Welcome Mini-2 Campers!

 Pictures from July 12, 2010 (password required)

The rope swing rocks!!!

This morning we had some welcome rain to begin the day.  There was no lightning, so all of our activities progressed as normal.  The skies cleared completely shortly after lunch.

The “mini-2” session began today.  After the new Hillside campers settled in they took a camp tour & decided on activities.  After lunch they began their schedule of activities.

Many of you know that I went to UNC-Chapel Hill & I like to have fun with campers that wear Duke apparel.  I’ll kid them about going to the back of the lunch line  or dismiss them last from assembly.  As a result, there are more Duke shirts seen around camp just to torment me.  Some of the guys will wear a Duke hat, shirt & shorts 7 days a week just for my benefit.  Today Sam & I played in the camper-counselor tennis tournament against Bennett H. (camper) and Alex Gregor (counselor).  Since Bennett is one of my main Duke protagonists, we decided that the loser would have to wear the opponents apparel- if my team won, Bennett would have to wear Tarheel blue for a day.  Needless to say, I’ll be the one wearing a Duke  hat and t-shirt all day tomorrow!  I’m sure the Duke supporters will all want to pose for a picture with me!  It’s all in fun, and the tennis game  was a great time.  Both campers had much more tennis talent than Alex or me.

A five-day backpacking trip headed out today to hike the “Foothills Trail” (http://www.foothillstrail.org/) in upstate South Carolina.  About 77 miles in length, the Foothills Trail is located along the Blue Ridge Escarpment in Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina. 

Our trips are increasing in number & skill level as the session progresses.  In addition to the backpacking trip there were two river trips, a caving trip, a 3-day climbing trip, and a mountain biking trip out of camp today.  If you don’t see your son in any pictures in the next few days, it may be because he’s out of camp on one of the many trips!

Enjoy today’s pictures, we enjoyed taking them!

Hank Birdsong

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