August 11, 2017 by Don Gentle
We sucked the last drop out of this camp session all the way up to campfire tonight. We wrapped up our activities this morning with all sorts of games and fun. The rain didn’t stop us one bit! Even the horse painting down at the barn was incredible!
So we got a little dirty, a little crazy, and we may have even struggled a bit. You know what, though? WE did it ourselves… Guided by some incredible young men that are the coolest thing since sliced bread. We learned new skills, new adventures, but most importantly some life skills along the way that school cannot teach us. We made some friends. For reasons that mom will never understand we probably will not talk to them until we get back to camp, but they’ll be here when we get back and in five minutes we will be off and running. We sure did love it! for us, it was never about the destination and it never will be. Give us the journey… This is where the story is told.
Don’t forget to check my notes from yesterday about closing day. We will get things started around 10 am as soon as the boys get out of assembly. A few tips for the ride home tomorrow and next week:
- Be sure to continue the conversation about camp at High Rocks and what his highlights were. The stories are great, but sometimes boys need a little help to get the conversation started. All of the two-week parents should use their parent letter as an outline for the conversation.
- At some point next week: Sit down with your son and go through the picture galleries. He hasn’t seen them yet. This will definitely get him talking about camp and it is always fun to hear about what he was doing when a certain picture was taken. You will have your very own narrator.
- Talk about next summer. If your son wants to return to High Rocks next summer (and we hope so), go ahead and decide which session he will attend. Enrollment begins on Sunday, August 13th at 5 pm. You have a few weeks as returning campers, but after that, you may have a harder time getting a spot with the first-year applications coming in.
- Don’t forget about the parent survey. We will send out a link on Monday. We enjoy feedback to keep making camp better each year.
There are a number of pictures from last night as well as a hiking trip, but mostly from this morning and color war this afternoon.
Thank you for your trusting us with your sons. Thank you for checking in every night and believing in our mission. You sure do have incredible boys and we truly enjoy having them not just being part of the High Rocks community but MAKING our community. It was a great two weeks in these mountains.
Until next year…
Don and Zoob Gentle