Catoctin Quaker Camp Session 3 Report

By August 5, 2014 January 6th, 2016 CQC, General

Hello Families,

Third session started with a bang! For the first week we had a service group from the Mural Arts Project from Philadelphia. With their guidance and hard work we now have a beautiful mural on the side of our wood shop (pictured below). The mural features stencils createCatoctin 5d by units during a camp-wide afternoon activity of objects found around camp. It was powerful to include a group of young people who have never been to camp before and watch as they quickly jumped in, appreciated and added to what we do here. Along with flexing their artistic muscles campers have been gleefully hiking, rock climbing, and canoeing.

In the most recent trips:

  • 5/6 helped paint the beautiful new mural, took a dip in the clear waters of Blue Lake, and rocked out during climbing at Fishing Creek
  • 4/5 experienced the magic of Black Rock and Coffee Hollow their first two nights followed by visit to the Confluence.
  • 3/4 swam in Green Lake and hiked all the way back to camp!
  • 2/3 completed the lovely and challenging hike from the Confluence to Huckleberry Hill.
  • 1/2 painted the mural then hiked all the way from the end of the Catoctin trail back to camp!
  • 1B completed the first hiking portion and the canoeing part of their 10-Day. They are currently rocking the Marathon Day (26 miles) today!

Special Days have been high energy and highly entertaining. This session, a crazy group of paleontologists arrived at camp after hearing that dinosaurs and humans peacefully coexist here. The scientists were skeptical of such a warm environment, but found that if it was proven that dinos and humans were cohabitating, these important relationships could save us from the imminent arrival of the next ice age. Despite doubts, the paleontologists were successfully proven wrong and enjoyed a massive dino-human parade. A celebration ensued with Slim Harrison, our square-dance caller friend, arriving to lead us all in dino-human dance.

Our Meetings for Worship have brought wonderful insight and interesting comments. Campers pondered the queries:

Why do we create?

What is unity?

Catoctin 7We are grateful to have had such a wonderful summer full of amazing people. Thank you to everyone who supported our work here. We are continually awed by the community we are a part of.

In love and Light,

Kathrin Gilbert and Dyresha Harris

Some Friendly reminders when you pick up your campers:

Pick-up is from 10:00 – 12:00 on Sunday, August 10. Some things to keep in mind when picking your child up:

  • Remember to claim any items you notice in our Lost and Found.
  • Grab your child’s toiletries from the bathhouses.
  • Pick up medications from our Medical Staff, who will be stationed down by the front porch.
  • Take any crafts your child created from the Craft Shelter.
  • Check-out with one of the directors before officially leaving.