Last Day of C-1 and a Great One

Dear Parents & Friends,

Our last day for C-1 Session and it was a good one.  I started off with a trip down the mighty French Broad with our Main Camp kayakers.  You’ll find some photos from the day.  It’s a good beginner section to tackle and our campers got their sea legs pretty quickly out there.  I think there was only one tip even though others came close.  We hit many eddies, did some ferrying, peel outs, S turns and some even tried surfing on the one of the last rapids.  It was a hot day here at camp and a good one to be on the water.  All activities were running this morning and everyone got a lot of choices as we wound down this session for our campers who are leaving tomorrow.

The mountain bikers also went out today and were happy to ride the shady trails of Dupont State Forest.  The nice thing about biking is that it is mostly in the shade and rarely do you have to ride in the hot sun.  Dupont is covered in trees with few open spots so riding there is a pleasure.  They tried their hand at the small bike park which also has a pump track.  You’ll find lots of pics from that trip.  Spinning wheels from biking to spinning mill wheel at home.  Cindy at the Mill, held an activity today for those who wanted to make corn husk dolls.  It’s those simple joys that the pioneer children used to have when they made the only alternative to dolls.  You’d be surprised what you can do with a few corn husks, some glue, string and corn silks.

To beat the heat, the zip line, pool and lake were in full action.  Everyone flocked to the water mat and the zip line for a refreshing dip.  We did the same on the river when we stopped to teach swim techniques in moving water and did some self rescues.  No matter the heat and weather, there’s always a game of knockout going on at the B-ball court.  It’s an everyday favorite and one where the girls take on the boys and win about half the time.  And no matter the weather the calves and animals must be cared for and fed and crops must be harvested.  The farm life goes on and one has to think how hard some farmers work.  We have an army that helps out down at the farm.  Thanks to the children harvesting and feeding, we can afford extra time to teach and talk about all the aspects of living on a farm and working the land.  You can’t just go on vacation and not milk the cow for a week.  My uncle was a dairy farmer and it truly was one of the most demanding lifestyles I’ve ever witnessed.  He loved it and was very good at what he did.  Our farm crew is great and each day brings us the fruit of our sewing.

We had pizza for dinner tonight which is traditional on the last night of the session.  After dinner we took the rest of the cabin photos which will go up tomorrow and then went on to watch the play, which was “Mother Nature’s Children”.  It was outstanding and our cast did a superb job.  Anne and I took some time to honor those who have attended camp for a long time.  We had our blanket ceremony and also the 5 year plaque ceremony for the “old timers”.   As I said earlier in the week camp creates memories or as I call it camp DNA.  Gwynn Valley is all about the “simple joys” of childhood and we celebrate that each and every day.

Tomorrow when you arrive your children from C-1 will be waiting for you in the cabins.  At 10:30 there will be a cabin friendship circle where all can join in.  We do these each night and check in with campers to find out how their day has been.  It allows staff to see how the children are doing since they only see them at morning wake-up, bedtime and just before and after meals.  A lot happens in our day here at camp and it’s a good way to learn about the children’s experiences.  After the friendship circle, we welcome you to visit a while and maybe walk around camp to see the some of the activity areas.  Thank you for sharing your children and hope to see you next year.  Stay tuned!

Grant