“Have you seen the Rockbrook Gnome? He’s hiding somewhere at camp and it’s up to us to find him.” That’s what all the cabins learned this week, that we’re playing a camp-wide game where we search for the gnome. He’s a heavy little guy, about 10 inches tall, and even though he’s wearing a bright red pointy hat, he’s very good at hiding around camp. The Hi-Ups gave him his first hiding place, but when the first girls found him, they triumphantly returned him to the dining hall to announce their success. Then it was their cabin’s turn to hide him again. So far he’s been found behind a flowerpot at the tennis courts, nicely tucked in a shady spot, and also next to one of the log benches at the upper campfire circle. This is a never-ending game because each sighting of the gnome automatically leads to a new hiding place somewhere in camp. All day, as the girls wander between their activities and explore during their free time, they keep a sharp eye out for the Rockbrook Gnome. He’s currently on the loose somewhere at Rockbrook.
The odds are very good that your daughter, all of her camp friends, and soon you yourself (if you are lucky to receive one as a gift) will be wearing a friendship bracelet made here in our “Jewelry Making” activity. It’s that popular. With piles of embroidery floss and buckets of colorful beads at their disposal, plus the great instructors who seem to always have a new pattern to introduce, the girls have been prolific. They meet on the covered porch of the hillside stone lodge high above the tennis courts and lake. It has a big red table, benches, chairs and long row of comfy rocking chairs- all perfect for tying bracelet knots. You have to tape down the “starting end” when you make a friendship bracelet, so if your water bottle or your knee won’t work for some reason, the arm of a rocking chair or table is a great spot. And of course, once you finish a bracelet or anklet, you immediately want to start a new one with a different design.
Tonight we had a fun all-camp evening program called “Game Show Insania.” Sofie and Frampton, with the help of all 21 Hi-Ups, designed and presented the event, which was essentially a trivia game show complete with crazy costumes, prizes, physical challenges, and dance party interludes. Campers were selected at random to come up and answer questions about Rockbrook (e.g., “What is the oldest building at camp?”) or pop culture (e.g., “Complete the lyrics to the following song…”). Correct answers earned points with the winner of each round (one for the Juniors, Middlers, Seniors and Counselors) receiving a special treat her whole cabin could share. A highlight was Senior counselor MacKenzie Ogden (“Big Mac”) “winning” the bonus round- receiving a coconut cream pie in the face! It was great fun for the girls to see her be such a good sport even with whipped cream all over her face. The Hi-Ups served everyone cookies and milk to wrap up the evening, sending all the girls back to their cabins to prepare for bed. We’re all looking forward to another big day tomorrow!