July 27, 2015

The Big Blue Water Slide

July 26, 2015

Finding Thunder Eggs

A Thunder Egg is a rare concretion of iron ore found in Muddy Creek, a tributary of the Greenbrier River.  We took a Sunday morning hike to Muddy Creek to search for this elusive Thunder Egg.

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July 21, 2015

A Rainbow over Camp Greenbrier

A view from the Mess Hall porch, after a brief shower during dinner.

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July 14, 2015

Afternoon Lacrosse

Lacrosse fun on a lazy afternoon.

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July 12, 2015

Playday at Camp Alleghany

Dancin’ and Movin’ and Groovin’ to the Music

2015 PlaydayOnce again the Intermediates and Seniors from Camp Greenbrier traveled afar to meet the Camp Alleghany girls.   After a delicious meal and vigorous welcome songs from the Ghany campers, all the campers, boys and girls, headed to Alleghany’s Play Hall to sing, jump, dance, shout and get to know one another.  The music was loud and spirits ran high; a perfect evening for all!

July 11, 2015

The Wren Family

Wren CollageThe newest members of the Camp Greenbrier family, is a whole household of Carolina Wrens.  They are not in a tent, but in a birdhouse on the top of the Old Bell pole outside the Mess Hall.

July 08, 2015

AC’s – Future Counselors

In their last year prior to being eligible for Camp Greenbrier’s Leadership Academy, boys fifteen years old are given responsibilities at camp.  The AC’s or Assistant Counselors, are allowed to stay in a tent without a counselor, and they may be asked to stay with a tent full of younger boys at rest hour or after taps, while that tent’s counselor is off duty.

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All AC’s are given jobs around camp.  Some sort the mail and deliver it to the Mess Hall, while others sort and deliver packages at mealtime.  Others wash the camp vehicles or clean the bus after boys, dirtied by climbing or caving, have ridden in it.  Five AC’s work in the Jigger shop, serving snacks to the younger boys twice daily.  One helps to maintain the camp garden; and others work for the office, running errands around camp.

The boys have a choice in their assignments, but whatever jobs they may have, the AC’s are taking the first step towards assuming leadership and responsibility.

July 06, 2015

Independence Day 2015

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FloatOn Saturday we celebrated Independence Day.  In the morning, we walked into the town of Alderson to watch the 4th of July parade.  The parade had wonderful floats, marching bands, antique cars, and much, much more.
Fireworks 4th of JulyLast night after dinner, we went back into town to watch a fantastic fireworks display that lasted for almost an hour.

After the show, we returned to Camp and the comfort of our beds.

July 04, 2015

Obstacle Course Record Set

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince the 2015 camp season began, two campers have set records in track.  William Harvie has broken the Midget Obstacle course record by 11 seconds, completing the course in 54 seconds, and Mason Timberline completed the Junior Obstacle course in 54 seconds, beating the Junior record by four seconds.

Congratulations, William and Mason!!!

July 02, 2015

The Boys Have Arrived

The camp feels alive, now that the boys have arrived.

The fields are filled with boys playing soccer, baseball, golf and lacrosse.  Balls are flying across the nets as the boys receive tennis instruction and practice their skills.  Mornings and afternoons the Craft Hall is filled with boys making lanyards and creating out of clay.  In woodcraft, the boys are learning to build, and douse a fire. From the rifle range there is a constant ping as target after target is hit, or not.  Shooting a bow and arrows is a new sport for many.

While the boys taking canoeing are learning the parts of the paddle and the canoe, others are taking swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.

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There is no shortage of energy in camp, as evidenced by the number of boys playing on soccer, basketball and baseball teams in the afternoons in addition to their morning routine.  They played their first games (matches) Monday afternoon.  It’s amazing how well the teams are pulling together during this first week of playing together.

Thank heaven the food is so good, fueling the boys’ activities.

With their courses set for the week, their first campfire under their belts, and their trips to the Jigger shop now routine, even the new campers are beginning to feel at home at Camp Greenbrier.

The new camp year has officially begun!

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