Opening Day Session A

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 and back to the cabin for a very short rest hour.  Who truly wants to rest on the first day of camp?  Activities began soon after as well as swim assessments.  Several campers told me our swimming pool was too cold.  I told them the heater comes on (up) around 6:30 in the morning and shuts down (goes down) around 8:30 in the evening.  I received some puzzled looks from that statement.

All activities were running strong and everyone jumped right in with both feet.  Natalie, our camp photographer is taking lots of pics today for all you parents who are feeling a little camp-sick.  That’s a great bunch this session and I sat in on their campfire tonight to view several of their cabin skits.  Mountainside starts their mini-adventures tomorrow as they take on skills from Pioneering, Climbing, Mountain-biking, and Paddling.  Riverside starts their Climbing adventure on Sunday.  They were out on the 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 camping skills theme this session so I can’t wait to see what they are up to.

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, Head Counselor for Hillside and “K” Head Counselor for Brookside will be directing the campfire tonight.  Skits usually are without props but with a lot of enthusiasm.   Ah, the simple joys of Gwynn Valley.

We are so plugged into our techno world at home and just one evening can produce the oohs and ahhs from simply acting, singing, and dancing creatively that brings us back to the basics.  Our human powered environment is well on its way to another great summer here at Gwynn Valley.  Our 75th summer to be exact and were so proud to have you be a part of it.  Hope you had safe travels back home.  Stay tuned!