The Blog of Camps Kenwood and Evergreen

How we give new campers amazing first days at our brother/sister camp

Posted by Sean Atkinson on Nov 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM

I remember arriving at our beautiful sleep away summer camp in NH over 4 years ago. I rode up from Boston on the bus with 3 other new camp counselors who were also seeing the K&E campus for the first time. Other than a few photos I had seen from the website I had no idea what to expect. I was nervous and shy in a new environment with unfamiliar surroundings and people. Looking back, what I felt that day was probably a lot like how most new campers feel on the opening day of the summer.

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Topics: first day of camp, first day jitters

A post-Thanksgiving recipe for the ultimate sandwich using leftovers

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 27, 2015 9:10:00 AM

All this week in our brother/sister summer camp's blog we have been sharing some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, including:

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Topics: thanksgiving recipe

Counselors at our summer camp for kids talk about homesickness

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 26, 2015 9:15:00 AM

It seems that just about every new camper and parent has concerns about homesickness. Would you like to see and hear how some of our most talented camp counselors not only help our campers through it, but leave them feeling more resilient and more confident? 

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Topics: the first day of summer camp, opening day, bus ride to camp, counselor conversations, first day of camp

Our Summer Camp’s Thanksgiving recipe for Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 25, 2015 9:10:00 AM

With this week's holiday fast approaching we have been sharing some of our brother/sister summer camp's favorite Thanksgiving recipes. Yesterday, Chef Kyla, who makes all of our delicious gluten free and allergy sensitive meals, shared her recipes for cranberry sauce with port and fruit, sweet potatoes with black bean salad, and sauteed brussels sprouts with chard. All three of Chef Kyla's recipes were completely gluten free and peanut/tree nut free.

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Topics: deena sebell, pumpkin whoopie pies

GF Thanksgiving recipes from our brother/sister camp's Chef Kyla

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 24, 2015 9:10:00 AM

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Topics: gluten free, chef kyla, gf thanksgiving recipes, sweet potato and black beans

A camp counselor’s grilling clinic teaches 21st century skills at camp

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 23, 2015 9:09:00 AM

Being away from home and at summer camp for 7 weeks teaches you a lot of life skills. Simply by being away from your parent(s) you become more independent, more resilient, and more responsible for your own life. One of our long-time camp counselors recently wrote this essay about how he uses something as simple as a gas grill and a box of hamburger patties to bond with his 12-year-old campers, and help teach them some important 21st century skills.

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Topics: 21st century skills, Grilling, teaching 21st century skills at camp

Our brother/sister camp counselors talk about the first day of camp

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 19, 2015 9:09:00 AM

To truly understand a summer camp community you need to know its camp counselors, so we want to introduce you to some of ours!

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Topics: the first day of summer camp, opening day, bus ride to camp, counselor conversations, first day of camp

Why we insist on 5 essential coaching skills at our summer camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 18, 2015 9:10:00 AM

Yesterday, the head counselor at our summer camp for boys posted a blog about the 5 essential skills quality coaches use when communicating with their players. He actually wrote it on Friday, and I spent much of the weekend thinking about how insightful his ideas were. These 5 skills are a major reason that our coaches are able to help our athletes grow so much during our 7-week seasons.

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Topics: summer camp in nh, sports coaching, david walsh, 5 essential coaching skills

5 essential coaching skills we use at our brother/sister summer camp

Posted by David Walsh on Nov 17, 2015 9:09:00 AM

I’ve always been a sports lover. Whether it was growing up playing soccer, or golf as an adult, or more recently learning to snowboard and ice climb last winter, sports have always been my passion. And while I love being active I certainly do not need an excuse to watch any and all sports on TV or go to a live event. My love of sports isn’t just because of the extraordinary physical feats that athletes at the highest level perform week in week out, but also the effective coaching techniques and mental approach that often determines which will be the most successful teams.

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Topics: 5 coaching tips, head counselor

A counselor pays it forward at our brother/sister summer camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 16, 2015 9:09:00 AM

We asked members of our camp staff if they wanted to share their thoughts about our brother/sister community, and many, many have said yes, so each week this fall we have published articles by our different camp counselors. This week we are thrilled to share another piece written by Josh Williams, a long time counselor and unit leader at our summer camp for boys.

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Topics: summer camp in nh, josh williams, summer camp for boys, paying it forward

7 Ways Parents Can Help Children Start Healthier Lives On Social Media

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 13, 2015 12:35:00 PM

Dr. Michael Thompson, consulting child psychologist at our brother/sister summer camp in New Hampshire, recently shared this excellent piece in the New York Times titled "Seven Ways Parents Can Help 13-Year-Olds Start Their Social Media Lives Right". This information is incredibly important, since, according to the Pew Research Center, 57% of 13- and 14-year olds use Facebook, 44% use Instagram, and 21% use Twitter. As even the most savvy adult has learned, successfully and safely navigating this world of social media isn't always easy. Far too many young people fail to grasp just how vulnerable they can make themselves on these platforms, or how truly permanent their photos, videos and postings are in this virtual world. It's just one of the reasons why our camp community requires our campers to spend 7 weeks of their summers unplugged from the internet.

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Topics: parenting resource, social media, dr. michael thompson, 7 ways parents can help

Life lessons learned at our summer camp for girls

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 10, 2015 9:13:00 AM

Our summer camp's leadership team is comprise of some pretty incredible, passionate people. In recent weeks a collection of our unit leaders have shared their thoughts on why belonging to our summer camp community has been such a powerful experience for them. This week we would like to introduce you to Courtney Chaloff, Head Counselor at our summer camp for girls, and an all-around fantastic, spirited, caring sports coach and person:

When I was seven years old, I begged my parents to let me start looking at overnight camps. That summer, as many families do, I went to visit numerous camps around New England. I saw many beautiful lawns, freshly painted buildings, and appealing waterfronts. I truthfully can’t remember much else about my visits, especially given that they were so long ago. However, I have never forgotten about one significant experience while first visiting Camps Kenwood and Evergreen.

Watch a short video where Courtney explains why our evening activities and  special events are so amazing

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Topics: summer camp for girls, courtney chaloff

Our Sleepaway Camp Reunion in the Boston Area

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

It's almost time for our annual camp reunion in the Boston and Rhode Island area. We invite any child (and parents) who was a camper at our sleepway camp in NH in 2015. This year we are moving this special event to a new time and location: 

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Topics: camp reunion, swimming, boston camp reunion, sleepaway camp reunion

Why a middle school teacher loves working at our summer camp for girls

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 3, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Throughout the last year I have been using our brother/sister summer camp’s blog to spotlight the incredibly impactful work that our counselors, coaches and teachers do with our campers each summer.

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Topics: rachael silver, summer camp for girls

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