By Green River Preserve
Before breakfast, however, everyone turns to face the east for a few moments, the early morning chatter dying as the soft sound of a drumbeat grows. Campers and staff alike join together to sing Win-De-Ah-Ho, a Cherokee song in which one gives thanks for the blessings they have in store for the rest of the day. The moment is intended to be a reverent one, where every member of the Green River Preserve community might have a moment to reflect on the day ahead and to prepare themselves to embrace the rest of the day, with whatever challenges and triumphs it might hold.
Indeed, GRP’s commitment to moments of deep reverence might also be seen as an invitation to moments of deep stillness. As a summer camp for the bright, curious, and creative, GRP gives campers the opportunity to explore in more depth the truths they may have discovered during their time on the Preserve, allowing them the space necessary to simply think. The days here are full and exciting—brimming with new experiences, new challenges, new friends, and new sights—but it is in the reverent moments GRP gives us that we may all achieve a more profound growth and a better comprehension of the way this place shapes us all.