Life at 3000 Feet
August 3, 2017 by Don Gentle
The best part of my day started in assembly this morning. I need to get up front from time to time just to remember why I love it so much. What if we all got up each morning and shared a wonderful breakfast with eggs, grits, toast, fresh fruit, and assorted cereals. Follow that with you and your family heading into the next room to do some motion songs, get goofy, and go crazy. THEN you head off to work or school. Wouldn’t that be a great start to every day? It sure is here at camp. Assembly allows us to loosen up, let go, and be happy! Nobody is cool in assembly. Maybe that is why it’s so awesome. We jump around, we laugh, and we get excited about all that surrounds us. Anyhow, I enjoyed my time in the front this morning…almost as much as the campers.
Climbing is always one of the most popular activities in camp. There is something about learning how to climb up. I feel like it must be some sort of primitive instinct to conquer something. The boys hit that tower like it is their mission in life. Today we had our first trip out to our natural rock site on the property. The area we call “High Rocks” is about a ten-minute hike out of main camp. It is a great opportunity to climb on real rock and we do not even have to get in a car.
Our first groups of cabins also hit the high ropes course today. Each of the boys will have an opportunity once this session to spend either the morning or the afternoon on the course with their cabin mates. The ropes course was busy with the boys from Halfway hanging out for the morning, while Lookout reached new heights for the afternoon.
It sure is wonderful up here on the mountain. The crisp air once again had us super excited about running around camp. The high today just around the upper seventies. High Rocks sits just over 3000 feet, which makes for some great cool evenings and moderate days. We even stay about 5-8 degrees cooler than Brevard on an average day. It sure makes for a wonderful experience.
This evening’s age-group activities:
Hillside, Connestee, and Lakeside: Games in the gym.
Foxhollow and Holiday: Cabin Overnights
Chalet and Flattop: Cabin Overnights
Outpost, Sprucepine, Windswept: Games on the Activity Field
Halfway and Lookout: Chill Night
Keep the cards and letters coming. The boys LOVE to receive mail. You can send faxes and e-mail as well. A written letter is fantastic, but email is a lot faster. Be sure that you do not add attachments to the emails; we do not open or print them. Remind family members about the package policy to avoid trouble. An additional note about mail. It is usually best to get all your mail sent by next Tuesday to be sure it makes it to camp in time. You can still email after that.