One Day in a Most Excellent Week!

Dear Parents & Friends,

Campfire is over and it’s been a truly cool mountain day.  Our morning temps before breakfast were in the low 50’s and at my house it was 52.  Most everyone came to breakfast in sweatshirts and it was sweatshirts on till about 10:30.  We’re looking at another cool night.  Good for sleeping when you’ve had a good camp day under your belt.  I just left campfire and our Fine Arts put on a musical tonight and it was the best I’ve seen in years.  They will perform a song on closing day from the story which Debbie wrote.  In fact she wrote all the music for it.  I’ve put the words to their closing song at the end of my letter.  The overall story was about a king who wanted all the beautiful things in the world for himself and the thing he wanted most he couldn’t have until he gave everything away.  There’s more, but I’ll let your children share with you the entire story.

With our Discovery’s over for the week we had signups this morning and this afternoon after lunch.  The cool weather this morning didn’t encourage the folks who normally swim in our lake much incentive to take a dip till the afternoon.  Our pool on the other hand was much warmer and attractive for those wanting some water therapy.  Several years ago our pool was almost as cold as the stream water in our Carson Creek which runs through the center of camp.  I’d say that hoovers around 55 degrees which is chilly to swim in.  We invested in a pool cover after many years of pool water only being in the 60’s.  Now our pool water stays above 76 and it’s inviting on almost any kind of a weather day.  It’s the little things in life here at camp.

As mentioned last night we started our trips out of camp today and I was lucky enough to go on the mountain biking trip to Dupont with a group of guys.  Yes, it was an all guy trip except for Tanya from New Zealand who is one of the bike instructors along with Peter who is the other.  Peter grew up at camp and went through all our programs.  Both are doing a wonderful  job of teaching and getting campers to reach for new heights on bikes.  I was basically along today to video and I think I got some pretty good footage from the day.  One never knows until you get back.  I certainly enjoyed riding with the campers and seeing them challenged as well as having fun.  Dupont State Forest  has over a hundred miles of trails and there’s everything one could want there.  The campers started out riding on the skills course and waited for me to run the shuttle because we left the car in a different place than we started.  There was a fair amount of climbing but we ended the day with an all downhill descent to our van and trailer.  I tried to capture a lot of action and stayed close behind some of the boys as they descended their favorite parts of the afternoon.  Camper’s always love the downhills.  I can understand why and it’s fun to see them zooming through the forest over smooth single track and undulating curves and berms on the trail.

I love the simple skills of working with our hands and our imaginations.  Camp is so good for us in so many ways.  We work on projects and perform skills that may not be possible anywhere else.  Outdoor sports provide different ways to use our bodies and coordination to reach an end goal like a hard move on rock, running a class two rapid with a partner, negotiating a rock garden while biking or simply carrying everything you need on your back for several days.  Getting up on a stage and singing or saying lines in front of 300+ people is not easy either.

We also try to emphasize team play here while holding competition to a minimum.  We all play for a team in some way or another; a work team, a project team, a surgical team, and you’ve got to become a vital part of that team to succeed.  Camp teaches you to live in a cabin as a team, eat at the table as a team, share food as a team after hiking 10 miles with a backpack through the rain, and carry those boats to load on the trailer after an exhilarating and hard day on the river.  Phil Jackson, NBA coach once said, “The strength of the team is each individual member.  The strength of each member is the team”.

Stay tuned for the rest of a most excellent week here at GV!

 

The Quiltmaker’s Song©

Verse 1: Weave me a tapestry of silver thread, out of the fabric of the life you led, empty yourself, and let your love be spread, for it shall, your comfort be! And every morning, when you make your bed, think on the meaning of the words I’ve said! Give of yourself, and learn to love instead! And my gift, will set you free!

Chorus 1: And you, like the mighty king, let your heart take wing, you can learn to sing! Oh, you! Come and join my song, let your voice be strong, you can sing along! And you, like the mighty king, let your heart take wing, you can learn to sing! Oh, you! Come and join my song, let your voice be strong, you can sing along!

Verse 2: Listen for the message, that your heart can hear, sweeter than a melody upon the ear, give yourself away, and let your light shine clear! It is love, that holds the key! Look into the darkness, for it will not stay! Never fear the shadows, they will fly away, just before the coming of the rising day, for the path is yours to see!

Chorus 2: And you, like the mighty king, let your heart take wing, you can learn to sing! Oh, you! Come and join my song, let your voice be strong, you can sing along! And you, like the mighty king, let your heart take wing, you can learn to sing! Oh, you! Come and join my song, let your voice be strong, you can sing along!

—By Debbie E. DeBord. (Friday, June 16, 2017.)