These Rockbrook girls are crafty. It’s not too surprising given all of the different chances to be creative around here, but it’s also been only a couple of days and there already is artwork just about everywhere, stunning stuff. The looms in Curosty (our fiber arts cabin, built originally in the mid 1800s) are clicking. Both clay studios are producing great textured pieces, with new colorful glazes being brushed on. We’ve seen really cool multi-colored gel-pen headbands. All kinds of friendship bracelets are showing up on girls’ wrists and ankles. The painting and drawing classes are making amazing abstract pieces using a cold hairdryer to blow globs of paint on a canvas. This kind of guided, yet self-directed creativity is so neat to see in action. The girls are making great stuff, and they’re definitely proud of how their work is turning out.
Have you heard about Rockbrook’s “Muffin Break?” It’s a long standing, and much loved, tradition around here. When the camp bell rings to signal the end of the first morning activity period, everyone swings by the dining hall porch to pick up a freshly baked muffin, a yummy snack from the kitchen’s bakers (Alison and Katie). Of course, like so many things at camp, it’s a surprise what flavor the muffins will be each day. Yesterday, we had traditional blueberry, and today, a big favorite, “Sprinkle Muffins.” You’ll certainly hear about favorite muffin flavors when your girls return home. Oh, and one last detail from dinner last night- the amazing apple cake Alison baked for dessert. The cake was perfectly balanced with apple slices and a touch of cinnamon, but she also made a sweet topping from fried bits of apple peel dipped in flour and sugar. There was barely a crumb left!
Today was also the first rafting trip of the summer. Two buses of Middlers and Seniors loaded up, and stopped for a picnic lunch before rafting 8 miles of the Nantahala River. The Nantahala is one of the most popular beginner-level whitewater rivers in the southeast. Rockbrook is fortunate to have one of the few Forest service permits allowing us to take our own trips, hire our own experienced guides and use our own top-of-the-line equipment. Today the weather was warm and sunny, and while we had to wait a bit to get started while a downed tree was removed, the girls had a great time screaming and splashing their way down the river, also falling out the boat at times, but that was part of the adventure.
On the bus ride home, I heard several girls say they were going to “sleep great tonight.” Camp will do that to you. It provides a special kind of complete experience… a life brimming with physical activity, immersed in nature, woven with laughter, revealing unexpected thrills. Yep, it can make you tired, but it feels really good too.