“Room to Roam.”
These words were some of the first to draw me in during the early years of my camp experience. Though I didn’t think of myself as an exceptionally adventurous child, I knew I needed access to acreage to come alive. And Rockmont is where I found it.
We almost have 2 full days under our belts in our Classic 2 / Summit Camp sessions and there’s so much to look forward to in the next 2 or 4 weeks! To name a few: our annual July 4th celebration, fireworks following our Saturday Social (shhhh, that one’s a secret), cabin and tribal campouts, a mile-swim challenge, a Summit Camp weekend getaway, adventurous trips, cabin bonding, incredible skills, and loads of exciting activities.
And there’s so much already going on!
I love this time in any session – groups of campers are becoming cabin-units, we’re oriented and ready to refine our skills, and all of us are learning our way around.
It’s powerful to know your way around!
Last night, as I was walking with a group of Hickories to their Tribal Cookout at Inspiration Point, we paused just past Eden Hall. One of the campers inquired, “Which way are we going to go to get there?”
That’s a completely fair question.
Of course, I have a way that I would naturally go (past the Grove, up the Hemlock stairs by cabins 21 & 25, left on Inspiration Way, and around to IP), but it hit me that they could be thinking of another way.
“Which way do y’all want to go?” I asked.
“How about the path by Riflery!?”
The group of 4 agreed and we were off.
It wasn’t the straightest route and likely not the fastest, yet we had an incredible time winding our way up past The Ship and around through Mountain Camp. The campers talked about their skills – several of them had a day of firsts! First time shooting a rifle, first time in a river kayak, first time sinking a half-court shot. The chatter seemed to crescendo as we approached our destination.
Roaming with others became the highlight of a day again – I probably wouldn’t have heard all of the stories without the longer walk!
Once up top, the Cookout Began!
Each session, both Deer Camp Tribes spend a relaxing evening at Inspiration Point. Burgers are already on the grill by the time they arrive, courtesy of the Camping and Climbing Crew. Activity-wise, there are plenty of balls and yard games available for group play: Spikeball, KanJam, footballs, a few mini soccer nets. The night is incredible, nimble, and as unique as the boys and counselors that make up the tribe.
We program a lot of our time at camp – with intricate camp-wide games, Rockmont staples, and activities geared towards fun and growth – all of these are important in a camper’s Rockmont experience!
And I’ve noticed that sometimes, all a group of boys need for an incredible time is a field, some friends (old and new), and maybe a ball to toss around.
Also, we ended the night with s’mores, and that never hurts.
We’ve got lots of good times ahead this Summer all across camp.
Stay tuned for more stories!
Deer Camp Director