Meeting Spaces

I love meeting spaces.  Not that I love meetings (I don't) - I just like the idea of places at camp where folks can just sit down, comfortably, and chat.  There is so little of that going on anymore.

 Ready to meet at meal times.

Ready to meet at meal times.

We have been working on meeting spaces at Sound View the past couple of months.  A lot is driven by my philosophy that a space should "meet" what it "sleeps".

At Sound View:
Calvinwood - sleeps 28 and easily has space for 28 to meet as a whole - or in small groups on the big deck.
The Longhouse - sleeps 36 and can meet 36.  We also built, with the help of the Girl Scouts,  a fire ring for those night-time meetings.
The tent cabins - each sleep 10 and now, with the nifty new loft beds, all can sit around on beds facing each other for great cabin talks.
The Chalet Village - the little cabins sleep 4 so meeting is easy because you are so close.  I love the campfire circle in that village also.

We have new tables in the dining hall.  They are six feet in diameter.  Wow!  What is cool is that you can put 10 chairs around them which, by design, is the number in a cabin group (8 kids, two leaders).

 The big stage and equally big benches.

The big stage and equally big benches.

We have meeting spaces at the challenge course field (covered, with a fireplace),  We can meet in the new camp library.  We can meet in the A-Frame.  We can meet at the waterfront around the campfire.

And finally we all can meet together - the entire camp - in front of the dining hall at a new big meeting space for chapel, skits, and other get-togethers.

We need to meet - to talk - to understand each other - in a quiet place.  Isn't that what makes camp special?