Even though it rained yesterday for a little bit, we still made the most of it!

 

Forest moved inside for our game of Geronimo!

We still made some great shots on the Hard Courts.

And we splashed in puddles!!!

It was almost lunch yesterday when the other side of the valley disappeared behind a wall of cloud. These sights can be amazing to those who only spend two weeks of the year up in the Valley, and the rain that comes with such clouds is often a spectacle to be witnessed, yet my first thought was to wonder how i would get to the Dining Hall dry for my meal.

I have forgiven myself for this momentary lapse in professionalism; rain this good has to be met with mud slides and puddle dives. It took this group of crazy staff and campers to remind me what we do when it rains.

Enjoy the madness that is 11.30am on a Monday at Frost Valley.

 

I spent most of check-in at the luggage tent today. For first-timers at Frost Valley, many wondered aloud if it was bad luck that brought overcast skies and drizzle to our happy day of arrival.

Any veteran Frost Valley family will tell you, however, that “check in wouldn’t be check in without rain”. Today I heard this more than once, and of course they are right. But what is not said is how important this first downpour is.

For our campers, they see our staff stood in the road, directing traffic with smiling faces. They see role models in our Counselors in Training, who get their first opportunities to support camp by helping us in the huge task of sorting luggage. As parents, you see that the show goes on; that it is our hairs, not our spirits that dampen. You even had the good grace to laugh at my dismal British summertime jokes.

Simply put the atmosphere was not one you would expect from dozens of people stood waiting in the rain. It was calm, happy, and generally unfazed. To me this is important, it was a display of resilience that inspired others to put aside their anxieties, and lean towards the positives. Just as check in wouldn’t be check in without rain, summer camp wouldn’t be summer camp without that resilience.