I spy talent at Valley Fest

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

Good morning HVC Families,

FB-I’m a little confused about where all the campers went yesterday at HVC. I know that the older half were bowling, but the younger half were nowhere to be found.

Rumor has it, according to shift head Eva, the younger half were enjoying a spy-themed day of activities. They fully committed to creating disguises, decoding riddles and sneaking around camp such that even I couldn’t C(IA) them.

Campers finished their evening with Valley Fest, where even from my hole in the ground, I could spy loads worth of talent. From singing to dancing to comedy acts, these campers are a talented bunch.

Today, campers head back to classes, and end their evening with the Around the World-themed dance, where they will travel from all around camp to show off their moves at evening program. ‘

Tonight, I’ll be fighting for the DJ position, but if that doesn’t work out, I can always head back to the recording studio to work on my vocals. Someone has to sing the national anthem at next year’s Superbowl.


Gopher Girl

What’re the Magic Words???

Monday, August 8th, 2022

Hello, HVC!!

Gopher Girl here with one of the most crucial session updates: last night’s evening program was the famous Wheel of Misfortune! Wanna know what that is? I’ll tell you! Every session, The Wheel of Misfortune gathers the entire camp for a terrifying show, entertaining activities, and lots of prizes. There were “llama sacrifices,” murder, chanting, and a head set on fire! Every session, counselors devote a lot of effort and time into organizing this bizarre, disgusting, and fun night for the entire camp.

Campers volunteered to come up and play games in between the scenes of the show (during which counselors performed various “rituals” to initiate each other into a cult, vow their allegiance to the group, and finally take down the cult leader). Gruesome, a being that only emerges from camp’s sewers to assist with the Wheel, decides on who participates. Any camper who says Peter’s “magic words” had a pie to the face throughout the show. It was fantastic! Check out the pictures at the bottom of the post to see what all the excitement is about!

Anyway, today was greeted with almost as much excitement as last night. With the weather cooling off, today has been the ideal lazy day, with the younger half enjoying a fun spy-day filled with games like the laser obstacle course, making codes, and wearing disguises, while the older half went bowling.

I’ll tell you more and give you an update on tonight’s Valleyfest, the camp’s very own talent show, tomorrow. I was hoping to perform my own personal rendition of “Since U Been Gone,” but my little gopher vocal chords couldn’t handle the musical stylings of the great Kelly Clarkson.

Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow!


Gopher Girl

We’re staying cool in the pool!

Sunday, August 7th, 2022


Hi everybody!

It is hot hot hot outside today in the valley! We’ve been staying cool, though, in sprinklers and slip n’ slides, the pool and the lake. Lots and lots of classes took breaks to dip in the pool to beat the heat. Soon, the humidity will break and we’ve got a nice stretch of cooler days ahead. Check out pics below from today’s water-full classes!


More tomorrow on tonight’s programs!


Gopher Girl


Up now, classes, wheel on deck

Sunday, August 7th, 2022

Good morning HVC families!

Happy Bagel Sunday!

Yesterday, campers spent their day at classes before running around in the evening for the scavenger hunt, where cabins searched together for clues all over camp to find the ultimate prize—candy.

Today, campers head back to classes before heading to the Wheel of Misfortune tonight.

Campers have been theorizing what they believe the theme may be, but those theories will be confirmed or denied for certain in just a few short hours.

During the Wheel of Misfortune, campers will be called upon to complete gross challenges that arise during a scary performance put on by their counselors.

Until then, campers will stay cool running through the sprinklers in between classes and at the pool during Interest Groups.

This heat is really not waving goodbye anytime today.

Speaking of goodbyes, I gotta go-pher a bit.


Gopher Girl


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