Feel the Flow
June 9, 2022 by Don Gentle
It sure felt like a perfect camp day at High Rocks. A nice high-pressure day with a little breeze and plenty of sunshine! We had trips in all sorts of directions and the boys are just getting into the groove of the session. It seems like they have been here for weeks already! I love when the flow of the session begins.
I took my usual moment out on the deck to take in the moment. Then it was up to our morning exec meeting at 7:30 am. We talk about the needs of the day and do our best to keep the thousands of moving parts all in order. The paddlers came in for an early breakfast so they could head out on the river.
I also witnessed the boys of Connesstee wandering back in a post-campout stupor. Just awake enough to make it back to camp but not quite enough to realize they may not be standing upright. I checked in with a couple of the guys and it sounded like a ton of fun. He said they stayed up really late (counselor trick to get them to bed at a reasonable hour) and the best part was the pita pizzas. I wasn’t sure how much he had actually consumed based on the remnants of cheesy sauce on his shirt, the guy next to him was not far off with a well-oiled face and just a touch of ash and marshmallow. It was quite a sight.
We wrapped up our meeting just as the breakfast bell was ringing. The paddlers were out the door while the mountain biking trip had negotiated a “first-in” position so they could also head out as soon as they were finished. It was time to get on to the big stuff of the day and it was just 8:15 am.
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, hashbrowns,
Lunch: Pulled pork or chicken, baked beans, hush puppies, cole slaw, and salad bar.
Dinner: Beef tips, mashed potatoes, peas, salad bar, yeast rolls, and scratch-made caramel bars.
I know many of the parents are wondering how everyone is doing, and I hope the nightly blog and pictures give you a good sense of the daily routine of camp. In the next day or so the first letters from High Rocks will be arriving in your mailbox. There is the possibility of a letter coming home that may worry you. So, let’s talk about homesickness. It’s not a scary word. It’s all about growing up one step at a time. After almost 30 years here at High Rocks, I have some pretty good experience with kids and camp. That being said, a little homesickness is normal. More often than not, what you are reading in those letters today has passed. They are on to bigger heights. Remember, we are professionals. If you feel worried at all just drop us a line. Don’t forget to do the same for your son. Give him some encouraging words; tell him how proud you are and how he will be just fine. Try not to go on about how the dog misses him, or all the cool things you are doing at home. When you are learning to take some steps on your own, sometimes you fall down and get back up. It’s definitely not a reason to stop walking. Camp is a super place to step out on your own. If you do feel like you need to give us a call, we are here to help. Don’t forget, the boys love mail. So keep sending it.
The last three-cabin buildings took off for the woods tonight. Hillside, Lakeside, and Windswept will head out for an evening of fun, pita pizzas, smores, and games around the fire. I hope to grab some pictures of the results in the morning. It is certainly a lovely evening in the mountains for a campout.
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Thanks for reading!