Let’s be real: winning is usually more fun than losing. Our campers participate in a whole lot of traveling team sports tournaments during the summer, and it would be great if they won every single game and match, but that’s not particularly realistic. We often play in tournaments with seven or eight camps, and one can reasonably assume that while we will win some we’ll lose some others.
Yesterday was the end of our first four weeks of Camp, and as part of it, we had an amazing Family Visiting Day. A handful of our first-time campers made the decision to go home (with a plan to return next summer for a full summer), and the rest proudly elected to stay for the entire 7 weeks.
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This is a very special weekend at our brother-sister overnight camp. On Sunday we will welcome our parents, grandparents, siblings, and even cousins for our annual Visiting Day. Today more than 40 of our campers’ younger siblings joined us for our first annual Rookie event. This day was all about helping our future campers truly experience what makes our community so special, and officially welcome them into our summer camp family.
It was another gorgeous day for our very happy campers. Once again, the weather was pleasant and mild. As the sun rose over the lake about 180 Kenwood and Evergreen campers and Adventure Dave walked onto the docks for their Polar Swim. In the crisp morning air the lake felt like bath water, and most of the campers were disappointed when we told them that it was time to get out and head to breakfast.
As you might have noticed I didn't publish a blog this morning. That's because I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Kenwood Freshmen boys on their mountain climb and overnight camping trip. This photo below is an indication of the fun we all had together. It's hard to tell but this was them trying to dance to "Gangham Style".
When prospective families visit they often ask "do your campers go on trips?" and "do your kids have traveling tournament teams?" My answer is always an emphatic oh yes we do go on some amazing day and overnight trips...and we've got a ton of tournament teams!
I spent a lot of my day asking campers questions about their summers. It helps give me lots of individual data points about life here, and also helps me gets a sense of how the entire community feels about life at our brother-sister overnight camp. This year one of the responses I have heard most often it “the evening activities are amazing!” As a camp director, that makes me really happy.
Our campers are really well rounded. Each week they play sports, participate in tournaments, work on amazing art projects, and go on incredible outdoor adventures. One of the many ways that they show their creativity is by researching, writing and directing their own weekly news magazine called the K&E News. The latest edition is out, and we hope you enjoy this camper-made look into life at our brother-sister overnight camp.
On this 4th Saturday of the summer our brother-sister summer camps slept in. We like to let our campers and counselors recharge their batteries on the weekend, so everyone slept an hour late.
I woke up with lyrics to the Gershwin song in my head: Summertime...and the living is easy...And it was pretty fitting, since today was just a lovely, relaxing, beautiful day of summer camp.
Our very happy campers and counselors woke up to bright sunshine and clear blue skies. People seemed rest and refreshed after a good night's sleep. Friends walked and skipped together to breakfast, ready for another incredible day here at our overnight camp in NH.
It's an age old question: what IS more fun than our camp's special event of wrestling in 1,200 lbs of Jell-O? The answer is nothing, but I'll get back to that later. It was another hot and sunny day here at our summer camp in NH, and we had about 1,000 different activities, tournaments and adventures going on.
Today was a lovely day at our overnight camp, from start to finish. When I woke up the camp just after 7:30am the sun was shining and everything looked beautiful. As is the case on such nice days, everyone walked up to breakfast in a really good mood. From there until the sun set everywhere I went I saw people having good times with great friends.
After a great weekend of a Spirit Day Intercamp competition and an amazing Oddlympics today it was time to get back to our regular schedule. We awoke to a breathtakingly beautiful morning at our overnight camp in NH. Just after breakfast we had Evergreen girls leaving for an all day lacrosse tournament and a swim meet. As they boarded the bus they were all a buzz with talk about the fun they were going to have today playing team sports against other camps. Kenwood's 12 and Under Baseball team played their second game of the summer as well.
One of the defining projects of last summer was the Camps K&E Newscast. The brainchild of our incredible film and music counselors, it was something that a group of our most artistic kids worked on each week throughout the entire summer. Our roving band of camper reporters produced segments on just about every aspect of life here last yearr.
I started my morning at this Evergreen Junior Soccer period. A number of these girls play on competitive teams at home, but just as many do not. Their coach had them involved in this great drill where groups of 3 had to pass the ball from one end of the field to the other, and then try to score on her (the coach was in goal). Some of the teams completed the task quickly, while others struggled to maintain control of the ball, or shoot cleanly on goal. What did our girls who had finished first do with that free time? They stood to the side and cheered on their friends. Relentlessly. And when each group had completed the task, they took a break (not for water or rest) but to do a silly dance. How often in life do you see a group of 12-year old girls behave so supportively, while not worrying about their place in some social hierarchy?
This was one of the happiest days at our summer camp in NH this summer. The weather was perfect, and it seemed to help everyone be in an even better mood. Our incredible chefs made a breakfast that included homemade french toast, lemon scones, scrambled eggs, and a whole lot of fresh blueberries and strawberries.
In camp things were very busy down by the lake. Campers were wake boarding, tubing, and water skiing. They were also taking canoes to beaver dam to hunt for turtles, and fishing off of the sand bar at the edge of the Kenwood waterfront.
As I was leaving my office this morning I heard this wonderful sound coming from our performing arts center. I ran in just as a group of Evergreen Freshmen and Sophomores were finishing singing a song for Friday's performance. I said to them "that was so good I needed to see the whole thing. Would you consider doing it on more time?" They were happy to oblige. As you can see, our entire summer camp community is excited for Friday's play.
It was a really fun, gorgeous day at our overnight camp in New Hampshire today. Or, at least, it was gorgeous for most of the day. Wherever I walked around campers were having a fantastic time at our activities. In the wood shop our Freshman boys had decided that they wanted to create wooden boats. Counselor Mike showed them a template and how to use it to measure the necessary pieces of wood. Then they spent the period cutting and sanding each piece. This is a long-term project that they are all really excited about. Once completed they plan to have a race down at the water front!
We've written almost 8,000 words this week about the incredible experience our kids have had at our brother-sister overnight camp in NH. Check out each exciting day we've had so far this summer!
Sunday's are an important day at our brother-sister overnight camp. After recharging our batteries by sleeping a little late, our campers then spend the morning working together in their cabins. First, everyone changes their sheets, and then we hold bunk meetings. These meetings are a time for each person living in the bunk to share their thoughts on the week. Our counselors, who have been trained to facilitate these conversations, asked each camper their opinion on the week. They used phrasing that hangs all around our community: What Went Well...Even Better If. The idea behind this is to help them frame their thoughts constructively, either identifiying what went well this week (so that it can continue) or articulating that something would be even better if it changed in a particular way. As a summer camp that teaches children 21st century skills like collaboration, effective communication and creative problem solving, these meetings are at the core of how we help our children learn and grow.
Yesterday was the end of an amazing first week at our overnight camp...so today we began the start of our fabulous second week of the summer of 2015! This morning we all slept a little later than usual. Because it was the 4th of July, many campers and counselors came to morning assembly decked out in combinations of red, white and blue. Others wore shirts with American flags on them. Others had elaborate costumes (including a few capes and sunglasses painted to look like American flags). It was great to start of the day in such a festive manner.
We woke up to an absolutely beautiful day today. By 7:35 the campus was hopping with so many different and exciting activities going on. The Kenwood 11-and-Under Tennis team headed out for a tournament, and our Evergreen 15-and-Under Soccer team hosted 7 other areas camps in an all-day event.
In the last few days I've seen so many different -- and unique -- examples of how we help our campers learn important life skills, and feel deeply connected to our community. One example came during our daily morning assembly. While the whole camp was gathered I reminded everyone of our annual "Where Your Camp Shirt" contest. We love it when our campers wear their camp apparel in the off seasons, and we also love encouraging them to explore the world around them. Going to a 7-week overnight camp shows a real independent and resilient character, and we want to foster that year-round. So each year we have a contest to see who can travel the farthest from our campus in Wilmot, NH and have their picture taken with a camp t-shirt or sweatshirt on. Over the last twelve months we've had about 50 submissions, and this year's prize went to Oliver, who traveled all the way to Tanzania. He won a party for his bunk, and the admiration of every boy, girl and counselor in Camp. Bravo to you, sir!