Pillowcase Day, Packing, and Prep for Adventures!

Dear Parents & Friends,

It’s been a great day at camp with our last morning of sign-ups and our end of session pillowcase day at the pool.  Pillowcase day is actually in the afternoon and while our staff are making sure that luggage is in its proper place our waterfront staff are attending to your children at the pool.  It’s a fun afternoon of swimming with your pillowcase and filling it with air to float on.  It’s actually an old survival trick and works with certain kinds of clothing.  In our case it’s for pure out and out FUN.  Tubing trips went out this morning as it was yet another very warm day here at camp.  We just ended our day with Friendship campfire and had many campers and staff share songs, music and laughter.  We also showed some photo highlights from the session that were really terrific.  Kimmi, our photographer for the session, put together a great slide show for the campers and staff.  Everyone loves to see themselves and their friends in the pictures.  It makes for a good way to remember all the great times we had this session.  Anne and I presented GV blankets to those campers who have been with us for 4 years and plaques to those who have been here for 5 years.  We also honored our long standing campers and staff upward of 5 years up to 30 +.  Some of our younger staff have already been here 10+ years starting out in Echo and Playhouse, our youngest cabins.

Talent abounds at Friendship Campfire

I was out on the river a good portion of the day with Mountainside and they were paddling their first day on moving water.  This was their first trip trying out swift current and it certainly different from what they are used to.  The group learned a lot about communicating with their partner and trying to figure out angles as it relates to how the current pushes your boat around.  Speed, boat angle and boat lean are the 3 most important elements to get when first starting out.  Leaning the wrong way can be the millisecond difference between swimming and staying upright.  Several boats went over but it’s an easy place to rescue so all a part of the learning experience.  The rest of the MS groups went biking, hiking and climbing today.  This was their final full day of training in preparation for next week.  All of Mountainside will be getting ready to head out next Tues.  for their adventures.

Pillowcase Day in full swing, slide and swim!

It’s been a pleasure to work with your children and I say this on behalf of my staff.  We’ve have a great group of campers here this session and all the campers have been so nice.  I’ve had two wonderful groups of campers at my table and tonight was our last meal together.  Tomorrow morning we’ll eat in our cabin groups.  I’ve always said that camp is mostly about building relationships with other people and thinking more about the group than oneself.  We appreciate you all turning your children over to us for two weeks and wish we could keep them a little longer.

Clay sculpture on the Green (aka – Slip and Swim)

Tomorrow when you arrive your children from Session D will be waiting for you in the cabins.  At 10:30 there will be a cabin friendship circle where all can join in.  We do these each night and check in with campers to find out how their day has been.  It allows staff to see how the children are doing since they only see them at morning wake-up, bedtime and just before and after meals.  A lot happens in our day here at camp and it’s a good way to learn about the children’s experiences.  After the friendship circle there is our program in the Lodge for parents, friends and campers.  You can stay and enjoy a wonderful GV lunch at noon if you like.  Thank you again and have a safe trip.   Stay tuned!