It Was Indeed a “Special Day”!

Dear Parents & Friends,

What a day we’ve had…. hot and beautiful weather with a breeze all day long and big puffy clouds filling our exceptional view of the mountains.  Every Sunday at camp, when it’s not an opening day, is “Special Day” and it was truly  special.  The theme today was Disney and it’s so interesting how Disney has impacted children’s lives.  Each station had its own theme or Disney movie that it portrayed.  There were a total of 10 stations and they were divided by morning and afternoon, 5 in each.  The Lion King, Cinderella, Mulan, Hercules, Inside Out, Zootopia, Toy Story, Alice in Wonderland, Moana (2 stations), Finding Dory, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Jungle Book were all represented. It was a good day to get wet and there was plenty of opportunity for that.  During midday we could have used a little Frozen weather to ease the heat.

During lunch today there were songs playing from different movies and soundtracks.  You would have loved that fact that most of the campers knew most of the songs and were singing along.  At one point it sounded like a giant children’s choral group singing a song from Frozen. There was lots of discussion at our table both at lunch and dinner about favorite Disney movies.  I asked if anyone had ever seen Old Yeller which is the first Disney Movie I remember.  A few of the campers had seen it.  We tried to think of other older movies and I was surprised by their knowledge of some well before their time.  One of my all time favorites is the Toy Story series.  So many of the movies are written for children and adults and can cover both audiences enjoyably.  At this point in time about 161 movies have been made by Disney…. And there are many more in production.  There’s a remake of Peter Pan and Mary Poppins coming in 2018 and ’19 as well as another Toy Story coming June of ’19.

We held Vespers tonight and it ended early so several cabins made their way to the Gatehouse Green to soak up the view and sunset.  It’s a great place to unwind from the day and get in that wind down frame of mind.  There was also lots of talent at Vespers including Hugh playing Sheep May Safely Graze which I wrote about several nights ago.  Debbie said it’s the first time she’s ever had a camper play that song in her 39 years.  Emmaline dedicated, You Are My Sunshine, to her sister in Playhouse. Cyprus blew everyone away with his drumming solo.  Charlie from Wildwood played the piano without missing a beat and Table 28 sang What a Wonderful World.   At the end of Vespers our Head Counselors dismiss everyone.  We have Michael Johnson visiting from Scotland, who used to be Hillside Head Counselor.  Just for ole time’s sake he dismissed Meadowbrook.  The girls loved it because as they say, he talks funny.

We’re about to embark on our last days of C-1 and there will be several trips out tomorrow for paddling, climbing, and mountain biking crews.  Our C-1 campers have had a great time and it’s been non stop since they arrived.  These last few days will fly by and soon camp will be a memory and we hope one that lasts.  Stay tuned as we make every moment special in our “Simple Joys” world of camp.