Welcome everyone to the start of the Second session and July Mini 1 session of Rockbrook! We’re very excited to have you join us in the “heart of a wooded mountain” for a few weeks this summer, whether like most of you, you are returning to RBC, or are new to camp this year. There are so many fun activities and events planned, excellent staff members and new friends to meet, and special trips available, there will definitely be a lot to experience. We’ll try to report highlights of all this action here on our blog, so subscribing to the RSS Feed is a great way to keep up with things at camp.
Opening day for campers is always a mix of excitement and nervousness. When the girls drive up into camp with their parents, meet a small group of Hi-Ups and then Sarah and Mandy, they can finally meet their counselor and some of the other campers who have already arrived. Camp is friendly the moment you arrive, with everyone helping to move trunks and staff members eager to answer questions. Add to that the unique organic smell of the forest and the cool, foggy morning and arriving at camp feels kind of magical. It doesn’t take long for girls to be dashing off to explore the stream, play tetherball or make a quick friendship bracelet.
Soon it’s time for lunch— today, make-your-own sandwiches, homemade potato salad, our regular super-stocked salad bar, and mixed berries— and after lunch, tours of camp and activity skits. Instead of pre-signing up for daily activities, or assigning activities according to cabin groups, at Rockbrook each girl designs her own schedule after learning about the options from skits performed by the staff members. Most of these skits include some kind of song and occasionally a dance number, but they are a great way to introduce what each activity is all about, to see which counselors are teaching which activity, and to stir up enthusiasm for the activities campers will have a chance to try. With more than 25 different activities, these skits can sometimes take a while (!), but they are a great way to kick off a camp sessions and the activity sign up process.
At dinner the Junior Line campers (who are girls having finished the first through the fourth grade) and their counselors decided spontaneously to dress up in all kinds of crazy costumes, not for any particular reason of occasion, but just because its fun. The costumes weren’t ordinary “princess” sorts of things or anything else easily recognizable, but instead highly eclectic, colorful combinations of hats, dresses, glasses, and wigs. It was very funny to look around the dining hall at dinner and see a chicken, Raggedy Ann, and so many wacky hair styles. I bet it was a little difficult to even eat! Be sure to check the photo gallery to see more of these great costumes.