Back to “Just Camp”
July 5, 2021 by Don Gentle
After all the excitement yesterday, it was almost calming to start a “normal” day. On my way up to the early “meeting of the minds.” I enjoyed the peacefulness of camp that many do not see. Still quiet, the morning mist rising as the sun warms the land… A wonderful blue sky as the sun burned through the trees. It was a perfect 65 degrees! I grabbed a cup of coffee and said my usual “good mornings” to the kitchen crew as I made my way to the cream in the refrigerator. All was well on the home front…
Part of that “normal” was seeing these guys back in the activities they chose and being able to spread out into some larger groups of friends in their activities as well. I really enjoyed the instruction and just plain enjoyment I witnessed around camp. You need to look through these pictures and check out the skills these boys are working on today. I spent some time with a group of mountain bikers for an hour this afternoon. I was super impressed with the instruction and the skills. It’s a lot more than just jumping on a bike and heading down a trail. That is pretty much the best way to get hurt. Even this oldest group of boys benefitted from some focused skill development on our grassy campfire hill to work on some cornering before hitting a few laps on one of our many mountain bike trails. The lessons proved to work very well. I enjoyed watching the guys rip it up through the banked turns and catch some air over the rollers. Of course, our 1000-acre facility doesn’t hurt. The fact that these boys could hit some great trails right here in camp without ever having to jump in the van makes a big difference. You can’t beat getting in a solid 50-minute ride right here in camp and then not miss your paddling class. For me, the magic is in the staff we have here. We have a fantastic leadership group in mountain biking once again this year.
On a side note, now that the holiday week is over, it is time to start thinking about camp! I wanted to remind you that the summer is THE best time to visit camp for families that are considering High Rocks. There is no better time to see our camp in action, meet the staff and directors, and even meet the boys who attend here. If you have friends or family in the area this summer, be sure to tell them to set up a tour of High Rocks. You can send them this Tour Link!
I do have some housekeeping notes from Darby. If you are planning on shipping a trunk/duffle home, there are two steps. First, please contact the UPS Store in Brevard. (828) 883-4701. Second, please email our office to let us know that you wish to have your trunk/duffle shipped and we will deliver your item(s) to the UPS store on Closing Day.
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, oatmeal, blueberry bread, cut fruit, and assorted cereals.
Lunch: Pulled Pork or Chicken BBQ on a bun or just by itself, baked beans, hush puppies, vinegar slaw, spinach salad with feta and strawberries, or Caesar salad.
Dinner: linguini with sauce, green beans, garlic bread, tossed salad, and freshly made chocolate chip cookies.
Thanks for reading. I appreciate the trust you have put in us to assist in the growth and accomplishments of your boys. It’s always a privilege.