Your Children are My Favorite

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Today was our last camper’s choice day and the last full day of activities. Campers and staff were determined to make this day the best, and that they did. We had our traditional camp activities today, and some wonderful twists that make camper’s choice so special. Today there was a kayak roll clinic, a costume design class in studio, a firebuilding class, piano class, vocal instruction, a tennis tournament, and even a Taylor Swift/Harry Styles appreciation class. Whether it was fishing with Ted and Collin or Danceathon with Elliot and Seba, I am very aware that campers sign up for the people, not the program. It doesn’t really matter what we do, but who we are doing it with. Campers gravitate to their favorite staff, with their favorite friends and get to do their favorite things. This is why camper’s choice is the favorite day for all our campers. What an awesome way to finish our session!

Session B has been fantastic for all of us, and Bryan and I cannot thank you enough for sharing your children with us. As parents, we know how hard it is to let your child go and experience adventure on their own. As camp directors, we believe that your sacrifice and selflessness of sending them to Camp Highlander will be one of the greatest investments you make in their journey to adulthood. They have developed skills that they will take with them into the work-force, learned lessons that will positively impact their future choices and built friendships that will last a lifetime.

Tomorrow I will choose to spend the day soaking up every last minute with your kids. After breakfast, we will head straight down to the campfire area to take our session panoramic photo. Then we head to the cabins to pack and clean. (The cleaning is necessary to ensure that everything is packed!) Then after lunch, we will have rest hour and luggage pick up. After snack time, we will head to two last activities before our session awards program during 5th period. Tomorrow night we will enjoy one of our favorite Highlander traditions…pizza in the cabin. On the last night of camp, a casual dinner on the floor of the cabin with pizza and crazy creeks is one of the favorite memories for our campers. It’s a time to reflect on the session and laugh about our favorite memories. To end the night, we will have a final campfire and watch a slideshow of the photos from the session, so we can relive our favorite moments together. Oh how I have loved these two weeks with your children. They are my favorite part about camp, and I will miss them dearly when they are gone! Thank you for sharing them with us!

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Favorite Details of the Day

  • Reflect at the Rock: This morning Spencer had us close our eyes and take a deep breath. We opened our eyes and looked at the ground, then to the sky and then the left and the right. He reminded us that when life gets chaotic, stop to take a deep breath. See that the ground is still below our feet and the sky isn’t falling and most importantly, that we have friends on both sides of us to help in times of need.
  • Meals: For breakfast we had Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon and a fruit bar. For lunch we had meatball subs, tater tots and a salad bar. For dinner we had chicken fajitas with vegetables, black beans, mexican rice, and all the fixings including homemade guacamole and yummy queso. To top it all off, we had yummy cinnamon and sugar churros for dessert!
  • Weather: We woke up to a chilly morning that had us all snuggled in sweatshirts at breakfast this morning. The sun came out and it warmed up by the time activities started at 10. We had afternoon showers that had us stomping in mud puddles and singing in the rain! It was a great day!
  • EP: Tonight’s EP was an old Camp Highlander tradition, Mr. Highlander. Mr. Highlander is a spoof beauty pageant for the male staff. The campers really love this night. Every cabin picks a staff member that they campaign for and cheer for. I guess there are some sort of bragging rights if your counselor wins Mr. Highlander. This year’s Mr. Highlander was Jeremy, counselor of 25.