Terrific Young People!

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Our wonderful C-1 campers departed today and we are down to those terrific children who are staying at camp for three weeks. It’s a special day for them because our numbers are reduced and there are fewer folks here.  Afternoon programs went very well with everyone involved with sign-ups and choosing their favorites for the afternoon.  The day dawned clear this morning and the temps rose to the perfect level for all water activities and really anything else that was happening in activities.

Yesterday, quite a few of our Main Camp campers left camp to go biking in Dupont, Climbing at Looking Glass, and paddling on the French Broad section 0. They all had wonderful trips and great weather. It’s always fun to go on an adventure into Dupont State Forest or Pisgah Natural Forest for campers. It’s amazing how many beautiful resources we have in our area.

Our Mountainside crew had their first training day which meant that the 5 skills groups went toward working in the area of their chosen adventure.  Paddlers spent time on the lake and then headed to section 0 of the French Broad.  Climbers went to Looking Glass to scale the granite walls of friction and eyebrows there.  Hikers/backpackers made the long but well-worth journey to the top of the parkway peaking out at just over 6000 feet to hike at Graveyard Fields.  It’s a beautiful area and a great hike with a waterfall in Pisgah Forest.  Bikers stayed on the property to refine their two-wheel skills and to prepare for Dupont where their adventure will take place.  Expedition Canoers also stayed on site, practiced their paddling skills, and learned more camping skills.

Mountainside is a great group!  What delightful young people and my hope and prediction is that a good many of them will be on staff one day.  It’s really fun to see them grow up, stretch themselves and develop such good character as they have (thanks to your work-at-home parents)!  I’d like to think we add the sprinkles to that recipe that make it fun as we partner with you. 

Riverside is still out there paddling today and will be out one more day before they make the trek home.  It is a very strong group of paddlers as they paddled the Nantahala today and did really well. They did the Tuckasegee and the Green on the first two paddling days. They too are being stretched by the water dynamic and what a great metaphor for life.  We all go through rapids, find safe and secure places in eddies, and hit those calm stretches that usually give way to more rapids and riffles.  Living life is certainly not all calm water and it has its different class rapids.  There’s much to be learned when we ply the rivers around here.  As a quote I once heard, “Go to where you feel the most alive; I say the river”.  

The Young Leaders left camp this afternoon and headed to Black Balsam up off the Blueridge Parkway to cook out and camp out at Pickleshimer Field. I bet they had a beautiful sunset tonight on top of the mountain as we have had lots of sunshine and blue sky today! It’s one of my favorite places in Pisgah.

Tonight after dinner, we all had ice cream with sauces and sprinkles and moved to the lodge to watch a movie. This has been a tradition for us for a while and it gives our campers who are here for three weeks not only a treat but a little downtime. Some brought their sleeping bags, others their Crazy Creek chairs as they curled up to enjoy the film. 

Tomorrow our C2 campers arrive and we welcome them to our wonderful little community.  It was a great day at camp for so many reasons!  Stay tuned!