Last Full Day of D Session

Dear Parents & Friends,

It’s been a great day at camp with our last morning of sign-ups and our end of session pillowcase day at the pool.  Tubing trips went out this morning as it was yet another very warm day here at camp.  We just ended our day with Friendship campfire and had many campers and staff share songs, music and laughter.  We also showed some photo highlights from the session that were really terrific.  Steve and Fred, our photographers for the session, put together a great slide show for the campers and staff.  Everyone loves to see themselves and their friends in the pictures.  It makes for a good way to remember all the great times we had this session.  Anne and I presented GV blankets to those campers who have been with us for 4 years and plaques to those who have been here for 5 years.  We also honored our long standing campers and staff upward of 5 years up to 30 +.  Some of our younger staff have already been here 10+ years starting out in Echo and Playhouse, our youngest cabins.  Look for the rest of our cabin photos coming up tomorrow or possibly tonight.

Playing Outside, Reaching New Heights and Growing Inside!

I was out on the river a good portion of the day with Mountainside and they were paddling their first day on moving water.  For me it was a milestone because one of the campers on the trip is the son of one of my campers that I paddled with and taught probably 25 years ago at another camp.  Having spent the day with those Mountainsiders, I’m actually feeling pretty young about now.

It’s been a pleasure to work with your children and I say this on behalf of my staff.  We’ve have a great group of campers here this session and all the campers have been so nice.  I’ve had two wonderful groups of campers at my table and tonight was our last meal together.  Tomorrow morning we’ll eat in our cabin groups.  I’ve always said that camp is mostly about building relationships with other people and thinking more about the group than oneself.  We appreciate you all turning your children over to us for two weeks and wish we could keep them a little longer.

Tomorrow when you arrive your children from Session D 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 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 tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

Grant