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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's the Most WONDERFUL time of the year!

We are getting into the festive spirit here at camp, with the taste testing of sweets for Santa....
And trimming the tree in the magic triangle.

And as this holiday season approaches, we do hope you are all thinking of camp! And we think we have something that just might help you get extra excited about coming to camp.

That is right, THE NEW DVD IS FINISHED! We should have it posted on the website very soon, and you all will also be receiving your very own copy in the mail! We can't wait for you all to see it!

And if the DVD doesn't get you into the spirit of camp, perhaps this classic holiday poem with a Green Cove twist will:

"Twas the Night Before Green Cove"

Twas the Night before Green Cove and all through the Camp,

not a creature was stirring, except maybe the gnats

All the names tags were hung, on cabin doors with care

with hopes that all the GC girls will soon be there

All the counselors were nestled all snug in their beds,

while visions of Mike and Richard's cookies danced in their heads,

Nancy at her computer and I at my desk,

had just settled in for the fun summer's task.

When out on the ball diamond there came such a clatter,

I sprung from my chair to see what was the matter!

Away from my desk, in a flash I flew,

Tore open the door, and tried to remain cool

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

but eight miniature campers, all loaded with gear.

And their driver, with a smile as big as the come,

I knew in a moment she was a Green Cove Alum

They unloaded quickly as soon as they came,

and giggle and laughed while she called them by name:

"Now Sydney, Now Marie, Now Anna and Sarah,

Now Jane and Susie, Now Liza and Clara!

Go bike up to Oties or climb up the wall,

camp away, camp away, camp away all!"

She was dressed in camp attire, from her head to her skirt,

And her clothes were all tarnished with ashes and dirt.

All her camping supplies just throwing in her pack,

maybe a paddler or going to do some horseback

Her eyes how they twinkled, Her Dimples- How merry!

Her hair was so red, like the barn manager Carrie's

Her sweet little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

to show off her teeth as white as the snow!

She spoke not a word, she went straight to work

packing and hauling trunks, all with a smirk

And after hugging each of the 8 little campers

Her eyes appeared just a little bit damper,

she then sprang to her car, telling her girls to behave

and as she drove down the road, to each gave a wave

I heard her exclaim, as she drove out of sight,

“Happy Camping to all, and to all a good-night.”

We hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season and we will see you in 2012!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hope you had a Turkey-rrific Holiday!

It has been a busy fall, but it was quiet in the office last week with everybody off eating and giving thanks! We hope you all had a "Gobble"-ing good time this Thanksgiving!

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving has already come and gone! What are some of your favorite traditions for turkey day? Is it eating all the turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie? Or is it watching all the pro football games? Maybe your family plays their own game of football? Let us
know what you did for the Holiday!

Even though things were fairly quiet last week, we were very busy in the weeks leading up to it. Frank, Nancy, Andrew and myself have been
on the road, (literally, the plane was broken) showing camp DVDs to new, old and prospective camp families. This is a picture of me and Annabel Powers at the New Orleans showing!

We would like to to thank
all of our gracious hosts and those of you who came
out to the showings! Be sure to keep checking the website for dates of our upcoming shows and if you miss the one in your area, don't worry!
We will be putting the new DVD up on the website shortly!

We also have a few new additions to the Green Cove family, all of the four legged variety. Many of you have met Nancy's dog Reece, and Debbie's dog, Rosie, so now it is time for me to introduce the two newest Green Cove Pups: Lulu and Magnolia!

Magnolia (pictured
left) is Lee Burdett's golden
retriever pup, and Lulu (right) is my year old hound/doberman mix.

Both of the dogs love running around and playing
games with each other and the other dogs from time to time.

The barn has had some new arrivals as well!

Carrie works hard during the winter to find new horses for you all to ride! So far we are loving her picks! On the left we have our new 10 year old mare, Prancer and on the right we have our new 6 year old gelding Tucker! Both have been enjoying getting to know their new home and friends at the GC barn.

Lots has been going on with our Green Covers outside of camp too! There was a recent Green Cove reunion of sorts, as several alums got together to celebrate the wedding of long time GC girl Britta Weisner and Rusty D'Anna!
Maggie Ruch, Sarah Norman, Elise Desloge and
Steph Cohan were just a few of the many who attended the beautiful ceremony! Congrats to both the bride and groom

Well, let me wrap up this post with some images of the changing of the seasons! We got our first snow fall today!! YAY! It was not enough to stick but it was enough to get us in the office excited!!
Be sure to keep sending us updates on the happenings in your life, and I will be sure to keep you posted from our end!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Come all you Green Cove Girls, Let's FALL in line!

Well Fall is in Full swing here in the mountains of North Carolina! And things around camp look a little different than what you all are used to. The trees are turning colors and there is a definite crisp in the air...just imagine what that cold side would feel like now! BRRRRRRRRRR!

There are still things going on here at camp, even though it looks pretty bare! We are very busy in the office, already getting ready for next summer! One of our big projects of the year is getting closer and closer to being completed: the new DVD is in its final stages and will hopefully be making an appearance at one of the upcoming showings! Be sure to check out our website for the updated list of those showings.

The barn in particular has been busy! Our four-legged friends are getting plenty of exercise with weekly riding lessons. Check out some of the sweet pics of some local kids learning the "reigns"

And along with the drop in temperature and massive leaf piles, we all know
what this time of year also brings:

What is your favorite part about Halloween? Is it all the candy or the fun costumes? Or maybe it is going to all the haunted houses? Show us how you spent Halloween this year by sending in a picture! We would love to see all the crazy costumes people came up with this year...and who knows, maybe your image will appear on the next blog.....

And even though the signs of summer are slowly fading, that does not mean we have forgotten about all the memories made in 2011! Here are some fun facts about 2011:
  • We ate over 2,000 corn dogs, 132 gallons of ice cream and served 40 birthday cakes.
  • We took 125 adventures into the Back 40 (44 of which were overnight adventures!), 62 Day Trips, 30 Two-Day Trips, 24 Three-Day trips, 1 Five-Day trip and 1 Six-Day trip.
  • We sang over 400 songs at assembly
  • Favorite meal during Early June was Spaghetti, during June Camp was a tie between Cook Out and Taco Day, Main camp reported loving Cordon Bleu, and August Campers loved Mac and Cheese.

Be sure to keep checking out the blog for more updates for the happenings at Camp!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring Has Sprung!

Well it is officially Spring! And that means summer is right around the corner! We are very busy here in the office getting ready for everyone’s arrival and we hope you all are as excited as we are about the start of camp!

Before we get too far into the happenings of Green Cove, I should first off introduce myself. My name is Caitlin and I am the new Assistant Director for Green Cove. I couldn’t be more excited about being here!

While I am new to Green Cove, I am not new to camp life. I was a counselor for several years at a camp in Northern Minnesota and loved every minute of it. Since then, I have been traveling teaching outdoors skills to kids all around the globe. When I am not working, you will most likely find me playing in the woods. I hike, bike, climb, ski, paddle and on the rare occasion, I even do kart wheels. I am looking forward to getting to know everybody this summer!

A lot has been going on in the camp world since that last post on here! The snow has melted, the grass is greener and the lake is looking very inviting! The crew has been working very hard to on several projects around camp in order to prepare for the start of camp! They have not only been getting the final touches on the new canoe dock (it is looking good) but they also have been putting in a new rope swing dock AND doing work on improving the Middler Line cabins! Now all these projects need are a few campers to put them to the test!

Also, we posted in January that we were in search of a name for our newest horse. Well, we are proud to introduce you all to...(drum roll please)...ZIGGY! Ziggy and all his friends at the barn are starting to shed their winter coats (another sign that spring is here) and are anxiously awaiting the start of camp!
The Barn also had a very special visit earlier this year from two Green Cove Girls, Bette Sumrell and Julia Goodman.
Bette and Julia were both campers as well as riding staff here at camp and they were able to share a special moment with the first horses they ever rode here at Green Cove. Good thing Carrie was around to capture the reunion on film!

Where in the
World are Green Cove Girls?

Well they are in Germany, India, Australia...just to name a few!

That's right, we have Green Cove girls going to all kinds of cool places doing all kinds of cool things! We have loved getting the updates on every ones adventures and wanted to just share a few of the photos.

Meredith Meeks, who will be back this summer on the paddling staff, hopped the big pond this winter and spent some time in India. Here is a photo of her with a beautiful, festive elephant!

Lee Burdett, head of our riding program, and her husband Bill, were seeing green early this year! The two spent a week in Ireland, visiting family and friends!

Maggie Ruch got a little excited about making her wishing at a well in Versailles, France! OOOOOOPPPPPSSSS!

Emily Stubbs, a long time Green Cove girl, and Catherine Thibadea, who
will be new to the Green Cove Staff this summer, traveled to Machu Picchu together this spring and sent us this lovely picture!

Hannah Owen, a long time Green Cove camper through '08, was invited to represent North Carolina in the 14th Annual Down Under Cross Country Championships, hosted on the Coast of Australia! Hannah is one of 35 runners picked from 10 states to compete in Australia! Way to go, Hannah!

Have you been or done something cool? Send me your picture and I will post it!

In other news....we have some baby news!!

Kim Alvare, a long time Green Cove girl, and her husband, have a brand new addition to their family!!

Claire Elizabeth Alvare
Born 3.31.11 at 7:56am
9lbs, 3oz, 21 inches

Congrats to the entire family!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

But the snow is so delightful

Back in the fall we mentioned that the lake had been lowered so that boat docks could be repaired.

Around the first of December we had 8 inches of rain in one 36 hour period, and the lake came back up overnight. It’s down again now. We’ve done a lot of work dredging mud out of the shallow areas of the cold side.

You paddlers will be happy to know that we have repaired and expanded the canoe dock. (The new section is outside the picture.) Stay tuned next month for pictures of this and more!

Many of our campers seem to think Tuxedo is blanketed in snow from December thru March. Well…. that usually isn’t true. The last two years have been snowy ones!

We've had two pretty big snows since Christmas, and wanted to share some pictures.... Our new Barn Manager, Carrie Blair, is our current photographer.

She has included some pictures from the barn, including this one of one our two new horses. HERE HE IS!!!! He's a 10 year old quarter horse gelding from the Zippo Pine Bar line and we are hoping that you will help us name him! Please send us suggestions and hopefully, we will let you know what his fabulous name is in next month's blog. Everybody looks really furry at this time of year. Don’t fret! They’ll shed all that hair before June, and will look like horses. Right now they look like Yaks!