Happy 4th of July! This has been a completely packed, exciting fun day at camp, and if the number of photos we took and added to the photo gallery is an indication (966!), it may be a record. Following a long 4th of July tradition at Rockbrook, we started the day with shouts of the “the British are coming! Wake up! Wake up!” from the equestrian staff as they rode up and down the cabin lines. They dressed up the horses with red, white and blue stable wraps and wore their best patriotic colors.
In fact, it seemed like there was red, white and blue everywhere at camp. The campers themselves must have planned for this day of dressing up because we saw hats, head bands, and all kinds of t-shirts proudly designed with sparkly red, white and blue. The dining hall had balloons, streamers and paper decorations. We passed out patriotic temporary tattoos. Even Allison’s muffins kept the theme with strawberries and blueberries in white cake. At the meals, the girls sang every song they could think of that had “USA” or “America” in it… “Party in the USA,” “Born in the USA,” “American Pie,” and even “Yankee Doodle.” Throughout the morning, as the girls took on their different activities (painting “Happy Birthday America” cards in Hobby Nook, for example), we celebrated the 4th in color, song and spirit.
After lunch, we surprised everyone with one of the more popular events at Rockbrook: Biltmore Train! This is our special all-you-can-eat ice cream extravaganza recalling the Biltmore Dairy’s ice cream truck and its camp visits. Armed with tubs of ice cream and cones, the counselors served up scoop after scoop to the campers. The trick is to get right back in line so that you can be ready for another scoop. One camper bragged to me she had 6 scoops, but I think that might have been an exaggeration!
For dinner, Rick and his crew, with some help from the Hi-Ups, shucked 4 bushels of fresh corn to complete the burgers (lettuce, tomato, cheese, ketchup, mayo, mustard), homemade sweet potato fries and bomb pops. Classic. After dinner, we announced yet another surprise for twilight: an all-camp, though optional, shaving cream fight down on the landsports field. We passed out almost 100 bottles of shaving cream to the campers, and ready in their swimsuits, they took off spraying each other, smearing white slippery foam all over themselves and each other. This truly is good “clean” fun, just brimming with the most amazing wide-eyed smiles and laughter, and the girls absolutely loved it.
Topping off the day, as it grew dark around 9, we treated everyone to a 40-minute fireworks show. Everyone gathered out on the hill with crazy creek chairs, blankets and sleeping bags to get a perfect view of the sky above the lake where Jeff, Jerry and Richie launched the pyrotechnics. There were plenty of “ooohs” and “aaahs” as the colorful flashes and exciting reports kept everyone entertained. It was a perfect ending to a very full day. We all stayed up a little late, but it was worth it in so many ways.