Word Around the Campfire #6 - 31st July 2018

This week at camp feels like the right moment to talk about one of the under-appreciated resources the campers all enjoy, and benefit from, here at camp...  Time.

The middle week/s of a session are often just the best weeks of the session.  Campers are familiar with the culture and fully involved members of the community.  We’re not yet into the somewhat manic schedule of events that kicks off the last week of the summer, and are instead able to enjoy some chill, fun, easy going summer days.  We get a chance to enjoy some of the stuff that takes a bit more time.


Word Around the Campfire #5 - 26th July 2018

Old friends weren’t always old. 

The Second Session of summer 2018 started on Sunday afternoon.  The rain showers that had hovered all day lifted, and camp tour, welcome show and cabin night went ahead as planned.

Looking around the faces of campers (and staff) in those first couple of hours, in among the smiles, laughs and hugs between campers and staff who knew each other, there were a lot of looks of uncertainty, some anxiety, some bewilderment, and even some tears among those who did not.  As the boys from Stanley cabin would say “That’s alright”.  And you know, it will be.


Word Around the Campfire #4 - 19th July 2018

Surprisingly for all of us here at camp, we’ve already sailed past mid July, and have run hard into the reality of the end of First Session.

It is a bittersweet time of course.  Saying good bye to so many great friends is hard, really hard.  Having made so many good friends is priceless.  Learning so many new and diverse skills is eye opening and a source of pride.  Hanging on to those new skills?  That can be a bit harder, but it’s not impossible. 


Word Around the Campfire #3 - 13th July 2018

Apparently today is Friday.  It’s hard to tell here at camp, because we are in that most excellent part of the summer where everything is just in a rhythm, the days are both timeless and flying by, and we aren’t really aware of what’s going on outside the camp gate, and the end of camp is still far enough away to not be of concern. 

One of the best aspects of these days is that the campers are totally relaxed and comfortable in camp.  No one is worried about being seen as “cool”, everyone is happy to show their enthusiasm, and there is an easy acceptance and friendship across the whole community.  Happily, this leads to fun, and lots of play.


Word Around the Campfire #2 - 3rd July 2018

The first activity week of the summer is in the books, the campers have signed up for the second, and “staycation” day is a time when we all get a chance to pause, catch our breath, and enjoy a fairly low key day here at camp.

So I’ve had a chance to think about the week just gone, and the week to come.  And the biggest thing that has jumped out at me is some of the amazing efforts and successes of campers this past week.

We’ve witnessed campers learning to ride a bike – counselors running alongside, up and down the field (sometimes in the rain), and by the end of the first week seeing a novice rider hit the beginners trail.

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