Dear Parents & Friends,
It’s been a full day at camp and unfortunately the last day of the session. We just finished our evening campfire program which is always called Friendship Campfire on the last night of camp. It’s been a great session and we celebrated that by showing many of the pictures that you all have been viewing over C and C-2 sessions. Our camp photographer Natalie has done a great job with capturing your children at camp. Be sure and thank her for the great pics that she has put up on the web site. Most of all, Anne and I appreciate our staff who have cared for your children this session and made sure that their experience at Gwynn Valley was one that will bring about great memories of the good times we all had.
Tonight’s campfire offered up an array of talent. Much music was shared by campers, staff and SIT’s. We had guitar players as well as singers and dancers and even an encore performance by the Back Street Boys.
Backing up a bit in the day, we had the perfect weather day for camp. Mid to high 80’s and a hint of breeze with some clouds and a little rain. All activities were humming along and several groups left camp for day outings. The Main Camp mountain bikers went to Pisgah for the morning and spent a little time swimming as part of their trip. Kayakers were scheduled to go the Green River today but they were not releasing from the dam so we ended up on a section of the French Broad. It rained very hard but everyone was already wet from lots of swimming where the confluence of the Davidson River meets the French Broad. Main Camp climbers ventured up to Looking Glass Rock which is in the heart of the forest.
It’s been a great session and the children have made lots of new friends, explored the world around them, and learned that “I can” is much more powerful than “I can’t”. Magic has happened in their time with us. In an environment created just for them, they’ve learned real life skills, developed self-esteem, and gained a sense of independence and community. By playing, exploring nature, conquering new heights, and becoming part of a camp family, they have created some memorable moments this week.
As you arrive tomorrow morning, we look forward to seeing you and hope you hear many good stories over the next few days from camp. We love our longer sessions and would love to have them stay another week. Gwynn Valley is 75 years old this summer and we hope to see everyone back again for another year of the simple joys of childhood. Stay tuned!