The Transylvania Times -

Local Camp Provides Enriching Experiences - Brevard, NC


August 24, 2017

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Campers cool off on a warm summer day. Permanently conserved with Conserving Carolina, formerly Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy, Gwynn Valley fosters a love of the natural world in its campers starting at age 5.

It's lunch time at Gwynn Valley Camp. About 220 campers are situated around large, round tables in the newly constructed dining hall.

Each table has a counselor who acts as the head of the table, serving generous portions of macaroni and cheese, fruit salad and broccoli picked from the camp's extensive garden.

After empty plates and full bellies, each person wipes the area in front of them clean. Without missing a beat, the whole table concludes the meal with a unison hand jive and heads outside to perform the post-lunch ritual of shucking ears of corn, also picked from the camp's garden...

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