Rockbrook has purchased a new pony! Her name is Amber and she’s a quarter horse/arabian cross that has been a western trail horse. She is super sweet and quiet and loves children. Since this picture, she has had her mane considerably shortened and soon we’ll see if she likes to jump. We are excited about Amber becoming a new and important part of camp this summer.
Cara writes from Laurinburg, “Annie, whom Rockbrook has owned for about 14 years, is loving her life as a school pony at St. Andrews. She is our ONLY pony at the lesson barn where 90% of our lessons are held, and so is very popular. She got all her hair buzzed off for a show back in February.”
Here she is!
In his recent book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv talks about summer camp serving as a healthy response to our modern tendency to be “plugged in” (to electronic media) and “in motion” (between school, lessons, sports practice, etc.). He writes, “as the young spend less and less of their lives in natural surroundings, their senses narrow— physiologically and psychologically. This reduces the richness of human experience.”
At the same time, there’s something magical about the sort of sustained exposure to nature camps provide. Louv sites an amazing array of studies linking nature experience and healthy child development, and concludes “I believe that offering children direct contact with nature— getting their feet wet and hands muddy— should be at the top of the list of vital camp experiences.”
One of the more popular activities at camp is climbing our Alpine Tower. It’s a 50-foot-tall climbing tower with over a dozen different elements. With so many ways to “get to the top,” campers look forward each summer to coming back and climbing again. It provides a great way to learn about rock climbing techniques and safety, and just to have fun outside.
A quick email arrived from Meredith Matsakis to let us know she went to see the musical “Wicked” and loved it.
“It was the best musical I’ve ever seen! It’s all about Elpheba (the wicked witch of the west). She is not bad at all! Everybody doesn’t like her just because she’s green.”
Thanks Meredith! Great idea about possibly adapting it for the play this summer at camp.
Our Equestrian Director, Cara, writes that “all is well in Laurinburg, North Carolina with the Rockbrook horses. We hosted a horse show on February 4th. Annie was body clipped and got to be in the show! Danny and Pistol are fat and happy and Zee Slew is enjoying life just being Cara’s favorite horse!”
That’s Cara on Zee in the photo.