International Day and River Meanderings!

Dear Parents and Friends,

Another splendid day at GV and time is flying.  It’s hard to believe that we are winding down D session. Today was another beautiful day here at camp with sunny skies and all activities in high gear.  I spent the entire day going out with Riverside to the Tuck.  They paddled their hearts out and I didn’t get back to camp until 6:30.  We spent over 5 hours on the river today.  I’m sure that everyone will sleep well tonight as they ready themselves for the Nantahala for the next two days.  It was a warm and sunny day so everyone was going for it, which meant lots of boat spills.  Part of preparing for the Nanty is making sure you can rescue your own boat.  We spent some time turning over in swift water to practice this skill.  Everyone performed beautifully and they will need those skills because the water temperature on the Nanty is usually around 50 degrees in the summer and if you turn over, you don’t want to spend time in water.  It’s a cold and clear river.

As you all know, this second week we have signups both in the morning and in the afternoon.  Today was also international day here at GV.  We celebrated the countries of France, Ireland and Russia with our staff from those countries tonight at campfire.   The meals were breakfast – France; lunch – Russia, and dinner – Ireland.  I only ate breakfast and dinner and both were fantastic.  I could have eaten a horse tonight when I got back and the Irish stew, bread and vegis were great.

Several other groups were also out of camp today including Climbers, Kayakers and Bikers.  Each group came back with many stories. Kayaker’s went to the Green, Climbers were at the South Face at Looking Glass Rock and Bikers went to Dupont State Forest.   With all these great trips, one trip that stuck out was shared by a camper at my table.  We were talking about trips out and she said, “You don’t have go off site to have a good time.  I had the best day ever at Conesstee Falls today.“  It’s a waterfall on the upper end of our property and is about a 30 minute hike from Downtown GV.  There’s a big pool you can swim in and go right underneath the falls to get a natural shower.  I could tell she’d had a great time.  You could see it in her eyes.

Can you see it in their eyes?

With all our good weather the Farm has been booming.  We’ve had a lot of sun this week which has really caused certain crops to grow and corn being one of those.  I heard this evening they picked over 300 ears of corn this morning and we will have it for dinner later on this week.  After lunch everyone leaves the dining room to help shuck all that corn.  It’s a bee hive of young people pulling shucks off, learning what it looks and feels like and finding the occasional worm that will end up as food for the chickens when the shucks are taken to the farm to be rummaged through.

Camp is a great place for self-discovery.  “I can’t” is replaced by “I can”.  I saw a lot of that today on the river.  Riversider’s feeling their way in the water and out of the water.  Gaining confidence, being encouraged and coached in ways that really produce growth and a better understanding of things that may have been seen as scary before.  We say “let’s try it again and here’s a way will help you with this challenge”.  Every day at camp is a day of opportunity.  Stay tuned!

Focusing on creativity!