Sisters, Brothers (Session 2, June 20)

By Sandy Schenck

After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast—scrambled eggs, grits, bacon and turkey bacon, fresh fruit (blueberries, blackberries, bananas), and cereal bar—campers and staff were back on the trails and in activities today.

The sun is shining and the skies are blue, and we made the most of it this morning!  We had more campers polar-bearing at Uncle’s Falls; some of them also checked out the Salamander Cave.  They were also excited because they saw a really really really thin worm, “the thinnest worm, the thinnest worm, they ever saw, they ever saw” (fits a camp song nicely)—it was needle thin!—and they thought that was pretty cool.  Another group started at Long Rock, where they looked at and talked about the petroglyphs carved into the rock, and some possible significances for them in times past.  The view from Long Rock is beautiful, so they admired that, too.  Then they bushwhacked their way over to the Indian Cave, where quite a few campers earned “bravery beads” for going into the third room of the Cave, the one where you have to slide on your stomach through a narrow passageway.  Another group hiked over to Fawn Lake, identifying wild edible plants along the way.  They also saw lots of grasshoppers and mushrooms.  They took a cool dip in Fawn Lake once they got there.  More campers got to try their luck in camp at the Pioneer Cabin, making fire with flint and steel, and at the Climbing Tower.

After lunch and rest hour, campers moved into a new round of activities.  We had more campers taking aim on the BB Skeet range, and quite a few hit the “dream” shot.  Others started fly-fishing, learning about the equipment first and then how to cast.  We’ll see what they catch tomorrow!  Some campers are taking fly-tying; they use feathers and other materials to make some of the “flies” they might use in fly-fishing.  Today they made “woolly buggers.”  Outdoor cooking started up a fire and cooked up some eggs that they collected from our chickens—we have a chicken coop down by the Pioneer Cabin, and our 11 chickens contribute daily to our progam; they also made white pine tea.  (You’ll find some pictures from today here.)

Tonight’s evening program was Appalachian Shindig!  So much fun—we have the same band, the “Ort-goblins,” come in every year, and they play music and call dances for us—sort of an eclectic mix of square dance, contra dance and a song or two of freestyle shindig boogie!  At the end, they serenade us with “Paradise,” by John Prine, which is a popular song at the GRP.

Every night at camp, and tonight was no different, we finish the day by singing “Sisters, Brothers”:

“Sisters, Brothers,

Let me tell you how I am feeling;

You have given me such treasures—

I love you so"

Whether we are hiking, canoeing, sharing a meal, or shin-digging, the Green River Preserve is a joyful place to be!