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 skills in the morning and skills and variety in the afternoon.  Then of course there’s the after supper activity time when all kinds of activities are available for about 30 to 40 minutes.   Pick-up ball games to basic crafts and the like.  We went to the Lodge for campfire and finished off our cabin skits and then sent folks off to bed.

As we started program today it was interesting to go around to many programs and see them get off the ground with the foundations of the program.  I think most people who sign up for biking think that they’re just going to hop on the bike and ride off.  We go through a battery of fitting the bike and helmet and making sure that you practice shifting, braking, balance and a host of other topics all performed experientially.   There are so many games that can challenge the child just on short grass to give you an idea of their riding ability.  You quickly learn what sort of terrain they can handle and whether or not they can ride single track.  Single track trails are rarely more than 3 ft. wide and take some skill to navigate when there are small roots, inclines and the occasional rock to ride over or dodge.  Sometimes children aren’t used to shifting gears on the bikes and one has to multi-task to stay balanced, monitor your brakes and shift when needed.  Guidelines and foundational teaching is so important throughout camp and even the waterfront provides info for the campers as to where they can dive in the lake and when and where they need to wear a PFD.  Progression of teaching and building on foundations of safety, skills and fun make for good programs.  Kayaking, Weaving, GV rescue, Fishing at the Mill, and many others started their day with the importance of foundational learning.

Riversider’s left bright and early this morning for Foster Falls.  The spent yesterday after working on belay school to help with their skills in climbing.  Strength is sometimes important when learning some of our adventure activities but balance and good coordination play key parts when you’re learning as well.  The more competent you get in these sports the more efficient you become with power  and strength.  Foundation skills are also good for getting rid of bad habits in most adventure and traditional sports.  Most campers who only participate in certain sports at camp need that back to basics to start anew and bring that muscle memory back.

Campers were climbing at the Wall today both from Main Camp and those Mountainsider’s starting their mini adventures.  Several cabins were tie-dying today as a group.  Our Arts & Crafts staff get some vibrant colors from the dyes and washes we use.  There is a secret to keep the color fast.  It was interesting to see them choose their patterns and go about the of dying their shirts.  They were after the most colorful and wild shirts and several chose the fireworks pattern – getting ready for the upcoming holiday.  Despite the cool weather this morning one group started the day off with a creek hike and returned happy, very wet and ready to get into some dry clothes.  We are so lucky to have so much water on our land.  It feeds our lake, runs our Mill, and puts us to sleep.  After a long day in activities, I’m sure that many of the children are settling into a deep slumber.  Stay tuned to see what tomorrow brings!