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 including several hikes to The Rock which is always a “high” light. The view wasn’t very good today and it was even hard to see our lake but we had fun getting there which is a challenge. It’s uphill all the way and the last bit utilizes ropes to hold onto and pulling oneself up some steep roots and rocks. It’s well worth the climb and especially so on a clear day.
There was a fire going in the Pavilion most all day as campers came from swimming and boating to warm themselves and chase the goosebumps away. Tonight the Young Leaders were gathered there sampling the cobbler they each made separately with the kitchen. I sampled some and it was delicious.
Mountainside had a training day today and at least one group ended up doing a bit of hiking instead of climbing. The climbers met with rain almost halfway up the trail to the Glass this morning. There was no dry rock to be found. The hikers hiked, the paddlers went to section 0 of the French Broad, the Earth Skillers skilled on their little tract of land on the camp property and the bikers got very familiar with our trails here instead of going out of camp.
You might say that it was a good day to curl up and read a book but not here at GV. That would not fit our philosophy that Mary Gwynn created many years ago, which was “do something difficult every day”. That something might be different for everyone. Camp is a place where you can really stretch your legs and failure is certainly an option. It’s ok to struggle a bit here in our camp world. You get lots of chances to recreate whatever it was you were doing. Sometimes that involves recreating yourself and learning about yourself more fully and honestly. There’s a big support system here and it’s in place to help campers step up to the next level. Camp is a great place to build resilience and confidence. You don’t have to make it to the top of wall but we would like to see you go higher or at least try harder than you did the time before. Encouragement from peers and our staff enables campers to do some great things on their own. Outcomes are important and we want those outcomes to be building blocks for the future.
So enough of that because we had so much FUN tonight at Tajar Ball. Usually, it’s held on the Athletic Field but with the unpredictable weather, we held some events indoors and out. There were all kinds of games there plus and an appetizing array of dessert. Our meal was cookout style with dogs, burgers, beans, chips, cole slaw, and watermelon. Music played and people paraded and danced and went on hayrides and tried all kinds of creative challenges. The rain held off and we ended about 8:40 tonight and then everyone was off to the cabin. Tomorrow will be a full day and we are expecting some more rainfall. We will do our best to chase those raindrops away. Send us some sunny skies and we will see you in two days. Stay tuned!
PS Having a little trouble with internet tonight so no pics!