Welcome July Session Campers

Today’s Pictures

I think there are five days a year that are considered perfect.  Today was the second day in a row!  I sure did enjoy the morning we had on the fantastic opening day of the July Sessions.  Most of the boys will be here for a whole month; a few (about 25) will be here for just a couple weeks.  The boys spent the afternoon seeing all of the activities and have now signed up for the session.  Tomorrow we jump right into it.

I sure did enjoy seeing all of the returning campers today.  We have 128 boys that are coming back for the second year or more. There are 58 boys coming back for their 5th year or more! While many of your son’s have grown several inches or more over the year, it was almost like I had just seen them yesterday.  That’s pretty much how guys are… We can pick it up right where we left off almost nine months ago.  I see it every year, these boys rarely talk to each other throughout the year. Girls usually keep up with each other all year long.  Boys? They show up to camp and they are hanging out like they just saw each other yesterday! I love it!  I’m not sure mom will understand…

On the flip side of all these returning campers are the incredible new High Rocks families I met today.  What a great bunch!  I’m pretty excited about all these Mini I boys… They are going to be month-long boys before you know it! I am super impressed wit this group.  They have a lot of camper mentors to show them the way.

Tomorrow I will send you an email of your son’s schedule and some additional session details.  Be sure to “whitelist” my email address if you happen to find me in your spam box. Everything we do is a direct effort to be sure your son has an incredibly fun, challenging, and vital experience here at camp.   We are half the population compared to most all of our peers.  We also have more staff per camper and WAY more property… If you ever have a question we are here to help you along the way as well.  No need to sit a worry, just give us a call. It is going to be a wonderful session!

Below are some additional details for our first-time families (and some reminders for our seasoned veterans).

Please remember not to send packages of any sort. Packages will not be delivered to campers (if there is a birthday, call us for instructions). If you need to send a forgotten item of clothing, medication, etc., call our office first & then send the item to the attention of our office staff. Our office staff will open the package & deliver the item.

The link at the top (Today’s Pictures) will take you to today’s picture gallery.  It is a password protected area, so please enter the password you were given on opening day or what was mailed in the parent guide.  There is no username required, just enter the password. The page should open to a new window that is just a slideshow.  You will notice that our website and picture gallery is very user friendly on most any device, including mobile and tablet devices.  In order to enjoy your viewing experience of the gallery, please take these recommendations:

  • Once you get to the page, scroll down until you see the bottom of the slideshow window.  Click on the last icon on the right, it will allow the slideshow to expand into the whole window. Use this option for desktops and standard laptops.
  • For tablets, phone devices, and other screen enabled devices, tap the middle of the slideshow once to enlarge it.  This will also give you navigation options.  Typical swipe navigation will work as well.
  • The slide show has a self-play option, but you can advance through as fast you wish by using the navigation or swipe options.
  • If you have any problems getting the picture gallery to work, please e-mail me at don@highrocks.com or visit this “gallery troubleshooter” post I put together to help folks out.

I will try my best to get the blog up by 9:30pm each night.  Don’t forget to follow us on social media.  We will make it worth your while by putting up a couple extra pictures and a special video from time to time during the day.  Twitter: @CampHighRocks. Facebook:  Camp High Rocks, and on Instagram: #camphighrocks.

While I did not get to see everyone, it was a pleasure seeing so many returning faces as well all the new families today.  We’re looking forward to a great session. Be sure to visit often to check out pictures as the session progresses. Feel free to add any comments to the daily posts (below) as well.


Don Gentle


  1. June 30, 2015 by Brian

    Fantastic first day pics! Keep them coming.

  2. June 29, 2015 by Carmen

    We wait every night to see these great pictures. Thank you so much for sharing their day! It means a lot to us parents. You guys are awesome!