Last Full Day of C, C-2! :(


Dear Parents & Friends,

We just finished our Friendship Campfire for Session C, C-2.  What a great time we’ve had and tonight was no exception.  We honored the many campers who have many years of Gwynn Valley summers.  As a tradition at our final campfire we honor those who are coming for their 4th and 5th year with a blanket for the 4th year and a wooden plaque for their 5th year.  We also honor those staff, SIT’s and campers who’ve gone beyond the 5 year mark.  It’s always fun to have them stand and be recognized.  We finished off the evening with a slide show of session highlights.  Afterward I headed up to Mountainside just in time to catch their adventure skits and see their final ceremony.  They were parked out on the Mountainside Green next to the creek and had a blazing fire going.

We had several Main Camp trips out today and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time out of camp.  Kayakers, Climbers and Bikers all hit the trails, rivers and rock.  I wanted to go on all three trips but had to stay back in camp today.  The campers did a great job and were certainly tested on the Green River today.  They left about 10:00 this morning and got to the river around 11:00.  They put in at Bridge Rapid, and paddled S Turn, Big Corky, Little Nantahala, Jacobs Ladder, Sunday Ledge, and Little Corky.  It was eddy hopping and ferrying the whole way which makes the learning curve go way up.  Climbers went to Looking Glass Nose area today and bikers went into Dupont’s 100 miles of trails, to test themselves there on such classics as Ridgeline and Hilltop trails.  It’s a good feeling coming back to camp after such successful experiences out of camp.   There were some tired puppies as the vans pulled in through the afternoon.  It’s good to stretch oneself and go out into different environs to play and develop the skills that don’t always come easy.  We do it every day in some part of camp and these trips are special.   A couple of these folks on the trip today were 8, 9 and 10 years old.  It’s never too early and the key is a progression that is safe and always comes back to work on foundation skills.

This morning in Main Camp at home we held signups and this afternoon everyone participated in pillowcase day.  It happens at the pool and is the perfect venue on a steamy day.  It’s fun to be there on the last day and play at the pool with all the children.  Before pillowcase afternoon the whole camp assembled in the Lodge to watch the play, dancers perform and several story tellers read their short stories before the crowd assembled.  Everyone was appreciative to be back in camp and be entertained by our players.  Also this afternoon,  Mountainside had their MS Challenge where they paddle, climb, bike and build a fire to burn through a string.  Both Riverside and Mountainside got a swim into today.  It was the perfect day for it.

Tomorrow when you arrive your children from C, C-2 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, rest hour, before and after meals and bedtime.  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 there is our program in the Lodge for parents, friends and campers.  You can stay and enjoy a wonderful GV lunch at noon if you like.  Thank you for sharing your children and looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.  It’s been a great session and a great group of children.  Stay tuned!