Four Winds Blog

Welcome to the Four Winds Blog. In the past, this blog has really only been active in the summer, when Paul Sheridan, Four Winds' Director, has posted weekly updates. Paul is going to continue to do that in this space, and for those that are interested, we're going to occasionally post things in the off-season. Enjoy!

Greetings from Hilltop, and the end of a great Junior Session. The end of Camp tends to sneak up on a person, whether they’re a first time Junior Session camper who has been here for a week, or a Camp Director that’s been doing this since the beginning of June. Camp is quiet now, with counselors getting some jobs done before they can be on their way. Some campers are already with their parents. For those on their way to Woodland Park or the airport, our travel team reports that things are going smoothly so far.

At Evening Fire last night, I told the Junior Session campers that I was proud of them. They did something this week that most children their age never do, strike out on their own. For those that experienced a bit of homesickness this week, I told them I was extra proud. They now know that they can do things that they’re unsure they can. That is a powerful lesson, and one that will serve them well. A camper came up to me afterwards, as proud as punch, and said how he’d never had a sleepover before, and was a bit homesick the first night, but he did it, and wants to come back next year. Moments like that are why Camp is important, and speaking personally, why this work is so rewarding.

Speaking of next year, you may be interested to know that registration for summer 2018 is already available. We reserve spots for returning campers until November 30, so there’s no real rush, but many families like to take care of it when Camp is at the front of mind. We will send out reminders and so forth, but we do encourage you to mind that November 30 deadline. This year, all three of our sessions filled on December 1, and we have no reason to believe it will be different next year. You can find that registration form by logging into your parent account at fourwindscamp.org/login, clicking on “Registration Form,” selecting the 2018 season, and filling out the form. Please keep in mind that because Junior Session is intended to be an introduction to Camp for families that hope to have their children attend our four-week session, there is a two year limit on Junior Session attendance. New families may also register now (at fourwindscamp.org/register), and we will enroll them, or place them on the waitlist, once the returning camper guarantee expires on December 1.

Thank you for sharing your children with us this week. They got a great introduction to all that Four Winds has to offer, and it was a pleasure to have them here. We hope to see them all back next summer.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on August 29, 2017 at 10:30 am.

Greetings from Hilltop. We’re at the midway point of Junior Session, and having a ball. These campers are getting into the spirit of camp incredibly well. They’re playing, having fun, using their imaginations, and having that great early experience of being away from home.

As I write this, the campers are in the middle of Pirate Day. Pirate Day is the Junior Session sized version of Gypsy Day, an all day themed scavenger hunt during our main Session. In the Junior Session version, Danielle, our Assistant Director, and I were kidnapped by pirates while making announcements after lunch. The campers are off doing pirate training (dodging cannonballs, learning sea shanties, telling pirate jokes, practicing on pirate obstacle courses) in order to get ready to defeat our captors and rescue us. It’s fun for them, and provides me with a little time to get a blog post done. Everybody wins. In all seriousness, these campers’ willingness to use their imaginations is a big part of what makes Junior Session so fun. Give them an eye patch and a pirate accent, and you’ve got an afternoon.

The week has been great so far. Our Rotation Morning went smoothly on Thursday, and we started off on classes in the afternoon. For Evening Activity, we had Capture the Chicken. Capture the Chicken is exactly like Capture the Flag, but we play with a rubber chicken, for extra fun. In our main sessions, we play all over camp. In Junior Session, we play on the Sports Field. Yesterday, we had a full day of classes, and Sports Night for Evening Activity. This morning, we had classes again, Pirate Day in the afternoon, and for Evening Activity, we’ll have silly songs and skits on Moonraker Point.

We’re at just about the halfway point of Junior Session. For those of us that are used to the rhythms of a month-long session, Junior Session goes at lightning speed. But, for our campers, this first (or at least early) independent experience is a very big deal. For some, there have been moments of homesickness. We don’t consider that to be a bad thing, even though it’s hard. We’re at the halfway point, and very soon even the most homesick camper will see the light at the end of the tunnel. They all will complete something that most kids their age never do – a week away from home, away from family. Families consistently marvel at the growth that occurs here in a relatively short amount of time. Growth doesn’t happen from doing easy things. These campers are accomplishing something genuine, and they will be proud of that. I’m proud of them already.

Thank you for sharing your children with us this week. They’ve been a ball so far, and I look forward to spending the next few days with them. I’ll update you daily on Twitter, and post here on Tuesday after the campers are on their way.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on August 26, 2017 at 4:09 pm.

Greetings from Hilltop. All the Junior Session campers have arrived safely, and this wonderful week is off to a great start. About an hour ago, our chartered boat pulled into Four Winds Bay, greeted by cheers from the counselors and campers who had been dropped off by their parents on Greenie Hill. As I write this, the campers are exploring the areas around their cabins, getting to know their counselors and cabinmates, and (I’ll bet) skipping some rocks into the Sound. Soon, we’ll gather for flags and dinner, learn a few songs, and then move in and nest for the evening.

Tomorrow, we’ll spend the morning visiting the nurse, having cabin photos taken, taking the swim test, and learning some more songs. Then, after lunch, we’ll start going to the activity areas. After all, we’ve only got a week together, so we need to get going.

This week, these campers will learn to navigate a new environment away from their usual support system. Luckily, that environment is caring and a ton of fun, but it’s a huge growth opportunity nonetheless. When these campers complete this week, they will know that they are capable of just a little more than they thought they were when they started.

I’m sure you’re interested about how you can hear about how your camper is doing. Although Junior Session is only a week, mail is still the best way to keep in touch. You can have direct communication with your camper, with the tactile nature and remove that only the Post Office can provide. The magic of getting a letter at Camp (or from Camp) is a great part of this experience, and we do everything we can to nurture it. In fact, we’ll have each camper write a postcard tonight at dinner, and those will be going out in tomorrow’s mail. I will post updates daily on our Twitter feed. You don’t need to join Twitter to get the updates, you can just go to the website, or text the phrase “follow fourwindscamp” to the number 40404, and you’ll get the updates by text message. I’ll post here on Saturday, as well as after the campers leave on Tuesday. Lastly, you can give us a call in the office. We’re happy to check in on your camper and give you a call back.

Thank you for sharing your children with us this week. They’re going to get a fantastic first taste of all that Four Winds has to offer, and I look forward to going along for the ride with them.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on August 23, 2017 at 5:16 pm.

Greetings from Hilltop. Second Session is over, and it was one for the books. As I write this, some campers are already with their parents, and some are on their way. So far, our travel logistics are all going smoothly. In Camp, there’s an eerie quiet now that there are only around 75 summer staff where there was just recently just under 300 people. The counselors are cleaning, getting organized for an evening off and Junior Session, and processing their own really big experiences.

Last night at Evening Fire, there were more than a few tears. I told the campers to allow themselves to feel those feelings deeply, but also to be aware that the only reason to be sad is that something extraordinary happened here this month. Genuine friendships were forged and deepened. Obstacles and hardships were overcome. Campers became a bit more sure of themselves. Art, song, the wind at just the right angle to the sail, the rider in unison with her horse – all of those things will edify these campers throughout their lives.

Be aware that campers’ re-entry into what we affectionately call “the real world” at Camp may take a few days. They’ve had a big experience, and there is often a decompression period. Some will come out with the camp stories right away. Others make take a little time. Some may want to spend an inordinate amount of time on devices communicating with camp friends. Others will just want a nap. Give it a few days, and the decompression period will end.

I hope your camper is already talking about next summer, and you may be interested to know that registration for summer 2018 is already available. We reserve spots for returning campers until November 30, so there’s no real rush, but many families like to take care of it when Camp is at the front of mind. We will send out reminders and so forth, but we do encourage you to mind that November 30 deadline. For the last several years, all three of our sessions filled on December 1, and we have no reason to believe it will be different next year. You can find that registration form by logging into your parent account at fourwindscamp.org/login, clicking on “Registration Form,” selecting the 2018 season, and filling out the form.

Thank you for sharing your children with us. I know that it is a sacrifice, in both time and money, to choose Four Winds for your child. I hope you see the rewards in their faces when they return home, and I hope to see as many of them as possible back next summer.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on August 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm.

Greetings from Hilltop. It’s a beautiful Sunday on Orcas Island. The wind changed on Friday, finally coming out of the south. That cleared out the haze that we’ve had as a result of forest fires in BC for a while now, and also brought a rare bit of overnight rain. We’re thankful for all of the above.

This is an interesting moment in Camp. In a few short days, it will be obvious to everyone that we’re nearing the end of the session. This is a bit of an interstitial moment. Now, we’re doing our thing. The Sunday schedule isn’t new to anyone anymore, but it hasn’t quite hit everyone that this is our last real Sunday together (departure day doesn’t count). The Seniors are still off on their trips. The word from the trip staff is that the trips have been great. Back in Camp, the change in energy has been great for everyone. The Seniors are back tomorrow, and then we only have two regular evening activities before we enter our series of four evening activities that end every session.

I’ve written many times that camp tends to warp your sense of time. On the one hand, it feels like we’ve always been here together. On the other, time has absolutely flown by. At this moment in Camp, I’m tempted to remind people that Camp is almost over, if only to jump start the feeling that we all get in the last few days of Camp, when we all seem to value Camp just a bit more, and that collective energy makes our community feel sublime. Today’s Sunday Assembly was on the topic of living in the moment, and it reminded me that some of the happiest times in my own life have been times when I’ve been fully present, focused on the here and now, and not worrying about the past or future. That’s also true of moments that make not make any top ten list, but are still filled with deep satisfaction and happiness. So, maybe I won’t push so hard this year to remind everyone that the end of the session is near, but instead will just allow them to have these precious moments in the here and now.

It’s been a great week in Camp. We played Capture the Chicken on Monday night. On Tuesday, we had Craftapalooza. On Wednesday, we handed the Evening Activity reins over to the CTs, who invented an elaborate hide and seek game which was all kinds of fun. On Thursday, we had silly songs and skits on Moonraker Point.

One of the funny things about Camp is the inside jokes that occur. For some reason, one of the jokes this session has been the playing of Careless Whisper by George Michael on an instrument called a melodica. I apologize in advance if any of you get requests to purchase melodicas when your kids come home. In any case, there was a very elaborate performance of Careless Whisper at Moonraker, and it was great. I only bring it up to attempt, as weakly as it may be, to give you a window into one of those had-to-be-there moments that makes Camp so great.

Last night, we had Burger Bar, a well-loved Evening Activity that we always do during Senior Trips, making it a special thing for just the Juniors and Intermediates. The Heads give the kitchen staff the night off, dress themselves and the Lodge in a theme, and cook burgers, fries, and shakes for the whole camp. Each cabin dresses itself up in theme and presents their theme at flags. And, we have our one bit of technology for the month, a movie for Evening Activity in the Boat Barn, projected onto a sail. The Heads theme and movie last night were both Harry Potter, and the kids ate it up.

This has been an amazing session so far. I look forward to spending these next few days with these campers and staff, and closing out this session well. Thank you for sharing your children with us. Be sure to follow our daily updates on Twitter, and I’ll post here again after the campers are on their way on the 20th.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on August 13, 2017 at 12:55 pm.

Greetings from Hilltop. We’re right in the middle of Second Session. We had a staff meeting last night, and I was able to tell the staff that in exactly two weeks from that moment, we’d be wrapping up our final Evening Fire of Second Session. The middle is in an interesting place. It doesn’t have the newness of the beginning, or the secret sauce that makes the last few days of Camp just magical. What it does have is the real meat of the experience. This is the time when adventures are had, friendships are deepened, and memories are made.

As one little indicator, last night was Cabin Adventure. Cabins were all over Camp on special adventures that were designed by their counselors. I had multiple counselors come up to me on Friday night and Saturday morning asking to change their days off from Saturday to a different day so that they could be with their kids for Cabin Adventure. I granted as many of those requests as I could. I love that phenomenon. Young adults today get a bit of bad rap of being selfish and incapable. In this environment, I find that nothing could be further from the truth. At least when they have work in front of them that has meaning, as they do here, they are selfless, hard working, and capable of great things. These campers are the beneficiaries.

It’s been a great week of Camp. On Monday, we had the Garbage Auction, a Second Session favorite. A week ago today, instead of normal Sunday Work Projects, we all picked up trash all over Camp, and each cabin and tent got points for the trash they picked up. On Monday, we had an auction where the cabins could use their points to bid on items like Ribs with Paul, the Head of Girls delivering your mail, to tea with all the British counselors. It’s good fun, and it also injects lots of adventures throughout the session. On Tuesday, we had Capture the Chicken, which is like Capture the Flag, but with a rubber chicken (and therefore much better). On Wednesday, we had silly songs and skits on Moonraker Point. On Thursday, for lunch, we had the Gypsy Sisters and Swamp Chomp lunches, the only meal where we split into Boys’ and Girls’ sides. For Evening activity, we played Lord of the Rings, a complicated yet very popular version of Capture the Flag that we play on the Sports Field, with a Tolkien them, four teams, multiple flags, and extra characters that have special powers in the game. Trust me, it’s fun.

On Friday, we had Gypsy Day. Gypsy Day started in Ruth Brown’s era at Camp on a day when the water system failed. She had to get all the campers off the property so they wouldn’t use the facilities and she could have them fixed, so she declared it Gypsy Day and sent them off on adventures. Today, we continue that spirit of adventure with slightly more advance planning. We surprise the kids with a slightly early wake up, and starting with the oldest girls, we wander through camp, waking everyone up with song. We play some big group games on the sports field, and then return to the Lodge for a special breakfast including a decorated Lodge, muffins baked by the CTs with fortunes inside, sugared cereal, and eggs. At breakfast, each camper gets a clue that sends them off to meet their Gypsy Band, which will go on an all-day themed scavenger hunt, meeting crazy characters along the way, and ending in buried treasure. In the afternoon, we all gather back together in cabin and tent groups, change into Sunday uniforms, and honor eight campers chosen by the staff for their extraordinary expression of our camp values – trying new things, being helpful, and being a good friend. We have dinner, and then a lovely Garden Concert to end the day.

This next week ahead will be normal for a couple of days, and then the Seniors will depart on their six-day trips. They will have great adventures, and Camp will feel a little different while they’re gone. When they return, we’ll be in to the last few days of camp. As I told the staff last night, and will tell the campers tonight at Evening Fire, the time will fly by, and it’s incumbent upon all of us to make the most of these fleeting moments together. Thank you for sharing your children with us. Until next week, be sure to follow our daily updates on Twitter.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on August 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm.

Greetings from Hilltop. It’s a beautiful day for our first Sunday at Camp, and it’s been a great first week of Second Session.

Sundays are a completely different schedule at Camp. We sleep in an hour later, have a leisurely breakfast, and then Sunday Assembly. At Sunday Assembly, we gather in a beautiful spot in Camp, and a group leads a discussion of some topic that is important at Camp. Today, we met at Big Rock and the CTs led a discussion about trying new things. After Sunday Assembly, we have Sunday Work Projects, where we all do a job to give back to our community. We have lunch, an extra long rest hour, and then a fun Sunday afternoon activity. Today, we’ll all be heading down to the dock for Regatta Day. We’ll have dinner, and for our evening activity, we’ll have Evening Fire, Camp’s oldest evening activity, where we’ll gather in the Lodge to share music and poetry as campers and staff have for 90 years.

A Sunday focused on a slower pace, reflection, celebration, and service is particularly necessary at a four week camp. One of the best parts about a four week session is that there is opportunity for ebbs and flows, for development, and for deeper relationships to form. An opportunity to pause from the normal routine helps that process along, and it makes for some of my favorite camp days.

As I said earlier, it’s been a great first week. As I wrote in my first post, arrival day was followed by Rotation Day and Biffer Medic for evening activity. On Wednesday, we had our first day of classes, and Cabin Adventure for evening activity. Thursday brought the first day of Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday classes, the departure of the first round of intermediate trips (all the cabins and tents that are entering 8th grade), and Sports Night for evening activity. On Friday, we had a Folk Dance, which involves crazy costumes and dancing to well loved line dances. Last night, we had Age Group Night, where each age group comes up with its own evening activity.

With the first week in the books, we’re now ready to get into the meat of Camp. This morning’s Sunday Assembly topic was particularly apt for this time in the session. The reality of the first week of camp, and of a one week camp session, is that most of the new things campers try are thrust upon them. We create their cabin groups, assign their counselors, make their class schedules as best we can, but imperfectly, according to their preferences, and they learn all the ins and outs of camp. Now that all that is behind us, they can choose they new things they will try over the next three weeks. They can attempt that feat in an activity area that has been just beyond their reach. They can attempt to make a new friend that’s beyond their current social group. They can get up to perform at Evening Fire, or one of the many other opportunities we have for performance. In short, they can identify their own challenges, and attempt them. It’s a great thing.

Thank you for sharing your children with us. In this first week, these campers and staff have created the beginnings of a wonderful community, and I look forward to seeing how it develops. Until next Sunday, be sure to follow our daily updates on Twitter.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on July 30, 2017 at 12:41 pm.

Greetings from Hilltop. Second Session has begun, and it feels fantastic. The boats deposited the campers on our dock, and they ran up Greenie Hill to greet their counselors and the campers who had been dropped off by their parents. Reunions were had, introductions were made, and Camp was off to a fine start.

These campers are in for a fantastic experience. For 90 years, campers have been coming to this corner of Orcas Island to try new things, have adventures, learn to live together, and make the best kind of friends. The staff has had a nice break between the sessions, and is raring to go. I’m so proud of this staff. During First Session, they showed that they are all we hoped for. They are willing to do what needs to be done to give these campers the experience of their lives. I can’t wait to be a part of it.

Tonight, the campers are just moving in and getting to know one another. We had a great Thanksgiving-style dinner on the Lodge deck, met on the stairs, sang some songs, and celebrated the beginning of the session. That, moving in, and getting to know one another a bit is plenty for the first night. Tomorrow, we’ll have Rotation Day, where we’ll select classes, visit the nurse, take the swim test, exchange uniforms that don’t fit, have cabin photos made, get oriented, and get to know each other a bit more. The day will be capped off be a great evening activity, Biffer Medic. It’s essentially a giant game of tag in which campers try to match fun facts to counselors while avoiding Biffers (counselors armed with a sock full of flour). If they are tagged, they freeze, and can be unfrozen by Medics (counselors doling out silly tasks). It’s a great way to end the first day. Starting on Wednesday, we’ll begin with classes, and we’ll be on our way.

I’m sure that some of you are looking for an update on our fire situation. The truth is, there’s not much to update, which is great news. Or, to put it another way, we haven’t had any more fires. Our kitchen is back to about 90% of its normal operating capacity, and we’re working to get it that last 10%. We’ve taken some smart precautions, and we’re hopeful that we’re beyond the trouble. If not, we are ready.

Back to more normal beginning of camp things, I should talk a little bit about communicating with your camper. The primary method is the letter. Letter writing, a dying art, is alive and well between Four Winds campers and their families. There’s something about the tactile nature of the letter that makes it magical. Getting a letter at Camp feels great, and receiving one from camp creates memories that families treasure for years. And, we view the delay of the mail as a feature, not a bug. It adds to the independent experience of Camp. With that said, a few of you will receive homesick letters while your children are here. I won’t lie, those letters can be heartbreaking. But, please give us a call if you get one. The feeling may well have changed during that delay of the mail. If it hasn’t, we may already be working with your camper. Rarely, a camper doesn’t express any homesick feelings at camp, but does in a letter home. In that case, your calling camp will help us to get your camper the attention they need.

With respect to homesickness, we don’t view it as something to be feared. It’s a normal feeling and an age appropriate challenge. When campers overcome homesickness and have a successful camp experience, they feel accomplished, and they are more ready for other independent experiences. I can’t prove it (I hope someone will), but I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that children who go to a good, long term summer camp have better outcomes in college than those who don’t.

There are other ways that you can get a sense of what’s going on as well. I’ll blog here once a week, on Sundays. I’ll also post daily on our Twitter feed. You don’t need to join Twitter to get those updates. You can just go to the link, or text the phrase “follow fourwindscamp” to the 40404, and you’ll get the updates by text. In fair warning, I do occasionally tweet at 10 or 11 at night, so take necessary precautions. You’re also welcome to just call the office, and the staff here can check in on your camper and call you back with a report.

Thank you for sharing your children with us this month. I can’t wait to see the community that they’ll create.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on July 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm.

Greetings from Hilltop. Well, Camp is quiet for the first time in a month. In spite of the challenges of the last few days, this has been an absolutely extraordinary session. Last night’s final Evening Fire was a fitting end. When you’ve been at Camp for a while, it’s tough not to rate Evening Fires a little bit. Normally, they’re really good. Once in a while, we get one that’s a little sub par. From time to time, we have one that’s transcendent. Last night was one of those nights. There were many great moments, but two notable highlights. The first was a sea shanty led by our Head of Boys, Ciaran, and sang by all of Boys’ Side. For all of us who live in Girls’ Side, myself included due to the location of Hilltop, it was a complete surprise. The voices of the boys and their counselors were strong and joyous. They filled the room like I’ve never seen. The second moment was a surprise of a different sort. We awarded our Head of Girls’ Side, Charlotte, her Gypsy Pin. The Gypsy Pin is the highest piece of Gypsy Jewelry we award. We often don’t list it when we rattle off the types of Gypsy Jewelry because it’s given so rarely. It’s given at a point after the Polaris Ring or Gypsy Bracelet, and it’s meant to recognize a truly significant service to Camp. Charlotte fits the bill perfectly, and the Pin was probably overdue. Hearing everyone’s expressions of gratitude towards Charlotte, hearing the impact she’s had on so many campers and staff, was a reminder to all of us about how we affect each other daily. I love Charlotte, and I’m happy she got her pin, but my mind does wander to the impact on the entirety of Camp of seeing all that gratitude, impact, and emotion laid bare in the Lodge. Three of Charlotte’s former campers from Fir, our youngest girls’ cabin, from six years ago, now Seniors, spoke. Charlotte recalled that when she was their counselor, at perhaps 19, she witnessed a Gypsy Pin ceremony at a final evening fire. It makes me wonder which young person sitting in the audience last night will be recognized years from now, having impacted hundreds.

Moving from the sublime to the informative, Travel Day is going well. Many of you are already reunited with your children. For those that aren’t, flights are going smoothly. Camp is an emotionally intense experience, and lots of kids need a little bit of a re-entry period to what we refer to as “the real world.” Kids express that decompression period differently. Some come immediately with the camp stories. Other are on devices communicating with camp friends and not talking as much as their parents would like. Take your cues from your camper. The decompression period will normalize in a few days.

I hope your camper is already talking about next summer, and you may be interested to know that registration for summer 2018 is already available. We reserve spots for returning campers until November 30, so there’s no real rush, but many families like to take care of it when Camp is at the front of mind. We will send out reminders and so forth, but we do encourage you to mind that November 30 deadline. For the last several years, all three of our sessions filled on December 1, and we have no reason to believe it will be different next year. You can find that registration form by logging into your parent account at fourwindscamp.org/login, clicking on “Registration Form,” selecting the 2018 season, and filling out the form.

Thank you for sharing your children with us this month. It was a truly extraordinary experience, both for us and for them. I hope to see them all next summer, and in the off season as well.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on July 21, 2017 at 6:21 pm.

Update on fire in the kitchen – All is well

Hello everyone,

I sent this email to all parents of all First Session campers earlier today. Second and Junior Session parents got a similar email. But, I recognize that email can fall through the cracks, and of course our Four Winds community extends beyond the families that have campers at Camp this summer, so I thought it wise to post it here as well.

Not a lot has changed since I wrote this email a few hours ago – we’re all doing fine, we have meal plans through the remainder of First Session, and we’re hopeful that we can be back to a fully operating kitchen before the Second Session campers arrive, or just shortly thereafter.

Here’s the email:

Dear First Session Parents,

I’m writing to let you know about a fire that occurred overnight in our commercial kitchen. First of all, let me say the most important thing, which is that all campers and staff are safe. There were no injuries at all, not even minor ones, that resulted from the fire. Secondly, there is no damage to the main structure of the Lodge, to the room where we have Evening Fire, or to any of the historical treasures we keep in the Lodge.

There is, however, significant damage inside the commercial kitchen, mainly to the floor, but there is also smoke damage, and residue from the powder and foam from the fire extinguishers and compressed air foam system that were used to extinguish the fire. We are already in touch with a fire damage restoration company that is sending someone to Camp today to assess the job, and will have a crew on site tomorrow.

In the meantime, we are focused on solving the logistical problem of feeding our campers and staff without use of our kitchen, and on keeping Camp as normal and fun for the campers as possible. Our friends at Camp Orkila are helping us out with breakfast and lunch today, and we’re working on plans for dinner today and meals for the next few days. Ruth Brown, our founder, had a way of looking at wrenches thrown in plans as opportunities for adventure and delight, and that’s how we intend to make Camp work for these next few days. Obviously, those plans will change as we get more information, but we know that we can keep the campers fed and happy, and that’s what we’ll do.

This session has been fantastic so far, and it will end in the same fantastic fashion. Thank you for sending your children to Four Winds. I’ll be sorry to see them go on Friday, but those family reunions are just as much a great part of Camp as the rest of it, and I look forward to those as well.

All the best,
Paul

Posted by Paul Sheridan on July 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm.