I write a lot about how the friendships made at our summer camp in NH last a lifetime. Spending 7 weeks together collaborating as teammates, cast members, or bunkmates creates a foundation for friendship like I just have never seen anywhere else. Just last week I posted a series of blogs about how much our campers, counselors, camp parents, and even alumni love spending time together, even years or decades after their summers at Kenwood and Evergreen are a distant memory. There are two recent events in our Camp community that demonstrated the incredible lengths people will go to celebrate with the K&E camp friends.
How do you know if your child is ready for overnight camp? It's a really important question, and one that we are frequently asked by parents. As we often do, we went to our friend and expert on all things camp related Renee Flax, Director of Camper Placement at the American Camp Association office in NYC for her thoughts on this subject.
On Tuesday I shared this wonderful Google Slide presentation one of our youngest campers created for a school project.It articulated her love for her overnight camp and her camp friends, but also demonstrated how much meaning she derives from being a part of this caring, nuturing, intentional community. If you haven't seen it take a look below.
I have a desk drawer in my office filled with the countless number of essays and letters our campers and counselors have written about their love for our overnight camp in NH. Every now and then I leaf through them and have the joy of re-discovering a college essay or term paper about the friendships made or 21st century skills learned while growing up in our brother-sister camp community.
Camp friendships: it's one of our favorite topics. Our brother-sister community is, at its core, about bringing friendly young people together to develop friendships that will last a lifetime. In Tuesday's blog I posted the dozens of recent photos sent to us by current campers and counselors from their time spent hanging out together. Today we are excited to share photos from some of our alumni who even years or decades after spending summers together at our overnight camp are still making time to be with their camp friends.
It was officially announced this morning that Cleveland.com has named Kenwood and Evergreen camper Ryan Levine as their November Person of the Month! As part of his bar mitzvah tzedaka project Ryan created a kids-only film festival which he hosted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his hometown. The event raised $32,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundataion to help fund research for a cure for Parkinson's disease. Way to go, Ryan!
After the amazing Boston and Rhode Island camp reunion last Saturday, I've spent a lot of time thinking a lot about how wonderful and powerful it is that our community creates such fantastic camp friendships. Since the day Camp ended in August our campers, counselors, alumni, and event camp parents have been using their free time to hang out with the many friends they have met since joining our brother-sister camp community.
Saturday, January 28th
Chelsea Piers Stamford, Stamford, CT
5:00pm - 7:30pm
We had a blast at the Boston and Rhode Island area Camp Reunion this past Saturday, and now are looking forward to our next one in Stamford, CT on Jan. 28. We will be running Camp activities, including gymnastics, indoor soccer, touch football, and a variety of other events, as well as premiering our 2016 video year book! There will also be a room full of trampolines, a foam pit to leap in, and a climbing wall!!
As I mentioned in yesterday's blog on Tuesday I was at a really powerful conference about food allergies and food service. There were lectures by a number of experts, including food producers, safety consultants, and even a representative from the Food and Drug Administration.
Our summer camp in NH is known for many things, and thankfully, one of them is for being a safe summer home for campers with food allergies and sensitivities. For more than 15 years we have proudly been peanut free and tree nut free, and have served safe meals for children who need gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free or even garlic free meals.
It was so much fun getting the Camp community together this Saturday for our annual Boston and Rhode Island area Camp reunion. Campers and counselors came from as far as NY, NJ and NH to hang out with their camp friends and celebrate the fabulous summer of 2016!
Just in time for the holidays our official Camp clothing company has some exciting new camp spirit wear. Order this week and they'll arrive in time for Hanukkah or Christmas!