Today was a lovely day.  It was warm, it was sunny, it was breezy.  It was so breezy in fact, that I found a streamer roll on the ground outside of the chapel, and once I picked it up to roll it up, the tail end never hit the ground.  The wind let it lick at the beautiful blue sky.

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I snuck in on the first Bravo rehearsal this afternoon.  They are working on Beauty and the Beast, and were listening to and then singing along with the first song — the one where Belle flits through town, sitting at the fountain, going into the library, etc. (if you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know the scene of which I speak).  There are some talented singers in this bunch, I remember them from last year.  The only one that I heard today practicing though was Charis.  Her voice is stunningly beautiful, and I can’t wait for the production on Friday afternoon.
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I talked to Frank this afternoon about his highlights from the Aspire program, since he’s both the Camp Pastor and the program director this week.  He mentioned that he’s got a very eager, happy to participate group of kids.  They were doing some getting to know you chats last night, and he said that most of them were willing and eager to contribute to the conversations.  Throughout the day today, three of the kids in the program were given the role of leaders of Campfire tonight, which is not necessarily something they would naturally have gravitated toward.  That will come to fruition tonight when they actually lead the fire.  Evidently, their challenge was to continue leading, even if someone who would have a natural tendency to take over would want to step in.

I look forward to seeing more of the leadership skills innately borne within these kids throughout the rest of the week, as well as witnessing firsthand the natural talent within the Bravo kids drawn out and showcased.

As I headed upstairs to write this blog and watch some Downton with my Mama, I saw the Grad Campers watching a movie in the Pine Room.  This is a tradition they enjoy annually, complete with fresh-popped popcorn.  Tomorrow morning, they continue the tradition of a 7:00 am island swim.  They’re brave, and I know that they take some of our kids with them on their swim as well, every year.  They’ll be knighted into the order of the Polar Bear at the end of the week, in true Grad Cramp tradition.

I don’t have much else to say, tonight.  Enjoy this short blog, and enjoy your Tuesday tomorrow!

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