Dear Shiloh Families,
Greetings from the first full day of Session 3B. Right now, we have just finished a breakfast of fruit salad, eggs and scones. Two lucky work crews are in the kitchen cleaning up, while the rest of camp enjoys a brief “frolicking” period. There’s a group playing knockout, a few people playing board games, some folks reading books, and a couple campers boondoggling under the Shady Tree. We just this moment learned that “boondoggling” means making gimp into bracelets. We learn so much here!
The first half of the session kicked off with fun and familiar activities, and flew by from there. All 5 units went camping for a few nights. Most of them were hiking and enjoying the waterfalls and views of Shenandoah National Park. Our oldest campers, meanwhile, went all the way over the mountain to canoe the Shenandoah River, and got to see various awesome wildlife, including a bald eagle.
When everyone returned, campers shared their stories and then got to select a workshop, which is an activity they’d be attending for the next three days, culminating in a presentation for the whole camp. Workshops this session include: “Playground of the Gods,” an extended exercise in fantasy world building, “Get Flex,” a daily regiment of yoga, cardio, and smoothies; there’s also a Music Video Workshop, wherein campers are creating and starring in music videos for the songs we sing around fire circle, and a Math + Physics journey that seeks to measure the variables in velocity and distance created by a potato that has been fired from a cannon.
This past Saturday night we enjoyed a concert from our lovely caretaker Jake Butler, before heading to the pond for a closure ceremony commemorating our week together, and sending off those who would be leaving us in the morning.
On Sunday, the upper units and campers who remained talked about what it is to feel welcome, and formed an official hospitality committee to greet our new campers. I enjoyed seeing campers for all ages giving tours, answering questions, and helping new campers move in to their cabins.
We have a very pleasant breeze gong right now, and we’ll have to sign off. It’s almost time to ring the bell for Meeting for Worship.
Hope and Aladdin