The Blog of Camps Kenwood and Evergreen

So what makes our overnight camp so different?

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 30, 2015 2:35:00 AM

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There are some characteristics that are ubiquitous to all quality summer camps. Every summer camp should help its campers make new friends. Any good overnight camp should give its children the chance to gain independence and improve at the activities that they are passionate about. That these qualities are considered crucial outcomes at our brother-sister summer camp in NH does not exactly make us different. And yet we hear time and time again from our campers, parents, staff, alumni, and even referral agents that there is something very different about the Kenwood and Evergreen experience. So what exactly does make our overnight camp so different? Not surprisingly, as one of the directors, I spend a lot of time thinking about this. 

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Topics: ceremonial campfire, so what, mindset

So what do you do at camp when it rains?

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 29, 2015 2:08:00 AM

When I'm giving tours during the summer one of the most common questions that I get asked is so what do you do at camp when it rains? At a lot of other camps they watch movies or sit in their bunks and wait for the clouds to pass. Not at K&E. This is one of those questions we LOVE to answer because we do amazing things, and whenever possible, we play outside in the rain!

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Topics: rainy days, so what

An amazing first day at our overnight camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 28, 2015 1:27:00 AM

It's a question children and parents ask me all the time: so what's the first day like at Kenwood and Evergreen? Implicit in the question is the concern how do I know that my child will be ok in this new community?  Will she make new friends? Will he be glad that he signed up for this adventure? Well, let me share with what our opening day was like.

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Topics: food allergies, gluten free, the first day of summer camp, opening day

Our counselor training creates a sense of community, and mission

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 26, 2015 3:15:00 PM

The start of Camp is just a day away and we could not be more excited. For the past two weeks our counselors, coaches and teachers have been working around the clock, learning how to create the most incredible – and impactful – summer experience possible for our campers.

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Topics: camp staff training, opening day, staff training

How we make our camp safe for kids with food allergies

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 16, 2015 4:41:11 PM

One of the questions I am frequently asked is how do you make your camp safe for kids with food allergies? While most of our community members have no known allergies or intolerances, about 10% of our campers and counselors do, and they range from needing to eat peanut and tree nut free to having to avoid gluten, mustard, dairy, egg, soy and even citrus. So it's certainly a fair question, and we do a great deal to serve safe food!

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Topics: food allergies, chef kyla

Night time is a special time at our overnight camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 12, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Some of my favorite moments during summer are the evenings. Here at our overnight camp in NH, the evening air is usually crisp and cool without any chill to it. Because of a general lack of wind it creates a perfect atmosphere for an evening campfire, a walk with a friend, or for quickly falling to sleep. Night time feels incredibly comfortable and safe here on our campus, which is just the way we want it to be. Last night's events with our pre-camp staff certainly reminded me of just how beautiful evenings here can be. 

Campers often ask me about what life is like here during the weeks before they arrive each summer. Typically, my response is "it's the time that sets the tone for the entire summer".

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Topics: camp friends, lifelong friendships, nighttime at camp

A great new addition to our incredible camp food

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 11, 2015 1:30:00 PM

Over the last couple of years we have really ratcheted up the food that we serve at our overnight camp in NH. Three years ago we doubled number of chefs working in our dining hall, and radically overhauled our menu. As much as possible, we now serve meals cooked from scratch, with fruits, vegetables and even meats from farms located throughout New England.

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Topics: food allergies, camp food

Our overnight camp is about making lifelong friendships

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 9, 2015 1:45:00 PM

What's more important during childhood than making lifelong friendships? In our opinion, nothing. Developing a close-knit group gives you a sense of belonging and security that is vital for proper social and emotional development. Frankly, it's of paramount importance in adulthood, too. Making lasting, meaningful friendships is what our overnight camp community is all about, and it still never ceases to amaze me how powerful these relationships are. 

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Topics: camp friends, camp friendships, friendship

So happy to be back at our beautiful summer camp in New Hampshire

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 8, 2015 2:00:00 PM

I woke up this morning, back at our overnight summer camp in New Hampshire for the first time this summer. The sun was shining, the grass was all freshly mowed, and everywhere I looked I saw something beautiful. After breakfast my family and I strolled around our campus, marvelling at how much we had missed being here, and how happy we all were to be back. 

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Topics: Field of Dreams, facilities

Life lessons learned from great teachers

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 5, 2015 1:50:00 PM

I was a guest at a very powerful event yesterday. My mother-in-law, a former Evergreen camper and counselor, was retiring after many years of teaching in the Newtown, CT Public Schools. About a hundred of her colleagues gathered for a dinner to honor her, and to celebrate her tremendous passion for teaching (specifically, teaching math).

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Our Overnight Camp Loves Being A Safe Place For Gluten Free Eaters

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 3, 2015 1:45:00 PM

I love that our overnight camp is such a safe place for gluten free eaters (and peanut, tree nut, dairy, egg and even mustard free eaters, too!), and has been so more than a dozen years now. When we started accommodating our friends with special dietary needs we really were one of the only places out there doing it. Certainly, we were one of the only sleep away camps.

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Topics: food allergies, gluten free, mendon drive in

Our NH overnight camp is a place where friendships last forever

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 2, 2015 1:45:00 PM

I write about it so often: that the friendships campers and counselors make in our overnight camp community last forever. I write about it because it's really the most important part of our community, and it’s also something we are so passionate about. Kenwood and Evergreen is not just a 7-week summer home for boys and girls – it’s the place where our community members make some of the most lasting, meaningful friendships of their lives! In this blog I’d like to focus on just how true this is for our staff and alumni.  Deena, Jackie, Amanda, Marla and Emily - camp friends forever!This past weekend my wife Deena, who also grew up at K&E, was with many of the members of her Juniper celebrating their recent milestone birthdays (no, I will not say how old they are, but I will say that they haven’t been campers together since Vanilla Ice had a song on the billboard charts). Even with their busy lives of professional careers and families they still get together as often as possible, and as Deena said afterwards, “it was like we were campers again in about 4 minutes”. All weekend long they sang their favorite Evergreen songs and cheers, reminisced about the many summers they spent living together, and laughed and laughed and laughed. Deena, of course, baked a cake that was decorated in green and gold, the colors of our girls' camp. A few of the women in this group are now current camper parents, and the others will hopefully be in the near future.Amazingly enough, out at dinner on Saturday night, they actually bumped into a current Kenwood and Evergreen parent who was their counselor back in 1985. As you can imagine, there was more than a little bit of screaming and hugging in the restaurant. An absolutely great time was had by all!
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Topics: summer camp in nh, camp friends, camp friends are forever, juniper, marriages

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