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Saturday, July 19th 2014

Today was a great day at camp. The rain never let up. That might sound like a downer, but the more you get to know the core of camp, you realize that making mud pies out of mud is what it is all about. Sure, the sunny days are nice, but the campers only discover their true grit when things get a little uncomfortable. And they do discover it – today while in skills.

I nearly shouted for joy when I saw Dan Morris leading a group of kayakers across the lake in the face of a moderately strong downpour. Smiles and squinty eyes steadily made their way to the deck of Eden Hall before making their way back to the kayaking shed. Disc golfers hurled Frisbees mightily towards their target, some sticking in the mud upon landing. And of course, there was a whole lot of slipping, sliding, and splatting during a variety of field sports.

We have found that the desire to go wallow in the mud is written on every boys’ heart. While it may be more easily accessed for some, it seems to always be there. And thank goodness, right? Our lives are increasingly sterilized and sanitized. And while cleanliness is certainly a virtue, so is getting dirty. There are times when it can’t or shouldn’t be avoided. We need to be ready to roll up our sleeves and help out our neighbor, and becoming comfortable with discomfort is a key to developing that readiness. The great thing is that at camp, that key is found without the campers ever giving it a whole lot of thought because it is packaged in a whole lot of fun.

Mountain Camp did get to enjoy some time under the lights in the gym for a dodgeball tournament tonight. Deer Camp enjoyed the waterfront after playing an epic version of capture the flag called Braveheart. In Bear Camp, our youngest campers finished off the day in their lodges, during a “camp-in.” We scheduled them to be up on the mountain, but decided they had been wet enough and changed course. While their night still included a nice fire and S’mores, it also included a movie and a dry warm bunk. My guess is that the rain and mud from earlier today made the S’mores a little sweeter, the movie a bit funnier, and the bunks a bit warmer.

Inspired to be at camp,

Josh, Associate Director

Today’s Bible Story…
Story: Do Not Fear
Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34
+Where do you see yourself in the story?
+What is the good news?

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p.s. your photographer captures wonderful shots...this mud one is outstanding, glad it's on your Facebook page!!! wish there was one of each of the 400 campers like this. Well done, team!
by: Dana on July 20th, 2014
as the grandparent of a new, young camper & the one who brought him to camp, I wondered what was going on, especially with the rain. Fun, fun to slosh in the mud! I hope he got to do that.
by: Dana on July 19th, 2014
LOVE this! Some of my favorite memories are playing in the mud and clay along the creek as a young girl--we made mudslides, mud forts, whatever we could think up. So glad the weather is just another adventure for Rockmonters to experience in a posivitve way! I'm sure my son had a blast slipping and sliding.
by: jennifer on July 19th, 2014
Some of my fondest memories were made in the rain and mud at Rockmont. I remember the mudslide we created on the old golf course that crossed over the road behind the Ship and into the back side of Lake Eden. The whole camp participated. I've never seen boys have so much fun! My other memory was when we had to go up to Mt. Mitchell in the middle of the night to pull an entire tribe off the mountain due to some pretty severe storms. We brought them in to the rec hall, served them all hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire and the nurses all handed out Coricidin tablets to ward off the chills! But, it was a team effort from the Central Staff down to each camper and I'll bet they all remember that night. So, while the sun is always good, the rain can bring great memories of summer camp in the mountains, too.
by: Kevin on July 19th, 2014
Wow! How awesome it is to see boys being boys! Running, playing, chasing, wrestling, laughing; arm in arm with their buddies... The simple, yet emboldening experiences of boyhood. Such a poignant story unfolding for each young man. Their huge, beautiful smiles say it all. Thank you for every incredible photo & for each passionately written News story. They are so uplifting & inspiring. GO Camp Rockmont!
by: Elizabeth on July 19th, 2014
Thanks so much for the update! Long live mud and messy! I love seeing all these happy and free boys. Kim
by: Kimberly on July 19th, 2014

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