Dear Parents & Friends,
As we wind down today I want to thank you for sharing your children with us this past session. This is our 75th summer serving children at Gwynn Valley and the summer to the point has been terrific. 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 wonderful session and I hope it was evident as we held our closing for Session C/C-2 this morning. It’s been a beautiful and hot 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. On a similar note the North Carolina Youth Camp Association, of which we are a charter member, is working on an economic impact study done by NC State University. The camping industry in NC is a big part of our economy in this part of the state and we’re trying to get a handle on how the industry affects other parts of the economy. You may get a questionnaire that asks some questions about your days surrounding camp drop off and pick up. We will use this information to further the educational values that camping creates as well as become a more powerful voice with our state and national legislators. Thank you for participating in this survey.
For those of you that want to experience Gwynn Valley after the season, we are celebrating our 75th reunion at the end of the summer the weekend of Aug. 20th. If you want to attend 1 or all days, we would love to have you. We’ll be doing a bike ride on Friday the 20th to benefit our campership program. Come join me for a 25, 50 or 75 mile ride that day. Cost for the ride will be $75 per person and all proceeds will go toward making camp affordable for children who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend. The terrain will be rolling with no severe climbs. We hope you can join us.
Placed in the hands of a mature staff a camper really gains a good bit from “playing outside which produces growing inside”. Camp is just that and creates what we call camp DNA or good memories filled with learning and gaining confidence. 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.
PS I’m putting some video up either tonight or tomorrow. Check it out from C Session Paddling Trip.