Last Full Day of E Was the Best, Without a Doubt!

Dear Parents and Friends,

It’s been a wonderful last full day of Session E.  The weather cooperated for most of the day and we had a few sprinkles here and there.  All activities ran this morning and we completed our last morning of Discovery activities where campers signed up at the beginning of the week and worked to gain skills in many areas in the two hour long morning activity periods.  After lunch we held a long singing session in the Lodge, had many announcements and passed out a good bit of Lost and Found.  There were items from all parts of camp from water bottles to towels.  Please check the Lost and Found box in the Lodge tomorrow before you take your camper home.  It’s a big blue box located in the back corner of the building.

Lots of arts & crafts projects were completed today and many items were passed out throughout the day.  Those who have pottery will need to pick it up tomorrow morning as the kilns have been going all day long and will continue into the evening tonight.  Emily and staff have been working overtime to get it all done.  I hope to put up some more video tomorrow,so keep checking the website over the next couple of days for more.

Today was another day of Arborist climbing in our big Poplar trees just outside the office.  I love to walk out of the office and see children climbing from the limbs of those big trees.  It takes some real effort to get up there and well worth it.  You do it all on your own and it’s balance, muscle, and a pinch of courage to go that high.  We’re doing some cool activities with children so young and hopefully teaching them to respect the trees by looking at them from a perspective other than just the ground up.  We’re stretching ourselves, building confidence and learning to reassure those around us who are trying the same activity.  I was looking at our photo of the Mountain Bikers earlier today coming back to Main camp.  These folks may have only ridden on neighborhood streets and certainly not on the uneven terrain we have at camp.  They have learned to ride our terrain, brake properly, shift those many gears and move around on and off the saddle to help them balance through changing landscapes.  I was so proud of them.

The Farm celebrated an annual milestone today.  Our calves have been bottle fed all summer long and this afternoon they were officially weaned and turned out to pasture just after the last group left.  I’m sure tomorrow they will be expecting all those campers to be back to feed them but it has to happen sooner than later.  Most of them have been ready for weaning a couple of weeks ago but they sure love that attention.  The Farm is such a huge part of our program and today’s lunch came totally from the Farm and Mill.  We had fish caught at the Mill with cornmeal in the cornbread from the Mill, cole slaw from the farm, fresh tomato salad from the farm and fruit (cantaloupe and watermelon) from the farm.  It was a delicious meal.  Tonight’s dinner is always pizza and there was plenty to go around.

This afternoon was pillowcase day.  It’s when all the cabins come to the pool for a swim and body checks by the medical staff.  It’s to make sure that campers go home with no boo-boo’s that we might not know about and it’s fun.  I was there and took my turn on the slide.  I traditionally spend the last afternoon of camp at the pool and it’s been a tradition for a while.  It’s nice to play with the kids in the water and see them participate in what we call “unstructured freeplay”.  You’d be surprised what children can do with a couple of beach balls and a few pool toys.  There’s no lack of imagination.

It’s been a great week and we are sad to have it come to and end.  Tomorrow when you arrive, your children from E Session, 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, we welcome you to the Lodge at 11:00 for our E Session campfire.  Just after that we’ll be serving a special lunch for you and your family.  We hope you’ll take this opportunity to visit with your children’s counselors and allow your campers to show you some special parts of their camp experience.  Have as a safe trip and see you in the morning.  Stay tuned!