Mallory, our head climbing instructor, is doing a fabulous job inspiring the girls to sign up for the rock climbing trips she’s planned all week long. Everyday girls are climbing at Rockbrook. They’re on the climbing wall in the gym, all over the Alpine Tower (something super popular, even with the littlest Juniors), and up on Castle Rock. If you’ve studied the map of Rockbrook, you’d have spotted the two huge outcroppings of granite on the camp property, Castle Rock and Dunn’s Rock. While Dunn’s is larger and a known Peregrine Falcon nesting area, Castle Rock is perfectly suited for rock climbing. We’ve developed six excellent climbing routes ranging from a beginning grade through a cool, more challenging (and really high!) route up the face of the rock. The shortest route is about 25 feet, but the longest is over 100 feet long! Rockbrook is very fortunate to have this caliber of rock climbing right in camp, literally in our own backyard. It makes it very easy for us to go rock climbing a lot.
Another activity that remains one of the most popular at camp is horseback riding. That’s probably not too surprising, but it seems like we’re seeing lots of excitement down at the barn these days. The equestrian instructors are teaching between 8 and 12 mounted lessons a day, and the stable club is meeting twice daily. The stable club is an extra activity time when girls can stay and help take care of the horses—bathing, brushing and even trimming them. With all that attention and so many girls working closely with the horses, petting them and talking to them, it’s no surprise that we have very attractive horses at Rockbrook, sometimes with braids in their manes or tails, but always clean and shiny. Certain favorite horses are so pampered!
What’s more fun the playing bingo with your friends? Playing bingo for fabulous prizes? Yes. But even more so, playing bingo dressed up as a granny or a grandpa! That was our evening program tonight: a classic event we call “Granny Bingo.” Dressing up for this event involves wigs, glasses, strategically placed pillows in clothes, bathrobes, walking sticks and powder in your hair. Add to that a scratchy, thin voice and you can have a pretty convincing character. The counselors dress up as well and perform while calling the numbers. “B29… oh deary, how I’d like to be 29 again!” “Turn up your hearing aid girlies, and let’s play bingo!” It’s really funny stuff to look around and see the dining hall filled with old ladies and men carefully matching their numbers. It didn’t take long to hear “BINGO” and excited cheers when someone from a cabin filled a row.
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