Simple Joys

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What a fun day at camp.  It was of course “special day” here where we don’t run normal programming and all the activity leaders have the day off.  We just finished our Sunday Service and the theme was Love and Community.  That’s a broad topic and as you might expect there were a variety of thoughts, songs, skits, and words passed along by campers and staff alike.  Of course, we rose about 30 minutes later this morning which is nice and everyone got a bit more rest.  Pancakes and fresh fruit with bacon were on the menu and there is no substitute for pancakes, except maybe French Toast.

The theme of “special day” was Elements: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. There were 4 Stations with activities, sports, and games, with lots of fun at the lake, pool, soccer field, and on the Green.  It was a good day to get wet and there were lots of opportunities to do so. We had lots of sunshine and a blue sky with no rain. Everyone wore their bathing suits and stayed hydrated in the morning and afternoon. We opened the pool again in the afternoon and campers had the choice of free swimming, playing nine square, basketball, or Thunderball, or relaxing in the lodge to watch a movie. We play hard at camp so a little downtime was appreciated by many campers.

Mountainside and Riverside left today and will be out through Wed. late afternoon when they return home for our camp-wide cookout and Tajar Ball. The weather looks really good for the next four days so hopefully they will get to do lots of biking, hiking, climbing, and paddling. We look forward to hearing stories of their adventures upon their return. Young Leaders leave early in the morning for their rafting trip to the Chattooga River.

Camp is just one of the great things about summer.  Camp is filled with laughter and positive moments.  There is research that suggests that we should do everything we can to expand the attention and energy that we give to positive moments. When children experience positive emotions, their brain begins to function differently. They become more open, and more flexible in their thinking, and their attention is broadened. Positive emotions allow children (and adults) to be more resilient. With an abundance of positive moments, research shows that children can better cope with change, adversity, and struggles. Kids recover from stress faster and remain more open to healthy, creative, and rewarding experiences.  In every way, building optimism is good for your kids now, and even better for them as life goes on.

Camp creates so many positive moments throughout the day.  Cabin life, activities, meals, unstructured free play, time with each other, vespers, adventures out of camp, animals, and the list goes on.  Everywhere a camper turns in our camp world, they access positivity and optimism.  And all that creates joy.  Simple Joys as we call it here at camp. Together, we are partnering with you to sprout and feed the seeds of growth and betterment of your children.  As we like to say, “Camp brings out the best versions of ourselves”, and I believe that.  Camp does us all a world of good.