The Simple Joys Abound


What a great day here with beautiful breezy weather starting our morning.  Today we were starting our week with A Day Discovery Activities.  When you’re having a great time, things tend to speed up and go too fast.  We had a little rain shower just after lunch but no thunder boomers.  Several cabins took the opportunity to picnic on site instead of gathering in the dining room.  Eating outdoors is always satisfying.

It was a great day to go to the Farm and those baby calves aren’t so small anymore.  At the close of camp season they will be weened from the bottle and turned into the pasture on their own.  No more coddling by campers and being bottle fed twice a day.  It’s always interesting to see their reaction when they’re set free.  They look puzzled at first and most skip and jump once they realize they’re big enough to earn their freedom ticket.  The baby piglets are growing as well and are being their Piggly Wiggly selves.

Arts and crafts are sure churning out the many artisan pieces.  From bead work to clay sculpture, the creative juices were flowing.  I have seen some great tie dye t-shirts on campers utilizing all kinds of designs.  Horse riders toured camp today all day allowing children to ride who had not ridden previously.  There were trail rides as well as along our much used paths and byways. Horses capture a lot of children’s hearts.

Blacksmithing was making hearts today, which is no easy task.  Maybe you’ll be the recipient of a handcrafted chunk of metal from our Blacksmith Shop.

After supper activities is always a nice time at the end of the day.  It’s cooler and is perfect for some running sports like ultimate Frisbee or soccer.  Tonight it was ultimate and of course Thunderball.  If you’ve never played ultimate it’s fast paced with lots of running.  You can’t run with the disc but can throw it a long way.  As soon as it’s missed by the team that throws it, the other team gets the disc.  It’s very similar to many of our sports taking the best of each.  It does take some skill to throw and it’s also a game of opportunities where you get many chances to catch and throw.

Mountainside had sign-ups on their own today and some went through our ropes course.  The course starts at the climbing wall and then snakes it’s way through the area around the wall ending with a giant swing to dismount.  The first 10 feet are like a freefall and then you begin to arc into the swing aspect.  Mountainside will be holding their first training day of the session on Wednesday and I’ll be out with paddlers that day.    Mountainside had dinner at the Hunt Farm tonight and will be learning what adventure they have chosen to go on.  The wait has been suspenseful and everyone is excited to learn how most of their 3rd week at camp will be spent.

Riverside spent their day on the Green River and will be going to the Tuck tomorrow depending on water levels.  I was with Riverside yesterday on the French Broad and it was a hot and steamy day.  They paddled 6.5 miles.

Tonight’s campfire was put on by our Fine Arts Players and they performed from the works of Harry Potter.  It was a fine evening at the theatre. There’s much about camp that is hard to put into words and even pictures.  Each day is filled with events and happenings that widen eyes, raise curiosity, and provide confidence.  Many times I will ask campers what they did that morning or afternoon and they can’t remember.  Their brains are full and so are their camp lives.  They certainly fill our lives in many ways as the simple joys abound.