Parents & Friends,
What a great opening day here at Gwynn Valley. Parents and campers arrived this morning after long drives and eager smiles. Everyone settled into their cabins and then off to lunch for a wonderful buffet of good food from our Kitchen. After lunch it was off to the Lodge for a bit of music, sign-ups which included all the activities in the whole world. 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, Fine Arts, and Kayaking 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!!! Mary, our camp photographer is 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 on Monday. They were out on the Gatehouse Green this afternoon working on some initiatives and group bonding. They’ll spend time on the lake with me tomorrow to prepare them for the second week which is paddling.
Waterfront was splashing about with our little ones in the sit-on-tops and lots of swimming and zip lining at the lake. I did not get a chance to spend time with horses or outdoor web of life but I did hear that the “Websters” captured some wild Appalachian lobsters (crawdads) in the creek. Outdoor Living Skills is pursuing a Survivor skills theme this session so I can’t wait to see what they are up to. Some campers were climbing for the first time today all the girls from Meadow Brook made it to the top of the Wall. There were fish caught at the Mill and RB and Karl cleaned them and cooked them over and open fire with Cabins Chestnut Hollow and Primaviera. You can’t beat trout fresher than that. 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 giant M&M 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. Winnie, the Head Counselor for Hillside and Jann, Head Counselor for Brookside directed the campfire tonight. Skits usually are without props but with a lot of enthusiasm. Ah, the simple joys of Gwynn Valley. Our human powered environment is well on its way to another great summer here at camp. Our 77th 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!