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How Our Summer Camp Teaches 21st Century Skills On The Tennis Court

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 25, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Discussing How Our Summer Camp Teaches 21st Century Skills On The Tennis Court

Every summer parents and campers tell us that our counselors are part of what makes our overnight camp such an incredible experience. In particular, they mention the teaching and coaching of our specialty counselors. Specialty counselors run and coach sports activities, teach visual and performing arts, and instruct at our waterfront and outdoor adventure areas. Each fall and winter members of our administrative team travel throughout the United States and across the world interviewing adults who understand how to teach their activity area to Kenwood and Evergreen’s campers, while also helping our children gain technical proficiency in vital 21st century skills – skills like critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, creativity, resilience, and collaboration. If you'd like to see a complete list of our activities please click here.

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Topics: 21st century skills, creativity at camp, Resilience, leadership, cass walsh, sports skills at summer camp

Some Of Our Favorite Traditions Around Thanksgiving

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 24, 2014 11:10:51 AM

 Discussing Some Of The Camp Office's Favorite Traditions for Thanksgiving

As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday we wanted to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions with you. First is the annual listening to Arlo Gurthie's 18 minute and 16 second song "Alice's Restaurant". This rambling, strangely endearing song story briefly mentions Thanksgiving dinner at the 2:51 mark, and since its release in 1967, has been played annually by classic rock radio stations on the third Thursday of each November (including the one that I used to work at). If you aren't familiar with "Alice's Restaurant" give it a listen. It's silly and quirky and reminds us of the sort of songs we sometimes sing together at Camp. If you have a long car ride to your meal on Thursday consider making this a part of your family's Thanksgiving tradition. 

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Topics: special traditions

21st Century Skills And Teaching Children How To Take Assess Risk

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 19, 2014 3:06:41 PM

 Talking about 21st century skills and the importance of teaching children how to assess risk

I hear it all the time: You work with middle school kids? That must be a nightmare! What a rough age. My response is usually something along the lines of “actually, I love working with this age group. Maybe it’s different at camp but mostly what we encounter are great kids who are really happy to be with their friends for the summer”. Based on almost twenty years of working with young people at our summer camp in NH that has certainly been my experience.

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Topics: 21st century skills, Healthy Risk Taking and Creativity, washington post, taking risks

The 21st Century Skills You Learn Playing Sports At Summer Camp

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 18, 2014 11:22:00 AM

Our Head Soccer Coach Discusses The 21st Century Skills You Learn Playing Sports At Summer Camp

We have some amazing coaches and teachers at our overnight camp in NH. We scour the earth each year to find the most talented, nurturing adults who not only understand how to teach their sport or art, but are skilled at helping our campers gain technical proficiency while also developed their vital 21st century skills – skills like leadership, creativity, resilience, critical thinking and collaboration. If you'd like to see a complete list of our activities please click here.

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Topics: 21st century skills, sports at camp, sports coaching, tom shanks

21st Century Skills You Learn Playing In A Band

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 14, 2014 11:32:00 AM

The 21st Century Skills You Learn Sharing Music and Playing In A Band

Earlier this week many members of our Camp Administration got together for a special event in Boston. As a group we really like hanging out with each other, especially when it involves music Stevie Wonder was performing all of the songs off of his incredible double album “Songs In The Key Of Life”, and like campers at a campfire we were there to dance, have fun and sing along at the top of our lungs.

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Topics: 21st century skills, music festival, amazing music festival, collaboration

Why 7 Week Summer Camp?

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 13, 2014 11:22:00 AM

Why is Kenwood and Evergreen a 7 Week Summer Camp?

We are often asked why is Kenwood and Evergreen a 7-week summer camp? Why aren’t you a shorter 4-week camp like so many others out there? Simply put, because going to a 7-week camp is amazing and life changing, and has a far longer impact on a child’s social and emotional development. Here are some of our favorite reasons why our overnight camp in NH is 7 weeks long:

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Topics: michael thompson, why 7 weeks, why 7 week summer camp

Evergreen Is A Powerful Summer Camp Sisterhood

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 11, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Evergreen is a powerful summer camp sisterhood

I recently learned about this chance meeting that took place in August. As our 7-week camp season ended one of our families was spending some time on Martha’s Vineyard. Out for dinner one night, they ate at this very popular restaurant called The Chilmark Tavern. As they were enjoying their meal the owner walked from table to table, meeting and chatting with her customers. Somehow it came up that this family was celebrating the return of the daughter after a fabulous summer at camp in NH. The restaurant owner excitedly asked “do you go to Camp Evergreen? I went there too!” Suddenly, out came the chef, who also went to there, and much excitement and hugging followed as these three Evergreen girls began to trade stories about this place that they all loved so much.

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Topics: sisterhood, summer camp sisterhood, importance of friendship

The Power of Making Friends at Summer Camp

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 6, 2014 2:00:00 PM

The Power of Making Friends at Summer Camp

Camps Kenwood and Evergreen is a pretty powerful community to belong to. In this age of social media I regularly see reunions of people who grew up or worked at our camp who have been friends for decades. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count all of the marriages that are a result of meeting on our campus in NH. I also regularly see new friendships forming at events like this past weekend’s party for new and veteran campers. Our campers, staff, parents and alumni know that they are simultaneously members of our larger Camp K&E family, while also belonging to either the Camp Kenwood Brotherhood or the Camp Evergreen Sisterhood. While I am reminded of this almost every day, I recently experienced an example that will stick with me for some time.

Each year, at the end of the summer, I have the opportunity to compose a letter to our community in our yearbook called The Scroll. In writing it I employ a literary device in that my note is actually a letter to guy named Gordon Novod. Gordon is a former camper and counselor, and was my best friend when I was a camper at Kenwood and Evergreen. He’s now a very successful bankruptcy attorney in New York City with a very happy family. Each year, I have a conversation with him on paper in which I write about the great moments of the summer that he missed, the amazing personalities at Camp that summer, and about how powerful and meaningful it is for me as one of the leaders of this overnight camp community.

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Topics: camp friendships, the importance of camp friends, gordon novod, bar mitzvah

Another Amazing Special Event For Our Brother/Sister Summer Camp In NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 3, 2014 4:28:54 PM

Another Amazing Special Event For Our Brother/Sister Summer Camp In NH

Our camp community loves being together, and this weekend we had a really fun party in the Boston area. Veteran campers, staff and parents, along with many of our new campers, spent a Sunday afternoon playing Gaga and ping pong, working on art projects, celebrating the birthday of a friend, and just enjoying being together with our camp friends. 

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Topics: new camper party, food allergies, events and reunions, amazing special event

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