Dear Parents and Friends,
What a great day here and I can’t believe it’s gone so fast this week. Isn’t that how it works. When you’re having fun things tend to speed up and go too fast. We held sign-ups this morning and every single activity you could think of was up and running. Something like 17 people signed up for candle making on this last full day. Capture the flag ruled the athletic field and around in that vicinity. We also had several trips out today including climbers that went to climb the classic Sundial on the Nose area of Looking Glass Rock. The Nose area has several great climbs and our climbers took no time in getting to the base of the rock this morning and having the climb to themselves. Several other camps showed up later with larger groups and our GV campers had their rock manners turned on. Climbing is not a boisterous sport and many groups yell and talk loudly while waiting to climb. Our climbing staff engage our campers and actually teach them how to belay with a counselor backup so up to three people are involved in each climb including the climber. It’s a focused, involved and fun situation.
Our bikers were out today as well and traveled to Dupont State Forest to ride the many trails there. Rupert, Sheaf, and Ashely went out today and rode Hickory Mountain and Ridge Line and then made their way to Hooker Falls to end their day with a swim. Mountain biking is such a natural for us here at camp. We have over 3 miles of single track trails for the campers to train on. More and miles of trails are being established in our area each year.
Our WEB of Life instructor tried a very neat thing at the beginning of the session for Discovery. She asked the campers a battery of questions regarding what they knew about the outdoors and environment and did the same at the end of session. It was amazing how much they learned without the traditional classroom setting where this type of information is usually imparted. It was fun, educational and most of all, hands on and they loved it without thinking it was a test or gauge of what they had learned. She’s using this information in part of her internship for school.
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 of brownies. Some campers had dessert early today at the mill, where peach and fudge ice cream were made in the morning. I wanted to save some room for lunch. 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 and of course Thunderball. 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 opportunities where you get many chances to catch and throw.
Friendship campfire was filled with talent and folks singing songs and readings along with a video made about friendship. We ended the evening with a play written and performed by our thespians. 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 same time. Our final campfire for Main Camp 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!