This morning we ended the first July mini session of the summer and had to say goodbye to those girls. As you’ve seen in the photo gallery, and read in these blog posts, we’ve been busy -the good kind of busy- becoming friends with some really cool people, creating all kinds of crafts, playing, really playing, and playing some more. That’s the reason so many campers, and staff members too, have described this session as flying by. This closing day is also a little difficult for everyone because the full-session campers stay at Rockbrook for 2 more weeks. Leaving camp is hard enough, but leaving behind friends who will still be enjoying camp is even tougher. It’s not surprising that after a few years of attending camp, many girls clamor to stay longer. For now, we’ll miss our mini session friends and look forward to seeing them next summer.
The full session girls, meanwhile this morning, rotated through a fresh set of camp activities, many trying something new like tennis games with Resa (who incidentally is a Professor of Exercise Physiology at Brevard College), yoga stretching and relaxation with Mary Kathryn, lace ceramics patterns with Katie, or lap loom weaving with Kimberly. All of these talented folks are adult activity experts from the local community we have working with, and assisting our cabin counselors this summer.
There was also a whitewater kayaking trip heading to the Tuckaseegee River (named from a Cherokee word meaning “Turtle Place”). Andrea and Leland, our expert kayaking instructors, met the crew at the river near Dillsboro, NC. Under warm and sunny skies they spent two good solid hours navigating the rapids, playing in the calm sections and even surfing a wave in the rapid known as “Double Drop.” The Tuckaseegee is a great river for beginner kayaking because it starts out gently and has plenty of class II rapids to move the boats downstream. The girls ate their picnic lunch before paddling, and when they returned to camp before dinner, reported an “Awesome!” trip.
The other trip out of camp this afternoon was the Hi-Ups hiking through Dupont State Forest to a swimming hole. One of the huge waterfalls in the forest makes the perfect spot at the bottom complete with two different sliding rocks and a nice sunny spot to “catch some rays.” The current is insignificant for the most part, but provides a nice ride in places as well. The girls loved the place! With water crashing down in the distance, and everyone laughing and whooping almost uncontrollably, we slid and frolicked in the chilly water all afternoon. And to top it off, we saved just enough time for a quick stop at Dolly’s Dairy Bar for a double-scoop of their favorite flavor of ice cream. There’s nothing quite like ice cream before dinner, especially after such a great afternoon of outdoor adventure!