Sundays at Rockbrook are a bit different that the other days of the week as we get to slow down a little, starting with a low key breakfast in our pajamas. After we enjoyed some delicious donuts we made our way to the hill for flag raising, led by the Hi-Ups. It is a beautiful sight to see all of the campers lined up around the flagpole. After flag raising campers walked along the “path of silence” and assembled at our outdoor chapel. This weeks theme was “Kindness”. The Junior counselors and campers led the service and many shared stories and examples of kindness they had experienced in their lives and specifically at Rockbrook. Sarah ended chapel with a reading of Mufar0’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, which tells the story of two sisters, one aggressive and selfish and one who is kind and generous. Everyone was eager to hear the ending of this story as it had an inspiring lesson. Sunday’s lunch was a true feast! We enjoyed carved turkey with homemade dressing, delicious spring peas, and cranberry relish. There’s nothing like Thanksgiving in July! Campers were so satisfied with the meal that they enthusiastically sang the “Cooks Song” at the end of the meal. Despite the drowsiness that can come with a belly full of turkey, camp was full of excitement and movement during Rest Hour, as the girls were busily preparing and rehearsing for Miss RBC. A favorite Rockbrook tradition, Miss RBC is a camp-wide event that is a spoof on a traditional beauty pageant. Each cabin works together to create a skit, song, or dance that they perform in front of the rest of camp. After all cabins have presented their talents to the audience, a panel of judges chooses a trio of winners, one from each age group. Some of the highlight routines were a rendition of “Hakuna Matata”, complete with animal costumes, a choreographed dance of “Footloose”, and a camp version of One Direction’s pop song “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful”.
While there’s nothing like a camp-wide conglomeration of hilarious skits, songs, and dances, the real magic of Miss RBC can be found in the way in which each cabin works together to create their performance. Counselors have no hand in assisting with the process, and the girls get to participate in valuable team-building. It’s really a most unique life experience: without the aid of older figures–counselors, teachers, parents–campers feel what it’s like to truly do something on their own with their peers.
Our Sunday Fun-Day wrapped up with activity sign-ups, and campers chose four new activities for the last activity rotation. Walking up and down the lines of cabins, it was wonderful to hear lots of excited reactions from girls who signed up for a brand new activity for the first time. We want to squeeze in all of the tie-dying, weaving, riding, swimming, arching, pottering, hiking, zipping, climbing, dancing, and acting that we can in these last days here!