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