Dear Parents and Friends,
As you all know we’re winding down from Session B. It was a sunny day all day with our only rain coming about 6-7 this morning. Mountainside and Riverside got to sleep in this morning. Speaking of adventures, we had a lot of Main camp campers going out of camp today however, with the wet weather our climbers couldn’t find a dry rock. Our paddlers and bikers were able to get out to Dupont for biking and the Green River for paddling. Both groups had an excellent time while out and learned a good bit about their own abilities in different environs.
Our morning on the last full day is filled with sign-ups. Every activity was full on despite the early morning rain. I went down to the farm to watch the calves being fed and film some of the campers picking beans, playing with baby chicks, and using the automatic milking machine. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s techno. There’s something to be said about milking by hand but sometimes one has to revert to more modern methods when time is of the essence. Campers picked quite a few beans which may appear in the closing day buffet line after our last campfire.
I also checked in with arts and crafts and the mill. Candle making was going great guns as campers made both dip and mold candles with some exotic scents to bring home. While we promote making beautiful candles at camp, be aware that we encourage the children to ask your permission before lighting any candles upon returning home. Some of the woven bags that appeared the last couple of days have been just terrific. These bags are first woven on our looms, then sewn and then a carrying strap is added. The one I saw was like a professionally made craft. Good work gang!
The afternoon was filled with packing and of course pillowcase day where everyone goes to the pool and takes their pillowcase along. You get it wet and fill it with air – voilà, you have a floatation device. It was the perfect day to be at the pool and everyone enjoyed their last swim. Along with pillowcase day is our traditional last meal of pizza and of course a delicious dessert filled with Oreos and whipped cream. Some campers had dessert early today at the mill, where peach and fudge ice cream were made in the morning. The peach was the best in my opinion. Eating here is a lot of fun because of all the good food. We spent time together at the table and don’t just eat and run. There’s always time for good conversation and finding out what people are doing as the day progresses.
After supper activities is always a nice time at the end of the day. It’s cooler and is perfect for some running sports like Ultimate Frisbee or soccer. Tonight it was ultimate. If you’ve never played it’s fast paced with lots of running. You can’t run with the disc but can throw it a long way. As soon as it’s missed by the team that throws it, the other team gets the disc. It’s very similar to many of our sports taking the best of each. It does take some skill to throw and it’s also a game of multiple opportunities where you get many chances to catch and throw.
Tonight our Friendship campfire was filled with talent and folks singing songs and readings along with a slide show made up of pics you all have been viewing. As you arrive tomorrow friendship circles will be in each cabin at 10:30 unless you’re on Mountainside and Riverside and they will conduct their campfire for parents at the 10:30 hour. Our final campfire will be at 11:00 in the Lodge and your welcome to stay and have some delicious GV farm food at 12:00. See you tomorrow!