Opening Day 2019!
June 9, 2019 by Don Gentle
It sure was a wonderful opening day of the season! I certainly enjoy meeting new families and reconnecting with so many of the boys that come back year after year. It was fantastic to jump into the summer with such a fantastic group of boys.
I am so excited to share the wonder of what we do every day. My hope is to capture the moment and let you in on a little of what is happening at High Rocks. I’ll try to include you in on a lesson or two of why things work out the way they do and add some notes on why we do it. As with most writers, some days will be a little better than others and I am certain my proofing will lead something to be desired. My hope is that you will find the time and energy it takes to get these boys here to High Rocks is worth it and an important part of their development. Now on to some details…
After a well-needed lunch, we headed right into an afternoon of games and activity rotations. Of course, there are some needed details like swim tests and bike sizing. But why not make it fun by adding some cannonballs in the lake or a simple sprint across the field. That is exactly what we did! One of my favorites is the basic lake test. A simple set of skills required to get boys out in canoes on the lake. You size up some life jackets, learn a little bit about the boat and equipment, then you need to know what to do when your boat tips over. Guess what? We tip our boats over! It is a ton of fun! Just a small example of what our afternoon was all about.
The boys had a lot of opportunity to learn and ask questions all about the different activities in camp. It was a very busy afternoon. The rain came and went, but it did not seem to slow us down a bit.
After a busy afternoon, it was on to dinner. We started off with Fettuccine and a choice of scratch-made Alfredo, pesto, and/or meat sauce. Accompany that with some warm yeast rolls with whipped butter and salad bar. Finally, we hit the yellow cake with chocolate frosting! Wow! That was lovely!
Tonight we joined up with our age groups for some games. We then went on to sign up for our activities for the session. Tomorrow they will get right to it after assembly.
Below tonight’s blog is the link to the High Rocks Gallery. First, let me apologize for the limited pictures this evening. Sometimes technology takes away all that it gives. We had a couple of technical issues that led to about half as many images as we usually put out daily. Tomorrow will certainly be a better one. Now back to our regularly scheduled program.
You will notice that our website and picture gallery is very user-friendly on most any device, including mobile and tablet devices. To get all the details and features like face tag, image download, and navigation; please check out the notes and details here at Gallery Help and Highlights. This gallery is password protected. I sent out an email today with details for your login. Please let me know if you need help getting into the gallery. Beginning tomorrow, I will put the picture link at the top of each post so you can find it easily.
It may make sense to save the link and login to your browser for quick access. I will try my best to get the blog up by 9:30 pm each night, but sometimes camp does get in the way, or our rural internet has been quite slow (or even slower). Don’t fret! We will get you the pictures as soon as we can!
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. Feel free to throw up some of these great pictures to share on your feed. We like making High Rocks look good!
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 of our peers. High Rocks has an incredible staff ratio and WAY more property than other summer camps. Not all summer camps are equal.
Again, we see it as an honor and a privilege to have your boys here at High Rocks. If anything did not go as planned today, please let us know. If you EVER have a question or concern, please ask us! We want it to be an enjoyable experience for everyone!
Don and Elizabeth “Zoob” Gentle
Let me know if you have login problems. Just drop me an email tonight. I will keep an eye out until about 10 pm. -Don