Last nights Production Night was spectacular. In my 35 years at Greystone I have seen nothing like it. The pavilion was decorated, every camper was given a printed program with the full list of acts (a tremendous amount of work), and the directors had prepared a welcoming speech. The girls had matching outfits, each number was performed to perfection, and there were no “abbreviated” acts (all were full song length). It was amazing.. a suitable tribute to the girls who worked so hard to pull it all together.
Today is Watersports Day, the second of our team competition days. Challenge day was enjoyed in the early part of the summer, just as we were getting settled into camp life. Todays event will feel far less intense (we are pretty mellow these days) but the fun is the same. Team competitions all over camp all morning long all taking place in or around water. Sometimes the activity takes place in the lake or pool, sometimes on the blob or giant slide, and sometimes on the front lawn with squirt guns or musical water buckets.
We stroll around from activity to activity soaking up the sun. Rest hour feels glorious after such a morning! This evening we will enjoy the Syncronized Ballet Water Show. It will be a glorious show.
One of the charming aspects of a 100 year old camp is that some activities are plucked right out of a bygone era. Syncronized Swimming is one of those activities. It is not taught many places because it is very difficult to teach, difficult to learn. The moves require significant core body strength and a high level of swimming ability; finding instructors is very difficult and the movements requires a very deep and large pool. Most camps would not put it on the program. Well… Greystone is different. Syncronized Swimming is a majoy activity with a surprising depth of interest.
Over two hundred campers took syncronized swimming this summer (a record). The girls enjoy the exercise, the “dance moves” in the water, and love the music (our sound system is amazing). The net effect is one of the best EP’s of the summer!
We will file into the Pool Complex (we built in bleachers big enough for the whole camp just for this EP) after shoppe, enjoying the golden light of the early evening. Golden sunlight filtering through the towering sycamore trees as the sun slowly sets behind the purple mountains. The sky will turn a dozen shades of red and purple as the production ends. We will go back to our cabins in the dark; the first stars of the evening coming out as the fireflies rise from the lawn.
Moments like this will shine in our memories when we go home We are in a great place with great people; the very definition of “the good old days”. Thank you for making this possible. The Watershow will be on our Livestream this evening around 7:15.
We hope you are enjoying your last weekend “of freedom”. I, for one, wish that we had another month. Camp is so much fun, so good… it is a shame it has to end.
Blessings to you all.