Dear Parents and Friends,
It’s been a wonderful last full day of Session E. A shower came midway through the morning but didn’t stop our last day of Discovery. All activities ran as planned and there were some really great closures to that part of our program. Our broom makers finished up their final products and were flying down from the Hillside arts area just like Harry Potter. All they needed were capes. Tamara and company have done a great job turning out these old timey creations. It’s the first time we’ve taught this activity and it looks like it might become a staple in our arts bag of tricks. Yesterday I discussed the calves being turned out into the field. The remaining fish were all hand caught this morning and released into the lake. There were a few trout and bluegill that had outsmarted the campers all session, so, they deserve their freedom. Those that had hollowed out gourds grown at the farm were putting the final painting touches on their creations. Web of Life was catching lots of critters this morning. Their nets were busy at the lake and around the creeks close to the center of camp. Beautiful Batiks were lined outside the dining room today waiting to be claimed. I saw them in progress several days ago but haven’t seen them since the beginning of the week. They are really neat and will make for a great wall hanging in a campers room or perhaps one side of pillow.
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 is 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 our friends who are trying the same activity. I was watching some of our Mountain Bikers earlier today coming in from a ride this morning. Some of these campers 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.
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. I think we connected everyone with their items but some things seem to hide until campers leave.
This afternoon was pillowcase day. It’s when all the cabins come to the pool for a swim and skin 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. This is another good example of campers being able to enjoy “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.
If you have time tomorrow please visit the Farm. It is such a huge part of our program and contributes greatly to our food supply each and every day. We veered off the path tonight to serve our traditional last night’s dinner which is pizza, salad from the farm and fresh brownies. It was our last meal together as table groups. Everyone will sit with their cabin tomorrow at breakfast. I’ve had a wonderful table this session with sparkling campers full of good conversation and enthusiasm about the activities they were participating in. Sara and RB were the other two staff sitting with me.
Tonight at campfire several groups performed including our Riversiders. They sang a medley of songs and created their own rhythms using hands, kitchen tongs, voices and guitar. Great stuff by our oldest campers. We ended our campfire with a slideshow gathered from many of the pics you’ve seen this week.
It’s been a great week and we are sad to have it come to and end. Tomorrow when you arrive, your children will be waiting for you in the cabins. At 10:30 there will be a cabin friendship circle where all can join in. Mountainside and Riverside will hold their meetings at 10:30 as well. We have friendship circles 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!