Welcome, welcome Rockbrook campers! The first day of camp has finally arrived! After all that waiting, the packing (and repacking), the anticipation, watching the camp video (for the 10th time!), writing to camp friends, and traveling to get here, we can all finally begin enjoying camp. Everything is in place and ready to get moving, from Rick’s great food, to probably the best bunch of counselors we’ve ever had, to the new Junior Line bathhouse, and so much more. With so many great things planned, everyone here at Rockbrook is top-of-the-mountain excited for camp.
The opening day of camp is a day of smiles and nervous energy as campers and their families arrive throughout the morning. For girls returning to Rockbrook, coming up that gravel driveway, as it passes the archery range and rounds the lake, is a real feeling of coming home. It’s a feeling that quickly doubles when Sarah and the other directors meet you, and then triples when you spot a friend from last summer. Some girls can’t help but jump out of the car and run to embrace their camp buddy from last summer, screaming all the way. For new campers too, just arriving is awesome. Then there’s plenty to do to check in: the nurses, the office, the new RBC gear (something with polka dots this year…), meeting counselors and cabin mates, making up your bed, and settling down. Today, absolutely perfect weather made this even better, and probably slowed down a few parents’ saying goodbye.
Once everyone arrived, we enjoyed a yummy “comfort food” lunch of mostly homemade mac-n-cheese before heading out to the grassy hill in camp for an assembly. This was a chance for the Hi-Up campers, who are the oldest (completed the 10th grade) girls, to teach everyone several camp songs and the directors to introduce themselves. Next up it was time for camp tours, group games in the gym, and swimming demonstrations. The cabin groups changed into their swimsuits and hiked around camp learning all the important landmarks like the nurse’s Health Hut, the activity areas, the Lodges, and of course the dining hall. One spot was the lake where everyone learned about the rules of the waterfront, and had a chance to demonstrate their swimming ability. This involves jumping in the lake, swimming about 50 yards and then treading water for 60 seconds. Girls who can do this confidently are given a buddy tag and a green bracelet showing they are swimmers capable of going in the deeper water of the lake. All the lifeguards and most of the directors are on hand to help and encourage the girls, so this process is very friendly and positive.
Later in the afternoon, the counselors presented a variety show of sorts consisting of songs and skits designed to introduce the campers to the different activities available at camp. They didn’t hold back being their goofy selves, singing songs about weaving, dressing up like “Nature,” dancing with climbing gear, and explaining what each activity has to offer. Later in the evening when the girls sign up for their first set of activities, seeing this skits make a big impression. We hope it excites the campers to try something new.
It wasn’t long before the girls were settling into their cozy cabins for the night, ready to launch into camp activities in the morning. It’s been a great first day.
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