Dear Parents & Friends,
Tonight is a beautiful night at camp, a bit cooler and that means good sleeping weather up here. It’s been just brilliant today even though it was a little hot this afternoon. Many cabins are camping out tonight and between the night sky and cool temps it should be great sleeping weather. Those Hillsider’s will sleep well tonight because they just finished dancing in the Lodge. We did The Blue Bird Song, Patty Cake Polka, Going to Kentucky and the Virginia Reel. Our dance ended just around 8:30 and then off to the cabin. Spirits were high in the Lodge as Debbie, our piano player, was our band and called some of the dances.
I spent some time today with our mountain biking program. The first hour had some beginning riders who did well with our varying terrain and its features that are quite different from the yard/street/sidewalk at home. Learning how to ride in the attack position and being able to shift your weight around was the first thing they took on. The attack position is when your pedals are even at the 9/3 or 3/9 position depending on which foot you want to place forward. You’re also standing up out of the saddle with your weight evenly distributed over the entire bike depending on the terrain which we teach in a later lesson. We keep a couple of fingers on the brake levers ready to use those if you need them. We start them off in that position riding down a slight incline and then went to maneuvering the bike around a few obstacles in that position and then finally going off several small drops about 4 to 6 inches high. Everyone did great which led into a ride around camp utilizing our terrain with its many features. We got on the single track bike trail at the end our session and went about a ¼ of the way up our trail and rode back down because we were running out of time. Big improvements with this group!
We’re also seeing some real progress with our kayakers who will be going out on trips next week. We’ll head to the upper French Broad which is not far from camp. Groups going out of camp next week will include bikers, kayakers, sit on top kayakers, hikers (OLS), and climbers. Lots of campers are looking forward to these trips out. These groups have been preparing all week.
Mountainside learned what their adventures were going to be yesterday and will be heading out on Monday. We have a great staff up there with super leadership. I wish my own children hadn’t aged out of that program because I’d love to have the staff as their mentors and role models. It’s all about the staff and the role they play while your children are here at camp. We held open house today for many cabins and that is when our leaders go into cabins and talk with the campers about their experience when counselors aren’t there. It’s basically to provide us with information as to what kind of job the counselors are doing. Everything at camp starts in the cabin and works outward to program.
We will be changing tables tomorrow. I have such a great table this session and we all really want to stay together for the remainder of the session. We’ll all get new campers and staff at our tables for the remainder of the session. Arborist Climbing was in full swing this morning at our huge Poplar Trees in front of the office. Monday our climbers will head out to our “Rock” which is on site and at the top of our property. It’s a small hunk of granite but nonetheless climbable. This will be a two hour and is located in a cool shady part of camp. Climbing is very popular at camp not a day goes by without some sort of climbing activity. It’s one of those that pushes the comfort zone and allows the camper to step out there on their own. Camp is a great place to take those steps and then on your own step back into that comfort area. Stay tuned as we take on new and exciting things each day!