It is always sad when we lose someone in our Camp family. It is particularly tragic when it is a young member of our alumni community just starting his or her adult life. We learned this morning about the sudden passing of Drake Nahrwold. Drake was a K&E camper, and was last a general counselor during the summer of 2011.
Over the past few years Scott and I have written a lot about how our summer camp in NH is an amazing place for children to develop their 21st century skills. It's a core component of what we teach during our 7-week camp season. Like all summer camps we want our children to have fun and to make life-long friendships, but we also want them to return home having grown as leaders, as critical thinkers, and as innovators. We want them to experience the challenges of living away from home as opportunities to be more independent and resilient young people. We want them not just to play on traveling sports teams or perform in a musical but gain insight into how to collaborate with others on shared goals. These are the skills that will help our children to be truly college and career ready, and will give them the tools and talents to lead fulfilling lives. They are the essential skills of tomorrow's workforce
As we announced in early March, this evening was our overnight camp in NH's 8th annual Camper Film Festival. Throughout the last 7 weeks of this summer campers as young as 8 have been working with Hannah and Kaitlin, our two fantastic film making instructors, making all sorts of different types and styles of movies.
At tonight's film festival our community gathered in our theater to watch the best of what they had made. Everyone got into the spirit of the event. Our Junior Counselors made enough hot popcorn for 200 people. Ceramics Andy and Salvador from Cooking handmade chocolate Oscar statues and wrapped them in gold foil for the winners in each category. Some kids and counselors even dressed up in their finest camp outfits. I'm thinking that next year we'll have an actual red carpet.
This was a really wonderful special event. It's so great that our community can come together on a night like this to celebrate the artistic vision and hard work of our campers. They wrote the scripts, auditioned the actors, created storyboards, edited and even wrote original soundtracks. We are so proud of them and hope that you enjoy them all! Over the course of the next few weeks I'll make sure to put them all up on the Official Camps Kenwood and Evergreen Youtube Channel.
This is a community that creates quite a bit of camp spirit. Not surprisingly, we tend to see even more than normal during our annual Color War special events. And while there's a lot to write about today in terms of how I saw our kids and counselors show their camp spirit today, no one even comes close to the two people in the picture below standing with Scott and me.
You may have noticed that there was no blog yesterday. Sadly, as Color War broke out for each of our brother-sister summer camps I was starting to not feel very well. I ended up needing to recoup for a while. Thankfully, I'm back and on my way to 100%. I also have two videos to post today. I hope that you enjoy them both!
Yesterday evening our boys' camp began their annual Color War tournament with a special event called a breakout. Just after the sun began to rise over our beautiful lake a plane flew over the Evergreen campus, and all sorts of craziness began. Take a look at this video I shot of the 2015 Green and Gold Color War breakout!
Tonight, we began another amazing special event at our summer camp in NH. After dinner and free play our Evergreen girls went to the theater tent for their annual Plaque and Skit night. In Kenwood, our boys took part in a new event called "Yacht or Not" in the Hollow. Take a look at this video below to see how it began, and then how it suddenly became a fantastic, crazy, high-energy start of our boys' Color War that we call Maroon and Grey. This was one Color War Breakout you do not want to miss!
Two long-time, beloved counselors, Josh and Alexander, will be the head coaches for Camp Kenwood's Maroon and Grey teams this Color War. We wish them, and both of their teams, an amazing and fun color war filled with great moments and lots of camp spirit. More on our boys' camp's Color War tomorrow, along with an announcement when our girls' camp starts its own special event!
Josh and Alexander, two long-time Kenwood counselors/friends who will be this year's Maroon and Grey Color War Head Coaches
Today was a great day for playing sports at our brother-sister overnight camp in NH. When we woke up the sun was shining over our lake, and a beautiful fog hovered over it until just after breakfast. By 7:45am there were Evergreen Freshmen getting in some early morning water ski runs before breakfast.
Our chefs work really hard to create meals that our campers and counselors will love. As you can imagine, we have many different types of eaters, including carnivores, vegetarians, kids who prefer sandwiches, those who need to eat gluten free, egg free or dairy free, those who live on pasta, and of course, our picky kids who really prefer to only eat chicken fingers whenever possible. Thankfully, our team of 5 talented chefs (and one amazing baker) find ways to make delicious camp food for everyone, and our campers and counselors tell us that they love our meals!
Earlier in the summer I used our blog to answer an important question: so what do you guys do at your overnight camp when it rains? The short answer is that in the absence of thunder and lightning we play outside, and it's fabulous fun. But there are moments in the summer when the sky rumbles off in the distance, and we have a totally different set of protocols. Tonight was one of those nights, and it helped us have a fantastic, memorable evening.
This was the final day of our Homecoming Weekend at our brother-sister overnight camp. To close out this incredible weekend this afternoon we celebrated with our annual camp carnival. This special event goes back to our founding in 1930, and it is also a great day for fun, creativity, and good times with friends. After all of the excitement of yesterday's Hollowpallooza music festival we slept a little late, and then began to prepare for this afternoon's amazing special event.
I've written more than once this summer that at its core our overnight camp in NH is about helping our campers be their best selves. That was evident in just about every moment of today. This was our 5th Saturday of the summer, which is when we host our annual music festival called Hollowpallooza. It's one of our camp's most popular special events. For many reasons this is one night that I will remember for years to come.
You may have noticed that there was no new blog yesterday morning. I was out of Camp for the past few days leading an outdoor adventure trip up in Canada. Every year I have the pleasure of taking Hut 6, our oldest male campers, up to Montreal. We pack a lot into the trip. We tour the old city, take in some its most famous cathedrals and art museums, ride a jet-powered boat across the rapids of the St. Lawrence River, play laser tag in a labrynth the size of a city block, and a whole lot more.