Parents & Friends,
What a great opening day here at Gwynn Valley. Parents and campers arrived to a cool morning after long drives and eager smiles. It’s nice to see how our returning campers have grown since last year as well our new campers to the world of GV. Everyone settled into their cabins and then off to lunch for a wonderful buffet from our Kitchen. After lunch it was off to the Lodge for a bit of singing, sign-ups which included many activities and a taste of program in the afternoon. Not much down time on opening day gets everyone off to program and a great way to start off the week. The Mill, Web of Life, Farm, Crafts, Horses, Swimming, Sports, Climbing, Outdoor Living Skills, and Fine Arts were open all afternoon to give campers just a taste of the coming week. Tomorrow we begin our regular schedule and campers will find out about their choices for morning activities. Each afternoon everyone gets a choice each and every day. Campers will have 4 activities in the morning every other day and 2 one hour activities or one 2 hour activity to choose in the afternoon.
All cabins had their swim assessments today. We call them swim assessments instead of swim tests because the word test reminds us of school and we’re on SUMMER VACATION AT GWYNN VALLEY!!! Emery, our camp photographer was taking lots of pictures today for all you parents who are feeling a little camp-sick. Mountainside starts their mini-adventures tomorrow as they take on skills from Pioneering, Climbing, Mountain-Biking, and Paddling. Riverside starts their Climbing adventure tomorrow. They were packing packs and gathering climbing gear this afternoon and will be off by 8:30 headed to Foster Falls in TN.
Waterfront was a happy place this afternoon splashing around with several cabins in the sit-on-tops and lots of swimming and zip lining at the lake. I also went by and observed horseback riding and witnessed some campers who were pushing their comfort zones by riding for the first time. Web of Life (natural history), just needs to step out of their Cabin in the Sky home to experience the vast amount of interesting critters and plants here at camp. Outdoor Living Skills was building their first fire this afternoon and making hemlock tea which has a lemony taste. The Mill made ice cream that is the beginning of the summer where we’ll consume literally thousands of gallons of I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Speaking of food we had our first night child friendly dinner of mac and cheese along with salad and fruit. Traditional first night dessert is a chocolate chip cookie for each cabin. The cookie is the size of a large pizza so everyone got plenty.
Campfire in Main Camp tonight was cabin skits which are always fun times 10. Children can be so comical on stage as well as their counselors. We’ve got some great little actors with lots of talent that abounds when they get under the lights. Our head counselors directed campfire tonight and hopefully you met Blake and Ash today when you arrived. They oversee The Brook and Hillside cabins. Getting these children out of the technology world brings back the creative skills that rule GV. Ah, the simple joys of Gwynn Valley. Our human powered environment is well on its way to another great summer here at camp. Our 79th summer to be exact and we’re so proud to have you be a part of it. Hope you had safe travels back home. Stay tuned!