We saw an extremely important announcement today that potentially effects all people with food allergies. If you or your child has a peanut or tree nut allergy and you own an Auvi-Q please make sure to read up on their massive product recall. It appears that their epinephrine injectors do not always provide a proper dosage to stop the onset of anaphylaxis.
We wanted to remind parents about the upcoming event for returning and new campers this coming Sunday, November 1st at our sister camp Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, MA. From 2:00pm - 4:00pm we'll be playing gaga and street hockey, working on art projects, and hanging with our camp friends and counselors.
We have some amazing camp counselors and I want the world to know how thoughtful, passionate, and committed they are to providing our campers with the best summer experiences possible. Throughout the year I ask our coaches, art teachers, and bunk counselors to write about why they love what they do, and why they get so much out of working in our summer camp community.
Besides being a world-renowned child development expert and public speaker, Dr. Michael Thompson is also our brother/sister summer camp's consulting psychologist. Having heard him speak to groups of all sizes -- including annual training sessions with our counselors -- I am always struck by his seemingly innate understanding of children and their needs. He also has an uncanny ability to cut to the core of an issue and give parents truly helpful, insightful advice for raising their children.
Our summer camp in New Hampshire has proudly welcomed children with food allergies and sensitivities for more than a decade now. It's an important part of our mission that we are a safe summer home for people who need are avoiding gluten.
I am writing this as I fly back across the country, having spent 4 days completely unplugged from the world of apps, media and the Internet. The experience was…well, magical. Transformative. A childhood friend invited a group of us to spend his birthday camping in the Redwood Forest, and asked that we all lock all of our electronics in the trunks of our respective rental cars. Amazingly, everyone did. True to our word, and true to the spirit of the experience he sought, we all went 4 days without texting, emailing, or even using our phones as flashlights. I don't have a single photo.
So what is a brother sister summer camp? We get asked that question all the time. Is it the same as a coed camp? Actually, it’s an incredible hybrid: it’s not quite coed and it’s not quite single gender. It's the best of both! A brother sister overnight camp is actually two separate camps on the same property that have different sleeping areas, weekday activities, and traditions, and yet come together for meals, daily community meetings, and on the weekends for special events.
So many of our campers tell us that being a part of the Kenwood & Evergreen community brings them a true sense of belonging. They know that they have made real, long-lasting friendships with people who like them for who they are. As camp directors we know that a huge component of this stems from the culture that our counselors and group leaders foster each and every day of the summer.
We are excited to announce a very special event coming up in the Greater Boston area. On Sunday, October 25th please join us from 11 am - 3pm for the annual Halloween Family Festival and Fundraiser at our sister camp Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, MA.
This is just a reminder that tonight is our brother-sister summer camp's first fall special event of 2015. This amazing event is open to any child who was a Freshmen, Sophomore or Inter camper in 2015, along with parents and younger siblings.
If you are a family considering Kenwood & Evergreen for the future you are also cordially invited to this event. Come meet us and see how friendly and fun our community is!
Join us for an evening of rock climbing, gaga, and hanging with camp friends. This event will be from 7pm - 9pm at the Rock Club in New Rochelle, NY.
How do you know that the camp you have chosen for your child is really aware of how to keep children with food allergies safe? It's a pretty important question, and one that isn't necessarily easy to answer. As an overnight camp that has been recognized by the FAAN and publications like Living Without Magazine for our innovations in this area we field a lot of phone calls from parents who really aren't sure what questions to ask camp directors.
Last week a good friend sent me an opinion piece in the New York Times titled "Stop Googling. Let's Talk". It was about the unintended consequences of our plugged in culture, and it gave some staggering statistics and anecdotes.
Will he make friends? Will she come home with new sports skills that allow her to compete in the town league? Will he develop a passion for the arts or waterskiing? Will camp help my child become a more independent, self-confident person? Does Camp ever teach leadership skills or personal responsibility? These important questions parents ask us can be distilled down to one main idea: what exactly will my child get out of this camp experience?
Just a reminder that our brother-sister summer camp's first fall special event is just a week away! On Friday, October 16th, we invite all families interested in our community, along with anyone whose child was a Freshmen, Sophomore or Inter camper in 2015, to join us for an evening of rock climbing, gaga, and hanging with camp friends. This event will be from 7pm - 9pm at the Rock Club in New Rochelle, NY.
The other day Scott forwarded me an article about a group of teenagers in London who intentionally unplugged from the world of mobile phones and apps for a week. The results were incredibly telling.
Last week I posted a video that a group of our campers worked on over the course of our 7 week summer camp season. If you haven’t seen it yet I highly recommend giving it a look. It’s creative, funny, and visually beautiful, and these kids wrote, acted, directed and edited it themselves. Their film The Underwater Counselor Lounge: The True Story could not have been made without the help of our incredible film counselors Hannah Hefey and Kaitlin Smith.
Our campers do so many amazing things each summer. They practice for weeks in teams and play in sports tournaments against camps from around New Hampshire. They climb mountains and camp under the stars.They learn how to waterski, rock climb, and how to successfully live away from home, and they begin friendships that will last a lifetime.