UK Day !

Dear Parents & Friends,

Today was UK Day here at camp and as you may know, every Tuesday we celebrate our diversity through our international day.  We started the day with William Wallace and his boys of Pimavera  and Echo charging across the Green with faces painted declaring their independence from England.  Michael, our Head Counselor for Hillside, led the charge and then read excerpts from Wallace’s speech from the Movie Braveheart, “they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!”

For the first time in many days we got some rain right around lunch time.  For lunch we had bangers and mash which was mashed potatoes and sausage with all kinds of fresh veggies from the Farm.  Still no piglets born and from all indication Mama Pig is ready to have those babies.  All the food today was UK oriented.  Tonight for dinner we had fish and chips with farm food and a sticky toffee pudding that was to die for.  Snack was shortbread this afternoon and it was delicious also.  Megan our pastry chef is the head pastry chef at Johnson & Wales in Charlotte.  You just wouldn’t believe some of the desserts we’ve had this summer.  Her brownies are the best I’ve ever had.  Hopefully we’ll have them on Thurs. night.

Trips out of camp start tomorrow with Bikers going to Dupont and others heading out Thurs. for hiking, paddling, and climbing.  Mountainside and Riverside will be coming home tomorrow at the end of the day. Each group will de-gear as they come in and then run for the showers.  It’s not often that campers this age go without showers for such a long period of time.  I suppose the paddlers have it the best because they get to go swimming (most of the time by choice) whenever they want.  It’s always nice to take a dip on a hot day to wash the sweat and campsite crude off.  I will be heading out early tomorrow morning to paddle with the Mountainsiders on the Nantahala.

As we get into the middle of our week we are also preparing and bringing closure to a lot of our crafts.  Pots are being glazed, weavings finished up, shirts and scarves are being washed to set the dye and other crafts that will be coming home.  You wouldn’t think that corn cobs would have much value at the Mill.  We take those and make a variety of objects utilizing some hot glue, sticks, and cut pieces of cob.  I’m sure you’ll see some of these creations coming home.  One of our crafts on Mountainside this session has been to build a primitive stool for the campers who participated.  They used traditional tools, drawknives, hand saws and their own strength to create their stools made from white pine and red oak.  On Thurs. the group will be putting the finishing touches on the stools they made with a lot of hand sanding.

Camp is all about hands-on activities and getting campers to realize they can do some pretty amazing things with the proper tools and supervision.  We see amazing creations every day and know that when working on projects and seeing them through completion, it builds confidence for trying other new endeavors.  There’s something about using your hands to make something for yourself or to give to a friend or loved one.  One of the most popular gifts at camp are friendship bracelets.  They are easy to make and can be very intricate and beautiful.  The simple task of building a fire can also bring a lot of satisfaction.  It’s a practical skill to have and I find that fewer adult staff really know how to build a fire for cooking and warmth.  We are opening the minds of tomorrow’s engineers, lawyers, doctors, teachers and others who may come to camp and find new skills early on.  Stay tuned!