Everywhere you look staff are working and getting ready for the coming summer. We’ve had a core group of staff here for the past couple of weeks to assist as we wind the Gwynn Valley Wheel to start things up. It’s ironic that we have the waterwheel as our symbol and just the other day when our first pre-camp staff were arriving, Dale cranked up the wheel to get it ready. The sound of the wheel turning and water rushing over blades was a welcome sound. We’ve no lack of water this Spring as it’s been raining pretty steady for a week. We are officially out of drought conditions even though the western NC groundwater levels are not quite there. Today is a gorgeous day with more staff arriving and worker bees everywhere pulling gear out, reworking looms, setting up activity areas and of course just trying to stay ahead keeping the grass mown. Hang in there Jeff!
We’re also in the midst of some of our specialized training courses. Mountainside and Riverside training started on the 31st. We had a total group hike yesterday up to Black Balsam which is just over 6000′. Today was paddling, climbing, pioneering and mountain biking day for the staff in those respective areas. We’re also teaching a Life Guard Training Course which ends on the 3rd. About 10 folks took our Wilderness First Aid course that just ended. More First Aid to follow.Things are shaping up nicely for the summer and we’re looking forward to having you campers join us.Pictured here are some of those creative, fun, inspiring individuals who demonstrate a desire to work with children and who have strong character, leadership skills, and experience to teach in our program areas. See you all soon!