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What Makes You Angry?

Kyle starting the campfire for Tuscarora's tribal campfire nightKyle starting the campfire for Tuscarora's tribal campfire night

What makes you angry?

That’s a heavy question for anyone to answer, let alone a group of young teenagers who’re learning to deal with a multitude of other emotions. It’s also what Josh Cooey, the Tuscarora tribal leader, led off with when the boys in his tribe met for a special campfire talk during evening program this week.

Josh Cooey, the Tuscarora tribal leader, starting off the campfire talkJosh Cooey, the Tuscarora tribal leader, starting off the campfire talk

While in normal situations, boys of this age might scoff at the idea of publicly discussing their emotions—Falling Creek is different. These young men, many of whom have been campers here for a number of years, understand that these campfire talks offer a unique opportunity to open up and have a meaningful conversation. Among the answers to the initial questions were feelings like disrespect, confusion, and loss.

The next question asked campers what specific responses they have when they’re angry. The physical symptoms were brought up: the throat-tightening, heart-pumping gut reaction that everybody loathes. Also discussed were the different kinds of anger one can feel, from the kind that makes you want to go and cry, to the type that makes you want to hit someone.

One of the Tuscarora boys contributing to the conversation around the campfireOne of the Tuscarora boys contributing to the conversation around the campfire

Another common theme to the campers’ responses was control over their anger. One boy said he gets nervous as to whether or not he’ll be able to keep from boiling over. Another said he feels embarrassed with himself when his angry reactions are seen by others, and that it rarely feels worth it when you “pop.” A camper opened up about one time he let his emotions get the best of him and did something impulsive and damaging, and how sorely he regretted his actions afterward.

The Tuscarora boys responded with wisdom beyond their years when asked how they turn their anger into something positive. Answers included playing sports, hanging out with friends, laughing along with whatever made them angry, and trying to put themselves in others’ shoes. All agreed that coming to terms with their emotions was vital, as you can’t make forward progress in dealing with feelings until you affirm them as legitimate. Program director Kyle Jefferies summed it up well: dealing with anger pushes you forward as a person.

Kyle ended the talk with some advice. He said that men have to come to terms with being filled with emotion, and that many of these, such as jealousy and embarrassment, can turn to anger if not dealt with in a healthy manner. The boys would benefit from learning to make peace with it as early as possible with so many roads converging to anger if left unattended. His parting words offer something for everybody, young or old: become comfortable with apologizing—to yourself, and to others.

It was truly special to see these young men so comfortable with each other that they were able to approach a subject as complex as anger. It’s so rare for boys to be able, let alone encouraged, to open up and show the vulnerability that was on display at the Tuscarora tribal ring. This is just one example of how the unique environment here at Falling Creek helps these boys learn and mature in ways they would never have thought possible.

-Nick Valego

Boys contributing water to a bucket for putting out the fireBoys contributing water to a bucket for putting out the fire

Some highlights from this Saturday:

  • Enjoyed 1 extra hour of sleep awaking to another beautiful crisp and clear morning. So blessed to have multiple days of cooler weather hitting the 50’s at night and staying in the mid 70’s during the day.
  • Tournament Saturday offered many opportunities for fun:

Basketball – 5 teams made up of a wide range of ages were coached by some awesome counselors. Frank and Jake’s teams will play in the final game during the afternoon activities tomorrow.

Indoor Soccer – “Scuba’s Strikers” emerged victorious in the final game

Pickleball – Edward and Jonah narrowly fell to Matthew & Blaze in a fun, close match.

Foosball – Trip and Rusty combined forces to win the championship game.

Chess – This group of thinkers will have to continue their games tomorrow afternoon during free choice. Looking forward to see who will survive.

Magic – Sketch organized a 2-headed dragon tournament where Hudson and Wesley showed them all some amazing strategic thinking to take the final match.

  • Ham Mandell achieved Ranger level in Blacksmithing
  • The boys were thrilled to learn at lunch that the all-camp game after rest hour would be the most famous and well-liked game in FCC history – “Wild, Wild, West”
  • Supper was a huge hit and included homemade chicken and dumplings, mixed vegetables, warm biscuit, huge salad bar, and chef David’s Peach Cobbler for desert.

We’re looking forward to the more relaxed pace during our final Sunday of the session tomorrow. Behold!

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Dance Party!

Peaks of Panthertown backpacking 3-day returned today!Peaks of Panthertown backpacking 3-day returned today!
The mountain bike crew from the Pisgah 2-day that just returned!The mountain bike crew from the Pisgah 2-day that just returned!

It wouldn’t be the full summer camp experience without the classic girls’ camp dance, and today was the big day! We had a big morning full of activities and plenty of trips returning to camp for the weekend, but meeting up with Camp Illahee For Girls was certainly the highlight for many. After a hearty lunch of cheese and broccoli soup, sloppy joes, kettle chips, fruit salad, and M&M cookies, Kyle announced the big plans for the afternoon. Fourth period would happen as usual, but during regular fifth period, the younger Cherokee and Catawba cabins would get ready for the dance while the older Tuscarora and Iroquios boys played tribal games similar to Evening Program. This gave the younger boys time to shower and change before leaving for Illahee, and the older boys had more time since Illahee’s older girls would be coming to us. Tuscarora and Iroquois were excited because they got to play dodgeball in the “thunder dungeon” and capture the doughnuts on the turf field. Meanwhile, Cherokee and Catawba were excited because they would have the chance to visit another local camp for dinner and a dance party!

I drove boys from cabins Satank and Keokuk, and they were beyond excited. I asked them who was the best dancer, and both Ellis and Thomas immediately shouted, “me!” It was decided that they would have to have a dance-off to determine the winner. “This is the best day ever, probably the best night of the year,” Thomas gushed, more excited for the dance than anyone else I’ve seen. After our scenic drive over to Illahee’s campus, the boys spilled out of the van, eager to start dancing, eating, and socializing. There were several boys who had sisters at camp as well, including Buddy and his sister Virgina. Even though Virginia ran to Buddy and gave him a more enthusiastic hug than he was probably expecting, you could tell he enjoyed seeing her more than he wanted to let on.

Cooties are still a very real thing when you’re an 8 to 10 year old boy, and girl’s camp is a danger zone for catching them. Nolan and Leuven were busy making a cootie immunity circle with chalk, just in case. Several Cabin 3 boys came to the back of the dinner buffet area with me, because the front was “too close to the girls.” Camp dances create very different reactions for older or younger boys, and while there is excitement for some, there can also be fear and nervousness in others. Langdon and Beckett were nervous about the dance, but Zeb, our F.A.R.M. manager, reminded them what they had already accomplished that day. “If you’re brave enough to start a fire with a magnifying glass in class, then you’re definitely brave enough to talk to girls if they come up to you,” he told them. “Oh yeah,” Beckett said perking up, “we kept that fire fueled for like 20 minutes!”

The Illahee girls were great hosts as usual, serving us a delicious chicken tenders dinner with macaroni and cheese, kale salad, chips, carrots and hummus, and chocolate chip cookies. We enjoyed a picnic dinner before heading down to their gym, where the dance music was already going. Camp Illahee’s owners and directors, Gordon and Laurie, are no strangers to Falling Creek themselves. Both of them actually met at Falling Creek in college while they were counselors, and later went on to become the owners and directors of Camp Illahee in 2003. We’re lucky that our local camp world is such a tight knit community.

Marcus, the DJ of the dance, is always a hit. He had everyone getting excited about the boys vs. girls dance-off, with the counselors as the judges and “hype men.” Andy and HarryO asked some counselors off the dance floor to come dance with them, and they shrugged and responded, “ok, but only if Yates comes too.” Surprisingly, Yates took their challenge and got right in the mix with the other dancers, much to the excitement of all the boys. As the evening wound down, we were treated to popsicles to cool off after all that dancing, and said goodbye to our new and old friends.

Back at Falling Creek, the older boys hosted the other half of Illahee. They ate grilled chicken that Chef David prepared on the big charcoal grill, pasta and kale salad, texas caviar (black eyed pea salad), coleslaw, and lemon bars for dessert. Everyone had Cheerwine as well, a special two-in-one-week treat! After dancing in the gym and minute-to-win-it style challenges with the girls, everyone enjoyed cherry popsicles to finish off the night. Everyone had a great time tonight, and it was a quiet ride home as my van full of passengers all fell asleep after a big day.

Before the dance, Yates and Kyle always talk to the boys about what it means to be a gentleman, and how the expectation is that they will act like the upstanding young men that we know them to be. We are never worried about this being an issue though, and tonight they proved us right again with their model behavior. As we were leaving, one of Illahee’s nurses stopped me to brag about one of our boys in particular. “I wish I knew his name,” she said, “but I just wanted to tell you about how he made a point to introduce himself and say thank you for hosting. I was very impressed by his manners, you all should be proud.” I’m sure several campers displayed the same good manners, and we are always proud of our Falling Creek boys. We’re looking forward to a late sleep-in and fun weekend ahead tomorrow!

One more note: since it was a late night of fun, we don’t have the photos from the dance ready yet. Please enjoy these photos from earlier in the day in the meantime. Plenty of dance photos to come!

-Annie Pharr

Grayton forging steel at blacksmithingGrayton forging steel at blacksmithing
Tuscarora Campfire Talk from yesterday evening Tuscarora Campfire Talk from yesterday evening
Last night's Evening Program got intense! Last night's Evening Program got intense!
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Pottery and Positivity

It was a brisk morning today as camp gathered on the benches for Morning Watch. Everyone looked over the lake, blinking sleepy eyes as the morning birds chirped and the wind whistled through the branches. Andy Killebrew stepped up to lead us with a thought for the day, starting the morning with a story about positive attitude through perspective. He told us about his roommate in college going through a tough time and struggling to stay positive, and how he worked through it by adjusting his perspective and working on mindset. “By choosing to reframe his day in a deliberate and intentional way, he changed his focus to see everyday tasks as an opportunity, not an obligation.” Andy challenged us all to be similarly mindful throughout our day, practicing the Positive Attitude that is one of the four parts of our Falling Creek Code.

Patrick McGrady displaying some positive attitude (and mostly excitement!) about paddling during Morning AssemblyPatrick McGrady displaying some positive attitude (and mostly excitement!) about paddling during Morning Assembly

We often talk about the positive attitude that is needed during long hikes or challenging outdoor adventures, but we don’t always think about how the quieter in-camp activities can require those same skill sets too. Progressions in art can take a lot of time, patience, and positive attitude when projects don’t go as planned. In pottery especially, a lot can affect the clay between the time you start to shape it and the time it’s ready to finally glaze. Creations can crack during drying, pieces can heat up too fast and explode in the kiln, or pots can become warped and frustrating sometimes when throwing on the wheel. Progressing in pottery is not an easy task, so it takes a lot of time, practice, and a positive attitude.

All smiles at pottery!All smiles at pottery!

In pottery this morning, it was the last chance to finish new clay projects, since they need enough time to dry, be fired in the kiln, and get glazed before camp ends next Friday. Several boys were working hard on their final pieces, trying to finish today so they could move on in progressions. Will Haller was working on his Warrior, the fifth and highest progression. One of the tasks in Warrior is to complete a series of works, and he had chosen to make a set of four bowls on the wheel. He was working on the last bowl, shaping and forming it as the wheel spun, trying to keep it even and smooth so it matched the other three.

Working on finishing their pieces in pottery.Working on finishing their pieces in pottery.

Keira, the head of pottery, talked the boys through their projects and gave them tips along the way. When Jack’s clay started to wobble and become off-centered, she told him, “Remember, you’re in charge. You tell the clay what to do.” He nodded and adjusted his hands, leaning into the clay until it yielded under his pressure and shaped back into an even form. Though this is Keira’s first summer with us at Falling Creek, she is hardly new to pottery. She has been a potter for several years, and worked at the Village Potter in the River Arts District of nearby Asheville. Her patience, knowledge, and level-headedness during lessons are exactly what we need at camp, and the boys love her. Ben even told me that he had switched his activity periods around to focus on progressions, and that he was in pottery for five periods straight today! It’s his favorite activity in camp, and his goal project is to make a “chip bowl” one day, with indentions in the bowl for all different salsas to go with his chips.

Keira instructing one of the boys in her pottery classKeira instructing one of the boys in her pottery class
Using a slab technique to roll the clay into an even thickness, then punch out shapes with a cookie cutter for projectsUsing a slab technique to roll the clay into an even thickness, then punch out shapes with a cookie cutter for projects

Will’s plan for his four bowl series was to glaze the finished bowls in alternating colors of green and blue. He had to work on his patience and positivity throughout the process, persevering even when it was tedious or frustrating. He says the hardest thing he had to make was a pinch pot. Even though a pinch pot is seemingly one of the most simple projects (you pinch out an indention from a ball of clay until it resembles a small bowl), he said it was surprisingly difficult to do well. He had to make sure the sides were an even thickness, but couldn’t overwork the clay to the point of it drying out. “What do you do when you’re frustrated?,” I asked him. “I kinda just take my hands off the clay and take a breath. I just take a break for a minute,” he explained. Will had to practice his Positive Attitude to get this far in his progressions, but he also had to practice perseverance and dedication, two aspects of the Warrior Spirit part of our code.

Will in one of his activities other than pottery, mastering the climbing wallWill in one of his activities other than pottery, mastering the climbing wall

At camp, there are a seemingly endless array of things to do, trips to go on, or activities to progress in. No matter what you choose to spend your time on, whether it’s an out-of-camp trip or an in-camp art class, the four parts of the Falling Creek Code still apply, and the common values shape the camp experience. Tomorrow will be the “one-week-to-go” marker, and we can’t believe how quickly June Camp is flying by!

Other Highlights of Today Include:

  • Weather: it was in the high 60s to 70s all day, making for refreshingly crisp mornings and perfectly cool afternoons. We’re loving the sunshine!
  • Breakfast: egg and sausage bake, hashbrowns with cheese, fruit and yogurt bar, and a grits bar
  • Lunch: chicken nuggets (always a favorite!) with tater tots, roasted corn, and sliced pears, plus ice cream sandwiches for dessert
  • Dinner: Cheese ravioli with red sauce, roasted broccoli, and italian bread The salad bar had antipasto with fresh mozzarella, pepperoncinis, salamis, different types of olives, and fresh pepper sprinkled on top. Grape, orange, or cherry popsicle for dessert to top it all off.
  • We celebrated Ryland Marley’s belated 14th birthday at lunch today! He was on the Looking Glass climbing 3-day during his actual birthday, so we saved the cake and singing for when he returned.
  • Green and Gold teams are tied! 275 points each, but Tuesday is another chance for redemption.
  • Evening Programs: Tribal campfires for the older Tuscarora and Iroquois boys. This is a chance to break into smaller groups for more meaningful conversations around the campfire. Cherokee and Catawba cabins played fun games in the “thunder dungeon” and on the field.

-Annie Pharr

Nothing like a chilly dip after going down Pisgah's Sliding Rock today!Nothing like a chilly dip after going down Pisgah's Sliding Rock today!
Forging steel at blacksmithing!Forging steel at blacksmithing!
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“Camp is a Party,” Paddling the Upper Green

At camp, every day feels like a party, even during simple daily tasks. At breakfast, Smat was blasting techno music as we set the tables for the meal, and immediately the task of table setting turned into a dance party. Thomas from Cabin 2 even stood on his chair to get a better position, dancing along to the beat with enthusiasm. The highlight of the morning were the stacks of Chef David’s blueberry pancakes, flipping off the griddle as fast as boys could eat them. It was also director Frank’s birthday today, and during breakfast Dusty asked him if he had any wisdom to impart now that he was a year older. While Frank doesn’t particularly love the attention that comes with birthdays, he does have good advice: “Live in the present, and enjoy each moment,” he smiled. That’s exactly what we strive for at camp, celebrating each moment and savoring life as if it were a party.

"Having a ball" on the courts

During announcements, the paddling counselors continued the party theme. Every trip they announced was delivered with so much energy that it made everyone want to join, even if they had never paddled before. During Morning Assembly, Patrick McGrady yelled that he was so excited to get wet at the docks, all while dumping a full water bottle on his head. Throughout his announcement, other paddling counselors jumped out of the audience and threw pitchers of water at him, leaving his soaked and laughing by the end. The band during Morning Assembly had more campers than counselors this morning, including Simon on the cajon drum, Rusty and Slater on guitars, and Camden leading the singing. We sang “Dust On My Saddle” followed by “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive,” which set the mood for the day on a high note.

It was certainly a “great day to be alive” at the paddling docks, and the yak shack was buzzing with energy as boys prepared for trips and geared up to practice skills in the lake. Patrick’s announcements had rallied several boys to come to the paddling party at the docks, and they were all discussing what they wanted to work on that morning. Things like double pumping to stern, hand rolls, working on stalls, and a bunch of other terminology they used was confusing to me, but the boys knew exactly what they were describing. One of the boys, Freddy, said that even though we’re in the second week of camp, he’s been choosing to go to the docks or on paddling trips every single day. “I haven’t been to any of my daily activities yet, actually! It’s too fun at paddling” he said, and several of his friends nodded in agreement. They all enjoy being able to choose what they do each day, going on as many trips as their time will allow.

Head of paddling, Jez, worked his way down the bench full of boys, asking each of them what they wanted to work on for the day. One of the boys they nicknamed “Turtle,” said he was willing to work on “anything.” Jez suggested off-side hand rolls, and Freddy said he would help Turtle out. Once the boys all had their goals in mind, they ran off to grab boats and paddles. Since the boys are all working on skills at different rates, they can help each other out, getting the opportunity to learn, practice, and lead within the same activity. The great part about choosing your own activities is that you have more of an ownership to your goals, and it was clear that this was a motivated group.

All smiles on the river!All smiles on the river!

Patrick McGrady pointed out his camper Thomas, who was loading his backpack into the van at the Yak Shack. “This is going to be Thomas’ first lake trip, he’s really excited. He wants to get into a kayak, so this will be one of his three canoe trips in his progressions.” Once boys get a good handle on tandem open boat paddling, they can move into working on kayak progressions. Several of the boys working on their kayak skills today had actually just returned from a challenging river trip: the Upper Green.

The “Upper Green” section of the Green River is one of the more challenging rivers we run during this session, but the boys had been working hard to be ready for the challenge. Davis is known as Weasley to most of his camp friends, and was the youngest boy on the trip. However, since he had prepared adequately and progressed through the skills, he was no less ready for the big rapids ahead. At camp, the adventure trips have no age limit or minimum age requirement; if boys are ready for the challenge, they are free to sign up.

Navigating the Upper GreenNavigating the Upper Green

The initial trip plan was to run the 9th section of the French Broad river. However, after a weekend of heavy rain, they found the height of the river to be too high, making their original plan too dangerous. Though the French Broad had too much water, the opposite had been true for the Green River until this week. The Green River’s dam has been broken, cutting off all the water so there hasn’t been enough to run it, since the dam isn’t able to let any water out. The silver lining to the story was that the excess rain water was just enough to raise the levels above the spillway and make the Upper Green run possible. It was the perfect storm, and the counselors knew that the boys were ready for the challenge.

One of the big rapids they were planning to run is called Bayless Boof, and Jez had the boys walk up to the rapid blind to scout it out before they ran it. On the count of three, the boys turned around to face the rapid for the first time, and instantly they simultaneously breathed, “whoa!” The rapid ahead was a rushing swirl of whitewater, huge and intimidating. Though big, the boys had been learning all they needed to know to tackle the water, and the counselors knew they were ready. One by one they dropped in, paddling hard and clearing the class III rapid. They returned to camp tired, proud, and hungry for more.

Running Bayless Boof on the Upper GreenRunning Bayless Boof on the Upper Green

It was Turtle’s first time on the Upper Green, as it was for most of the boys that day. I asked him, were you scared looking at that huge rapid? “Not really,” he shrugged, “It was exciting!” He plans to go on many more exciting river trips during the rest of the session, and we’re looking forward to keeping the party rolling tomorrow at camp. I’m sure those boys will be back at the docks again tomorrow, continuing to party their way through paddling progressions.

Other highlights of the day:

  • Morning Watch: Nic spoke about anger, the theme of this week. His main point was, rather than dwell on what made you angry, channel your energy into focusing on how you can handle your anger and understand the situation.
  • Lunch: Meatball subs with huge meatballs, peaches, seasoned fries, and apple cobbler
  • Dinner: sweet and sour chicken with rice and egg rolls, plus chocolate cake with sprinkles for dessert
  • EP: Counselor Hunt, zombie edition! This new game is called “Counselor Zombie Rescue” and is like a live video game. Counselors hide around the property, waiting to be rescued by campers. Once found, you have to return them to the Dining Hall alive, without letting the zombies eat them on the way!
  • Progressions: -Edward Holder and Philip in Iroquois became Rangers in Basketball
    -Durham Blair, Jack Stivers, Sam Drody, and Will Hall all earned Ranger in
    -Carson Streacker and Hartt Daniel earned Ranger in Rock Climbing
    -Thomas Fanning became a Warrior in Soccer – the highest level!
    - Jack Rivera earned Ranger in Disc Golf
    - Jamie Maloy is now a Ranger in Archery

Congrats to all our campers who worked hard and earned new progressions today!
If you want to see more pictures and videos from today, make sure to check our Facebook and Instagram, @fallingcreek

-Annie Pharr

Camden with a great catch during fly fishingCamden with a great catch during fly fishing
Rock on! Beautiful day for climbing at Gilbert's Rock Rock on! Beautiful day for climbing at Gilbert's Rock
Throwing pots on the wheel in Pottery
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Freedom to Play: the Best Education

There is no doubt that free play is fun, but parents might not realize just how important play is. In a time where youth have highly structured schedules throughout the day, ensuring that boys have enough time to play is of growing importance. Free play isn’t just a time to relax or have fun; encouraging boys to play will help with social development, motor skills, cognitive skills, and physical health. Play can allow practice in creative thinking, understanding social cues, communicating ideas, testing coordination, and self-regulating. A 2014 article in The Atlantic (https://bit.ly/2po97zZ) describes how free play is the best summer school, enhancing boys “ability to work productively towards self directed goals.” Improving self-direction helps with independence, giving boys that edge to succeed when they are back in the classroom.

Tommy is all smiles on the Lower Green!Tommy is all smiles on the Lower Green!

Choice, wonder, and delight. These are the three indicators of playful learning narrowed down by a 2018 article from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Summertime, Playtime (https://bit.ly/2t2X6zO). At Falling Creek, we strive to allow boys to have freedom of choice in their activities, find joy in their time at camp, and encourage wonder and curiosity about our natural surroundings. Though we take pride in our highly structured activity progression system, those five levels of progression are not the only time that boys can grow and challenge themselves. Every day we have two designated “free time” blocks, where you can choose how you want to spend your time. Setting aside this time for free play is intentional, since these unstructured times without any set goals or motives can often be the most educational time of all.

bluebird day on Lake Summit!bluebird day on Lake Summit!

During Free Time, boys can play solo or with friends, actively run around or quietly fish in the lake, creatively draw pictures or strategically build the best fort, splash around in the creeks or read a book at the library – the options are limitless. Under the Dining Hall is one of the most popular places in camp to spend Free Time. With foosball, ping pong, carpetball, four square, or warrior ball, it’s a gamer’s paradise. At lunch I asked Simon, “did you do anything cool today?” “Yeah! I beat a bunch of counselors at carpetball during Free Time!” he responded enthusiastically. Getting to choose how to spend a big chunk of your day is often a novel concept for boys today. Most of our campers usually follow a strict class schedule at school, followed by sports practice, music lessons, or something similar, and then homework before bed. Having the freedom to move as slowly or run as quickly as they want is refreshing for them, not to mention how beneficial play is to their development.

shocktaw! Riding the trails in Pisgah.shocktaw! Riding the trails in Pisgah.

This afternoon, Roy and Mason were returning from their Tsali overnight mountain bike trip with huge smiles on their faces. “It was awesome, the mountain bike counselors are the coolest!” They had both already chosen to sign up for the next mountain bike trip in Pisgah, continuing to progress and challenge themselves. During free time, they even chose to head back to Moab to work on bike maintenance. It was clear that mountain biking gave them delight, but the ability to choose their activities continued to give them wonder, especially since they could have the freedom to challenge themselves at their own rate.

sliding catch at flag football!sliding catch at flag football!

Highlights of today’s excitement include:

-Biscuit breakfast! With eggs, yogurt, sausage gravy, and grits
-Tuesday means Green and Gold day, another fun chance to earn team points
-Quentin Balestri and William MacLeod earned Ranger in Archery!
-It was Taco Tuesday for lunch – ground beef, taco toppings, cowboy caviar, fruit salad, and churros for dessert
-Cabin 3 was the cleanest table in camp
-Dinner was sliced turkey and gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, salad, and believe it or not, the roasted brussel sprouts were a hit!
-Yancey Stribling earned Ranger in Ultimate Frisbee!
-Evening Program was a series of rotations among tribes to earn Green and Gold points. Cherokee played pickle ball, shoe ball, and “steal the bacon”. Catawba was fort building, trying to build the coolest forts. Tuscarora was on the field playing kickball and soccer, while Iroquois played basketball and flag football at the gym. Each game was worth 25 points for either team!

No matter how boys choose to spend their day at camp, the important thing is that they have the ability to play, enjoying unstructured freedom to just be boys. We’re looking forward to another day of choice, wonder, and delight tomorrow!

-Annie Pharr

Friends on the fieldFriends on the field
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