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Sunday, June 29th 2014

As a greeter posted at the front of the registration line today, I had the opportunity to personally welcome at least half of the families to camp this morning. Out of all of the jobs available on opening day, I am convinced that I own the best one. I believe this because I have the chance to see campers from my previous cabins or who were in my tribe last year, I get to meet a lot of new first timers, and I get to be one of the first people to say “welcome to camp.” Those words hold a lot of power—for both parents and campers. For parents, it is a statement of security and comfort. For the campers, it is an invitation into something extraordinary.

As you drove away this morning, something incredibly special happened as your children were welcomed into a new family— their cabins. As the bugle promptly blew at 1:00, all campers were in their cabins getting to know their counselors and one another. Centered around ice breakers, name games, and a whole lot of fun, campers were introduced to all of the key elements of camp life. Following this introduction, the three camps, Bear (cabins 1-12), Deer (13-26), and Mountain (27-44), took turns at the waterfront learning the about the lifeguards, the rules of the wettest place on camp, and taking swim tests. When they were not at the waterfront, those camps were doing what we do best….having a lot of fun! Bear Camp played Octopus Tag, Deer Camp played Gladiator, and Mountain split up and let the Sycamores play Risk and the Poplars play Braveheart. Following an afternoon filled with games, all of the camps went to their “retreat” locations where they met directors, learned about eating in Eden Hall, and heard the words “water” and “sunscreen” mentioned several times.

Promptly at 6:15, the first dinner bugle of Classic Camp 2 was heard and campers were welcomed into Eden Hall singing “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain.” Dinner tonight was baked chicken, veggies, a full salad and fruit bar, and ice cream cups for dessert! Following dinner, the Tribal Directors led an impromptu song fest in the dining hall. Singing songs like “The Yodeling Song,” “Boogaloo,” and even the happy birthday song for E.B. Robinson’s 13th birthday, Eden Hall was loud and filled with enthusiastic energy! The night ended with more cabin activity time in Bear and Deer and with the oldest guys at Mountain Camp Council.

Opening day is an amazing experience. From the first greeting until the last bugle plays taps and all the lights are turned out on the first day, every moment is spent welcoming one another to camp. To those that arrived for the first time to those who call camp their second home, I hope the message was clear. Not just the message in our greeting, but the message in the laughter, in the mountains, and in the love: Welcome to Camp…we are glad you are here.

With complete thankfulness,

Drew Fowler
Assistant Program Director

Tonight’s Bible Story…
Story: The Good Samaritan
Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
+Where do you see yourself in the story?
+What is the good news?

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this is my grandson jack's first year at rockmont. his mom said she got chills when he was welcomed at the gate by 10 cheering counselors saying "jack g has arrived at camp !!!). now i read this scripture ( and can't believe there is a scripture being read and applied to each child's life)and i'm crying. What an antidote to all the mess they are bombarded with in the world outside those gates. THANKYOU THANKYOU Rockmont!!!love a grateful "ma"
by: holly on July 1st, 2014
Tears here too :-) Sounds like the perfect first day, at the place we call The Happiest Place on Earth! We feel so blessed to be a part of the Rockmont family.
by: Denise on June 30th, 2014
Drew, well done. The greeting made the day great. For a mom and dad dropping their son off for the first time is really allows you feel how special Rockmont truly is. gogetem
by: Keene on June 30th, 2014
Thanks much for your leadership, commitment, and tone of geniune interest in allowing the campers to grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually. All in attitude of fun and being a part of something really special!!
by: Keene on June 30th, 2014
Sounds like everything is off to a great start, and it looks like the campers had a wonderful first day.
by: Rachel on June 30th, 2014
Wow! This message brought tears to my eyes especially since I was unable to deliver David Shand because of an appendectomy. This is his 5th year (since age 6) and every day he is there I am happy for him. Camp Rockmont brings great joy to all our boys' lives. Thank you. Margie
by: Marjorie Heggie on June 30th, 2014
Thanks Camp Rockmont. I have chills and a heart full of gratitude after reading your post, Shawn! God is good!
by: Karen on June 30th, 2014

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