July 29, 2016 by Don Gentle
To the final minute, we were still sucking every last minute of time out of camp today. None of this sitting around and not doing things for two days. Our final match of the camper-counselor tennis tournament was a big show today. In the end it was the brother team of Talley and Duncan Moorman who took the winning honors. It takes a full four weeks to get all of these games in to complete the tournament. What a great game and a great history here at High Rocks.
About twenty campers took part in the first-ish annual Brad Gallagher Hiking Skills Challenge. The boys packed packs, boiled water, cooked food, set up tarps, navigated, and covered ground through out camp. The winners finished in about an hour. What a great event.
Tonight at campfire, we gave out over twenty five-year backpacks and five ten-year Fritz Orr paddles. It was an honor to hand these out to the boys this evening. I look forward to all of these boys making it to their backpack year.
It certainly was a wonderful session and a great month (or two weeks) for these boys. If you make it by 9:30 you will still be able to hear the boys singing in assembly. Hopefully, he will have a clean shirt on. He will definitely have longer hair. He will also have some mixed feelings about leaving camp and being excited to see you. He will definitely be tired. He will also stand a little taller, have some friends to introduce, and even want to show you some of what he learned.
Thank you again for trusting us to mentor your son for these weeks. It is always and adventure and always a privilege. I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow.