The Blog of Camps Kenwood and Evergreen

The crucial 8 life skills that our summer camp in NH teaches you!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 28, 2016 1:30:00 PM

I saw this really interesting article on earlier this week. It was written by Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University. For more than a decade she watched incredibly bright, accomplished young people arrive utterly unprepared for life outside of their nurturing homes. She saw some of our best former high school students go on to completely fail at college because of their lack of independence, resilience, and other 21st century skills. Based on her breadth of experience, she suggested that there are 8 life skills that all young people should have as they leave home and enter college: 

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Topics: 21st century skills, 8 life skills

A K&E camp reunion in FL with our beloved camp cooking specialist

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 27, 2016 1:30:00 PM

As I wrote in Monday's blog, January seems to be a time when our brother-sister summer camp community has reunions big and small. This coming Saturday we will be hosting a massive camp reunion at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, CT from 5:00-7:00pm, and two weeks ago over 100 campers and counselors joined us for a weekend in the snow up at our campus in NH. There was also a huge camp counselor gathering in UK last week, and a smaller one in Ireland. K&E camp friends get together all over the world!

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Topics: camp friends, camp reunion, camp cooking, salvador, eva, epcot

The best camp friends feel like you’ve known them all your life

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 25, 2016 9:15:00 AM

No matter who you are or what your age, when you join a summer camp community you hope to make friendships that will last a lifetime. Beyond the activities, the campfires, and even the s'mores, you hope that you will meet some great people whom you can trust, share your interests, and make you laugh so hard that your in jokes have in jokes.

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Topics: camp friends, stacy emanuel, stacey schwartz

Our summer camp in NH searches the world for the best camp counselors

Posted by Sean Atkinson on Jan 21, 2016 9:18:00 AM

Every January our summer camp in NH's program director David Walsh travels all over the world attending university jobs fairs in search of the very best new camp counselors and support staff to work at our overnight summer camp in NH. This year, as interns, Josh and I were lucky enough to join him for the UK leg of the trip and assist with this process.
As Jason mentioned in yesterday's blog, this is the time of year when there is an official camp reunion in England for any past or present staff who can attend. This year it was held in Leeds (where many of our camp counselors live). Around 30 staff members (from the UK and US) spanning the past 10 summers gathered for a fun night reliving our favorite camp memories and hanging out. It's safe to say a good time was had by all! 
Learn more about the crucial skills our summer camp teaches young people 
The first jobs fair of the trip took place the following day. We found ourselves in a large conference room with 20-30 camp directors present, all eager to meet and get to know the hundreds of applicants. The doors finally opened and the potential new counselors began flooding in. As is always the case, the line of people waiting for an interview with Kenwood and Evergreen became the largest in the room. After talking to some of the hopefuls, it became clear that they had done their research by going through our website thoroughly. So many bright and talented young coaches, teachers and potential counselors were impressed enough by what they have seen to wait for hours to interview with David, hoping to have the opportunity to secure a job at our brother-sister summer camp in New Hampshire.
Half way through the day we were visited by a bunch of the current staff who attended the reunion the night before. Those waiting in line saw us all laughing and joking, which no doubt reinforced their decision to seek us out in search of a fun filled amazing summer experience. We were also assisted by 3 Evergreen unit leaders in finding the right candidates. Each of us took time talking to the applicants, explaining Kenwood and Evergreen's emphasis on teaching 21st century skills, learning about their strengths and what they could offer.
With many of our staff returning year after year, David has the luxury of hiring only the most qualified, best fitting, quality staff. Those who did get accepted were clearly excited about their summer!   
Check out Camp's Instagram if you are interested in seeing everyone that we hired at the UK University job fair!
We will update you all on the second half of the trip next week, when we attend another university jobs fair in Manchester, England, and then David heads to Puebla in Mexico!
Take a look at our innovative Structured Choice schedule

Camp Kenwood for Boys and Camp Evergreen for Girls are brother-sister overnight camps in Wilmot, NH. We invite you to learn how we teach children vital 21st century skills through our innovative program we call Structured Choice

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Topics: camp staff, sean atkinson, job fairs

Camp reunions all over the world remind us camp friends are forever!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 20, 2016 9:18:00 AM

Our summer camp community really loves being together. The friendships made at our brother-sister summer camp run deep, and seem to last forever.

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Topics: camp friends, camp reunions, camp friendships

Big news for campers interested in a treatment for peanut allergy

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 19, 2016 1:15:00 PM

Actually, it's not just exciting news for campers -- it's exciting for just about anyone who has a peanut allergy, or loves someone with this medical condition! A team of reserachers may have developed an effective treatment for peanut allergy in the form of a wearable patch, and it has just been approved for stage III of its clinic trial. 

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Topics: treatment for peanut allergy, peanut allergy, peanut allergy patch trial

Our Sleepaway Camp Reunion in the New York Area

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

It's almost time for our annual camp reunion in the NY, NJ, CT and PA area. We invite any child (and parents) who was a camper at our sleepway camp in NH in 2015. This special event will be in the same location as last year, though at an earlier time.

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Topics: camp reunion, swimming, sleepaway camp reunion, new york camp reunion

The dedication of camp counselors to our summer camp community

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 14, 2016 9:08:00 AM

One of the things that I love most about our brother-sister summer camp is how dedicated our counselors are to our kids and the community. During each summer they work long days for one purpose: to help our campers grow and make as many friendships as possible. They are wonderful role models to our campers, and honor us by returning in large numbers year after year. Our camp counselors really are one of the best parts of our community.

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Topics: camp friends, winter weekend, camp counselors

The end of an incredible winter weekend with our camp friends

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 13, 2016 1:13:00 PM

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and that includes our annual Winter Weekend event up at our summer camp. As I wrote about in a previous blog, for 16 years we have brought more than 100 campers and counselors up to our overnight camp in NH for a special weekend in the snow. This is always our favorite weekend of the year, and yet for some reason this one felt extra special.

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Topics: camp friends, winter weekend

Our Brother-Sister Summer Camp's Winter Weekend Adventure Begins!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 8, 2016 11:00:00 PM

The best weekend of the entire year has begun! As is tradition at our brother-sister summer camp in NH, the first weekend in January is when we host our annual Senior Camp Winter Weekend Adventure. Campers and counselors from around the world converge on our campus in New Hampshire for a weekend of snow, fun, camp friends, and making incredible memories. 

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Topics: camp friends, winter weekend, senior camper winter weekend

The Where Your Camp Shirt contest and our upcoming Camp Winter Weekend

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 6, 2016 9:30:00 AM

I love when a Camp contest heats up! Throughout the year we run something called "Where Your Camp Shirt". It's a way for campers to show their camp spirit by being photographed on trips around the globe wearing a piece of camp clothing.

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Topics: camp friends, winter weekend, where your camp shirt

Our Brother-Sister Summer Camp friends just love being together!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 4, 2016 1:18:00 PM

When we ask our campers and counselors at our brother-sister summer camp what their favorite thing is about our summer camp community the first response we always get it "my camp friends!" During our 7 week together each summer our friendships grow incredibly strong -- so strong, in fact, that our campers and counselors (and even alumni and parents) spend a great deal of their time during the winter months making sure they see their camp friends as much as possible. 

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Topics: camp friends, where your camp shirt, camp friendships

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