How to describe the day? One word comes to mind: overflowing.
Campers and counselors alike are overflowing with emotions that flavor every moment of the day. The flag raising was a joyous moment, breakfast in the FORT never tasted better, the Greystone Songs were sung loudly enough to be heard at the front and rear gates of camp… and it goes on. Every mundane detail is special and we are prone to tears. Tears of joy. Tears of gratitude. Tears of regret.
We are also filled with joy. The resulting smiles are unlike anything I see elsewhere… have you ever seen an entire gymnasium filled with gloriously giddy girls? They aren’t silly smiles but wide, face to face, shoulder grabbing, hugging, bright-eyed smiles that seem to never fade.
We are excited about packing our bags. Excited about the tennis tournament that is being played on Court 4 at this very moment. We are excited about tonight’s Banquet. We are excited about tomorrow’s family reunions. Our hearts leap in anticipation of each and every detail… yet we are also sad.
It is always hard to say goodbye to a good friend but these partings are more poignant after this very intense camp experience. We ate every meal, took every class, spent most free times, and were with this group of girls non-stop for almost five weeks. Such familiarity should breed contempt (or at least get very old) but for some reason, it rarely did so. The girls obviously love each other… STILL! They are walking arm in arm, heads held closely in conversation. They quietly give plane letters with the gravity of a momentous occasion. And they cry.
Mostly just moist eyes that add poignancy to various moments in the day. Breakfast Club (Frog and Scorpion), Morning Assembly (ten lepers), final classes this morning, last rest hour, banquet, and tuck-ins. Every event is savored with appreciation and we are thankful.
Words are not enough to describe the day nor enough to express our gratitude for this summer. We needed camp more than ever and The Lord has provided more than we ever expected.
Be careful as you drive. Remember that our Closing Day Times are posted on the Covid-19 section of the website. Expect it to take a little longer than drop off (a 20-minute wait is about normal), we will do the best we can to make it smooth. The biggest uncertainty will be how quickly the girls say goodbye in their friends. If they are quick, we will be fine… thank you for your patience.
It has been such an honor to be a part of your family this summer. Your girls are amazing.
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