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Too Cute Tuesday

The second full day at camp is coming to a close, and what a joyful day it’s been! New friends have been made, new skills learned, and new discoveries made. After reveille rang, bright eyes opened, and your girls began work on their morning chores in hopes of their cabin winning the “cabin cake” for the best cabin scores at the end of the week. I took a stroll around Lake Doris as the mist lifted from the mountains beyond, and the delicious smells of scrambled eggs, biscuits, and potatoes wafted up from the Tucker Inn.

After bellies were full, the echoes of sweet voices rang around Black Mountain as we worshipped in chapel. Our chapel was renovated this past year, and it is a stunning place to join together in song and in prayer, with high ceilings and rich stone floors, overlooking the lake. Birthday girl and Tweedle Dee camper Brooke B. got to ring the bell that signals the beginning of chapel! Stardust counselor Jessica G. read from Jeremiah 29:11 and spoke about how God always leads us down the right path, unlike a time where she mistakenly led the Choctaw tribe down the wrong path when she was a camper. What an encouraging message with which to start the day!

Today was everyone’s first time attending their Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday schedule of activities, so each activity period began with a quick introduction and safety talk. Safety is of the utmost importance here at camp, but fortunately, every class was able to cover all of the information promptly in time to actually participate in the activity! Guitar classes began learning chords, kayakers learned how to wet exit (get out of the boat underwater, in case of emergency), and budding archers and riflery superstars shot their first targets!

We are so fortunate to be in the midst of some of the most incredible mountains and rivers—sites for the many climbing, water skiing, backpacking, and canoeing trips that go out each day! Today, we had several trips out enjoying the beautiful North Carolina scenery while practicing their skills on real rocks and rapids! Katherine G., Katherine M., Elizabeth C., Reilly B., Anne D., and Rachel D. went kayaking. Abigail S., Caroline C., Claire R., Bella C., Katie B., and Victoria M. went climbing. This afternoon, Nora C., Brooke C., Reilly B., Helena C., Kate A., and Mary Louise D. spent some time in the sun on Lake James water-skiing! The weather was hot and beautiful—perfect for sunning by Lake Doris and trotting around the ring.

After a hearty lunch of chicken patty sandwiches and the camp favorite “s’more pockets” (chocolate and marshmallow wrapped in dough), we announced that the Choctaw had won last night’s evening activity of Sock War. Sock War is similar to Capture the Flag, but to get the other tribe members out, you must hit them with a long sock! Iroquois snagged “spirit points” for that evening activity, which means they demonstrated the most cheer and sportsmanship towards the other tribes during and after the game. After dinner tonight, everyone will play Base Jumping, where campers are sent on missions to deliver slips of paper to different destinations for their tribe, avoiding counselors who are trying to steal their paper along the way. Go Seminoles ☺

Free time today was abundant with relaxation and with play. Many campers strung up hammocks and giggled and chatted with friends. Some passed the time playing tetherball tournaments. Others gathered together to compare schedules and plan their days. In Fencing today, they played a name game using one of the fencing gloves. This is a perfect example of the way that campers meet so many friends here at camp—not just within their age group in their cabin, but also within their tribes and in their classes! I was a camper here for seven years and am still friends with girls who were years younger and older than me, but we were able to meet and spend quality time together at camp in our classes and tribal activities.

My belly is full of scrumptious chocolate chip cookies from Cooking class, my heart is happy from playing with puppies in Paws, and my face hurts from smiling at all of the ways your precious girls have shown me joy and love today. Thank you for sharing your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and friends with us. I know that Camp Merri-Mac has made an incredible impact in my life after eleven years, and I can’t wait to see all of the ways these sweet girls will grow even after a few short days!

 

From this haven,

Maddy Mallory

Cabin Area Director

Guitar Instructor

University of Virginia, 2017

Spirited Seminole

Merri Monday

As soon as the bugle rang bright and early this morning, the girls had their feet on the floor ready to start the first full day of camp for this session. The smell of French toast and bacon filled the air as the girls headed in to breakfast this morning. The meal ended with fun morning songs such as “Hip Hooray” where all the girls have to circle the dining hall, and “Sippin’ Cider”. After breakfast, the girls ran to try and get a front row seat in chapel where we sang praises to Him, and Adam spoke about how God wants us to really mean it when we say we love him and that He wants to be our Father.

As activities started, I made my way around to find out what new and exciting things were happening around camp. Every class today started out with a get to know each other game and the safety talk. In riding, the girls were learning to canter around the ring and jump the small jumps. In riflery and archery, the girls learned the basics on how to shoot at a target. Down at the lake, canoeing was learning the strokes and basic parts of the paddle. Diving learned how to do tuck and straddles dive, and Rachel D got her roll in kayaking! When the bugle sounded for the end of second period, the girls played teather ball eagerly awaiting the infamous lunch of taco in a bag. The girls enjoyed warm chocolate chip cookies while they sang their tribal songs in preparation for the sock war coming tonight.

Rest “hour” was upon us, but only actually for 30 minutes. The campers sprinted to the Trading Post to indulge in their favorite candies and drinks. Afterwards, they headed to their afternoon activities. In pottery, the girls learned how to make a pinch pot, which can be made into a pot, mug, cup, or whatever else you can think of! In DIY crafts, the girls took cardstock and rubbed into shaving cream with food coloring mixed in. They then took a plastic knife and scraped off the shaving cream to see their beautifully marbled cardstock. In backpacking, the girls started to learn how to make a fire. As I continued down the hill, I could smell the sweet chocolate chip cookies being made in cookies. More cookies, crazy right? After their last class, the girls proceeded to get decked out in their tribal gear before dinner.  As dinner began, the girls had a scrumptious meal of roasted porkloin, hasbrown casserole, and vegetables, which ended with jello cake. At the end of the meal, each cabin sang their cabin song with pride.

As I sit and write the article, I can hear the screams of each tribe charging the other as they run the camp in sock war. Sock war is just a huge game of capture the flag and you get tagged by getting a sock thrown at you; a camp favorite! Afterwards, the girls will have devotion in their cabin and be all snuggled up in bed for a good nights sleep after a long day. Stay tuned tomorrow to find out the winner of sock war!

Altogether, it was a great day at camp. The counselors are excited to get to know your girls and share all their knowledge for their class, but much more than that, their love of God. Thank you for sharing your daughter with us. We could not be happier to have them here at Camp Merri-Mac!

 

Sweet Dreams Merri-Mac!

Lauren Barbay

Tweedle Doe Counselor

Choctaw Tribe Dominates

Welcome to 2A!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to camp!  Merri-Mac started this session with a wonderful opening day. The sun was shining and there were many happy faces. Ann and I enjoyed talking with so many of our parents as you checked your girls in.

After a year of planning we officially started first session with a swim test, followed by fried chicken dinner and cabin songs.  It’s always fun to see the girls sing as part of their new cabin each year – and Big Dipper did an especially great job tonight.  Those girls are excited to be on the hill.  That said, it’s pretty clear that the big excitement is coming tomorrow when they sing their tribe songs for the first time in a year.

Later several cabins were seen sneaking out with their staff for their own special cabin initiations.  There are lots of girls becoming Merri-Mac insiders tonight.

Tonight during initiation we had many smiling faces joining their respective tribes tonight.

Seminoles: Kelsey O, France M, Kathryn G, Elizabeth J, Caroline R, Griffin B, Caroline M, Elizabeth M, Maya W, Georgia D, Taylor M, Finley M, Lily T, Helen M, Poppy W, Susannah B, Elizabeth H, Ainsley I, Sonny W, Jessica K, Rachel E, Keely W, Taylar C, Victoria M, and Ellie G.

Choctaw: Brooke B, Callie L, Oletakate M, Carroll Ww, Katherine C, Anna W, Grace R, Grace A, Emerson S, Martha G, Mira P, Abby L, Anna F, Payge Z, Helene B, Grace Garcia M, Alicia G, and Allison F.

Iroquois: Rebecca M, Maddison M, Anna A, Taylor S, Lauren F, Sophia S, Juliet M, Charlotte C, Riley T, Mimi L, Caitlin H, Sarah B, Emma H, Emerson M, Camille M, Samantha G, Mary Wells L, Caroline W, Caroline H, and Jill H.

I wanted to end by thanking you again for sharing your daughters with us; we have a great group of girls and we are proud of each of them. We also have some very exciting days lined up and we’ll keep you posted each day.

Great Camping!

Adam Boyd

Last Day of Session

What a beautiful, bright and sunny day it was here at Merri-Mac! Today was the last day of classes for most of the girls and overall, the last day for a lot of things. Some campers have left, and it has been very bittersweet to see them head off after an amazing first session. The girls packed in the morning and then headed off to breakfast. On a normal day, we would have chapel in the the chapel, but because of it being the last day, Sunnysiders hold a tradition where they are the ones in charge of chapel and it is held on the beautiful lake Doris. There was a lot of singing and tears and in the end, a little laughter when the Sunnysiders jumped in the water as part of the tradition. After that, classes were held as usual.

I am so honored to have gotten the opportunity to walk around camp during classes to see everything else that goes on. As a climbing instructor, I never get the opportunity to leave the traverse wall or tower so it was nice to see other classes in action. Also, having the camera in hand meant that I was in charge of capturing moments and boy was that a treat. The girls love to get their pictures taken and and want to show off in their activity when the camera is around. After two full periods, the girls headed back up to their cabin to continue packing.

For lunch, we ate two of my favorite things- pizza and s’more pockets. If you don’t know what s’more pockets are, you will once your girls are back at home and start to request them. Basically, it’s a s’more without the mess and hassle. Trust me when I say that they are amazing! Usually after lunch, we head back up to the cabins and take some time to rest. However, since tomorrow is our closing day, we had to practice our closing ceremony. It was hard to sit there and think about how in less than a day, majority of these girls will be gone. Practicing made it seem a lot more real and I know tomorrow will be a hard day for the everyone. At the same time, I know it will also be a beautiful day.

For the last two periods, I visited guitar class, knitting, cooking, kayaking, climbing and archery. I even managed to get some shots of the girls riding horses around camp, the puppies being walked and girls playing volleyball. Before dinner, I walked around on the back porch and managed to capture some beautiful smiles. I also got the opportunity to sit back and reflect on how amazing camp is and how blessed we all are to be here.

Tonight, we have our last white feather ceremony as well as lakeside. As a first year counselor, some of this stuff is still a tad confusing, but I’m slowly catching on! What I do know is that lakeside is a beautiful ceremony with lots of tears, singing and candles. I am excited to be part of this and I am even more excited to be part of the white feather ceremony and see girls get recognized for their achievements here at camp. You should be proud!

White Feather Ceremony Awards:

Tumbleweed: Kate R.

Groundhog: Amelia D, Lucy V.

Badger: Eva B, Ava B, Eliza D, Ryan S, Eilza D, Emily S, Isabel D.

Bear: Kindle H.

Arrow: Rainy F, Katherine W, Hallie B, Riley C, Anna D, Victoria F, Bella T, Coco N, Abby S, Jade B, Nikki B, Aaliyah D, Idalia B, Carly L, Lynley T.

Crazy Creek: Ava H, Kate S, Katherine W, Lindsay J, Mary Raines A, Mary R, Riley C, Caroline B, Besty B, Leah Cate B, Kathryn N, Caroline R, Mary A.

Long Bow: Allie W, Shelby C.

Running Deer: Kathryn U, Elise Seabrook B, Hadley C, Elizabeth C, Courtney H, Katherine P, Hannah W, Olivia L, Bianca B, Carysn K, Madison B, Emma B, Kathryn C, Natalie C, Stewart Anne M, Sophie B, Shelby Grace J, Lucy M, Molly K.

Red Tail: Lucie F, Betsy J, Claire C, Lila B, Olivia J, Audrey S, Nicole C, Lizzie C, Katherine M, Allie M, Katherine Faye N, Ellie H.

Junior Feather: Ellie H, Emily R, Rachel D, Julia P, Meghan M, Morgan B, Ashlynn K.

White Feather: Sydney B, Mary Catherine C, Madeline H.

 

Counselor Commendations: Lucy V, Eva B, Kindle H, Emily S, Amelia L, Lynley T, Victoria F, Abby S, Kathryn N, Mary Raines A, Alice A, Hastings W, Katherine W, Kate S, Leah Cate B, Audrey H, Ava H, Mattie B, Sydney H, Julia Clair A, Katherine Faye N, Hadley C, Ann Gardiner H, Elizabeth C, Claire C, Mary Elizabeth B, Sarah B, Emily E, Mary Julia G, Marley D, Morgan B, Lucy M, Eliza D, Madison B, Sydney B, Swayze W, Rigby P.

Camper Commendations: Elizabeth W, Eva B, Kindle H, Greer H, Kaci M, Emily S, Hillary R, Eliza K, Lynley T, Ruthann S, Eve Q, Coco N, Mary R, Kathryn N, Mary Raines A, Bella T, Kristen P, Katherine W, Caroline B, Anna M, Prenctice A, Shelby C, Leah C, Laken T, Shelby Grace J, Edie B, Kathryn U, Stewart Anne M, Sophie B, Isabel E, Molly K, Lauren S, Lizzie B, Claire C, Katie M, Millie M, Juilia P, Izzy O, Olivia J, Ashlynn K, Aislinn F, Eiley M, Anna C, Amelia D, Meghan M, Sydney B, Madeline H, Rachel D.

Electives: Hallie B, Nettie P, Betsy B, Maddy P, Isabel E, Avery S, Elizabeth C, Morgan P, Allison F, Julia P, Katie M, Natalie C, Olivia L, Sarah B, Lizzie B, Mary Elizabeth B, Betsy J, Nicole C, Lucie F, Ava F, Isabeau C, Meghan R, Ashleynn K, Juliana R, Kate S, Sydney A, Christine T, Meghan M, Mary Catherine C, Sydney B, Madeline H, Isabella B, Grace E.

 

God bless,

Maria Navarro

Dreams Begin

Beautiful Wednesday

It’s always a Merri day here at camp Merri-Mac and this beautiful Wednesday was no exception! The girls woke up this morning remembering all the awesome activities they did last night for Cabin Night. Bellies were extra full as many cabins had snacks after dinner. Smores were made by Tweedles, chocolate chip blueberry pancakes made by Stardust, cupcakes decorated by Blue Heaven and even chicken fajitas made by Sundrop! Rainbow sent their girls on a scavenger hunt all over camp while the Dreams girls had a photo-shoot and free swim in Lake Doris. Music, dancing and laughter could be heard all throughout camp nearly until the last bugle. Cabin night is a favorite around here, offering a chance for the girls to bond as a cabin and have a great time with their friends as camp is coming to a close.

 

Today started with the BEST BREAKFAST EVER. Cinnamon coffee cake, baked oatmeal, bacon, grits, cereal and spiced peaches were devoured by campers everywhere creating a line for refills that could have circled the dining hall (if we didn’t have such awesome kitchen staff keeping campers moving). Breakfast ended with three silly camp songs that got every one energized and ready for the day.

A soft wind blew through the chapel today as Elizabeth E. gave a lesson on God providing us with exactly what we need even when we think we need more. Tribal meetings followed chapel after which the girls has a few minutes of free time to play tetherball, work on their bracelets and hang out in one of the many enos that cover the campground.

On the lake this morning campers practiced their rolls, swam, blobbed, canoed and even took turns going down the water slide. The water may have been a little chilly, but that never stops our girls from have a great time on Lake Doris. Puppy Camp took their dogs on a walk past the waterfront ensuring that Robb, Dillon, Motley, Gibbs and Page will be all tuckered out for rest hour. Riding also took a trail ride today giving campers a unique opportunity to view the camp on the back of a horse. Cooking whipped up some delicious omelets filled with peppers, onions, and bacon – oh my! Knitting & Pottery had a very chill day today with campers working on the finishing touches of their projects.

For lunch we had yet another camp favorite – mini corn dogs, mac n’ cheese, pears, tomato bisque, fresh bread and salad. The campers sang their loudest during tribe songs then marched up the hill to their cabins for rest hour. Once the bugle rang it was a mad dash for trading post where the girls got to snack on some of their favorite candy and play games with their friends. Allison F. and Millie M. hosted a “messy twister” tournament where girls played twister – but with paint. Everyone was covered in green, purple, blue and red handprints with smiles ear-to-ear.

Afternoon classes began at 3:30. In archery the girls got to shoot their arrows at inflated balloons attached to their targets. It was awesome to see the joy on their face when their balloon popped. In guitar, the girls played songs and said a tearful goodbye to their instructor Ari J. as this is the last day of MWF classes. Fitness was taught by two sunny-siders who enthusiastically got the girls motivated to do some rather hard moves! I stopped back by cooking at the end of 4th period to sample one of their creations for the day – monkey bread – which was delicious!

Tonight is American Color Wars where the girls will dress in red, white and blue while playing capture the flag. Patriotism can be seen throughout the camp as the girls don their most patriotic clothing. (You’ll also hear a distant chant of USA throughout the evening).

 

Happy Camping,

Morgan Collette

Puppy Camp Director

Iroquois Best Tribe

Totally Tuesday

What a beautiful day at camp Merri-Mac! We had such a fun day of role switching between the counselors and the Sunnyside and Dreams cabins yesterday, and even more fun as we celebrated everyone’s talents at the Fine Arts Night showcase, the “Merrimacademy Awards.” Counselors Sydney and Josie MC’d the event, dressing in hilarious costumes and making everyone laugh with their skits and songs. There were performances by girls of all ages: a skit written by Alex H., a few dances by the girls in Dance class, a poem read by Isabella B., and some beautiful songs sung by the girls in Chorus. Overall, it was a wonderful night, and everyone had a blast!

The Sunnyside and Dreams girls were ready to get back to their regular activities and resume their roles as campers in the morning. We started off the day right with sausage and egg biscuits and some fun songs at breakfast. We then moved on to a wonderful chapel with some Merri-Mac song classics and a talk led by Adam.

Between chapel and first period, I caught some Tweedles and their counselor hanging out in the hammocks outside their cabin–one of their favorite free time activities!

At the bugle for first period, I headed over to knitting where the girls were continuing their work on their scarves and headbands. Many of them were working diligently to finish their projects this week, and others have begun finger-knitting projects! I then stopped by cooking, where they were making delicious blueberry scones with lemon icing. They even let me try one! Yum! Next I made my way over to the Enchanted Barn to see what everyone was making in DIY crafts. I was excited to see that they were continuing to work on their collage journals, complete with magazine cutouts, lace, patterned paper, and more!

In pottery, Lila B. and Madeline H. were working hard on the wheel to earn their silver bar, and the other girls were picking out fun colors to glaze their beautiful pinch pots! I was so excited to head over to the fencing pavilion next, because Mary Clayton S. and Anna Grace S. were dueling for the first time! It was a really close match, and they both did such a great job! On guard!

In guitar, all the girls were practicing hard to learn fun songs like “Wagon Wheel” and “Riptide.” They were having so much fun helping each other along, and I saw a lot of girls helping their friends work towards their bronze bars! Mairin M. and Sang-Mi L. got their gold bars today! Congrats!

Next, I headed over to Lake Doris to see what Kayaking and diving were up to. All the kayakers were playing an intense game of paddleball—it looked so fun! The divers were working on back dives and pike dives, and Kate S. got her bronze bar today!

For lunch, we had taco in a bag—a camp favorite, for sure! We sang some fun tribe songs and found out that the evening activity would be Cabin Night! All the campers were so excited, and continued to beg their counselors to tell them what secret activities they had planned for the evening as everyone headed off to rest hour.

After all the campers rushed to Trading Post to get their favorite snacks, afternoon activities began again. The sun decided to show itself after a menacingly cloudy morning, and it turned into a gorgeous day!

Some of the afternoon highlights include: many girls earning their bronze in dance, girls working hard for bars in gymnastics, swimmers working on their backstroke over at the lake, and fun climbing activities at the Upper Tower!

Overall, it was another great day at Merri-Mac, and everyone is excited for Cabin Night! Check out Facebook for some fun pictures from the day!

 

In Him,

Katie Terrell, Proud Tweedle Dum Counselor

IBT

A Sunny & Dreamy Monday

Today at Camp Merri-Mac was a little different, because it was Staff Appreciation Day and boy, did we feel appreciated! The Sunnysiders (Sunny Side and Cloud 9) and Dreams (Dreams Begin and Dreams End) girls had the pleasure of dressing as their favorite counselors in their staff shirts and leading activities all day. The day started off with the Sunnyside and Dreams girls learning how difficult it is to wake up a cabin full of sleepy girls and making sure they finish their chores before breakfast! Watching these girls step up and lead was a very special thing to see! You should be so proud of your Sunnyside and Dreams daughters! They showed great leadership, patience, and wisdom today. It was beyond encouraging to see them beam with responsibility and confidence!

The most important meal of the day, breakfast, was pancakes with sausage, cereal, fruit, yogurt, and granola. Some of the new staff learned to appreciate the magic of a cup of coffee, as they received that perk with their new status. Chapel followed with sweet worship music. Watching the girls wrap their arms around each other’s shoulders and sing the camp’s psalm is probably my favorite part of the day. Tears are typically shed. A message followed about Romans 5:8 “ But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. We were reminded that no matter how broken we are the Lord is bigger than our sin and sees us as His precious Son.

I had the privilege of taking pictures of your sweet daughters today and captured some of the biggest smiles! The younger girls thrived being taught by the older Sunnysiders and Dreams girls. As counselors, it was a joy to see the older girls step up and lead! The energy was up all day and quite relaxing for the counselors, not going to lie. Your girls rocked it! Lunch today was Stromboli (a camp favorite) with cookies on a stick for dessert. Can’t get much better than that! Dinner was fajitas and cake for dessert. The new staff got to lead their cabins in their cabin songs and sing the staff song at dinner. It was quite entertaining.

We are all dressed up in our finest attire to attend Fine Arts Night! The red carpet is waiting for all of our talented Fine Arts such as chorus, drama, dance, and fencing to perform. It will be quite a show! Fine Arts Night is a great example of the diversity Camp Merri-Mac truly has to offer and more importantly, how many talents God’s children have been given to serve Him. 1 Peter 4:10-11 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

 

In Christ,

Courtney Billions

Dreams End Counselor

Go Vols

Telling The Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Crew Getting the Shot

Media Crew Getting the Shot

There are a thousand stories that happen at camp every day, and one of them is the story of those telling the story. Each day before breakfast our media team begin planning their day. They look at the schedule to make decisions about where to film, how to distribute four cameras to counselors and then they head out to take photos themselves. Their day ends around 10:00 pm editing and posting the best moments of the day. Each of them are professionals and each of them get excited every time a parent understands camp a little better. They love camp, and they work hard to help tell the story – so thanks to Lauren Geerken, David Johnson, Phil Mollenkof, Sunday Grant and Wendy Perry for sharing so many camp stories.

– Adam

Prepare for Homesickness at Girls Summer Camp near Florida

The only downside about going away for summer camp is leaving home. As drop off day at our girls summer camp near Florida gets closer, campers may start to feel stressed and against leaving. But don’t worry, this is completely normal and can be the beginning signs of homesickness at summer camp. Every camper experience some sort of homesickness while away at summer camp and it is impossible to avoid. But here at Camp Merri-Mac, we have come up with a few tips to help you prepare yourself and your daughter for summer camp this year.

  1. Be Positive- Children are likely to feel uneasy or sad the days leading up to summer camp. Since they will be leaving home, their friends, and their family for the summer, these feelings are common and unavoidable. Try and cheer them up by reminding them of all the fun experiences they will have at summer camp this year! Talk to them about the girls summer camp activities they will get to participate in, all of the new friends they are going to make, and the memories they will come home with and remember forever. Speak positive about summer camp and don’t show your daughter that you are stressed or upset about them leaving. Remind them that summer camp will be over before they know it and they will want to go back as soon as possible!
  2. Practice- As much as you try, homesickness can’t be avoided. Instead, have your daughter spend a weekend away from home at a family member or friend’s house. This will give them a chance to practice being away from home and sleeping somewhere other than their own bed. Have them follow the schedule of what a typical day at girls summer camp would feel like. This will give them a chance to experience and get used to girls summer camp before they even leave home.
  3. Tour the Campgrounds- One of the best ways to reduce feelings of homesickness is to take a tour of the campgrounds. More often than not, campers will stress over getting lost or not knowing where the girls summer camp facilities are. By taking a tour together, this will give campers more confidence and to become more comfortable with their new surroundings.
  4. Meet the Staff- If possible; you and your daughter should meet with a member of the girls summer camp staff. Allow your daughter to ask any questions or voice any concerns. In addition, this is a great way for campers to have a friendly and familiar face on drop off day.

Still looking for the best girls summer camp near Florida for your daughter? Contact Camp Merri-Mac at 828-669-8766 to schedule a tour or for more information today!

 

Sunday News from Merri-Mac!

Today is the day that the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Today, as is done every Sunday here at Merri-Mac, all of the campers got up and put their whites on and the staff awoke and put their staff shirts on: this is a sweet tradition here at Merri-Mac and is also a great day for pictures. The girls got to sleep in an extra hour because, hey, a little extra rest never hurts, right? After this, chores began. After about 40 minutes, the cabins were in tip top shape and the ladies set out to venture through another day in an amazing place.

The first event they attended was breakfast where they ate cinnamon roles, cereal, or yogurt. They also sang sweet Sunday morning songs and then headed to the chapel for some more singing and a Bible message delivered by the girls from Milky Way. They brought a message from Daniel 6:26-27 about God and His enduring love. After this the girls set off for some free time before they headed to the activities that were offered today.

I had the privilege of  taking pictures today and even had a buddy from the Tweedles tag along with me this morning: her name is Emily, and she kindly asked the girls from Rainbow to sing their cabin song for her, and so they did so with quite a bit of enthusiasm. They really are role models for those that are younger than they are. We had morning activities and then evening activities, and between the two the girls had some good ‘ol fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, and mini apple turnovers for lunch. Tweedle Doe shared some learning experiences they have had during this time. These included having learned two point on a horse, how to make a horse jump over a bucket, and that Jesus got arrested when he really didn’t do anything wrong. What great news it is to hear what some of our girls have learned over the week of camp that they have had thus far.

Today’s activities included diving, rifelry (in which Julianna R. earned her silver), an intense fencing tournament, chorus and dance (whom were preparing for liberal arts night), an enthusiastic Zumba class led by our very own Princess, Anne Dillon L., basketball (in which some girls earned their bronzes), volleyball, an outstanding climbing tournament, guitar (in which Morgan B. earned her gold in today), archery, cooking, free swim (which was so popular that we maximized the amount of girls we could hold safely in the lake), and there was even a couple of sand castles built today. A lot of the girls also played gaga ball and tether ball today as they had an afternoon to choose activities to do today.

Rest hour today was an hour long, so you may be getting some letters soon parents. We also had trading post at the beginning of free time. After free time ended, we headed to dinner, which was a cookout and we had hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, chips, and cookies. Your children miss you and can’t wait to see you again, but they are also having a lot of fun! Now were headed to Vespers. Check out Facebook to see some funny skits later tonight!

 

Counselor Caitlin