We spend a lot of time trying to capture exactly how fun, exciting and meaningful our off-season events are for our community members. On Sunday, one of our camp parents shared her thoughts after her daughter returned home from our annual Winter Weekend up in NH, and frankly, she did a better job than we could have ever imagined!
It's the start of our 18th annual, totally amazing Senior Camper Winter Weekend at our summer camp In NH!
At 11am this morning the journey began, and it always feels to me like a trip on the Hogwarts express (minus the owls and chocolate frogs, of course). About 40 Kenwood and Evergreen campers and counselors and I boarded a private Amtrak train car at New York's Penn Station and headed north. Every year on this trip I love watching how it literally takes seconds for our kids and staff to get back into "camp mode". Campers and counselors were hugging and laughing and kind to each other, and it felt like Kenwood and Evergreen even though we were standing in the middle of an NYC train station.
Our campers are involved in some pretty amazing projects, including a number of charitable efforts. In December of 2016 longtime Kenwood camper Ryan Levine was named by the City of Cleveland as its "Person of the Month" after creating an event called the Kids Film It Festival. His festival was a chance for young auteurs to get some exposure for their movies, and at the same time it raised over $30,000 to help find a cure for Parkinsons Disease.
Throughout the fall and winter months camp alumni regularly reach out via text or email with a similar story: I was somewhere and randomly heard this song that was used for a Color War alma materand it immediately took me back to a favorite time of my life. And I always know what they mean, having been at K&E for over 30 summers and associating dozens and dozens of tunes with some of my best camp memories.
International Wear Your Summer Camp T-Shirt Day is TOMORROW and we in the Camp Office are really excited. Wouldn't it be fun to take part in this in a big way?! All around the world, campers, staff, alumni and even parents can participate in this big event to share their K&E spirit! Here's all you need to do:
Our Camp Office team spends a lot of time reading the latest studies and ideas about child and human development. A few days ago, Scott found this interesting article "Why parents need to be patient with their school-age kids" on BostonGlobe.com. It offers an important reminder of the many pressures and conditions we may unconsciously place on our kids while they actually "grow and develop interests at their own pace, and we need to let them be themselves, not mini versions of us."
While events of mass violence have occurred with greater frequency in recent years, we know that the terrible attack against congregants at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg might resonate differently and feel a bit closer to home for some of our campers and their families.
Topics: winter weekend
As an overnight camp we have many, many traditions. Some take place during the summer, like our ceremonial campfires, fabulous music festival, and Color War. Others take place during the 10 months out of the year when we are all away from our favorite place. One of those traditions is the annual ""Where Your Camp Shirt", in which we
Topics: where your camp shirt
Most of our campers returned to school today or last week, and we've been hearing from so many about how much they miss Camp and their Camp friends. With that in mind we wanted to share the photo slideshows from both the Kenwood and Evergreen closing banquets. We invite you to click on them, crank up the volume, and relive some of our favorite moments from this past summer!