Making Camp DNA!

Dear Parents and Friends,

It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last full day. We just finished our evening campfire program which is always called Friendship Campfire on the last night of camp. It’s been a great session and a great summer. What a way to end our summer at GV with these campers. We celebrated by showing many of the pictures that you all have been viewing this week. Our camp photographers Emery and Jane, have done a great job with capturing your children over the past 8 days. Anne and I really appreciate our staff who have cared for your children this week and made sure that their experience at Gwynn Valley was one that will bring about great memories of the good times we all had.

Tonight’s campfire allowed our campers to give back to camp in their own special ways. There were songs, skits, dance and instruments played. Backing up a bit in the day, we held pillowcase day at the pool where campers can bring their pillowcases and learn how to make them into a float. Everyone in camp comes to the pool. All Main Camp campers had their final day of Discovery this morning. The expected rain today fell tonight during dinner so all activities were open and many campers got to do things on the last day to complete their Tajar Card. Everyone including Mountainside and Riverside were back in camp today. It was nice to have them at singing today and also tonight in the Lodge where we honored campers who received their 4th and 5th year recognition.

It’s been a great session and the children have made lots of new friends, explored the world around them, and learned that “I can” is much more powerful than “I can’t”. Magic has happened in their short time with us. In an environment created just for them, they’ve learned real life skills, developed self-esteem, gained a sense of community and showed resilience and grit by taking on new challenges. By playing, exploring nature, conquering new heights, and becoming part of a camp family, they have created some memorable moments this week.   I like to call this camp DNA.

As you arrive tomorrow morning, we look forward to seeing you and hope you hear many good stories over the next few days from camp. Cabin Friendship Circles will be at 10:30 in each cabin on Main Camp. Parents are encouraged to join. Mountainside and Riverside campfire begins at 10:30 in the Center for Riverside and the Mountainside Lodge. This Main Camp session is always full of lots of new campers. Eight days is such a short amount of time in our adult world but to many of our first year campers it is perfect for their first experience. We wish we could keep them longer but it’s good to leave a place when the timing is right and you want to come back. Gwynn Valley is 79 years old this summer and we hope to see everyone back again for another year of the simple joys of childhood. Stay tuned!