Wow! What a day it has been today!
I think I personally put my swimsuit on at least 5 times today! :)
Here’s a little peek into how we managed to stay cool throughout the day here at Gilead while the thermometer hit record breaking temperatures!
We started off the morning after chapel with mail call at the pool. Campers and counselors sat around the edge of the pool with their feet dangling in the water while names were read and mail was passed out. When all the mail was distributed, we had just enough time to have campers jump into the pool just before it was lunch time! The campers cooled their bodies just enough to be refreshed.
If you’ve ever been to Gilead on hot summer days you know that one of the worst places when it’s hot is the dining hall. So – campers and counselors ate their meal outside in the shade. It was hot outside … but much cooler than the sweatbox … also known as the dining hall.
After lunch, and R&R, campers went to their afternoon activities – which included at least one hour of swimming. Then came the Eastside Fire Department with their ladder truck and water truck. Campers were blasted (some literally!) with a steady stream of water for about 15 minutes! Campers LOVED IT! They screamed and hollered as the water flowed…creating a rainbow as the sun hit the stream. See pictures at http://www.campgilead.org/
Following afternoon activities and dinner (again…outside!) we took the campers back down to the pool for the Wheel of Misfortune where they could spin “Walk the Plank (diving board)” or “Staff in Pool.” After all the campers had spun that received packages, we again had the campers cool their bodies before chapel by jumping in the pool. No one seemed to mind getting into the pool…again.
All afternoon the announcements on the PA system could be heard…”Remember to drink lots of water!” Counselors took their campers past the water fountain to fill up their Camp Gilead water bottles…keeping them hydrated and happy…and going to the restroom!
It’s been a GOOD day…we are so thankful for the sun! We are blessed to live in such a beautiful area. We are learning a ton about God’s creation – and his most unique creation…US!
Thanks for stopping in again today at the victory circle! Until next time…
Camp Gilead Program Director