“See the Sun Shining Through the Window….”

Dear Parents & Friends,

Our title for today comes from a song we sing at camp called “It’s a Beautiful Day”.  It is indeed a beautiful day.  I’ve just returned from my morning rounds and watching many activities at play.  Our day started with pancakes, cereal, bacon and fruit.  After breakfast everyone learned what their activities were and we were off and running.  My first stop was at the lake and watching our Mountainsider’s begin their mini-adventures for paddling.  Also there was the kayak group who were just learning how to get into their new found sports cars for water.  Our kayaks are sized for younger children and it makes paddling a bit easier if you are a beginner.  From there I headed up toward the climbing wall and watched an enthusiastic group get their chance at climbing our 50’ tower.  Dylan and Tom were running that activity and we had some great climbers scaling the tower.  If you’ve never put on a harness before it takes a little time but everyone was helpful with one another and soon we were all set to go “up”.  Mountainside again was present on the other side of the wall and learning the “ropes” as they tested their skills on the advanced side of our tower.  While at the tower the Main Camp and Mountainside Bikers rode by.  Both groups were intent on teaching skills and each occupied a part of camp that allowed them to maneuver and see how their group’s skill level was.  After a while the Mountainsider’s rode over to the Hunt Farm where there is a mile and a half of single track and the Main Camp Bikers rode an obstacle course beneath the Hemlocks just behind the Lodge.  Both groups were teaching the same things on different levels based on the age difference.  Learning to ride in the attack position is key in mountain biking which means riding up off the saddle when your feet are in the 9 and 3 position on the pedals.  From land to water I headed over to Aqua Games to see our swimmers who were learning the proper technique for leg kicks.  They performed lots of practice with a kick board and then games to raise the level of competence in the water.  We had a wonderful lunch of Sloppy Joe’s and cole slaw from the garden with fruit and dinner tonight was baked chicken, rice & gravy, Caesar salad, fresh bread, broccoli and pineapple.

From the afternoon you’ll see some weaving as well as paper marbling and horseback riding.  The Farm was going like gangbusters with children picking a variety of vegetables including potatoes.  The baby goats and chicks have captured all the hearts of those going to the farm.  We had a long discussion at our table tonight about mama pig and when she might have her babies.  She’s pretty big and it could happen as soon as next week.  That’s usually a highlight of the summer.

I missed the cabin skits tonight because of working with Riverside on the Lake.  They take off tomorrow on their climbing adventure for 5 days and will return on Thurs.  We’re looking at the weather to determine where they might be going over the next several days.  It’s been a great first day of camp and everyone seemed quite ready for bed this evening as I caught the very end of campfire.  By this hour everyone is well on their way to dreamland in Main Camp.  The Serenader’s have made their rounds and have put everyone to sleep with their soft music.  Until tomorrow we hope you all sleep as well as we do.  Stay tuned!