Today we did typical first day things:  orientation, health checks, rules, introductions, and then we got serious about meeting new people and having lots of fun.

Dinner featured chicken patties, french fries, green beans, and chocolate pudding for dessert.  We didn't make it to the pool, but instead enjoyed a carnival and Pictionary Live!  The carnival featured basketball shots, bowling, facepainting, football throws, a 4-H camp version of a dunking booth, and a mysterious box with all kinds of gooey, touchy-feely things.  You'll have to ask your campers about that one - we weren't brave enough to try.  The carnival capstone featured Madame Zelda "reading" the tops of hands and predicting a wonderful week of camp.  Maybe it's just us, but we have a hunch she's close kin to one of the Great Bears.

Campfire was exciting and each pack's Little Bear was topped with a special headband signifying the species for which the pack is named.  It was interesting to hear about these animals which are indigenous to Virginia.  In keeping with the theme, we then had some brief encounters with the real wildlife that live here at the center.

We're looking forward to what tomorrow has in store!