Opening Day (Session 5)

By Sandy Schenck

Another sunny opening day at the GRP! Campers and parents were greeted by staff and a couple of the camp dogs. Moose was lying around a bit on the job this time, but being a camp dog is hard work sometimes.

After most of the parents had gone, cabin photos were taken which can be viewed via your CampIn Touch page. Some of the campers have really grown over the past year. I can’t believe how much older they looked in just a year’s time.

After lunch (pizza, pears, garden salad) the campers gathered for the Respect Circle at the gazebo which is an opening day tradition. 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 learned about waterfront rules 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.

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

The day ended with the Upper Council Fire where Sandy read “Chief Seattle’s Letter,” the campers and staff sang songs and listened to stories. An exciting full day awaits!