Week 3 Letter, 2017
Week three at The Nature Place, themed Bee a Little Boulder, was full, fun, hot, and silly.
Behind the scenes with a few of the special details that go on at camp:
- “good gossip” in staff morning meeting, where staff mention particularly great things they saw each other doing
- live music and song at morning arrival
- a troll nest in the office, where found trolls go to rest until they hide again at night
- Paul Tappenden, wild food forager, discovers wild edible plants with each onsite overnight
- Scott Louis shows each onsite overnight constellations in the night sky
- our camp birthday song and a flower from the flower fairy make each birthday at camp special
- Friday morning fruit and bagels for staff and dessert after our Thursday after-camp staff development sessions
- morning share auditions for Thurston on Thursday
- monarch butterfly eggs waiting in our camp office on a milkweed plant, soon to hatch into caterpillars, which we’ll watch build cocoons and turn into butterflies
Quotable Quotes from this week:
- “I feel like I did real work today, like a real farmer.”
- At Cedar Pond on the shores of Lake Tiorati, where we conduct our canoeing/camping overnight program, a camper shared, while sitting around the campfire and talking about who might be returning to camp next year, “Scott Dunn will be back, he’s a healthy old man.”
- One of the Clearwater’s crew asked the campers on board during a recent Hudson River educational sail, “Do you know what this boat is made from?” A camper answered, “Guitars!?”
- During an art project using beeswax: “I don’t understand. How do you get all that wax out of their ears?”
- After still-hunting in a wooded area at camp a young camper said, “When I get older and if I want to run away, I know where I’ll go – the forest.”
Highlights from our activities this week:
- In swim, campers have finished working on the front crawl, back crawl and elementary back stroke
- Outdoor skills found campers finishing their bow drill kits. We also lit one-match fires in the rain, and heightened our awareness by traveling blindfolded through the forest
- In cooking, we made salad dressing, including ‘guacamole-gone-wild’, an avocado dressing containing an excessive amount of garlic
- In the garden, campers cooled off with the garden hose, turned compost, screened and mixed potting soil, and visited the bees
- In art campers made beautiful beeswax luminaries – a delicate wax globe with a candle inside
Next week is Call Robbie, Call Lee Flower Week. This is certainly a ridiculously-themed week, so both Robbie and Lee Flower will be taking calls to hear your thoughts starting Monday. We’ll be in the garden, meanwhile, picking some of our favorite vegetables, including Kohlrabi, Cauliflower, and more. The true meaning of this week will romaine a mystery for now.
Next week we’re still in the thick of our camping and hiking trips. Group Q goes on their four-night backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail through Harriman Park; R goes on a two-night backpacking trip; cedar pond canoeing overnights continue; almost overnights begin; day hikes through Harriman park keep on trekking, and group R has a day of trail building in Sterling Forest.
This Thursday, July 27th, at 7:15 pm, Chuck Stead will be telling us magnificent tales during our family story evening. This is an optional event for campers and their families, and we recommend that attendees are age eight or older.
In the middle of our summer season, full with campers, staff, parents, trolls, hobby, scheduling, and all the many details of camp, I remember how lucky I am to be doing what I love alongside people that I love. It doesn’t get much better than a summer spent at camp.
Until next week,