In both ceramics studios, the girls were busy glazing today. After making all of the different pottery pieces, the wheel-thrown bowls and cups, the pinch and coil sculptures, the extruded forms, and slab vessels, the clay has to dry a bit, but then is ready for finishing with glaze. The girls enjoyed adding a rainbow of different glazes to their pieces one brush stroke at a time. Over the weekend, Katie will use the magic of the kilns to change the glazed pieces into shiny, colorful works of art. Most likely, your daughter will have several creations to show you by the end of the session. In the needlecraft activity, which meets on the back porch of Curosty, embroidery and cross stitch designs are taking shape. It’s cool that this detailed work that requires great patience has caught on for several seniors. Using all kinds of thread, they have made a few really complex patterns.
Yoga continues to be a very popular activity this summer with all of the girls, from the youngest through the teenagers. MK, our delightful yoga instructor, knows how to keep her classes interesting and challenging for the girls but also casual and fun. Her classes meet in the stone hillside lodge where the hardwood floor provides plenty of room to spread out each person’s purple yoga mat. It’s also just a beautiful, calm space, very nicely suited for yoga practice. Today MK introduced a couple of group poses that required several people to balance together… A “practice of unity.” They look pretty tough!
The new zip line high above the back of the camp was humming along today. It’s a 450-foot thrilling ride from one massive boulder all the way across the camp. It’s designed to let all the girls ride it, no matter how big or little, so we’ve been sending entire cabin groups down one at a time. Today both the tiniest 40-pound Juniors, as well as the 16-year-old Hi-Ups had a chance to zip. At the lake, there are many new girls learning to kayak. Gearing up, paddling the boats in a straight line, and figuring out the techniques to “wet exit” are the first steps, but in each of these, the fun starts immediately making kayaking a blast right away.
Some of the girls have been waiting all session for tonight’s activity: a camp-wide dance with the boys of Camp Carolina. As we have for years now, we brought our senior girls over there, and their younger boys came to the Rockbrook gym. Holding two simultaneous dances like this allows us to manage better the combined crowd, but also to select more appropriate music and dancing for each age group… jumpy and loud for the older girls, while a little sillier for the younger ones. The counselors lead the way in both dances, helping the girls have fun together, irrespective of what most of the boys may have been doing. Lots of groups dances and set dance sequences to popular songs made this good active fun. Also, for those girls who preferred not to attend the dance, we had an alternative activity available… an art project in the Hillside Lodge.