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 night.  It’s been a beautiful and warm day here and we couldn’t have asked for more.

Soon you will receive an evaluation via email, sent to you by the camp and we hope you will take the time to fill it out and send it back.  This provides us with feed back to help make our program better.  The eval will come through a service called Constant Contact.  They will not solicit you in any way and you get only one correspondence from them.  We use their services and design the form here at camp.  We appreciate you taking the time to help us keep Gwynn Valley an outstanding program.

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 out on Sunday as will Riverside on their next outdoor component.  Riverside is out paddling this week and ran  Section 6 of the French Broad yesterday and the Tuck today.  Tomorrow is either back to the Tuck or on to the Nantahala.  We can’t wait to hear the stories from their adventures and look forward to having them back in camp.  I’m getting ready to post some pics from the Pioneers that hiked in the Daniel Ridge area today.  They went to one of my favorite swimming holes in Pisgah and there are pictures from that very place.

You’ll also see the boys of Sunrise who went on a creek hike this morning.  Our camp photographer Steve went along and got all the photos.  It’s a spectacular way to see some of our land and our water source that courses right through the middle of camp.  A creek hike is a fun exercise and today was one of the first days the water hasn’t been too high to go out.  With all the rain last week we had to wait a few days before the used creeking as a program option. We always take a lifeguard on the trip even though the pools are barely 4 feet in most places.  Along on any trip is a radio (or cell phone if farther away), a first aid kit, an epi pen and staff qualified in first aid and CPR.

For those of you that still have children in camp, tonight is special.  We have ice cream on the Green and show a movie in the Lodge.  Tonight’s presentation is “How to Train Your Dragon”.  I’ve not seen it, but hear it’s pretty good.  It should be an early night and then up in the morning regular time and off to activities.  We held regular activities for those children today and will do the same tomorrow.

For those of you that have arrived home we hope that your child’s experience has captured all the magic of what camp can be.  We hope you will hear stories and songs as the weeks go by and camp becomes a great memory.  Placed in the hands of a mature staff a camper really gains a good bit from “playing outside which produces growing inside”.  From all of us, thanks again for a great session.  Wonderful children, great staff and the Simple Joys of Childhood at Gwynn Valley!  Hope to see you next year!

Grant