Greetings from Opequon!
We have had an absolutely fabulous start to the summer! Counselors and staff were so excited to see the shining faces of campers and their caregivers—brand new folks and old friends alike—ascending the driveway on Saturday afternoon.
After getting quickly acquainted with their Unit members, the campers and their counselors embarked on CI’s (camping trips). Unit 1 hiked 21 miles in 2.5 days! Unit 2 canoed the Antietam Creek and the Potomac River, and Units 3 and 4 combined forces to hike and rock climb at Crescent Rocks. All groups returned happy, smelly and full of wonderful tales of their adventures that they shared at fire-circle when they arrived back to camp.
The Fourth of July was an especially eventful day this session. Campers gathered in Affinity Groups (mixed-age chore groups) and were given a silly assignment: Use your Affinity Group names (“Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Gather No Moss,” and “All’s Well That Ends Over Spilled Milk,” to name a few) as a motto for a made-up nation, and create a skit/story telling the nation’s history and how the mottos came to be. There were outrageous costumes, banging of drums, and a chorus of proud and happy campers and counselors parading through camp to the Art Pavilion, where they shared their creation stories, songs and skits.
It’s halfway through the first session and already our community radiates positive energy, support, generosity and unity. We start workshops today; campers chose between dance, poetry, theatre of the absurd, fairy land (fairy house building in the creek and on land), and camp art restoration (painting & restoring murals, building things, etc.). We will have more adventures on the trail and in camp next week with ODWAD (One Day Workshop Adventure Day). Everyone is being well-fed by our fantastic kitchen manager and the crew of amazing volunteer cooks. We’re handling the warm weather in stride with plenty of pool and creek time and everyone seems happy and healthy! We’re looking so forward to seeing some of you on pick-up day next week, and for those folks who have campers staying for a month, stay tuned for more exciting news from the ridge! Love and light to all!
Love & Light,
Elaine & the Opequon Staff