Happy 4th of July!

Dear Parents & Friends,

Happy 4th of July to one and all and we just wound down for the day at the Lake with our traditional Fireworks and it was a great American Day here at Gwynn Valley.  Our day began with the French sailing into New York Harbor loaded down with their gift to us – The Statue of Liberty.  This was no ordinary statue as it came to life and came ashore and walked among the boys and girls greeting one and all in many tongues.  Our great gift from France is an icon of freedom and the United States as well as a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.  Once Miss Liberty reached the steps of the dining room she read from the inscription that is located at her base.

Our whole day was filled with visits from Americans in history; Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Annie Oakley (of Oakley sun glasses fame? asked one camper), Johnny Appleseed, George and Martha Washington, Beyonce, Janis Joplin (who? asked another camper), Ryan Secrest, Paula Dean, Taylor Swift, Ben Franklin, Pocahontas, Sacajawea, Barack and Michelle,  Dorothy and companions and the Wizard, Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker, Frank Sinatra, Katie Perry and I’m sure I forgot a few.  I need to speak with Mrs. Camp Director about our budget because I think we just blew it by having all these guests.  At one point during festive times at lunch, our thoughts turned to the brave men and women who defend our freedom. One of our staff members, Austin, an ex-marine reserve recruit held a moment of silence for our service men and women.  All the children really got into it and then at the end lots of cheering.  It was a special moment.

We celebrated our diversity this morning with Breakfast Burritos which were delicious.  Both morning and afternoon we danced on the Green to the music of America and had a wonderful lunch on the B-ball court of hot dogs, great BBQ fixed by Chef Oliver and all the trimmings.  Tonight’s dinner was to die for which was Thanksgiving at Camp.  The only thing that was lacking were the Pilgrims and the Native Americans, which we couldn’t fit into the budget.  Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, gravy, fresh beans, a plum sauce that topped everything except the 30+ apple pies the kitchen baked with real apples and homemade crust and of course a la mode.

After supper we had our traditional after supper activities and then it was off to the Lodge to meet history and destiny and many of the characters from above.  Of course the weather held for us today and this evening during fireworks.  Rain gathered and came and went early this morning before Breakfast and the day turned cool and breezy until late afternoon when the sun peaked out.  I filmed in the lake this afternoon with a GoPro at water level trying to capture some of the Riversider’s preparing for their next adventure – paddling.  Regular activities went as usual all day today but of course the 4th festivities dominated our thoughts.  It’s been a great day at camp and one many will remember for a long time.  We are so blessed by what we have here and I’m very thankful for the chance to host your children at Gwynn Valley.  I think everyone had a great day and we look forward to what tomorrow brings.  Stay tuned!