FAMILY CAMP (ContinuedJrom Page 73)
a Kenan-Flagler Business School professor
whose family attended the camp for the third
year, said his 9-year-old daughter,Jennifer,
quickly figured out the shortest route to the
horse corral so she would be the first to arrive
in the morning."The camp was a real bar-
gain," Blackburn said. "Pools, archery, arts and
crafts, tennis, soccer, canoeing, water-balloon
fights.... I don't know where else you could
go in the mountains for two days and do that
many activities-especially with you and your
children together. It's the most family-focused
calnp I've ever seen."
That sentiment pleases Linda Rainey ' 95
(MA), co-coordinator ofCanlp Blue Heaven
and the GAA's manager ofalumni activities,
who emphasized that the main goal of the
camp is to provide family time away from the
hassles of everyday life. "It seems that's what
brings people back every year," she said.
Mindy Flow, who was camping with her
husband, five of their six children and an exchange
student from Denmark, especially liked the
fact that they were not separated into different
groups. "The best part [of the camp1was that
it allowed us to do things as a family," she said.
"[ liked being with my kids. We could play
games, go skeet shooting, do relay races ... and
they loved watching their dad pop balloons."
Once a weeklong program in the 1980s,
Camp Blue Heaven was shortened to a week-
end event when it was re-introduced in 1995 to
fit busy, end-of-summer schedules. Professional
Camp Cheerio staffare available to run the
program and answer questions, organize Frisbee
golf tournaments and lead scavenger hunts for
all 115 participants. As an authentic Carolina
camp, Blue Heaven also has offered activities
with a UNC theme, including a treasure hunt
in which camp directors gave extra points for
any type of Tar Heel paraphernalia.
But stirring up Carolina pride was not the
main goal of the camp. Blackburn pointed out
that the family-focused activities, such as color-
coordinated relay races, provided the opportunity
to get to know other families, too."After three
years, we now know some of the other people
pretty well," he said."You can chat with them,
talk about what's going on in Chapel Hill. But
you also realize you're getting older-and
Flow even met a former classmate from the
School of Nursing."It was a surprise," she said.
"It was really nice to touch base with her and
see what's happened over the past few years."
Offering new opportunities and chances to
meet old friends are just some of the many ways
the GAA tries to make its camp fim for "kids of
all ages"- not to mention fulfilling the basic
requirements of having a perfect Tar Heel swnmer.
The cabin system at
Camp Blue Heaven
to stay together
While canoeing, swimming, archery and
arts and crafts remain staples of the
camp experience, all-ages team sports
like balloon stomping and egg
racing are consistent crowd-pleasers.
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