Opening Day of B Session!

Dear Parents and Friends,

Opening Day for B Session was the best.  Great weather in the morning for greeting you all and getting your campers settled.  After a good lunch we presented activity skits for Discovery to help campers decide what they wanted to take over the days ahead for their morning activities.  This is important because there is so much offered in the morning and in the afternoon.  Over the course of 6 days of Discovery they have 4 activities in the morning and two different ones each afternoon.  For those new to GV, morning sign-ups are for building skills and afternoons more for the experience, possibly adding to those skills and trying new things.  Swim assessments were scheduled this afternoon along with activities.  It takes a while to get through all those but it’s worth it and allows us to determine which campers need some help with their strokes.  We were briefly interrupted by a short thunderstorm mid way and then the sun came back out and all was well.  After sign-ups all activities in Main Camp were running full steam ahead.  Activities offered this afternoon were Pottery, Sports, Fine Arts, Mill, Horseback Riding, Crafts, Swimming, Web of Life, Climbing, Farm and Outdoor Living Skills.   Activities just for today were pre-assigned and get children right into the flow and tomorrow we start on the choices they made today.  Many more activities are scheduled for tomorrow.

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Tonight’s dinner is our traditional mac and cheese with fresh salad and broccoli from the farm garden.  To top that off we have a giant cookie for each cabin group.  This summer we have a faculty member  from Johnson & Wales Culinary School working in our kitchen so desserts have been over the top this first week.

After dinner there were after supper activities and then all campers attend our first campfire for the session.  Cabins were introduced at campfire tonight via Cabin skits which are always great.

Mountainside had their closing ceremony tonight and Anne and I went up to the MS shelter to honor them and their time at GV.  Several  of those campers have been at  camp for as many as 8 years.  What a great crew up on Mountainside and also a great staff.  Hat’s off to the staff for putting together such a great session.

As morning activities kick off tomorrow know that your children are learning and “living the GV dream” as one camper said.  This is our 80th year of camping and many more to follow.  Camp takes children to a new level of community life that even school and family can’t always imitate.  Campers have a chance to make choices and become independent in their time with us.  Camp creates a sense of confidence and resilience.  Camp also offers a sense of belonging to something that is greater than oneself where we still practice the GV values of simplicity, acceptance, a strong connection to the natural world and in a non-competitive setting.  We’re looking forward to a session of the simple joys of childhood for the days ahead.  Stay tuned!

PS – I’m putting the blog on both our webpage as well as the Campminder site where you all can view photos.