August sure was a busy month for us. After a week at Pocono Plateau, we stopped by Terry’s place in PA to celebrate Johnny's and Dona's Birthdays with a swim and a bite to eat. Laurie was there with Joey and Jessica, so our kids had a blast swimming together for a while. It was a short visit, but good none the less. After Terry’s we went to moms for the night and left bright and early the next morning for home.
We finally did it. For several years after getting married, we thought when we had kids we would bring them back to Pocono Plateau for summer camp, back to where we met. The Plateau has always meant so much to both of us. It is where my fait took root and started to grow. Well, three wonderful children later we find our selves in NC, not exactly within an hour or two driving distance from the Plateau. Well the kids are now at a good age where a camp like Music & Performance Camp at the Plateau would be a good fit.
So, we finally did it. Kim and I were volunteer counselors, me at Music & Performance camp with the boys and Kim at Eco Adventurers camp with Caitlin (she was a bit too young for Music & Performance). Many things about the Plateau are the same but many things are different also. Arriving at the Plateau was like it had been… the anticipation… the long wooded drive off the main road… the cooler fresh air and the wind in the pine trees… the sight of the old familiar buildings and of course the lake and cove. There are a few new buildings, The new dinning hall (we helped raise money for it, but never seen it complete is now sitting where Quonset huts (also known as Pine) used to be… the More building now has heat and doors to each bunk room… The old dinning hall is now a recreation room and craft room. A new highlight for the kids was wooden structure near where the camp store used to be (now adjacent to the dinning hall) that they call the Ga-ga pit. This game is a cross between dodge ball and four square. Maybe some pictures later will help explain.
The week was great. The weather was wonderful. The children's musical was Christmas in August. Dian Ramage was the music director for the week. Dian was the music director the last few years when I went to Music Camp in High School. There were several other adult counselors there that were part of the camp in the late 80’s and were now bringing their kids back to the camp as Kim and I were. It was a lot of fun. The kids enjoyed the usual camp stuff like hikes, boating, swimming, fishing, Ga-ga pit and more while they continued to practice and rehears the musical three times a day.
I volunteered to be the camp photographer for the with the idea of doing a slide show for the kids and family at the end of the week. I took more then 1,000 pictures during the week and narrowed it down to about 300+ pictures for the video. You can see the slide show video, about 20min, here (you will need to install browser plug-in to make it work). Below are just a few pictures of mainly just my family from that week.
Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.