Opening Day: Session 4/Mini Campers

By Sandy Schenck

We had another beautiful opening day here at GRP. Staff wore their brightest smiles as they greeted the mini-campers. A couple of our camp dogs, Moose and Bear, were also on hand to greet folks.

Before lunch cabin photos were taken which you can view via your CampIn Touch page. Lunch today was pizza, sliced peaches, salad bar and chocolate chip cookies.

After lunch the campers gathered for the Respect Circle at the gazebo which is an opening day tradition. Sandy talked about his time at the preserve when he was a child… how he learned from the mountain folks who eventually became his mentors. Then both Missy and Sandy talked to the campers about respecting themselves, respecting each other and respecting all living things. Afterwards each camper and staff agreed to do so by saying, “I will.”

Next came swim review where campers also learn about waterfront procedures such as the buddy system, the need to wear shoes to and from the lake and more. While one group was at the lake another played games on the front field, then they switched. Activity skits/orientation came next. (The activities the mini campers will do this session: arts/crafts, pioneer cabin, climing, archery, bb skeet and canoeing.)

Dinner tonight was fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and for dessert – yellow cake with chocolate frosting. (Vegetarian options were also available.)

The day ended with the Upper Council Fire where Sandy reads “Chief Seattle’s Letter,” the campers and staff sang songs and listened to stories. (Here’s a link to a reading from a couple of years ago.)

Now they’re fast asleep in their cabins. A day of fun, adventure and friendship awaits!