As we begin the final week of our first session, our regular camp activities are still going full speed. Everyone has at least one more they want to try or sign up for again, so the girls are excited to have a new set of activities. Word gets around how fun it is at archery or swimming, and when a cool weavings or knitted hats start showing up around camp, Curosty and needlecraft become even more popular.
This is also the week when all kinds of special events happen that are perpetual favorites among the campers. One of these is an evening program simply called “Counselor Impersonations.” Each age group gathers in their stone lodge after dinner for a hilarious program of skits produced by the cabin groups. After living together throughout the session, you can imagine that everyone gets to know each other really well, and little personalty quirks become apparent. This is a chance for the campers to reveal what they noticed about their counselors, and to dress and act like them for comic effect. For the campers, this is about the funniest thing on earth! For the counselors, it’s sometimes more embarrassing than funny, but it’s all very good-natured stuff. Rockbrook campers have been enjoying this evening program for generations.
Also on Monday the Hi-Ups were away from camp with Jeff on their 3-day adventure trip. They left Sunday and headed down to Lake Keowee for some water skiing, knee boarding and wake boarding. They spent the night out under the stars and woke to an excellent breakfast of eggs, bacon, hash browns, and grapes prepared by their counselors Catherine and Sarah. Next we loaded up our gear onto pontoon boats over at Lake Jocassee and motored over to our remote (boat access only) campsite. This is a great, mostly undeveloped lake, surrounded by State Forest. The water is cool and clear, so in the SC heat, we spent a great deal of time swimming, but also jumping off of rocks and exploring waterfalls. One waterfall has a cave under it, which allowed us to crawl through the crashing water and see from the inside out. It’s an unbelievable sound in there, a true roar! We enjoyed perfect weather throughout the trip, excellent food, and the girls had a wonderful time.