Dear Parents and Friends,
It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last full day. We just finished our evening campfire program which is always called Friendship Campfire on the last night of camp. It’s been a great session and we celebrated by showing many of the pictures that you all have been viewing this week. Our camp photographers Emery and Danielle, have done a great job with capturing your children over the past 6 days. Anne and I appreciate our staff who have cared for your children this week and made sure that their experience at Gwynn Valley was one that will bring about great memories of the good times we all had.
Tonight’s campfire allowed our campers to give praise on their own to other cabins, counselors, program leaders, one another and camp in general. We also had a short performance by our drama troupe tonight with several short stories that were acted out. We’ve been quite fortunate with the weather this week and just after campfire we had a short shower.
Backing up a bit in the day, we held pillowcase day at the pool where campers can bring their pillowcases and learn how to make them into a float. Everyone in camp comes to the pool. All campers had sign-ups this morning since our Discovery’s were over. All activities were open and many campers got to do things on the last day to complete their Tajar Card. As you know the Mountainsider’s started their adventures today. Paddlers headed to the upper French Broad, climbers ventured up to Cedar Rock which you can see from camp, bikers to Dupont State Forest and Pioneers were taken up to the Davidson River Fish Hatchery to start their trek. Riverside was back in camp today and also spending some quality down time after their 4 days climbing in Tennessee. I spent a little time with them on the lake this afternoon seeing how their skills are for next week’s river segment of their program.
It’s been a great session and the children have made lots of new friends, explored the world around them, and learned that “I can” is much more powerful than “I can’t”. Magic has happened in their short time with us. In an environment created just for them, they’ve learned real life skills, developed self-esteem, and gained a sense of independence and community. By playing, exploring nature, conquering new heights, and becoming part of a camp family, they have created some memorable moments this week.
As you arrive tomorrow morning, we look forward to seeing you and hope you hear many good stories over the next few days from camp. This session is always full of lots of new campers. Seven days is such a short amount of time in our adult world but to many of our first year campers it is perfect for their first experience. We wish we could keep them longer but it’s good to leave a place when the timing is right and you want to come back. Gwynn Valley is 79 years old this summer and we hope to see everyone back again for another year of the simple joys of childhood. Stay tuned!