Walking around camp today, seeing girls enjoying simple things, things like just soaking their feet in the creek, curling up and reading in one of the red porch rockers, playing tetherball before lunch, floating on a tube in the lake, stitching a design with a needle and thread (the list could be endless!), it can be astonishing how different camp life is from the technology-fueled hustle of the school year. Here at Rockbrook, girls can slow down and reconnect to aspects of their personality that often don’t have time to flourish. They can be more creative and imaginative, can play in their own way and at their own pace, and build friendships more naturally and easily. Our daily schedule, with its three large blocks of free time, has all of this in mind. We know it’s really good for the girls to have these regular opportunities to explore the world around them. We also know that keeping things simple and providing the right balance of structured and free time, helps your girls grow more confident, independent and strong. It feels really good to them, too. That special happiness and contentment coursing through our days at camp is the wonderful result.
For Lunch today, Rick, our head chef and kitchen manager, baked up almost 100 pounds of chicken to slice and top salads for everyone. This chicken was a good example of Rick working hard to find the best quality ingredients for the meals he prepares. In this case, he used all natural, vegetarian-fed, cage-free chicken with no added antibiotics or hormones. He knows this kind of chicken is worth the added expense because it’s both healthier and tastier. With freshly sliced pineapple on each table, and huge bowls of greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots, this lunch had everyone coming back for seconds.
These three photographs show just a hint of the fantastic arts and crafts being produced all over the camp. Girls have been really tackling the potter’s wheels, and throwing excellent bowls in both pottery studios. This has also been a day of tie-dying. The girls did try to squirt most of the multi-colored dyes on the white t-shirts, bound by rubber bands, but of course, arms, legs and hands tend to get a little dyed also. The girls are working with water colors in the Painting and Drawing activity this week. The rhododendron at camp, our “rose trees,” are blooming now, making great subjects for a watercolor painting.
Tonight after dinner, during “Twilight,” a few of the counselors organized an impromptu tetherball tournament at the tetherball arena on the far end of the hill. The weather was bright and cool creating a wonderful setting, the sun low in the sky over the mountains in the distance. After every good hit, the cheers from the crowd gathered on hillside lodge porch echoed off the dining hall. Girls from every line took part, and since the goal wasn’t to decide a winner, everyone had fun playing.