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Welcome to our new campers!

Despite a looming storm, we managed to welcome a new group of wonderful campers.

Our newest kiddos have all joined their cabins, met their new friends, gone on a tour and started their camp adventure.

Our team gathered 6 weeks ago for orientation. For all the new counselors, they were full of anticipation and excitement. We trained on safety (both physical and emotional) and helped introduce them to the traditions and activities of camp.

Orientation is an odd period – enthusiasm is high, but there are no campers. In a way, it feels like an orchestra practicing a symphony, but without any instruments. We are looking at the music, moving our fingers and following the conductor, but there is no sound.

Four weeks ago, the campers arrived and this piece of earth became truly camp. Cabins popped with energy and laughter. The skills the counselors had been practicing were now helping them connect with their campers.

We have gone through 4 weeks of camp. That puts us in a true sweet spot. They know what they are doing and the rhythms of camp are clear to them.

Tonight, we will have a welcoming torchlight ceremony for the new campers and introduce them to some songs and get them ready for tomorrow.

I saw a ton of excited faces today. There is lots of nervous energy – which I simply love.

So I am looking forward to an exciting week with growth and fun.

For you parents, we hope you find some time to appreciate the variety in your home. If all your children are here, have some adult evenings. If you have fewer children, let them have the experience of being part of a smaller family. Camp should be a gift to you as well as your children!

Steve Sir