Happy First Day of Camp!!!
NOW it feels like summer!
The sun came out just in time to welcome all of our campers off of the buses. Our staff lined up around The Circle carrying their freshly-made bunk signs, gathering all of the campers as they stepped onto the lawn. Some cabins already have on coordinating shirts and others are wearing their CGL finest from summers gone by. The counselors have jumped right into camp mode, tending to their campers and making sure everyone is feeling comfortable. The sounds of laughter and squeals of freedom are ringing through the air, and there’s no denying camp is finally in session after 10 long months of waiting.
Once campers discovered their cabins and found their beds, we all met up in the dining hall for a lunch of grilled cheese and tomato soup, a first-day-of-camp classic. I wish I could accurately describe the roar of the dining hall at the first meal. Last year, it was so overwhelming I had to step out for a moment to clear my head, but this year, I was prepared. The chants of each division hollered from across the room practically shook the walls. There were plenty of kids who were looking around, wide-eyed, unfamiliar with the division songs, but this year, I’m watching them knowing it won’t take long for them to learn. Within the next few days, they’ll be shouting them at the top of their lungs, too.
Since lunch, campers have already received tours of camp from their experienced and knowledgeable counselors, spent some time in the pool, and checked out their cabins. Dinner tonight is chicken fingers – something familiar and delicious – and after dinner, the staff will be putting on a talent show for the entire camp to enjoy. It’s the first time we’ll get to gather together as a camp and set the tone for a summer full of friendship and play.
We are so grateful to you all for sharing your family with us this summer, and we promise we’ll take very good care of them. So whether your child is back in their happy place, confident and carefree, or feeling a little nervous about spending the night away from home, we will make sure they know they are safe and we are here for whatever they need.