Camp is less than 90 days away, and we just could not be more excited. Invitations for the May 17th New Camper Party in New Rochelle will be going out later this week, and the phones are ringing every day with new parents calling with really good, important questions about this summer. Just a reminder, in the past few weeks we have posted these blogs designed to help our newest campers and parents know the in's and out's of life at our brother-sister summer camp in New Hampshire. If you have not yet shared these with your new camper please consider doing so this week, as each of them has been designed to help them feel more prepared -- and less anxious -- for their upcoming summer adventure.
Dear Camp Parents,
This week, we are talking about some more important summer forms - our Camper Confidential Form and our Bunk Request Form. Collating the information in these forms is an important part of our preparation for the summer, and we would appreciate your help in filling them out as soon as possible. Reminder: all forms (medical and other) are due by June 1. We need this information to help your child have a happy and healthy experience during their time at summer camp.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
There are so many reasons why we are a 7 week summer camp, and so many reasons why our campers love the final 3 weeks of each season. Here are our top 12 reasons why staying for 7 weeks at our summer camp in NH is the best thing ever!
12. Do you know what's most fun than 4 weeks of summer camp? SEVEN weeks of summer camp!
Many thanks to so many of you this month who have sent us photos of your time with camp friends all over the world. It's so wonderful to see how close our community is throughout the year, and that Camp friendships truly do last forever!
When you find yourself happily living in a cabin filled with total goofballs.
And that the easiest way to be away from home is to surround yourself with amazingly wonderful. funny people.
When you played in one of the greatest sports tournaments of your young life.
That night you discovered that wrestling in 1,000 pounds of Jell-O is pretty much the best thing ever.
Saturdays during special weekend events when you and your friends played the silliest, weirdest, most awesome game of soccer and absolutely loved it.
That day when you climbed higher up the rock wall than you ever thought you could.
That one evening that taught you to truly appreciate something as simple and beautiful as a sunset.
That beautiful New Hampshire morning when you were sure you would never learn how to water ski, and then ended up going around the lake twice.
During an amazing evening activity in the dark that involved a race to build the biggest fire possible.
That night you and your friends put on a fantastic musical theater production for the entire community.
In the cooking laboratory when you learned how to bake something incredibly tasty that was also peanut and tree nut free.
The middle of that practice when the super nice coach took extra time to explain it to you and your friends.
When you learned how to be a respected leader of your peers.
Down at the lake when you discovered that some of the best thrill rides in the world involve a NH lake and your best camp friends.
That warm afternoon where you photographed yourselves doing this just to see if you could do something fun and beautiful together.
The fifth week of the summer when the camp owner and all of your friends formed a band and rocked out at the annual music festival.
Friday Night during Brother-Sister Visiting, when even you had to admit that you're closer with your little sister when Mom and Dad aren't around.
Realizing that you've made deep friendships with people from all around the world.
That afternoon you and your team played your hearts out in the tournament and the coach was just as proud of your sportsmanship as he was of the score.
At daily breakfast assembly when one director hit another in the face with a pie in front of the whole camp community and no one could stop laughing.
When your toughest moment of the summer was made better by a hug from your counselor.
The arts activity where you discovered an amazing outlet for your creativity.
When 500 people sang "Happy Birthday" to you before breakfast and it was the best birthday you ever had.
On top of the mountain when you realized that you would be sisters forever.
Or at the campfire when you recognized how powerful it is to be a part of a brotherhood built on principles like honesty, caring and hardwork.
The award ceremony where you were celebrated for being a good and kind person.
The final moment of Color War when you got more excited than you had ever been before in your entire life.
And then cried your eyes out at the very thought of having to go home after 7 weeks of summer camp in New Hampshire.
The final night, when you realized that saying goodbye to these incredible 7 weeks of independence, self discovery, and personal growth was the hardest thing to do.
There are so many powerful moments that make up a season at our overnight camp in NH. We invite you to learn more about the myriad ways we change the lives of young people.
Our summer camp in New Hampshire prides itself on giving our campers "summers unplugged". We ask them to spend 7 weeks of glorious life without their laptops, ipads, cell phones, or even ipods. No Facebook, no email, nu Netflix, no Snapchat. The research is pretty clear that developing brains need extended time away from electronic communication devices. Anecdotally we see every summer how a vacation from mobile devices leads to kinder, more empathic campers who create deeper, more meaningful friendships.
It's almost time! The start of the summer of 2015 is just over 100 days away, and we cannot wait. We have so many exciting plans for this summer, and will be sharing many of them in this blog over the coming weeks.
The start of camp is just over 100 days away, and we know that both parents and campers are getting really excited. We also know that even our returning campers have tons of questions as they prepare for the summer of 2015. In recent weeks we’ve written articles for parents and campers about camp bedtime rituals, why free play is our campers’ favorite time of the day and some new and exciting news about evening sports clinics and arts master classes. If you have not yet shared them with your camper we urge you to do so now! This information can be very helpful in preparing your child for a successful first season at our summer camp in New Hampshire.
I loved Disney movies when I was a kid. While I enjoyed the cartoons, what I really loved were the live-action films with an uplifting message. They were schmaltzy and somewhat simplistic in their messages, but they were fun to watch and always left you with an easily digestible life lesson. Looking back, I think that my favorite was “Follow Me Boys” starring Fred McMurray and a really young Kurt Russell. I owned a VHS copy and watched it over and over again. The movie was about a guy who loves working with kids, becomes the scout leader for the town, and ultimately helps a generation of kids grow into a young people of character. Now that I think about it, maybe that film influenced my desire to be a camp director.