News from Old Forge Mountain

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Today was the last full day of activities together as a cabin unit. We always say that it is not WHAT you are doing, it is WHO you are doing it with that matters! Our cabin unit and our amazing staff are what give these activities life, but WHAT we do is also important. It is important to you the parent, to the leadership of camp and definitely to our campers.

Each fall we examine every activity, noting the feedback we received from campers, parents and staff, their impact on individual growth and their alignment with our mission.After discussing our camp newspaper activity, The BLT (Blue Ridge Life and Times), we decided that this process of writing articles was no longer engaging our campers the way we wanted it to. While the BLT was excellent for practicing communication skills and creativity, it was not able to involve the entire cabin unit.

Our new format, the WBLT, allows our campers to participate together as a creative team while still promoting individual talents and tackling all the challenges that this medium provides. Our campers have the opportunity to collaborate and showcase their passions with the WBLT. We use writers, actors, producers and a camera crew to promote the same goals of communication and creativity that we have always strived to instill with this program.

Shoutout to our fantastic, talented and creative Activity Counselor, Steele Tinsley, who has taken on this new adventure with joy, enthusiasm and great success. And of course, none of this would be possible without the eager attitudes from our campers.

We hope you enjoy the second edition of the new WBLT, where the campers bring the news to you!

Favorite Details of the Day:

  • Reflect - Kaylie read The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. She challenged our campers to try something new and take the road they usually don’t travel, as that might make all the difference in their camp experience.
  • Meals - Breakfast was bagels, cream cheese, eggs and bacon, oatmeal, grits and fruit bar. Lunch was grilled chicken and baked potato with salad bar. Dinner was pot roast, corn on the cob, salad bar and rolls.
  • Dessert - Gus’s Place for a candy or a soda after camper choice sign ups.
  • EP - Square Dance!!! The campers were so excited about the last square dance of Session B, and they cherished all three dances. After the first dance, everyone’s face is shiny and the smiles are . Mac, who calls the dances, says to the campers and staff, “Now remember, if you are sweating that means you are…?” The entire gym yells…“doing it wrong!” We love doing it wrong week after week! Square Dances are just the best, and nobody does them better than Camp Highlander!
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