The Blog of Camps Kenwood and Evergreen

Special events like our Carnival bring us together for a ton of fun

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 31, 2016 11:00:00 PM

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. Every camper and counselor was very excited for this year's theme: Star Wars.

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Topics: carnival, special events

Today at our summer camp it was all about getting to be a rock star

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 30, 2016 10:48:52 PM

More than once this summer I've written that at its core our overnight camp in NH is about taking part in things that you wouldn't normally do at home. It's why our days are filled with jumping off of zip lines, tubing around our beautiful lake, and learning how to make our own furniture (while also playing lots of sports and making a ton of camp friends). This drive to do the exciting and unusual was on display from morning to night today. 

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Topics: 21st century skills, Hollowpallooza, music festival

Video highlights from the fifth week of our overnight camp season

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 29, 2016 11:20:00 PM

After an incredible parents' Visiting Day we got right back into having loads of fun and excitement. Throughout this 5th week of the summer our campers were playing and winning sports tournaments, going on incredible outdoor adventures up mountains and on canoe trips, and participating in all of the fabulous sports, arts and waterfront activities that we offer every day of our overnight camp's 7 week experience.

Take a look at our innovative Structured Choice schedule

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Topics: wrap up, camp video, week 5

Our girls go on a night time outdoor adventure to see a billion stars

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 29, 2016 12:05:00 AM

One of the goals of our overnight camp is to make sure that our campers have experiences and adventures that they aren't going to find during their school year. It's why we take them mountain climbing and on canoe trips to far away islands. It's why we teach them how to play in a rock band, how to wake board, and how to climb a 60 ft tall tree. It's also why we let them wrestle in 1,000 pounds of Jell-O, have paint balloon fights, and get silly dancing at blacklight parties.

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Topics: star gazing, junior girls

We pack a ton of fun into every camp day

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 27, 2016 11:30:00 PM

It was yet another great day at camp today. We try our best to jam pack as much excitement, fun and learning into every camp day, and this was a good example. Here are just some of the moments I saw today as I went around campus. 

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Topics: fun, daily schedule, daily activities

So many great summer camp evening activities in just one day!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 27, 2016 12:42:00 AM

We try to make every day here exciting and fun, and every evening creative and thrilling. As many nights in a week as possible we want them to participate in evening activities that they just couldn't do anywhere else in their lives. Today was a great example of some of the crazy, silly, imaginative, collaborative things we like to do together as the sun is setting over our campus. Take a look!

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Topics: evening activities

We're back to basics with the start of week #5 at our overnight camp

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 26, 2016 7:15:46 AM

With an amazing visiting day for parents behind us this morning we woke up and got back to the basics of summer camp. Our counselors went to bed at the same time as our campers so everyone woke up this morning happy and rested, and thrilled to be here for 3 more incredible weeks.

Almost every age group was in camp today, which meant that this was a day of our campers playing sports, making beautiful creations in arts, and having tons of fun at the waterfront and on the ropes course.

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Topics: ultimate frisbee, tri-state softball, week 5

An amazing Rookie Day event for new campers

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 24, 2016 12:44:00 AM

Today was our annual event called Rookie Day. Younger siblings, cousins, neighbors and friends of current campers had the chance to visit our overnight camp, try it out, and even sleep over. What a great day for everyone involved!

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Topics: camper rookie day

Video highlights from the fourth week of our overnight camp season

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 22, 2016 12:17:00 AM

The fourth week of the summer was pretty fantastic here. We won some sports tournaments, went on some amazing outdoor adventures, and just loved being together as one big camp family. Make sure to watch our video highlights!

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Topics: wrap up, camp video, video recap, week 4

3-D Archery: another thing our campers only do at our overnight camp

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 22, 2016 12:13:00 AM

Part of the experience here at our 7 week overnight camp is trying activities that you probably can't do anywhere else in your life. Like wrestling in 1,000 lbs of Jell-O, leaping off of 40 foot cliffs into natural pools of water, or jamming in a rock band on a stage in front of 500 people. Today we went hunting dinosaurs and zombies. 

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Topics: 3-D archery, archery tournament

Why rope burning is one of our summer camp's favorite special events

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 20, 2016 10:00:00 PM

Just a quick note here: I wrote this on Sunday and thought that I published it. Clearly not!

As I wrote about in yesterday's blog, this weekend our campers and counselors have been happily participating in something we like to call "Big Weekend". Last night we had had one of favorite special events of the entire summer: Rope Burning. 

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Topics: rope burning, big weekend

The power of knowing you have overnight camp friends for life

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 20, 2016 12:17:00 AM

There's something so powerful about having friends who support you unconditionally. It makes you feel like you can weather any storm or accomplish any task life puts in front of you. Ask any camper or counselor here what's the most important thing to know about our brother-sister summer camps and they reply "to be a good friend". It's the Kenwood and Evergreen way

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Topics: camp friends, tournaments, tristate, hut 6, outdoor adventure

4th week begins so we got back to our amazing summer camp activities

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 18, 2016 10:30:00 PM

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Topics: activities, week 4

Our summer camp's special event called Big Weekend has begun!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 17, 2016 8:07:17 AM

Friday, , just after Services and the showing of the weekly video wrap up, we brought everyone in the community to the tent. The kids weren't quite sure what was going on, though many of the older campers suspected that something was up. And they were right, for it was time for the Big Weekend Breakout.

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Topics: rope burning, breakout, halloween, big weekend, special events

Video highlights from the third week of our overnight camp season

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 15, 2016 9:31:47 PM

This was quite a third week of the summer for our camp community. Jell-O Wrestling, tons of amazing outdoor adventures, sports tournaments, a fabulous theater performance, a new golf driving range, and so many other special moments. Make sure to watch our video highlights!

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Topics: video recap, week 3

Outdoor adventure is a major part of our overnight camp experience

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 14, 2016 11:52:00 PM

Exploring the natural world helps make kids more creative, more empathetic, and helps reduce anxiety. It's why outdoor adventure is such an important part of our overnight camp experience. In this age of social media and electronic connectivity we want to help all of our campers become more comfortable spending time outside, especially with so many incredible natural resources in New Hampshire.

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Topics: mt kearsarge, outdoor adventure, adventure dave, mt cardigan, outdoor cooking

Overnight camp is the place to do things you can't do anywhere else

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 14, 2016 12:45:00 AM

Daily summer camp activities are great. They help you become a better artist or athlete or swimmer, and are often lots of fun. But at our overnight camp in NH we also get to do wild, crazy, ridiculously fun things that you just can't do anywhere. Things like this:

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Topics: jell-o wrestling, fire truck

So many special moments make up a day at our overnight camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 12, 2016 11:56:00 PM

This was just another typical day here at our overnight camp in New Hampshire, but that's what I loved about it. A typical Camp day is filled with so many special moments and I thought I'd highlight just a few. 

At morning assembly we celebrated the birthday of a camper and also of Music James. James has been our head of the music department for 5 summers, and over that time he's literally taught hundreds of boys and girls how to play the electric guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. Most of his days here are spent helping groups of friends form rock bands and practice successfully until they are ready to perform at Hollowpallooza, our music festival on the 5th Saturday of the summer. 

A tradition at our assemblies is that when it's your birthday you get to invite up anyone who has special meaning for you to help lead the singing of our birthday song. The list usually includes bunkmates, former counselors, and maybe a favorite administrator. We turned it a bit on its head today and asked "please come up and celebrate James if he has helped you be ready to perform in Hollowpallooza". This is how many campers and staff came forward. 

No matter what age you start here this place becomes your second home.

RELATED: Recordings from our music festival at our summer camp in NH

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Topics: Hollowpallooza, mt kearsarge, moments at camp, moose

A bright sunshiny day at our summer camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 11, 2016 11:58:00 PM

It was a beautiful, right sunshiny day today (the rain is gone, aw yeah!) and everyone was celebrating. The change from cold and rain to warm and sunny brought out the best mood in campers and counselors. Kids skipped on their way up to breakfast, and I saw lots of hand holding and hugging. What a wonderful way to start the 3rd week of the summer!

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Topics: rain, activities, jon levine, sunshine

When it rains at overnight camp we have the greatest time ever!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 10, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Camp Parents ask me all the time what do you do when it rains? The answer is very simple: we play outside and it's the best time ever! 

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Topics: rainy days, Resilience, clue

A summer at our overnight camp teaches you about healthy risk taking

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 9, 2016 11:00:00 PM

As parents we want our children to be comfortable exploring the world, and yet we also want them to be quality risk assessors. Being an independent and responsible person requires proficiency in both. Like all other important life skills, this can only come with practice...and some failures. At our brother-sister overnight camp in NH we work to make this the perfect laboratory for figuring out the difference between healthy and unhealthy risk taking.

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Topics: Healthy Risk Taking and Creativity, taking risks

A video recap of this amazing second week at our overnight camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 8, 2016 10:00:00 PM

And what a week this was! 4th of July, Nancy Tucker, Fireworks, sports tournaments, Gold Rush and so much more! Check out all of the fun and excitement we had this 2nd week of the Summer of 2016.

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Topics: camp videos, weekly summer videos, week 2

We love being a safe place for our gluten free & peanut free friends!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 8, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Thursday's are special days here at our overnight camp in NH. Most of the chefs have off, but that doesn't mean we are without delicious meals. At lunch time the entire community has a massive picnic on the lawn around our dining hall. The kitchen staff today put out an amazing feast of different deli meats, a few types of salads, grilled meats, veggies and cheeses for make-your-own-nachos, and an array of fresh fruits and homemade cupcakes. 

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Topics: peanut free, gluten free, allerdad

21st century skills matter when getting a real job in the real world

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 7, 2016 6:00:00 AM

It occurred to me that I didn't write that much about this year's staff training. It being the cornerstone of how we create summers of fun and learning for our campers, I thought that I might want to remedy this.

Starting June 12th each of our coaches, teachers, activity heads and group leaders arrived for two weeks of learning how to be an exceptional child development professional. During their training we offered seminars on every aspect of being a camp counselor, from how to run the most fun and engaging sports and arts activities possible to how to keep each of our campers physically and emotionally safe. 

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Topics: 21st century skills, scott's presentation, 4 dimensions of learning

Making sure we run the safest overnight camp we can with an ACA visit

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 5, 2016 11:30:00 PM

My blog is going to be shorter than usual today because my attention was a bit diverted. Every three years we are visited by accreditors from the American Camp Association, and today was the big day! 

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Topics: safety, aca visit

Take a regular day at overnight camp and make it even more amazing

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 5, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Every day here has the potential to be amazing. It's overnight camp. But with it being the 4th of July today we took this regular day and made it even more amazing with all sorts of traditions and special events. 

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Topics: 4th of July, fireworks, nancy tucker

Gold Rush: A favorite event at our brother-sister overnight camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 3, 2016 11:00:00 PM

Sunday's are an important day at our brother-sister overnight camp. After recharging our batteries by sleeping a little late, our campers then spend the morning working together in their cabins. A small group of avid fisherman got up very early and joined Adventure Dave on a trip into town to participate in our first ever fishing tournament. They had a blast, and we are actually waiting to hear how one of the 12 year old boys placed. He caught 6 bass and may have won for his age bracket! 

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Topics: watermelon league, gold rush

The start of week #2 at our brother-sister summer camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 3, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Yesterday was the end of an amazing first week at our overnight today we began the start of our fabulous second week of the summer of 2016! If you missed our video wrap up of last week please click here.

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Topics: week two, ultimate capture the flag, unit meetings, water couch

A video recap of this fabulous first week at our overnight camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 1, 2016 11:58:00 PM

This has been an absolutely incredible first week of Camp. There has been so much fun and skill building and friendship making and laughter and great times outdoors. Throughout each day, as I go from activity to activity, I occasionally bring out my little camera and film bits and moments of our kids and camp counselors interacting with one another. Here are some of my favorite moments from this first week of the summer of 2016.

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Topics: video recap, week one

The importance of unplugging over the summer at overnight camp

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 1, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Today was a glorious day at camp. We woke up to bright sunshine and few clouds, and almost zero humidity. When I left my cabin at 7am there were already kids awake and outside. In both our boys' and girls' camps the cabins have space to hang out and socialize, and this is especially important for our early risers who need to do so without waking their bunkmates up. All of our girls' lodges have living rooms with couches to sit on and gab, and our boys' bunks have front decks for doing the same. Most mornings the kids who wake up early use these communal spaces to play cards, quietly read a book, and just have fun socializing. Because they have no electronics at camp to turn on or play with, they actually have to interact with one another. This leads to countless more opportunities to have fun and discover new friendships.

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Topics: hobby night, importance of unplugging, Weirs Beach, spirit night

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