June 24, 2017 by Don Gentle
We sure had a wonderful day in activities. Most of the instructional periods had a fun event going on. Car camping day was by far my favorite! The hillbilly hot tub (read Ford pickup filled with water) was quite the hit, while the guys played lawn games, grilled over the campfire, and just had fun.
Sailing was playing a came of pirate attack. If your boat was hit three times on the sail with a tennis ball, then you had to capsize and right your boat again. All of this, while the boys in paddling were playing a counselor hunt game with similar consequences. If your boat was touched you, had to jump out of the canoe in the deep water and get back into it.
The big event of the day was the dance with the ladies of Keystone. I typically find these events a little like Cotillion class. A way for our boys to demonstrate some manners and etiquette to our neighbors across town. I am actually quite surprised how well the boys perform! In all of its lovely awkwardness, the event played out very well. The boys mostly acted like gentlemen and the girls were mostly like ladies. It was a great time and the weather was perfect! We enjoyed some fresh baked cookies and lemonade on the lawn while several of the boys introduced Zoob and myself to their sisters who were attending the dance.
Page Lemel and all the women at Keystone Camp run a great program. She runs a pretty tight ship over there. If you know Page, then you probably know what I am talking about. She has a strong moral character and doesn’t mind setting you straight if your compass needs a little adjustment. I have enjoyed having her as a friend and colleague in the world of summer camp. Several years back, I was fortunate enough to be “voluntold” to sit on the founding board of our state camp association, which was created by her and a few other close friends of ours. The North Carolina Youth Camp Association has been a great group for the summer camps in our state to organize and work together. Page was a key player in making that happen.
I can hear the lights out bell ringing in the distance. So goes another fantastic day at Camp High Rocks! We are all looking forward to a little extra sleep and a slow unfolding of the day, tomorrow. Sundays at camp are pretty special. I hope yours is as well.