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.  Our thespians put on a real show and everyone loved it.  It was a beautiful morning for closing and hope most everyone is safe and sound back home by the time you read this.

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 few 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 because of the rain and flooding we’ve had, it’s been difficult to put them on a river.  Tomorrow they will head to the Lower Green.  They’ve been out each day but we haven’t been able to take them where we wanted to.  This group has a lot of skills so we’re hoping tomorrow will be a turning point for our area water levels.  This past 10 days has been unprecedented as far as the amount of rain we’ve had and the amount of runoff that the rivers are capturing.  The vegetation is saturated as well as the ground, so any rainfall goes right into our streams.  In my 35 years of camping in WNC, I’ve not experienced these consistent water levels.  As a paddler it’s exciting to see the rivers so full.  As a care giver for our campers it’s too high in most cases.  Our best bet this week will be dam controlled rivers and ironically in dry seasons we turn to them as well.  I’ll keep you posted on Mountainside and Riverside paddling as we get farther into the week.

Main Camp has also been affected because the French Broad and our own Carson Creek have been too full to tube or creek hike.  It seems to rain just enough in the evening as it did last night, to keep the creeks up.  We’ve been able to hike to our falls on the property but we’re not allowing campers to swim there as we normally do.  When we do get to creek hike, it’s a fun exercise.  Our creek is spectacular as you ascend to the upper reaches of our property.  You feel like you’re out the middle of the national forest but you’re only just few hundred yards from camp.  We always take a lifeguard on the trip even though the pools are barely 4 feet in most places.  Along on any trip is a radio (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 “The Lorax”.  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 and stay tuned!