Busiest Day Yet
July 19, 2022 by Don Gentle
Mondays always start with a lot of excitement. We had 6 trips out of camp today and 2 additional special events on the high ropes course. Rock Climbing had two trips out to our private High Rocks climbing area. It’s so close, that we don’t even get in the van and the boys are finished in just a half day. So we had a morning and an afternoon trip up there. Our hikers took at two-day to Panthertown. They also had another all-day hike combined with the crafts program called “watercolors and waterfalls.” A trip out to DuPont to paint waterfalls. Mountain biking also had another trip out today. They spent the better part of the day hitting some of the world-class trails in DuPont as well. Canoeing took off for a more advanced section of the French Broad River that runs north of Asheville.
The Mini boys are right into the excitement today. The Lakeside boys had a morning on the ropes course. Tomorrow Connestee will get their chance. Tonight, the Hillside and Connestee guys headed out for the last “Chill Night” of the session. They will enjoy a night at the world-famous Sliding Rock with water coming down at about 65 degrees! A chilly event. As if that was not enough, the boys will then head to the locally famous Dolly’s Dairy Bar to finish up the chilling event with a little ice cream. It is one of our favorite evening events that the boys always look forward to attending.
Some parents feel like four weeks of camp is too long. If you ask any of the boys in our month-long session, they will just as soon stay for five. The four weeks adds a lot to a camper’s opportunity. Not only do they enjoy all the fun and excitement of camp, but their skills also progress to levels that equal some of our staff. The level of trips that happen in four weeks is incredible! It gives the boys an opportunity to take a five-day backpacking trip, and then turn around the next week and go on a two-day mountain biking trip. It’s impressive to watch a camper score a 45 in archery (five arrows) at FORTY YARDS! Or like some of the whitewater pictures from last week; young men learning to enjoy class III whitewater in a tandem canoe. It’s important to remember that these boys are not just being “guided” like a tourist through these activities. The boys learn not just to climb, but to be a climber. They not only learn what it means to belay a friend up the rock but also trust a friend to do the same. High Rocks is far from an amusement park.
I don’t want to confuse anyone. Some of these boys have worked several summers to get to this level of skill. I would say that is precisely what makes the reward even more enjoyable. The life skills of learning what it takes to master a skill reach far beyond the trees here at camp. And I haven’t even touched on the lasting friendships and independence they have learned over these last few weeks. I am so thankful for every one of the four-week parents that already understand everything I have mentioned above. Camp is so important in the development of young men!
It is hard to believe we only have a few more days left in camp. You wouldn’t know it by the schedule. It is still going full force here at High Rocks…all the way to the end.
Have a great night,
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