day of C, & C-2 and We don’t want it to end!

  Dear Parents & Friends, We just finished our Friendship Campfire for Session C, C-2.  What a great time we’ve had and tonight was no exception.  We honored the many campers who have many years of Gwynn Valley summers.  As a tradition at our final campfire we honor those who are coming for their 4th […]

302

Tajar Ball!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s the Tajar’s birthday here at camp.  Everyone knew it this morning when they came down to the Green before breakfast.  There were kayaks on the roof, inner tubes on the Green, tables upside down in the dining room, teacups hanging in the trees and all kinds of Tajar mischief.  Campers […]

303

UK Day !

Dear Parents & Friends, Today was UK Day here at camp and as you may know, every Tuesday we celebrate our diversity through our international day.  We started the day with William Wallace and his boys of Pimavera  and Echo charging across the Green with faces painted declaring their independence from England.  Michael, our Head […]

304

The Rainbow Challenge and Priceless Words!

Dear Parents & Friends, Main Camp just finished playing a game that has everyone pursuing colors of the rainbow and the pot of gold at the end.  Six colors have to be gathered from counselors wearing one of the colors who paint a dab of paint on each cabin member’s arm and this should be […]

305

Special Day C, C-2 – Supersize GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a day at camp.  It was of course “special day” here where we don’t run normal programming and all the activity leaders have the day off.  We just finished our Vespers campfire and the theme was God’s Creation.  That’s a broad topic and as you might expect there were a […]

306

Adventure Leads to Personal Growth

Dear Gwynn Valley Families and Friends, Here we are at the end of another beautiful and action packed day at Gwynn Valley! Main Camp is getting into a rhythm again as C2 campers settle into the flow of camp. We are into our second A day of discoveries, which means that campers went to their A […]

307

Camp Creates the Best Version of Yourself!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been another great GV day here. Where else can you see so many cool activities taking place.  Sports was playing basketball today and will be moving on to football for tomorrow and Monday and then finish up with fat bat baseball.  And of course there’s the English “football” we call […]

308

Many Benefits to Camp!

Dear Parents and Families, Today we began a new round of morning discoveries with our C & C2 campers. Campers were excited as they found out what their schedule will look like for the next six mornings. Morning discoveries are organized into A & B days and campers rotate through activities of their choice 3 times each with the […]

309

Opening Day C-2 Was Perfecto!

Dear Parents & Friends, We welcomed our new campers for C-2 today and got off to a rousing start to begin that session. For those of you that dropped off your children today, I hope that you’re safe and sound and at your destination. You were shown to your cabins today by our SIT’s. They […]

310

Life Is Good At GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, 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 […]

311

Last Full Day of C-1 and More to Come!

Dear Parents & Friends, Sorry for not putting up a blog last night but it was a full day and we hold our weekly “staff rec” on Sunday nights.  This is when all staff are in camp and counselors take about an hour and we meet for food and social time.  One half of the […]

312

Happy 4th of July!

Dear Parents & Friends, Happy 4th of July to one and all and we just wound down for the day at the Lake with our traditional Fireworks and it was a great American Day here at Gwynn Valley.  Our day began with the French sailing into New York Harbor loaded down with their gift to […]

313

Dancing the Night Away! Go Hillsider’s!

Dear Parents & Friends, Sometimes that weather man and weather channel just miss the boat and thank goodness.  It rained before dawn this morning and our forecast called for rain most of the day.  Well.. it did not happen and we had fits and sprinkles on two occasions and that was about it.  I stopped […]

314

Cool Summer Day in the Mountains

Dear Gwynn Valley Camper Families and Friends, Here at Gwynn Valley we are at the end of another busy and beautiful day. Yesterday evening’s light drizzle continued into the morning and early afternoon. We had light rain on and off until mid-afternoon, but the rain did not stop any activities! All program areas were in full swing […]

315

Today is Wednesday and What a Day We’ve Had!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another great day at Gwynn Valley and we’re just experiencing a little rain during after supper activities.  I’m on duty today so I didn’t get to as many programs as I wanted.  On duty means that you carry a radio all day long and into the night.  You attend all activity […]

316

Happy Canada and South Africa Day!

Dear Camper Families and Friends, Following our tradition of International Tuesdays, today we celebrated our campers and staff from Canada and South Africa through song, activities, food, and a whole campfire devoted to those countries. Once again, our kitchen team knocked it out of the park with an incredible trio of meals. For breakfast we had Canadian […]

317

Cool Start to a Great Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, After a cool morning we began our activities and children started their Discovery activities in the AM.  Each camper has 4 activities they take in the morning.  In the afternoons you have a free choice of 2 one hour activities or 1 two hour activity and that changes each day.  Progressive […]

318

C/C-1 Opening Day Couldn’t Be Better!

Dear Parents & Friends, We felt it was a smooth drop off today for the opening of our C/C-1, Mountainside and Riverside sessions.  Riverside was out on the Gatehouse lawn doing some games and group dynamics with their cluster of 12.  I was headed to another part of camp earlier today and heard them coming […]

319

A Full and Fun Filled Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, What a great day here and I can’t believe it’s gone so fast this week.  Isn’t that how it works.  When you’re having fun, things tend to speed up and go too fast.  We held sign-ups this morning and every single activity you could think of was up and running.  Capture […]

320

Tajar Ball !

Dear Parents & Friends, Another great day at camp with sunny hot weather!  We had a short thunderstorm just after 4:00 and it was a clear again by the time Tajar Ball started at 7:30.  We had dinner outdoors and it was a fun filled evening.  More on that later.  I’m so glad we’re in […]

322

Happy Monday and More to Come!

Dear Parents & Friends, I’m constantly amazed by the children we have here at camp.  I think they are more articulate and seem to know so much more than I did at say 8, 9, or 10.  Children have more access to outside stimuli and every kind of screen has the potential for so many […]

323

Special Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a day!  It is our “Special Day” at camp and a special day for all you fathers out there.  So.. happy Father’s Day!  Special Day at camp is a time when the whole camp participates in a camp wide activity that can last all day long.  This morning after a […]

324

Adventure Awaits!

Dear Camper Families and Friends, The weather was absolutely perfect today. Everyone was grateful for the sunshine and slightly cooler temperatures that we experienced. It was still hot enough to swim, but not as warm as it has been for the last few days. Today marks a definitive half way point in B session; just before lunch we finished up  […]

325

Rainbows and Ice Cream!

Dear Parents & Friends, As I write, all of Main Camp is playing a game that has everyone pursuing colors of the rainbow and the pot of gold at the end.  Six colors have to be gathered from counselors wearing one of the colors who paint a dab of paint on each cabin member’s arm […]

326

Good Food, Good Fun!

Dear Camper Families & Friends, Time flies when you’re having fun here at Gwynn Valley.  It’s hard to believe that we are at the end of another action packed day!  Our day beamed sunny and bright and the afternoon brought some much needed rain to cool things off.  We are well into our Discovery activities […]

327

Helicopters, Dancing, Tajars and Campfires!

Dear Parents & Friends, We just finished two different campfires in two different parts of camp, so talk about multi-tasking.  I was in the Lodge with Brookside campers, Debbie and assorted counselors and called our mountain dancing evening.  We started with a warm up of Hokey Pokey, Sasha (a Russian Folk Dance), Going to Kentucky, […]

328

Australia Day! Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie!

Dear Parents & Friends, Today was Australia Day at camp and I felt like we were there because of the heat.  Actually it is winter there now. The temps were hovering around 90 degrees in parts of camp today.  The good news is that most everyone stayed either cool in the shade or in the […]

329

Camp Bring Out the Best Version Of You!

Dear Parents & Friends, As I write, children are pretty much like a pile of puppies in their cabin.  You’ve seen that scenario where they play all day and then suddenly they all collapse in a heap.  In this case they all have beds to collapse in and many are sound asleep by now.  You […]

330

Opening Day of B Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, Opening Day for B Session was the best.  Great weather in the morning for greeting you all and getting your campers settled.  After a good lunch we presented activity skits for Discovery to help campers decide what they wanted to take over the days ahead for their morning activities.  This is […]

331

Closing Day of A Session… MS1A & RS1 still going strong!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s hard to believe that our first session of the 2015 summer has already ended! The families of our A session campers started to arrive after breakfast. Happy reunions were seen all over camp this morning as children ran into the arms of their parents and showed them their favorite spots […]

332

Last Full Day of A:(

Dear Parents and Friends, Perfect day at camp and just as we ended Friendship campfire a sprinkle of rain cooled things down a bit.  I can’t believe time has flown so quickly with our first session.  It was such a nice way to begin our summer with so many wonderful children.  80 years of camping […]

333

The Tajar’s Birthday!

Dear Parents and Friends, Today is a very special day at Gwynn Valley. We had three birthdays at camp today: 1 camper from Brookside who turned 11, 1 counselor from Hillside who turned 24, and 1 Tajar who turned…well we’re not exactly sure how old the Tajar is. With 5 birthdays a summer it’s easy to […]

334

Unstructured Free Play !

Dear Parents & Friends, We deserved a beautiful day today and got it.  Perfect day for all activities at camp!  We’re in the process of shooting a new camp promo video and our film crew of two were here all day today.  It was fun walking around with them to various activities and watching them […]

335

Good Food and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another great day here at GV!  We had some rain this afternoon and spent some time indoors playing games and watching the buckets of rain fall.  Indoor Thunderball works just as well as outdoor Thunderball.  It was a very cool morning but by 10:30 the temps began to rise and so […]

336

Camp is a Magical Place

Parents and Friends, Our first full day at camp was pretty darn good.  We had a wee bit of rain just during lunch and it was over before the end of sign-ups and allowed a rain free rest hour and afternoon.  Having a tin roof on your cabin is different than home where you rarely […]

337

Opening Day Session A – 2015

What a great opening day here at Gwynn Valley.  Parents and campers arrived to a cool morning after early morning departures.  It was a perfect weather day here at camp and it’s been our first day without rain in several weeks.  Everyone settled into their cabins and then off to lunch for a wonderful buffet […]

338

Thank You E Session for a Great Ending to our Summer!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our summer and a fantastic Session E. We’ve had a wonderful summer and a great time with your children. We will carry lots of good memories from those that were here for the 8 days that you’ve shared them with us. Looking ahead, you […]

339

Making Camp DNA!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last full day. We just finished our evening campfire program which is always called Friendship Campfire on the last night of camp. It’s been a great session and a great summer. What a way to end our summer at GV with […]

340

Soggy With a Sunny Side Up!

Dear Parents & Friends, If you’ve been watching our weather you know that it has been a rainy day, but no worries mate, as they say down under , camp goes on despite the weather. It was soggy everywhere today. I left early this morning to go with Mountainside paddlers and it began raining before […]

341

Full Days and More to Come!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another great day at GV! I must be the luckiest man in the world. We are having so much fun this session and I get to witness most of it. I was just at the Lodge shooting some video of Mountain Dancing. About half of Main Camp was there and the […]

342

Twilight Play: playing until the stars come out!

Dear Parents and Friends, Today was a smooth and sunny day here at Gwynn Valley! It is now day 4 of the session and everyone seems to be in the groove of camp life. Everyone knows the lyrics to songs that we sing before meals or in the lodges so the volume is turning up and […]

343

Campouts and Adventure Programs Start Their Adventures!

Dear Parents & Friends, As we complete our second day of activities the weather has shined and so have our campers. We’ve got everyone participating in new Discovery activities this morning for the first time and I spent the morning walking around shooting some video and taking pics on my travels. Mountain biking was learning […]

344

Sun Showers Bring Beautiful Flowers!

Dear Parents and Friends, Here we are at the end of the first full day of E Session, and what an exciting day it has been! As one of our shorter sessions, E session is full of first time campers and today was full of firsts! At 8:30 this morning, we enjoyed our first breakfast together in […]

345

Camp Does a World Of Good!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thanks for such a great opening day today and hope everyone is safe and sound back home or to their next destination. It was an active and full day here and we jumped right into program just after lunch today. We sang in the Lodge with Debbie at the piano and […]

346

Last Full Day of D Session :(

Dear Parent and Friends, Today was cool day at camp and then around 5:00 we got a little shower. It’s been the only rain we’ve really had this week after having rain last week. The cool weather is nice for all but water sports. We built a fire in the Lodge this morning for those […]

347

Tajar’s Birthday and Tajar Ball!

Dear Parents and Friends, Today we awoke to a crystal clear and cool morning. It was around 54 degrees this morning and everyone came to breakfast in their sweatshirts. It was also the Tajar’s birthday. There is always Tajar folly on his birthday and today there was no exception. His folly includes putting things where […]

348

International Day and More!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another splendid day at GV and time is flying. It’s hard to believe that we are winding down D session. Today was another beautiful day here at camp with sunny skies and all activities in high gear. This second week we have signups both in the morning and in the afternoon. […]

349

Sign-ups All Day Long !

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a gorgeous day here today. As I write the temperature has fallen to 65 degrees and tonight it’s supposed to get down to 57. Cool breezes blew all day and we had relief from the humidity that’s been occupying our skin over the past few days. This of course […]

350

Special Day and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, We’re just about to go into Vespers and I thought I’d start my daily rumination a bit early. On Sunday’s we have Staff Rec which is when our staff gets together to socialize and share some food. We hold it in two sessions so there is always someone left in the […]

351

Blue Skies and Sunshine With Some Shade on the Side!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another beautiful day at GV brought out the best in camp and everyone has really enjoyed the true summer weather we’ve been having. It’s been great to have pure sunshine. There was hardly a cloud visible today. Any outdoor activity thrived today and some actually sought shade at certain points. One […]

352

Sunny Skies & GV Hunger Games

Dear Parents and Friends, We have had a beautiful and action packed day here in the Valley! The weather was sunny and warm even as the wake-up bell rang at 8AM, and it stayed that way until we all watched the sun set on the gatehouse green at the end of our Web/OLS campfire….but more […]

353

Soggy Turns Beautiful!

Dear Parents and Friends, Our day started much like the past few days with all things drippy wet soggy and then would clear up a bit. Today was no different. However, about mid-morning when we’d previously gotten rain, the sun came out and it was beautiful the rest of the day. The next two days […]

354

Sun and a Little Rain! No Worries Mate!

Dear Parents and Friends, Our day was sunny and bright with a big shower while we ate lunch today. There was a sprinkle of rain just after dinner which ran us inside for one of our campfires but other than that, a super day at GV. I just finished calling our Mountain Dancing with Brookside […]

355

The Sunny Side of Camp! Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi !

Dear Parents & Friends, Another day of opportunity at camp theme fits right into Aussie Day here at GV. It was Australia day here and we just finished campfire. It was a blast complete with entertainment by the Wiggle’s and of course a visit by Steve Irwin. It was a great skit and had everyone […]

356

A Few Showers Didn’t Chase the Fun Away!

Dear Parents & Friends, Even though it was a little overcast today we started our first day of Discovery. Despite a few showers, mostly while we ate lunch, the rain didn’t deter our movement and action in getting everyone into day one. I spent the morning going to many activities and watching staff begin their […]

357

Opening Day – D Session & MS-3 & RS-3!!

Dear Parents and Friends, A great start for opening day D session brought cool temps and cloudy skies when you checked in this morning. After lunch we had sunshine and great weather to begin our afternoon. It was perfect for the first day as we launch into our next two weeks of camp.  Thank you for […]

358

C, C-2 Closing! See You Next Year!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our C, C-2 Session today. We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and will carry lots of good memories from those that were here for the 10 day and the 3 week session. Soon you will receive an evaluation via email, sent to […]

359

Winding Down C, C-2 and Great Memories!

  Dear Parents & Friends, We just finished our Friendship Campfire for Session C, C-2. What a great time we’ve had and tonight was no exception. We honored the many campers who have many years of Gwynn Valley summers. As a tradition at our final campfire we honor those who are coming for their 4th […]

360

Tajar Ball and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another great day at camp started off cooler and the weather was terrific. We had a high of 79 today here in Brevard, but usually it’s a bit cooler at camp. That high would have been at the farm which usually registers the high temps at camp. We’ve had a great […]

361

UK Day at GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, Sorry to miss our daily communication last night but some days are just too full. Lots to write about tonight as we get into our last week of C, C-2. Never a dull moment at GV.   Today was UK Day here at camp and as you may know, every Tuesday we […]

362

Special Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, As we all know, every day is special at Gwynn Valley.  Sunday’s are special because we get up a little later, we don’t have regular program, we participate in a theme day and of course we end our day with Sunday service or Vespers as some call it.  Today’s theme was […]

363

What a talented bunch of campers!

Dear Parents and Friends, Here we are at the end of another fabulous day at Gwynn Valley! The day started off overcast in cool, creating the perfect setting for a breakfast of oatmeal (complete with brown sugar, cinnamon and golden raisins), hard boiled farm eggs, fruit, and cereal. After breakfast, the sun started to peak […]

364

Building Camp DNA!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been another great GV day here. Where else can you see so many activities going on in such a place. Our sports program started with World Cup playoffs this morning and there was a tie but no PK shootout. (Didn’t want to put the goal keepers through that kind of […]

365

Homegrown Tomatoes & Carrot Cake

Dear Parents and Families, Today we began a new round of morning discoveries with our C & C2 campers. Campers were so excited after breakfast as they found out what their schedule will look like for the next six mornings. Morning discoveries are organized into A & B days and campers rotate through activities of their choice 3 times […]

366

C-2 Opening Day – Roll On C!

Dear Parents & Friends, We welcomed our new campers for C-2 today and got off to a rousing start to begin that session. For those of you that dropped off your children today, I hope that you’re safe and sound and at your destination. You were shown to your cabins today by our SIT’s. They […]

367

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 […]

368

Last Day of C1: Chose your own adventure

Dear Parents and Friends, I like to think that every day at camp holds the promise and opportunity for adventure, but today was truly full to the brim with great adventures. When talking about adventure, I think people often jump to the idea of outdoor adventure, exploration, physical challenges, etc. Up on Mountainside we actually call […]

369

Special Day- Disney Rules!

Dear Parents and Friends, Special Day at GV starts with a bit of a sleep in. We have breakfast 30 minutes later and it was needed with the 4th this past Friday. Everyone had stayed up late on Friday night to see fireworks. Our Special Day is one where we don’t run program that day […]

370

Playing Outside-Growing Inside

Dear Parents and Friends, Another weather from heaven day today at GV. It was a chilly 54 degrees in Brevard this morning and usually it’s a bit cooler here at camp. We mostly all wore sweatshirts to breakfast this morning and I didn’t come out of mine until about 11:00. Mountainside was working on a […]

371

Happy 4th and Fireworks Finish Our Wonderful Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, It was just one of those perfect days – weather wise and camp wise. The weather today was brilliant. A big high is parked over the mountains . Our high today was only 79 and probably even cooler in Main Camp with all our shade. We just finished fireworks for the […]

372

Twilight Play!

Dear Parents and Friends, Despite a shower today during lunch and rest hour our day was perfect. Tonight’s temps have lowered considerably and we have smooth sailing tomorrow for the 4th. While our Mountains are covered in sunshine our NC coast will be feeling the effects of Arthur. We hope all remain safe and sound […]

373

Settling into C session: friendship & free play!

Dear parents & friends, It was another warm day here at Gwynn Valley. The sun and warm weather made water activities very popular. Today waterfront put on free swim at the lake and pool, zip line, traverse line, sit on top kayaks, white water kayaks, swimming through “seaweed” at the pool, water sliding, creek hiking, and […]

374

Sunny and Hot; We’ll Take It!

Dear Parents and Friends, It was a beautiful day here at camp today. Nice and sunny and hot. Good day for any kind of water activities. Frankly it was a good day for all kinds of activities. Safety was a hot topic this morning in Outdoor Living Skills, as Leah got the campers to prioritize […]

375

Dicsovering the Day through Discovery!

Dear Parents & Friends, We started off with a wee shower this morning as they say in the ole country. Soon the clouds parted and though slippery in places all activities went right into motion. Sometimes when it’s spitting rain the fish bite and this morning they were taking any bait at the Mill. We […]

376

Opening Day C/C-1

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s a cool night here after a beautiful day and a few showers that rolled in just before dinner tonight. It looked like rain most of afternoon but held off so we could get down to business on this first day of C/C-1.  Many thanks for dropping off your children as […]

377

Last Full Day of B Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, What a great day here and I can’t believe it’s gone so fast this week. Isn’t that how it works. When you’re having fun things tend to speed up and go too fast. We held sign-ups this morning and every single activity you could think of was up and running. Something […]

378

Tajar Ball!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s Great Outdoors Week this week and what a great way to celebrate the outdoor realm by being at Gwynn Valley. I was up at the climbing wall today and saw some firsts. Climbing in cowboy boots is possible. After all, Paul Petzoldt, the founder of NOLS, climbed the Grand Teton […]

379

Big Days Behind and Ahead!

Dear Parents & Friends, First of all let me apologize for the lack of pictures on the internet over the past many days. We’ve had a glitch in our system and didn’t know it until yesterday and we’re working hard toward getting everything up asap. Our internet was also down and out most of the […]

380

New and Exciting Experiences Every Day!

  Dear Parents & Friends, Tonight is a beautiful night at camp, a bit cooler and that means good sleeping weather up here. It’s been just brilliant today even though it was a little hot this afternoon. Many cabins are camping out tonight and between the night sky and cool temps it should be great […]

381

This and Much, Much More!

  Dear Parents and Friends, A day without rain is a day without sunshine or in other words it rains most every day here at camp.   That’s OK because it comes at the appropriate time in the past few days. It’s not even close to what we were experiencing last summer when we recorded almost […]

382

It was the sunniest of days and the rainiest of days…

Dear Camper Families & Friends, Time sure does fly here at Gwynn Valley… It’s heard to believe that we are at the end of another action packed day! Our sunny morning began with some breakfast burritos: spinach tortillas, scrambled eggs, black beans, potatoes, and fruit plus a cereal bar for those who prefer a simple breakfast. […]

383

A Day of Firsts!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been another great day at camp.  The day was only interrupted by a short thunder shower during lunch and then it was off to rest hour and a fun day of activities. A new group for Mountainside came in this morning and they quickly had their swim assessments and then […]

384

International Day – Celebrate New Zealand!

Dear Parents & Friends, It was an international day here at Gwynn Valley and we celebrated the country of New Zealand. We have quite a few staff from the land of Kiwis so we learned a great deal as the day went on. We heard stories from the Mouri peoples and learned songs and saw […]

385

First Full Day of B!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a most pleasant day here at camp. The weather was near perfect with a shower just at the end of rest hour. We had to postpone our start of the afternoon activities but otherwise a great day. Everyone had a productive first full day of B Session and campers […]

386

Opening Day B Session

Dear Parents and Friends, Opening Day for B Session was the best. Beautiful weather, great kids and smooth arrivals. Hope you all had a safe trip home. As I write I’m sure most everyone is snuggled down in their camp beds after a very full day filled the anticipation of returning to camp or coming […]

387

Session A Ends!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a nice way to start our 79th summer of camping here at Gwynn Valley. Thank you for sharing your children with us this past 7 days.  We’ve had a wonderful session and it was evident as we held our closing for Session A this morning.  It’s been a beautiful day […]

388

Last Full Day of A :(

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last full day. We just finished our evening campfire program which is always called Friendship Campfire on the last night of camp. It’s been a great session and we celebrated by showing many of the pictures that you all have been […]

389

Tajar Ball!

Dear Parents & Friends, It was a sunny day here at camp that was bright and beautiful. We got a little rain this evening just after dinner but it didn’t deter activities and Tajar Ball (more on that later). By 10:30 the temps began to rise and so did the activity level. We started the […]

390

Camps Noises- All Good!

Dear Parents and Friends, A little rain shower this evening cooled things down just as campfire was ending. We have a few campout groups out tonight but they will be fine in our camp shelters. Close to half the camp was out last night and the other half is out tonight. As I write clouds […]

391

Campouts, Sun, and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another sunny day here made it another great GV day. We started off with a bang up breakfast of French toast and bacon plus fruit, OJ, Moo Juice and lots of table conversation. It was a very cool this morning but by 10:30 the temps began to rise and so did […]

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First full day at Gwynn Valley is full of SUN!

Dear Parents and Friends, What a full day we have had here at Gwynn Valley! The day seemed to last forever and pass before our eyes in a second all at the same time. We packed the last 14 hours full of laughter, new experiences, and joyful moments that will become memories in the minds […]

394

End of a Great Session and Season!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a wonderful summer and thank you E session campers for an excellent end to our summer of 2013.  Only 297 days till camp 2014!!! Camp comes to such an abrupt end and it’s hard after so many great weeks of the simple joys of childhood.  We are already […]

395

Last Full Day of E:(

  Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a wonderful last full day of Session E.  A shower came midway through the morning but didn’t stop our last day of Discovery.   All activities ran as planned and there were some really great closures to that part of our program.  Our broom makers finished up their final […]

396

Tajar Ball and What a Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, What a day, what a day, what a day.  We just finished our Tajar Ball evening ceremonies by watching a magic show by the Great Arebesky (RB to staff and campers).  We watched him juggle, ring a magic bell, guess numbers made up by campers, and the finale was escaping from […]

397

Paddling and A Great Day At Camp!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another great day of camp and I must say that I wasn’t privy to it today because I was out with the Mountainside paddlers.  We had a great day on the Tuckaseegee River around Dillsboro, NC.  The Tuck is a long river that starts not too far from camp and winds […]

398

Summer is in full bloom at GV!

Today was another later summer success! It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day. Best of all, the hydrangeas lining the path by the lake and the Green have finally reached full bloom status! These iconic GV flowers are always an end-of-summer treat; they make downtown GV an even more cheerful place! Lots of other flowers […]

399

Wet & Wild!

Dear Parents & Friends, We’re just finishing up our campfire tonight, which has been our international campfire.  We have a good many countries represented here at Gwynn Valley and tonight we celebrated most of them in small ways.  It’s a fun evening of facts and interesting tidbits of our international community.  During our longer sessions […]

400

Adventure for all!

Good evening from Gwynn Valley! It seems we had found ourselves at the end of another wonderful, magical day here at camp full of discovery, adventure, and joy. So many things happen here in the course of a day that it is hard to write short blog posts like this one. I don’t think I’ll […]

401

Herding Children and Herding Sheep!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been an amazing day here.  I started my day getting over to work early and spent time in the office so I could get out into program today.  I can say it was well worth it.  I first checked in on the Main Camp Bikers who were fitting bikes and […]

402

Opening Day E Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, Opening Day for E Session is almost coming to an end and thank you for bringing such a great group of campers.  We hope you are safely at your home or destination by the time you read this.  Most campers are on their way to bed at this hour and we’re […]

403

Last Full Day of D :(

Dear Parent and Friends, Today was another beautiful day at camp and then around 5:00 we got a nice shower.  I can almost count the number of days we’ve not had rain on two hands this summer.  As I stated in a recent blog, we haven’t been able to creek hike or tube until just […]

404

Tajar Folly, Boys and Time!

Parents and Friends, Tajar Folly greeted us this morning as we all came down to breakfast.  The Tajar had been up to no good and taken everything from teacups to boats and put them in the oddest places.  I suppose he had too much fun at his birthday celebration last night.  I didn’t have time […]

405

A Busy Day Means Happy Campers!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a busy day here and a very fun one.  We celebrated the Tajar’s birthday a bit earlier because we’ve been trying to keep tabs on the weather this summer and it seemed that most of our Tajar celebrations have been rained on.  We decided this morning to reschedule and […]

406

So Much to Do and So Many Chances!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another rain free day at GV produced a bevy of fun today.  As Discovery ended on Sat., we now have double sign-ups, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  So, each day campers can sign up for 4 activities of their choice and hopefully in activities they wanted to […]

407

Special Day at GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another splendid day at GV and time is flying.  It’s hard to believe that everyone arrived just last Sunday.  It was Special Day here at camp as is every Sunday while a session is going on.  Today’s theme was Medieval Times and the Dining Room was under siege this morning by […]

408

Last Day of Discovery – A Lot of Activity!

Dear Parents and Friends, It is amazing how you can plan, but it seems there’s always something that changes your plans.  The weather has been that factor all summer as we’ve experienced lots of rain.  Today’s prediction was rain by 2:00 this afternoon.  It rained a good bit throughout the night while we were sleeping […]

409

One of Those Perfect Days!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another great day at GV and it actually doesn’t take much to pull that off.  You start with great campers and thank you very much for providing those.  Then you place them with great staff  – a key ingredient.  You throw in a little sunshine, excellent food and the right amount […]

410

Campouts Galore & Twilight Play

Dear Gwynn Valley Families & Friends, Today started with a misty mountain morning here at Gwynn Valley! The fog sat beautifully on top of the lake and the mountains surrounding our valley, making for a scenic morning as campers left their cabins and lined up for breakfast. Most of the mist burned off as we […]

411

Hot Wonderful Day With a Few Scattered Birthdays!

Dear Parents & Friends, Wow!  It’s been such an exciting day around camp.  Sometimes at the table you’ll ask campers what they did that day and they’ll have trouble remembering because there’s so much going on.  If they can’t remember, I’ll just ask, “well did you have a good day”, and the answer is yes!  […]

412

UK Day at GV!!!!!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s UK day here at camp.  Every Tuesday we celebrate a country or several countries as part of our international focus at GV.  We started off the morning before breakfast by meeting the royal family who all showed up and stood before us we came into the dining room.  The Queen […]

413

Mostly Sun with a Shower or Two!

Dear Parents & Friends, A beautiful day here at camp set the tone for our first day of programming.  We had a shower or two this afternoon but they seemed to come when it didn’t matter.  I spent the morning going to many activities and watching staff begin their day and begin their program with […]

414

Opening Day D Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, A great start for opening day brought sunshine and warm temps this morning.  Perfect weather for the first day as we launch into our next three weeks of camp.  Thank you for bringing such a great batch of campers.  We hope you are safe and sound wherever your destination.  We just finished […]

415

Last Full Day of C, C-2! :(

  Dear Parents & Friends, We just finished our Friendship Campfire for Session C, C-2.  What a great time we’ve had and tonight was no exception.  We honored the many campers who have many years of Gwynn Valley summers.  As a tradition at our final campfire we honor those who are coming for their 4th […]

416

Tajar Ball Day!

Dear Parents and Friend, Sorry to have missed you last night but our internet was giving us fits.  We were able to load pictures but after that it fritzed.  This morning we awoke to Tajar Folly.  The Tajar leaves lots of mischief around the center of camp the night before his day while we’re all […]

417

Great Day at Camp!

Dear Parents and Friends,  Our internet is acting up tonight and it’s on and off.  I’m putting this up to let you know that we’ll get more pictures up tomorrow and fill you in on today’s camp happenings.  Stay tuned!

418

Here Comes the Sun!

Dear Parents and Friends, We couldn’t have asked for a better day today at camp.  I expected good weather today and we got it.  It was a bit cloudy this morning but as the day went on the sun shone brightly on GV.  It was a good day to visit program and I started at […]

419

Special Day! Wet in the Wonderland!

Dear Parents & Friends, If you missed the blog last night, Anne and I had an evening off and of course camp goes on.  We’re hopefully at the end of a rainy spell here and for the first time in several days we had some sunshine late this afternoon just before dinner.  Special Day is […]

420

A Great Day for Any Activity!

Dear Parents and Friends, Everyone was back in camp today and we’re getting ready for the last week of C and C-2.  Discovery activities are going well and we had a pleasant day weather wise until dinner.  It didn’t seem like a Friday but no day really seems like itself at camp.  Everyday feels like […]

421

C-2 First Day of Discovery and Rain Free

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a day without rain here, if you can believe it.  I haven’t been counting the days but it didn’t rain today.  Even though programs have gone on, people were relieved not to have to wear their raincoat and be damp today.  We were damp for all the right reasons […]

422

C Goes on and C-2 Opens

Dear Parents & Friends, We welcomed our new campers for C-2 today and got off to a rousing start to begin that session.  For those of you that dropped off your children today, I hope that you’re safe and sound at your home or destination. Those campers who are here for three weeks had signups […]

423

Closing Day C-1 and C Goes 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 Campfire last night.  […]

424

Last Full Day of C-1 Brings Lots of Sunshine!

Dear Parents & Friends, Our last full day for C-1 Session was a good one.  The big news today at lunch was that our first corn came in and everyone helped shuck close to 500 ears just after lunch.  It took all of about 8 minutes (many hands make light work).  Many children have been […]

425

Special Day and More!

Dear Parents and Friends, I’ll be brief tonight because it’s been a full day and we have staff rec soon.  We just completed our fireworks display that have been postponed since the 4th.  Everyone had a great time and Team Maintenance did a great job as usual.  Everyone was on one side of the Lake […]

426

Bridges, Piglets, Pudding and More!

Dear Parents and Friends, If you missed the Blog last night or this morning, it was because I was on a day off.  So.. we have some catching up to do.  The weather, which has been the big story at camp, had mellowed in the past couple of days.  Very little rain yesterday until dinner […]

427

Sunny Day and Twilight Play

Dear Parents and Friends, Here we are at the end of another wonderful day at Gwynn Valley! After all the rain we experienced over the last couple of days, we are very pleased to have been graced with a cloudy (but dry!) morning and a few beautiful hours of sunshine this afternoon. We did not […]

428

No Rain Could Soak Our Country’s Party and Pride!

Dear Parents and Friends, Happy 4th of July!!  I’m sure that many of you are watching the weather over Gwynn Valley the past couple of day and yes, most pictures taken outdoors have our campers and staff in their raincoats.  We’ve had what I consider unprecedented rain the past 24 plus hours.  The moisture that […]

430

A Surprising Weather Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, It was a surprising weather day here at camp and one that we enjoyed rain free.  Our forecast was rain all day and it didn’t live up to the prediction.  We had 10 cabins camping out tonight so we were keeping our fingers crossed that they could get a fire going […]

431

Sunny Day – Evening Showers!

Dear Parents and Friends, Today we began our activities and children started their Discovery activities in the AM.  Each campers has 4 activities they take in the morning.  In the afternoons you have a free choice of 2 one hour activities or 1 two hour activity and that changes each day.  Progressive skills in the […]

432

Opening Day C, C-1! Welcome All!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s a cool night here after a beautiful day and some clouds rolling in just before dinner.   We didn’t get a drop of rain but the temperature has gone down at least 10 degrees.  Many thanks for dropping off your children as we head right into the middle of our summer […]

433

Closing Day B Session!

Dear Parents & Friends, By now many of you winging your way toward home and perhaps already there.  What a nice group of children from session B.  Thank you for sharing your children with us this past 13 days.  Even 13 days goes much too quickly.  It was a beautiful morning here and a perfect […]

434

Last Full Day of B and A Great One It Was!

Dear Parents and Friends, As you all know we’re winding down from Session B.  It was a sunny day all day with our only rain coming about 6-7 this morning.  Mountainside and Riverside got to sleep in this morning.  Speaking of adventures, we had a lot of Main camp campers going out of camp today […]

435

Tajar Ball and MS and RS Return!

Dear Parents and Friends, The Tajar was in all his glory today as we awoke to major Tajar Folly.  Cars were in wild places, cups were hanging from crazy objects, boats and inner tubes were scattered on the Green.  He must have been up all night dancing in the moonlight and making mischief.  Today’s activities […]

436

International Day-South Africa and Brazil

Dear Parents & Friends, Today was our second International Day here at camp this summer.  We celebrated the countries of Brazil and South Africa.  We had a Brazilian lunch today and a South African dinner, both of which were delicious.  We have staff from both countries and as always tonight’s campfire was centered around those […]

437

Mountainside is Off and Main Camp Flourishes at the Garden!

Dear Parents and Friends, Dear Parents and Friends, A day without rain has been really nice.  We got just a sprinkle this morning but all was good the rest of the day.  It’s good to dry out and it was nice and warm here today.  We had sign-ups this morning and also after lunch.  The […]

438

Great Day – Weather and Program!

Dear Parents & Friends, If you didn’t catch my blog last night it was because Mr. and Mrs. Camp Director had a night off.  Tonight is a bit cooler and that means good sleeping weather up here.  You can’t beat the weather we’re having these last few days.  It’s been just brilliant recenlty with warm […]

439

Buckle that Helmet!

Dear Parents and Friends, Maybe not a topic that you want to read about but, I was thinking as I was walking around camp today that a good many of our activities require helmets.  I feel this is a good thing and allows us to perform these activities in a safe way and is an […]

440

Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie, Oi, Oi, Oi !!!

Good Day Mate!  Today was Australian Day at camp and we had a great day learning about the folks that live down under.  Of course no Australian breakfast is complete without a little Vegemite on toast (it puts a rose on your cheeks).  For those that wanted the full experience there was also spaghetti –oo’s […]

441

Lots of Sun and a Little Rain!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a most pleasant day here at camp.  We dodged some scattered showers and the sun was in and out all day long.  Everyone had a productive day and the waterfront was a very busy place starting early in the morning, right up until dinner.  Campers zipped, swam, learned new […]

442

Opening Day B Session!

Dear Parents and Friends, Opening Day for B Session was the best.  Beautiful weather, great kids and a smooth transition to the valley.  Hope you all had a safe trip home.  As I write I’m sure most everyone is snuggled down in their camp beds after a very full day filled with the anticipation of […]

443

Closing Day A! Great Way to Start Our Summer!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a nice way to start our 78th summer of camping here at Gwynn Valley.  Thank you for sharing your children with us this past 8 days.  We’ve had a wonderful session and it was evident as we held our closing for Session A this morning.  It’s been a beautiful day […]

444

A Great Day Had By All!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last full day of Session A.  We just finished our evening campfire program which is always called Friendship Campfire on the last night of camp.  It’s been a great session and we celebrated that by showing many of the pictures that […]

445

Bright, Beautiful and You Couldn’t Ask For More!

Dear Parents & Friends, A sunny day here at camp that was bright and beautiful which made everyone’s day.  By 10:30 the temps began to rise and so did the activity level.  We had a wonderful breakfast with French Toast and all the trimmings.  Tonight’s dinner was baked Ziti with fresh broccoli and cauliflower from […]

446

Weather FIip Flop

Dear Parents and Friends, Today was a total flip flop of yesterday.  We awoke to rain this morning and lots of it.  My rain gage at the house registered 2 ¼ inches of rain overnight but by the end of lunch we had beautiful sunny skies and it’s a cool and clear evening here.  The […]

447

Some Sun and PM Rain…!

Dear Parents and Friends, It was a brilliant morning and the sun slowly gave way to a few showers this afternoon.  No thunder meant that all activities went on as planned.  Activities took place this morning and afternoon with children riding horses, arrows being shot, kayaking on the lake, weaving, pottery, dance, basketry, and many […]

448

“See the Sun Shining Through the Window…..”

Dear Parents & Friends, Our title for today comes from a song we sing at camp called “It’s a Beautiful Day”.  It was indeed a beautiful day.  I’ve just returned from my morning rounds and watching many activities at play.  Our day started with pancakes, cereal, bacon and fruit.  After breakfast everyone learned what their […]

449

Photos for Parents!!

Dear Parents and Friends, We’re having some technical difficulty getting our pictures to publish on the website.  Please bear with us and hopefully we can get this corrected in the next day or so.  When we do get things straightened out, all pictures will be there.  We’ve been taking quite a few photos since your […]

450

2013 Opening Day – Session A

Dear Parents and Friends, Thank you for a great opening day of our 2013 season.  Even though we had a few showers, the rain did not dampen spirits at camp.  I hope all of you have arrived safely at home or your next destination.  Campers arrived throughout the morning and everyone had a buffet lunch […]

451

Latest Video From Session E!

Parents & Friends, Here is our last installment of video from Session E.  You will see scenes from Main Camp as well as some paddling from Riverside and Mountainside.  We enjoyed having you and please let your friends know about Gwynn Valley.  Click on the link below vimeo 7 2012 E Session to see it in a […]

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Last Full Day of E Was the Best, Without a Doubt!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a wonderful last full day of Session E.  The weather cooperated for most of the day and we had a few sprinkles here and there.  All activities ran this morning and we completed our last morning of Discovery activities where campers signed up at the beginning of the week […]

454

The Tajar’s Birthday and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Today was a very celebratory day at camp and the Tajar played a major role.  It was the Tajar’s birthday.  If you don’t know who the Tajar is let me give you a bit of background.  Of all the animals in the forest, there is none so curious as the Tajar.  […]

455

Forcast is Sun, Rain and Fun, No Matter the Weather

Dear Parents & Friends, Sun gave way to rain today but only later in the afternoon.  If you missed the blog last night, I was on a little time off and had dinner with Anne.  Despite the rain today, camp keeps right on chugging along.  Our Main Camp Bikers braved the elements and left early […]

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New Video Up for Session E!

Dear Parents & Friends, We have some video footage up from the past several days!  Click on this link  E Session 2012 Vimeo 5 to see it in a bigger screen.  Enjoy and stay tuned!   E Session 2012 Vimeo 5 from Gwynn Valley on Vimeo.

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Tutu’s and Tajar Tales!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thanks for your patience today with pictures.  Our uploader is still moving slower than we would like and presently we have more pics coming your way and a video.  It was a splendiferous day here with a little rain and a little sun.  It seems to rain when we’re indoors which […]

458

Picture Uploads :(

Dear Parents & Friends, We’re having some difficulties uploading photos and some of yesterdays photos are still not up.  We hope to have this corrected by later this afternoon.  Bear with us and look for everything to be back to normal later today.

459

A Little Sun and a Little Shower!

Dear Parents and Friends, Just as we let out for campfire it began to sprinkle and now about thirty minutes later it’s raining on those tin roofs and children are hearing the waterfall of rain that is like the sandman times two.  Living here as we all do each summer has so many touches with nature […]

460

More Session D Video

Parents & Friends, Thought you might like to see some footage from D.  Hopefully E will follow in the days ahead.  Stay tuned!   vimeo 4 2012 from Gwynn Valley on Vimeo.

461

Opening Day E Session!

Dear Parents & Friends, It was a splendid day in the Valley.  Thank you for dropping off your children and I hope that all of you made it safely to your home or other destination.  We just finished dinner which was of course a child friendly meal of Macaroni and Cheese (super cheesy) salad, fresh […]

462

Pillowcase Day, Packing, and Prep for Adventures!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a great day at camp with our last morning of sign-ups and our end of session pillowcase day at the pool.  Pillowcase day is actually in the afternoon and while our staff are making sure that luggage is in its proper place our waterfront staff are attending to your […]

463

The Tajar’s Birthday and Trips Out!

Dear Parents and Friends, Today we awoke to a foggy and mysterious morning and it fit perfectly since it was the Tajar’s birthday.  If you don’t know who the Tajar is, well just let me tell you a few choice facts about him.  First of all let me help you parents with pronunciation of the […]

464

International Day and Some Rain with that Camp Sandwich

Dear Parents & Friends, Our day didn’t start as a beautiful GV today and we had rain starting just before breakfast that lasted well into the morning with lots of deluges on and off during the first part of the day.  It never quite cleared off until dinner when we saw some sunshine but it […]

465

Main Camp Excursions and “The Happy Prince”

Dear Parents & Friends, As I write, there are counselors working down the hall from my office working on tomorrow’s international day.  There is always something going here at camp and creativity is oozing from our staff.   You’ll see pics from many activities including the “Fuzzy Bottom Club”, our bareback horseback riders.  I met them […]

466

Gwynn Valley Olympics! (not just in London)

Dear Parents & Friends, Another splendid day at GV and time is flying.  It’s hard to believe that everyone arrived just last Sunday.  It was Special Day here at camp as is every Sunday while a session is going on.  Today’s theme could only be one and of course it was the Olympics.  This was […]

467

Ropes Course and Orange Teeth!

Dear Parents & Friends, Wow – what a great and beautiful day at Gwynn Valley! Although it was hot, there was a nice breeze blowing most of the day and the sky was so blue and clear. Discovery classes finished up today with a plethora of skills being taught to campers as they navigate all […]

468

A Warm and Sunny Day Brings Out the Best at Camp

Dear Parents & Friends, If you missed my blog last night it was because I was on a day off.  We’ll be around the rest of the session so expect to keep informed on life at camp.  There is so much that happens each and every day here that I sometimes hate to miss any […]

469

Campfire on the Gatehouse Green and the Importance of Freeplay!

Dear Parents & Friends, Campfire is over and it was held in our field outside the Gatehouse looking toward the mountains.  We have one of the best long views in camping.  Our field looks right up to the Blue Ridge Parkway which at that point is just over 6000 feet.  Our elevation at camp is […]

470

Video Update from D Session!

D Session Creeks, UK Day, Fishing, Farm and More from Gwynn Valley on Vimeo. Parents & Friends, Check out the video just up on the site.  I’ll be blogging tonight after campfire which is getting ready to start.  Stay tuned!

471

UK Day Earned a Gold Medal!

Dear Parents & Friends, Wow!  I feel like a camper because it’s been such an exciting day around camp.  Sometimes at the supper table you’ll be asking campers what they did that day and they’ll have trouble remembering because there’s so much going on.  If they can’t remember, I’ll just ask, “well did you have […]

472

Pottery, Rescue, Traversing, Climbing and Gearing?!

Dear Parents & Friends, A beautiful day here at camp set the tone for our first day of programming.  I spent the morning going to many activities and watching staff begin their day and begin their program with instructions and getting the campers familiar with the lay of the land in program.  I spoke with […]

473

D , Riverside-3, Mountainside-3 Opening Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, A great start for opening day brought sunshine and warm temps.  Perfect weather for the first day as we launch into our next three weeks of camp.  Thank you for bringing such a great batch of campers.  We hope you are safe and sound wherever your destination.  We just finished our first […]

475

Closing Day C, C-2 – Happy Trails!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you for a great ending to our C, C-2 Session today.  We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and will carry lots of good memories from those that were here for the 10 day and the 3 week session.  Soon you will receive an evaluation via email, sent to […]

476

Last Full Day of C, C-2 : (

Dear Parents & Friends, We just finished our Friendship Campfire for Session C, C-2.  What a great time we’ve had and tonight was no exception.  We honored the many campers who have many years of Gwynn Valley summers.  As a tradition at our final campfire we honor those who are coming for their 4th and […]

477

Video – Riverside and More!

Riverside and Main Camp Arborist Climbing from Gwynn Valley on Vimeo. Here’s a snipet of some video from the past few days.  Just a small glimpse into camp life both for our Main Campers and Adventure Programs (Riverside in this Case).  Enjoy and Stay Tuned!

478

The Tajar’s Birthday!

Dear Parents & Friends, We’re just getting back from a full day at GV.  All of Main Camp attended the theatre tonight with a production about the Avenger’s and their experiences from their high school days.  All the super heroes went to high school together and they were all trying to be #1.  The play […]

479

New Zealand Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, Kia Ora everyone, which is Maori for “greetings”.  Today was New Zealand Day at camp and we started off the morning with the discovery of the country.  Food throughout the day was presented at each meal concluding tonight with a very delicious dessert called Pavlova.  Very sweet and very good.  Tonight […]

480

Another Masterpiece in God’s Creation

Dear Parents & Friends, It is a beautiful night here at camp and we’re inching into our final week of C, C-2.  It’s been a fun weekend and sorry for not blogging last night.  It was a busy day with “Special Day” all day long and then we had our Vespers service after dinner and […]

481

A Day With NO Rain! Yesss!!

Dear Parents & Friends, If you are wondering why no blog last night it was because I was on a day off.  We’ve finally had a day of reprieve from the rain.  It was a sunny and not too hot day as we eased back into life without moisture.  You reach a point when everything […]

482

River Rats Return – We Teach, We Build, We Support and Acknowledge

Dear Parents & Friends, I’ve been on the river all day with Riverside and just got back to camp about 7:00 tonight.  I understand our site is presenting some complications with logging on and looking at pictures.  Our office staff worked on this throughout the day and will continue to work with our web folks […]

483

C-2 Opening Day and C Boogies On!

Dear Parents & Friends, We welcomed our new campers for C-2 today and got off to a rousing start to begin that session.  For those of you that dropped off your children today, I hope that you’re safe and sound and at your destination.  Thanks to our wonderful SIT’s who you will see in a […]

484

Closing Day C-1 and C Goes 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 […]

485

Winding Down and What a Great Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, Our last day for C-1 Session and it was a good one.  The big news this morning at breakfast was that the piglets were born on the farm last night.  There are six babies clinging to their mother at this point.  Many children were able to go to the farm today […]

486

Special Day and Wild Westing It!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a great day here at camp.  It was special day here and the theme was “The Wild West” We took on the pioneer spirit and did a lot heading into the sunset.  Even though not all activities fit the theme there was a choice of what to do and when […]

487

Saturday is Everyday at GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, Saturday at Gwynn Valley feels like every other day and every day is special.  The day was hot and dry and it’s nice to have great weather for programming.  We do need some rain but I’ll take the good weather at this point.  This kind of weather is always good for […]

488

Fires, Arborist Climbing and Open House

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s back to business as usual tonight and please know that I was on a day off yesterday.  Tonight’s sunset was just wonderful.  I tried to capture a photo but my camera needed charging.  Also tonight was twilight play where we extend the after supper activities way into twilight and have […]

490

Fourth of July at GV – The Best!

Dear Parents & Friends, Can I even possibly remember all the things that have happened here at camp today?  We started off with Paul Revere riding through camp awakening us to the fact that the British were coming.  I think they are already here and working in our ranks!  Just before breakfast a group of […]

491

Getting Ready for a Big Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, Happy 4th of July to all of you at home and hope you’re getting ready for our Independence Day! We will be celebrating the 4th tomorrow and looking forward to a splendid day.  We’ll have fireworks tomorrow night and other festivities throughout the day and children will be up a little […]

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Foundations of Learning while having FUN!

Dear Parents and Friends, We did get the needed rain last night and it came while the children were sleeping.  No major thunder storms in the night, just mild rumblings and a good steady rain for several hours.  It’s been very dry and hot and this morning you can tell that the weather has broken.  […]

493

Opening Day – C / C-1

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s a cool night here after thunderstorms gathered all around us tonight during campfire.  We didn’t get a drop of rain but the temperature has gone down at least 10 degrees.  Many thanks for dropping off your children as we head right into the middle of our summer with a lot […]

495

Closing Day of B and Happy Trails!

Dear Parents & Friends, By now, many of you are winging your way toward home and perhaps already there.  We had a great session and wonderful campers made it so.  Thank you for sharing your children with us this past 13 days.  Even 13 days goes much too quickly.  It was a beautiful morning here and […]

496

Last Full Day of B Session

Dear Parents & Friends, The last full day of Session B was spectacular.  It was another beautiful day as far as the weather.  Everyone soaked up the sunshine and enjoyed the moderate mountain temperatures. We’re up late tonight getting ready for you all to arrive and greet your children.  We haven’t loaded all the pics […]

497

Hot and Sunny with Cool Coming on at Night!

Dear Parents and Friends, A day without rain has been really nice.  It’s good to dry out and it was hot here today.  We had sign-ups this morning and also after lunch.  The lake was a very active place to be for a number of reasons.  Just to cool off was number one and then […]

498

Special Day & More!

Dear Parents & Friends, A great day at GV for our first “Special Day” of the summer.  We started the day with a sleep in till 8:30 and a 9:00 breakfast which everyone was thankful for.  It’s appropriate on this thankful day and we just finished up our Vespers Service about 10 minutes ago.  More […]

499

Saturday, but then everyday feels like Saturday at camp!

Dear Parents & Friends, Tonight is a bit cooler and that means good sleeping weather up here.  We had a shower earlier this afternoon just after rest hour and right at the beginning of afternoon activities.  Four cabins are camping out tonight and the spring peepers are putting those children to sleep.  I can hear […]

500

Summer Solstice and Free Play!

Dear Parents and Friends, We started off with another beautiful day here and it was fitting since it’s the longest day of the year.   Mountainside was out on the lake, at the climbing wall, Bikers were on the single track across the road and Pioneers were at the Rock.   Riverside had a giant game of […]

502

Why Am I Sitting On the Floor, When I Can Dance?

Dear Parents and Friends, Our title tonight comes from the name of a dance that was done by all of Brookside this evening.  More on that later.  It’s been another great day at camp.  We had 6 cabins out tonight for campouts and it couldn’t be a better night for sitting around the fire cooking […]

503

Australia Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, If you’ve been trying to reach us today our phones and electricity have been off.  Just before 1:00 today our main power transmission line went down and it took until right before dinner to get things rolling.  The line went down in a part of camp that is rarely visited in […]

505

Gwynn Valley – What a great place to be!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a most pleasant day here at camp.  The weather was perfect and just the right temps here at camp.  Everyone had a productive first full day and campers started their Discovery activities today.  The waterfront was a very busy place starting early in the morning, right up until dinner.  […]

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A Session Kayaking Trip

We were paddling the Upper French Broad that comes out of the Pisgah National Forest. The West, North and East Forks of the French Broad join just above where we put in. It’s a good beginning river for those getting on moving water.A Session Kayak Trip from Gwynn Valley on Vimeo.

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B Session Opening Day, June 17th

Dear Parents and Friends, Opening Day for B Session was the best.  Beautiful weather, great kids and smooth arrivals.  Hope you all had a safe trip home.  As I write I’m sure most everyone is snuggled down in their camp beds after a very full day filled the anticipation of returning to camp or coming […]

508

A Session Closing Day

Dear Parents & Friends, What a nice way to start our 77th summer of camping here at Gwynn Valley.  Thank you for sharing your children with us this past 8 days.  We’ve had a wonderful session and it was evident as we held our closing for Session A this morning.  It’s been a beautiful day […]

509

A Great Day at GV!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last full day.  We just finished our evening campfire program which is always called Friendship Campfire on the last night of camp.  It’s been a great session and we celebrated that by showing many of the pictures that you all have […]

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June 12th A Session

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been another day full of fun, play, and laughter at camp. We woke up this morning to blue skies and sunshine with a little mist and to a hot breakfast of French toast, bacon, strawberries, and boiled eggs with cereal on the side as usual.  After breakfast, it was off […]

511

Rolling Along Through the Session and Rolling on the River

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been another day full of fun, play, and laughter at camp. We woke up this morning to blue skies and sunshine with a little mist and to a hot breakfast of French toast, bacon, strawberries, with cereal on the side as usual.  After breakfast, it was off to do cabin […]

512

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow!

Dear Parents & Friends, A sunny afternoon made everyone’s day here at camp.  It rained this morning during breakfast and then just stopped before lunch.   By 10:30 the temps began to rise and so did the activity level.  We had a wonderful breakfast with eggs, ham, grapes, pineapple, OJ and cereal.  Tonight’s dinner was meatloaf, […]

513

Playing in the Rain!

Dear Parents and Friends, Although it has been a rainy day at camp, we have had lots of fun and played a lot. Activities took place this morning and afternoon with children riding horses, arrows being shot, kayaking on the lake, weaving, pottery, dance, basketry, and many other activities. We have had a fire going […]

514

“See the Sun Shining Through the Window….”

Dear Parents & Friends, Our title for today comes from a song we sing at camp called “It’s a Beautiful Day”.  It is indeed a beautiful day.  I’ve just returned from my morning rounds and watching many activities at play.  Our day started with pancakes, cereal, bacon and fruit.  After breakfast everyone learned what their […]

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Opening Day Session A!

Parents & Friends, What a great opening day here at Gwynn Valley.  Parents and campers arrived this morning after long drives and eager smiles.  Everyone settled into their cabins and then off to lunch for a wonderful buffet of good food from our Kitchen.   After lunch it was off to the Lodge for a bit […]

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E Session Closing Day Video and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Here’s some video from Sat. and we’ll be posting more video later today and our final news.  Enjoy!   What a great session we just completed today for those of you that picked up your children for E Session.  Thank you for sharing your children with us this past 8 days.  […]

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E Session Day 7 Video and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Here’s some video from yesterday.  Hope you enjoy!  More to come in the PM. It’s been a wonderful last full day of Session E.  We were able to get a group out of camp this afternoon for a bit of climbing up into Pisgah.  These were our Main Camp climbers and […]

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E Session Day 5 Blog and the Tajar’s Birthday!

Dear Parents & Friends, Wow!  It’s been a full day with lots going on at camp.  The day started beautifully and ended a little wet but the fun never stops here and activities go right on.  We’ve got lots of photos and some video that will be going up tomorrow so keep watching.  Today was […]

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No News Is Good News!

Dear Parents and Friends, I’m sorry we didn’t get any video up today.  I just returned from a river trip with Mountainside and I’m just eating dinner at 9:30.  I’ll upload some video escapades from today’s paddling trip tomorrow.  I did have time to upload quite a few pictures taken today from the trip, so […]

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E Session Day 3 Video and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Here’s another short from yesterday and last night.  Hope you enjoy!   As you can see from the photos and video from yesterday, we barely scratched the surface of creek hiking.  We were just offering a teaser to our wonderful creek that flows through the middle of GV.  The photos you […]

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E Session Day 2 Video and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Here a short video from the morning.  Hope you enjoy!  Click on link below. Session E Day 2 from Gwynn Valley on Vimeo. We were able to put up another video today and hope you enjoyed the action it provides.  It’s been another splendid day here and the weather has been […]

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E Session Day 1 Video and More!

Parents & Friends, Thought you might enjoy a video glimpse of our morning.   Enjoy! I hope you enjoyed the video that I put up earlier today.  It’s just a short of our morning in and around the main part of camp.  I literally just took a five minute jaunt around a small area.  So […]

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Opening Day Session E!

Dear Parents & Friends, It was a splendid day in the Valley.  Thank you for dropping off your children and I hope that all of you made it safely to your home or other destination.  We just finished dinner which was of course a child friendly meal of Macaroni and Cheese (super cheesy) vegis, grapes, […]

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Closing Day D Session

Dear Parents & Friends, What a great session we just completed today for those of you that picked up your children for D.  Thank you for sharing your children with us this past 13 days.  We’ve had a wonderful session and it was evident as we held our closing for Session D Friendship Campfire last […]

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Last Full Day of D Session

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a great day at camp with our last morning of sign-ups and our end of session pillowcase day at the pool.  Tubing trips went out this morning as it was yet another very warm day here at camp.  We just ended our day with Friendship campfire and had many […]

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A Day for the Tajar and More!

Dear Parents & Friends, Tajar Folly was what we awoke to this morning.  As you can see there were kayaks on the Green along with some of our dining room tables as well as noodles from the pool where the Tajar spelled out his name.  Let me help you parents with pronunciation of the Tajar’s […]

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International Day for Poland, Russia & France

Dear Parents & Friends, As you can see we are celebrating International Day today and focusing on Poland, Russia and France.  We have a staff member from each country, Monica, Elena and Camille in that order.  Tonight’s campfire went into great detail about each country with songs, music and dance from campers and staff.  There […]

530

Ninjas and the Giant Chicken

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a perfect camp day here today.  The weather couldn’t have been better.  Sunny, bright and full of light with nary a cloud in the sky, well maybe a couple here and there.  We had signups for the whole day today so everyone got to choose 4 activities.  Stick weaving […]

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Special Day is Always Special

Dear Parents & Friends, A cool evening here at camp that started out hot and muggy.  It was Special Day today here at GV and that means no program, all specialness.  The theme was in fact a “Theme Park”.  The stations were set up so that campers could travel to anything they wanted in an […]

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Riverside Returns and Cooler Weather

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a cooler day here and campfire just ended with the Hillsider’s coming to the Lodge for a little Mountain Dancing.  We had them dance the Blue Bird Dance, the Hokey Pokey, Going to Kentucky, Circle Round My Zero, and the Patty Cake Polka.  It was a lively dance to […]

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Dancing, Stories, and Opportunities

Dear Parents & Friends, More campouts tonight and the perfect night for it.  I would love to be by the fire tonight and way off in the woods making smores and telling stories.  We just finished our campfire and the Brook came into the Lodge and danced while the Hillsider’s went to the Gatehouse Green […]

534

Camping Out on a Perfect Night

Dear Parents & Friends, Just a regular old beautiful day here at camp with no threat of rain and we have 11 cabins camping out tonight.  It should be a starry, starry night.  Our camp-out shelters are just that; three sided shelters with a wooden floor that’s up off the ground.  Each shelter has a […]

535

New Zealand Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, Greetings from the land down under.  Today was New Zealand day or as we learned Aotearoa (land of the long white cloud).  Campfire just finished outside the Gatehouse (office) as everyone sat on the hill underneath Playhouse and Mountain View.  It was a holiday heme since they celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and […]

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Apple Ice Cream!!!?? and GAGA (but not the Lady)

Dear Parents and Friends, A sunny morning and early afternoon turned into a rainy late afternoon but camp goes on.  Very few activities were affected with the exception of waterfront and sports.  We move those campers indoors if it’s thundering and lightening.  We played a new game in the Lodge today called GAGA (not to […]

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D Session Opening

Dear Parents & Friends, A great day for an opening of D Session and thank you for bringing such a great batch of campers.  We hope you are safe and sound at your destination.  We just finished our first night of cabin skits and will return tomorrow night to complete all the cabins on Hillside […]

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Closing Session C,C-2!

Dear Parents & Friends, Thank you all for a great ending to our C, C-2 Session today.  We’ve had a wonderful time with your children and will carry lots of good memories from those that were here for the 10 day and the 3 week session.  Soon you will receive an evaluation via email, sent […]

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Tired Puppies and the Last Full Day!

Dear Parents & Friends, As we passed by the Asheville airport this afternoon around 5:15, the temperature registered 99 degrees.  Thank goodness we were on a paddling trip today and kept the temps at bay.  I had a great day with the Main Camp Kayakers.  They did a great job and were certainly tested on […]

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We’re All Home and Tajar Ball

Dear Parents & Friends, We’re all back together in the Cove.  All of Mountainside and Riverside adventures are back home and everyone had a fabulous time.  You will be seeing photos as they are loaded over the next 24 hours.  Some of the Pioneer photos are already up and ready for viewing.  Mountain Bikers are […]

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Australia Day and The Tooth Fairy!

Dear Parents & Friends, This week is flying by and I can’t believe we’re just a few days away from the end of the session.  It’s been a great day here, in fact, it was Australia Day.  G-day Mate and all the other idioms that go along with that part of the world.  We just […]

542

Fresh Food & Ant Lions!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a great day here at camp and many cabins are on campouts tonight and a good choice for those who went out.  The weather was just perfect today with the right amount of sunshine and the occasional cloud.  As I write tonight and look out of my office window […]

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Harry Potter Comes to GV

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been a busy two days at camp and we had beautiful sunny skies today.  It’s been a pleasant change from the overcast drizzle we’ve experienced at the end of the week.  We just left our Sunday Service in the Lodge where the theme was “God’s Many Colors”.  Many campers and […]

544

You’re a Shining Star, No Matter Who You Are!

Dear Parents & Friends, Brrrrrr!!!  It’s been a chilly day today at camp.  It drizzled all morning and the temperature hovered around 76.  Those that braved the water today had a treat waiting in the Lodge with a fire.  We’ve had a warm fire going all day in the Lodge and it was big hit […]

545

Comfort Zones & Challenge by Choice

Dear Parents & Friends, A cool and overcast day here was a welcome relief to the weather we’ve been having.  For the next few days we’ll have cooler temps and will enjoy a break from the rain and humidity.  Our first day of Discovery started today with the T,TH,S group.  Tomorrow will be the first […]

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C-2 Opening and C Rolls On!

Dear Parents & Friends, For those of you that dropped off your children today, I hope that you’re safe and sound and at your destination.  Thanks for a wonderful opening day for the campers who are attending C-2.  Even though it was a hot day, activities got off to a roaring start.  Those campers who […]

547

Closing C-1 and C Thrives!

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 […]

548

Last Day of C-1 and a Great One

Dear Parents & Friends, Our last day for C-1 Session and it was a good one.  I started off with a trip down the mighty French Broad with our Main Camp kayakers.  You’ll find some photos from the day.  It’s a good beginner section to tackle and our campers got their sea legs pretty quickly […]

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ARRRRGGGHHH! Shiver Me Timbers!

Dear Parents and Friends, Sorry for the delay on the post. We have such full days here it’s sometimes hard to squeeze it all in. I just came from an Open House with the Riverside boys and Anne is hosting the girls. They’re all having a great time even though the climbing component was pretty […]

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Corn Meal to Mountain Biking

Dear Parents & Friends, A bookend day like yesterday.  Some sun, some rain, more mud and camp marches on.  We’re marching on our belly’s as any army does.  The food today was great and supper tonight saw many helpings of ginger stir fry chicken, mandarin oranges, fresh corn and bread.  Today’s lunch was mash potatoes, […]

551

Piglets on the Way!

Dear Parents & Friends, No rain today and many cabins are having a successful campout tonight.  Wood is wet and during dinner one counselor came to get me to help them with a fire.  What is a campout without a roaring fire and smores.  It was certainly not a one match fire considering the amount […]

552

Rainy, Sunny and Oh So Funny

Dear Parents & Friends, A rainy morning turning to sun and turning back to rain about 7:30 this evening.  You can never really make a call on the weather around here.  If you don’t like it just stick around and it will change.  That’s what one ole timer told me years ago.  We had a […]

553

Happy 4th (5th) of July!

Dear Parents & Friends, Happy belated 4th of July and yes we’re just about to wrap up our grand ole day here at camp.  Campfire was held in the Lodge tonight but it was full of the twilight’s last gleaming.  Our staff and many campers just finished a fantastic show that started with the beginning […]

554

Sleeping Big, Single Track and the GV Flop

Dear Parents & Friends, Happy 4th of July to all of you at home and hope you’re enjoying the Holiday.  We will be celebrating the 4th tomorrow and wanted to get a day of camp under our belts before we went into celebration mode.  We’ll have fireworks tomorrow night and children will be up a […]

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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 […]

556

Closing Day, B Session

Dear Parents & Friends, By now many of you winging your way toward home and perhaps already there.  What a nice group of children from session B.  Thank you for sharing your children with us this past 13 days.  Even 13 days goes much too quickly.  It was a beautiful morning here and a perfect […]

558

Thirteen Days of the Simple Joys!

Dear Parents & Friends, The last full day of Session B was spectacular. It was another beautiful day as far as the weather. Everyone soaked up the sunshine and enjoyed the moderate mountain temperatures. Some of today’s photos are from last night’s Tajar Ball. We haven’t loaded all the pics from today but they will […]

559

Playing Outside and Growing Inside

Dear Parents & Friends, What a beautiful day! We have a song we sing at camp that’s one of my favorites called “It’s a Beautiful Day”, and it certainly lived up to it today. It was our last full day of programming and we were all over the camp map going to the 4 points […]

560

International Day- Brazil & South Africa

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s been another great sunny/showery day here at camp.  We had a little extra long rest hour today because of thunder storms and rain which came up just as we were about to start afternoon activities.  Everyone was in their cabin but afternoon trips and activities went out just a bit […]

561

“My Favorite Things” (all of camp)

Dear Parents and Friends, We just left the Lodge where our Fine Arts program presented 2 one act plays.  All the children were amazing and everyone did a superb job.  The campers wrote both plays and there was some pretty strong moral themes with both.  “The Princess Brat” started off with one spoiled princess who […]

562

Sunny Day Sweepin’ the Clouds Away…..

Dear Parents & Friends, Sesame Street came to life today at camp as we celebrated a very “Special Day” with visits from Big Bird, Elmo, the Cookie Monster, and Oscar. After a little bit of a sleep in and breakfast, activities started with cabin groups traveling to the different Sesame Street activities which included Bert […]

563

Zero Chance of Rain and Lots of Sun!

Dear Parents & Friends, It’s a cool night here at camp and tomorrow morning it will dip down to 60 or the high 50’s.  That’s good sleeping weather up here.  We had a shower earlier this evening just before dinner and that started the cool down.  We stoked those little furnaces with Chili tonight at […]

564

Raindrops Keep Falling and Camp Keeps Rolling

Dear Parents and Friends, We started off with a rainy day this morning and it finally abated around 12 noon.  Most activities went right on including sports, climbing, and all other outdoor activities.  When it rains here you only get wet skin deep.  We had a fire going in the Lodge this morning so folks […]

565

A Day to Remember

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been another great day at camp. We had a thunder boomer this evening right after dinner which put a damper on 4 cabin campouts. Never fear, they will reschedule and make it happen. The day started off with a strong group of mountain bikers heading to the Hunt Farm to […]

566

UK Day and the Royals!

Dear Parents and Friends, Today was UK Day here at camp and the Union Jack’s spirit filled us all day long.  Who, none other than William Wallace showed up this morning to greet the loyal citizens of Gwynn Valley to try to enlist them to roll for freedom, roll for truth for Scotland.  His men […]

567

Playing, Growing and Learning

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a most pleasant day here at camp.  We dodged some scattered showerss and the sun was in and out all day long.  Everyone had a productive day and the waterfront was a very busy place starting early in the morning, right up until dinner.  Campers zipped, swam, learned new […]

568

Session B Opening Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, Opening Day was the best.  Beautiful weather, great kids and smooth arrivals.  Hope you all had a safe trip home.  As I write I’m sure everyone is snuggled down in their camp beds after a very full day filled with the anticipation of returning to camp or coming for the first […]

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The Simple Joys!

Dear Parents & Friends, What a nice way to start our 76th summer of camping here at Gwynn Valley.  Thank you for sharing your children with us this past 8 days.  We’ve had a wonderful session and it was evident as we held our closing for Session A this morning.  It’s been a beautiful day […]

570

We’ve All Made New Friends!

Dear Parents and Friends, It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last full day.  We just finished our evening campfire program which is always called Friendship Campfire on the last night of camp.  It’s been a great session and we celebrated that by showing many of the pictures that you all have […]

571

Sunny Days and Cool Nights!

Dear Parents and Friends, A day without rain is a day full of sunshine.  It was chilly here this morning with the temperature hovering around 56 degrees.  That’s chilly but nice.  By 10:30 the temps began to rise and so did the activity level.  We had a wonderful breakfast with French toast, ham, pears, OJ […]

573

What a Life the Camp Life Is!

Dear Parents and Friends, What’s a day without a rain shower.  Thankfully the past few days we’ve gotten all our rain when children have not been in activities.  We thought it might not rain today but sure enough the heavens opened up just as the last activity bell rang today to end afternoon activities.  The […]

574

A Very Special Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, Another very special day here at GV.  We just finished our evening campfire program which consisted of dancing and some play party games.  Half the camp is on an overnight tonight and camped out on the near  and far reaches of our GV world.  Campfires are blazing and by this time […]

575

An Overflowing Day!

Dear Parents and Friends, The magic of camp has begun in our first full day of Session A.  I just left campfire and the finale to our introduction skits.  Camp is now quiet and is well on its way to sleep as we had some great times today.  It was our first full day of […]

576

A Session – Opening Day

Parents & Friends, What a great opening day here at Gwynn Valley. Parents and campers arrived this morning after long drives and eager smiles. Everyone settled into their cabins and then off to lunch for a wonderful buffet of good food from our Kitchen. After lunch it was off to the Lodge for a bit […]

577

Last Full Day of Session E

Dear Parents & Friends, I missed providing an update for you all last night because I had some time off.  Anne and I took just a few hours to spend with our family last night, have a nice dinner at the house and then enjoy one another’s company after dinner.   I’m sure you got a […]

578

The Simple Joys!

Dear Parents & Friends, The simple joys of camp abound here today from the photos I’ve been looking at.  I must confess that I’ve been with the Mountainside paddlers all day until just after 8:00 tonight.  More about that later.  What could be simpler than jump rope on the Green.  How often to you see […]

579

It’s Going Way Too Fast!

Dear Parents & Friends, I can hardly believe that we only have three days left in this session.  It’s going way too fast and can we just add another week and keep them a little longer.  It’s a great group of children we have and many new to GV and a very young camp this […]

580

Campouts and Smores-Stories and Dancing!

Dear Parents & Friends, Another great day for E session at Gwynn Valley.  We just finished our campfire for those not camping out tonight at various places on the property.  Those who camped out also cooked dinner out over an open fire.  At this hour they are all asleep after having sat around the campfire […]

581

A Splendid Day At GV!

Dear Parents & Friends, A splendid day here at GV just ended with campfire and the finishing touches from cabin skits.  We had quite a lot of rain just before dinner tonight and it rained so hard that many cabins couldn’t hear the bell.  It did cool things down a bit and after supper activities […]

582

Opening Day Session E

Dear Parents & Friends, We hope you all had a safe trip home or to another destination if you were going elsewhere.  Many of you were here this morning when the electricity went off and one our transformers blew on the Hillside.  Our power was off until 5:00 this afternoon and only through quick thinking […]

583

Session D Closing

Dear Parents & Friends, As we wind down today I want to thank you for sharing your children with us this past session.  We will miss the joy that comes from our campers who have been here for several years as well as the new ones which just experienced their first year.  We’ve had a […]

584

Final Full Day of D Session

Dear Parents & Friends, A bright and sunny day here at camp for our last full day of D.  Clouds and thunder threatened several times but it didn’t rain.  I was on the river with Mountainside most of the day and returned to camp about 3:00 today.  Upon returning I headed over to the pool […]

585

Celebrating the Tajar’s Birthday!

Dear Parents & Friends, We’ve got the best group of SIT’s this session.  If you don’t know what an SIT is, it’s a Staff in Training.  These folks are all previous campers and all are entering either the 11th or 12th grade.  Their leader who is Erin and hails from New Zealand came up with […]

586

International Day – Russia, Germany, Holland

Dear Parents & Friends, I’ve spent the whole day with Mountainside Paddlers today with the exception of meals.  What a pleasure it’s been.  This morning I worked with the group on the lake getting them ready for their adventure coming up next week.  This afternoon we ran a section of the French Broad that has […]

587

Cloudy with a Chance of Spaghetti!

Dear Parents & Friends, Some days are just so busy that you don’t have time to turn around.  Yesterday was one of those days and I apologize for not getting a blog up.  We had a very exciting day for Special Day yesterday.  It was a Disney theme and gathered aspects from many great Disney […]

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