September 22, 2016 by Will Johnson
Some days are almost too good to be true! We just finished dinner here at High Rocks, and what a dinner it was! Camp chefs Nate and Josh spent all afternoon peeling taters (which were then smashed with much butter, Parmesan, and garlic) and cutting, breading, and frying from-scratch chicken tenders. With fresh greens to make us feel better about the chicken and taters, and homemade pound cake to make us feel better about the greens, I’d say we were treated to quite the feast this evening. Now that dinner is done, the students are gathered together to enjoy an evening campfire.
Traditionally, we hold campfires at the end of our programs as a closing ceremony. Atop a hill overlooking the lake in natural amphitheater of granite slabs, some musically inclined staff will shoulder their instruments and lead the group through a handful of songs, after which we’ll all enjoy a story together around the fire. As the sun sets over the lake and the Milky Way inches across the sky we’ll reflect on everything we’ve done this week – which is no small task considering how much this class has accomplished!
Today’s rock climbing and hiking adventure is certainly worthy of reflection. After breakfast, each group separated. One started their morning atop Caesar’s Head – the highest point in the state of South Carolina – taking in the grand view, while another built community through a raucous game of ga-ga. The third group marched from camp to the Cathedral Rocks, here on our property, intent on scaling these free-standing, massive stones. But while the groups maintained separation from each other to enhance the feeling of wilderness, peace, and quiet, each group made a rotation, so that everyone got to climb at the Cathedral Rocks, play a few games, and go for a hike with a dazzling payoff during the day.
What a life! Spending a week in the mountains playing games, solving puzzles, strengthening friendships, and overcoming obstacles isn’t a bad gig by any stretch of the imagination. I would like to thank you for sending your children to camp this week, as they have been a fantastic group to work with! Energetic and positive, they have been a force for good times to be reckoned with all week long. We’ll be sad to see them leave after breakfast tomorrow, and I hope they return to you full of smiles, laughter, and tall tales!
That’s all for now, O’Neal! Thank you for a great program this week, and we look forward to seeing another class of new faces next year!