Saturday began with Rick surprising everyone with a traditional Costa Rican Tico breakfast of black beans and rice, eggs, sliced avocado, salsa and fruit. This was a new culinary experience for most of the girls, but with the fruit, yogurt and cereal bar also available, everyone was able to find something familiar as well. Lunch was Mediterranean with homemade hummus, falafel, pita bread, feta cheese, tzatziki sauce and Greek salad. And to finish off our “International Day,” we had cheese tortellini, marinara sauce, fresh garlic bread and salad. Today, variety was the name of the game in the kitchen!
The morning was filled with campers enjoying their most recent set of scheduled activities. This allowed them to hone their shooting in archery and riflery, glaze a clay sculpture in pottery, or just work on their cannonball technique down at the lake. Campers can always find more to do in each activity— a new route to climb, a dance move to learn, a new trail to hike — so they look forward to going back each day, even signing up for a particular activity again. The sign up process at camp allows girls to follow their developing interests and not be locked into something their whole time at camp. If a camper finds herself really enjoying pottery, for example, she can spend extra time in the studio working with Katie and really make some cool stuff. Having that kind of self-directed choice is a big part of life at Rockbrook.
Our evening activity was a perpetual favorite, a camp-wide dance with Camp Carolina, nearby in Brevard. We’ve a long tradition of bringing our Senior girls over there, and their Middler and Junior boys coming to Rockbrook for a dance… two simultaneous dances. Splitting the dances like this allows each to take on different tones, with more age-appropriate music and dancing. As the older girls are more aerobic jumpers, the younger campers are more interested in their footwork than the boys when it comes to their dancing. The counselors help a great deal leading the way for both groups. It was a lot of good active fun. Also, for those girls who preferred it, we had an activity available separate from the dance… an art project in Curosty. It’s nice to have an option if dancing isn’t your thing.
We all were happy to return to Rockbrook for the night, back to our haven in the “heart of a wooden mountain,” with our camp friends now filled with stories of the night’s fun.