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Fridays are the Best It is pretty universal that Fridays are going to be a good day. Fridays at camp, however, are a step up in that you have a whole day of activities and trips, you are surrounded by people you know well, and you are heading into the weekend where the schedule changes up with dances, campfire, UpperRead More »
Good Morning High Rocks I was super excited to get up to the dining hall this morning. While I typically make it up there fairly early for our daily meeting, I wanted to be sure I caught some of the mini guys coming in from their cabin overnights. As luck would have it, I was even able to catch aRead More »
Waikiki Wednesday Again! It was another great day on the mountain. I enjoyed seeing these new mini-men begin to figure out a few skills and other items in their activities. Most of them jumped on the Waikiki Wednesday theme day. You will see a number of Hawaiian-themed shirts in the images today. I work hard to learn these new boys’Read More »
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Tie-Dye Tuesday Today started with a cool dawn over camp, dry and sunny like so many days before. The wakeup bell cranked out its 7:45 call and man was it answered by all of our Mini II guys now in residence!The excitement of the first full day of camp was obvious from a distance as those cabins began their firstRead More »
Heading After a festive Sunday the crowds appeared a little winded this morning.  There was not the typical stampede at the door as the boys wer just sauntering up after the bell rang for brekafast. There was still plenty going on including many trips out today and several Camper-Counselor matches that had to be wrpped up so we could move toRead More »
Reflection and Ilahee Field Day It sure was a delightful day.  Our morning was super chill.  The laundry system was well oiled just before breakfast.  As the boys entered to eat, the smell of house made doughnuts fill the air. It sure was a pleasant event.  From there we had a few health checks and then on to our morningRead More »
Big Saturday Adventures I had to post this picture! It was priceless and just captured the fun out there today! We had a great day visiting with the Mini I parents and wish well to all those boys heading home today.   This group of “minis” was more than half first-time campers. It was a big step to jump into allRead More »
Fridays at Camp It seemed like the end of the second week came fast. All of a sudden the week was closing out with a beautiful morning, bits of fog rolling across the lake. Sunny skies were already awakening camp by the time the morning bell rang out. There were several people helping with the subsequent shout of “Good MorningRead More »
Another Jersday Thursday It sure was fun to see all of the jerseys coem out again today.  It always brings out a little smack talk about teams and who we like. I like this tough one above. They tried to look tough :).  The high pressure continued today with fantastic weather.  The salers enjoyed another breezy day on the lake.  ThereRead More »
What a Wednesday Should Be What a beautiful day!  The outside breeze began blowing in the later morning and the air dried out a bit. The high hit about 82, but the breeze made it feel amazing. The sailors had a blast this afternoon.  It was an amazing day in the mountains.I had a few things going on in allRead More »
Tuesdays are Tuff Today was a warm start to the day. Sun shining brightly and just a light breeze to move the few clouds overhead. Like clockwork, the bell tolled out at 7:45 to announce the official start to the day. With this second week cranking though, plenty of folks were already on the move as they got gear andRead More »
The Challenge is the Fun! Our paddling program always starts out in canoes and is always on flat water in the beginning. The canoe gives the boys a good vantage point for when they first hit the river and it gives them a bigger craft that is not as edgy as a solo canoe or kayak.  It is a triedRead More »
Sundays are for Rest We love Sundays at High Rocks! They are typically a little more chill than the rest of the week.  We wake up a little later, and the morning is at a much slower pace. However, that slower pace does include getting our laundry up to breakfast in the morning.  It doesn’t sound like a huge deal,Read More »
Camp Friends For as long as I have been here, we have had pancakes on Saturday.  Throughout High Rocks history, there was a time that the director himself would cook pancakes on Saturday since our head cook was off that morning.  I tried that for a while, but the program has become much larger and more complex than in thoseRead More »
End of the Work Week As always in camp life, each day seems an epic adventure while a week goes by in the blink of an eye. Here we are wrapping up the first “work” week of the session and it seemed to catch everyone a bit by surprise!Our morning was a warm one, perhaps the first warm morning weRead More »
Celebrating Independence Independence Day is a great time to be at Camp high Rocks! What better place to be to focus on independence as you celebrate it on the same day?  We always have a large time on July 4th.  Our day starts with all sorts of fanfare and dress.  The staff worked hard after hours to decorate the diningRead More »
Waikiki Wednesday I still love the mountain mornings.  A cool 65 degree morning up here.  We have enjoyed this lovely high pressure since opening day.  It won't last forever, but it sure is delightful!You will notice several Hawaiian Themed shirts in the pictures tonight.  Some of the guys really go out of the way to look good on Waikiki Wednesday. Read More »
The Adventure Begins This morning was a treat, not only hearing the first wake-up bell of the session ring, but also just how cool the day broke over camp. In July, the advantage of living on top of a mountain becomes clear as the temps were in the upper 50s and it took a bit of convincing to emerge fromRead More »
July Sessions Opening Day It sure was a wonderful morning to welcome in all our July campers! We are so excited for all our Mini I boys who have just joined the High Rocks family!  I know many of you are here for the first time. What a great session to step into for your first year! The four-week boysRead More »
Final Campfire and End Game I can’t believe it has been three weeks already! OK, just two weeks for a few folks. There was no rest today as we blasted out the last day of the session with gusto!  What an incredible group of young men.  We played hard, we laughed hard, we cried a little, and we even dancedRead More »
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