Opening Day Session B

Dear Parents and Friends,

Opening Day was the best.  Beautiful weather, great kids and smooth arrivals.  Hope you all had a safe trip home.  As I write I’m sure most everyone is snuggled down in their camp beds after a very full day filled the anticipation of returning to camp or coming for the first time.  Gwynn Valley makes everyone feel welcome no matter your experience.  I had dinner with the Chipmunk Hut boys tonight and they were almost falling asleep at the table after a full day and full tummy of mac and cheese, fruit, bean salad, regular salad and fresh bread.  To top it off we had a giant cookie with their cabin name written in icing.  I think all the cabins had the same.

You’ll notice there are a good many pics of Riverside on the site tonight as they returned just a few days ago and were off again this morning.  The swimming hole that’s shown was discovered this past Spring on a trip with my son and nephews to the upper Davidson River.  In early April the water was really cold but we braved it anyway.  I’m sure it’s still pretty cold this time of year.

All activities were running full steam ahead today complete with all the camp having their swim assessments.  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 also held activity skits after lunch to help campers decide what they wanted to take over the days ahead for their morning activities.  This too is very important because there is so much offered in the morning and in the afternoon.  I must say that I did miss cabin skits this evening because Mountainside held their final friendship camp fire.  Anne and I attended and I stuck around for songs and some special time with them.  What a great crew up there 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 dream” as one camper described it from last session.  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 life with us.  It creates a sense of confidence and self.  Camp also offers a sense of belonging to something that is greater than oneself where we still practice the GV values of simplicity, acceptance, and a strong connection to the natural world.  We’re looking forward to a session of the simple joys of childhood for the days ahead.  Stay tuned!