Today was the first full day of the summer of 2014, and everywhere I went I saw happy campers. To be exact, I did not encounter a single homesick or sad camper the entire day! As you can imagine, that’s a pretty remarkable fete for the first day of a camp season.
An open letter about the first day of summer camp at Camps Kenwood and Evergreen in NH.
Below is a letter that was sent to all Kenwood & Evergreen parents late last evening:
It is a beautiful starry night; a perfect end to as perfect an Opening Day as I can recall. Your children are sleeping in their beds, unless they are Senior campers, who are likely still awake, talking the night away. When you last saw them, your children were speeding away from you on those big yellow Yankee Lines buses. You were likely trying to spot your child in the tinted windows for one last wave. It is never easy to say goodbye to your incredible kids, and though I believe you are confident that they are in good hands, those are tough moments. We often cry more than our children at moments like those, or do our best to hide our tears so we don't send them mixed messages.
We love being a peanut and tree nut free summer camp!
With the start of the summer quickly approaching, one of my favorite pre-camp projects is to look at altering and revising our camp’s menu. Throughout the winter I have been searching websites like epicurious and food.com, and building a pinterest board with as many delicious new meal ideas as I could find! This summer we will have four full-time chefs on staff, and as often as possible they will be serving homemade meals with ingredients plucked fresh from farms around New England. As with previous summers, most of dairy products will be anti-biotic free.
Lessons Learned Away From Home
When my father was a Kenwood counselor in 1968 he brought with him up to Camp a state-of-the-art KLH turntable with a vacuum tube amplifier. Next to his bed was a crate of the great albums of the day: Sgt. Pepper’s, Days of Future Past, Pet Sounds, The Sound of Silence. At night he would turn down the lights and share his favorite music with the 9-year olds he lived with.