Camp High Rocks! It’s Good for You!
July 21, 2021 by Don Gentle
Wednesday was another excellent day at Camp High Rocks. Occasionally, I get to take some kids out of camp. Today was one of them. I had the opportunity to lead a small group of Mini Men down our first river trip of the whitewater progression. These boys did such a great job. I was super impressed with this being most of the boys’ very first river paddling experience. Not only that, I had a blast hanging out with these guys.
I sure have enjoyed watching these boys learn and grow during this High Rocks Session. Their four weeks (or even just two) at camp have allowed them to forget about most of the COVID Chaos over the last year and a half. They have also been off their phone, TV, game console, and even the news. A little isolation from the day-to-day chaos of school, grades, tests, competition, and peer pressure sure can be a fantastic moment, even if it is for just a few weeks. I’m not just saying it, I SEE IT! I have enjoyed hearing all the stories about these guys. Watching them talk to each other, discuss things, and appreciate 600 square feet with six other young men. It sure had been a ride. Studies show that engaging activities like camp prevent the summer slide. Even though they are not doing the math, they are still using their brains in an engaging fashion that keeps them on top. Add to that, the fact that these boys do it all away from their parents is even more of a success. Research shows that if we do not allow our children to solve their own problems then our children will begin to believe that they cannot. Part of coming to a place like High Rocks allows for the separation for our children to learn just enough independence that requires them to figure it out without mom and dad around. I sure am glad they are here! After 25 years, I sure have done my fair share of Eagle Scout recommendations, college references, and even federal profile interviews. The world out there is learning the importance of summer camp, even though many of you have figured that out a while ago.
Breakfast: Hard-boiled eggs, link sausage, scratch-made chocolate chip muffins, fruit, assorted cereals.
Lunch: BLT’s, house-made hummus, kettle chips, roasted cauliflower in some sort of dreamy sauce (I enjoyed it), carrots and celery (for the hummus), Greek Salad, and/or fresh spring mix.
Dinner: Stir Fry: Rice, chicken, veggies, edamame, salad, pineapple upsidedown cake.
Tonight, I enjoyed taking the other have of our oldest boys across the street for a short round of golf. Our older Mini Men got to have a turn at the slip and slide/ ice cream night. Another age group is on the lake. Our youngest guys are enjoying some rope swing and waterslide time.
Your boys sure do make High Rocks a great place. We like to have more boys that are just like your sons. Remember, if you have any family friends in the area, the summer is the best time to see camp. Have them come by High Rocks to see it in action. Send them to our tour page and we will take it from there. We love to show off High Rocks! Here is a link to the Tour Page.
Have a fantastic evening!