It was the morning after a wonderful Visiting Day and everyone seemed to be in a good and silly mood. Like this guy who decided to wear an octopus on his head to breakfast.
Tonight was the fourth Anything Can Happen Thursday of the summer, and we decided to go all out with this meal. Our Chef team spent all week learning new recipes while Diego and the Support Staff came up with fun new ways to decorate the dining hall.
There are certain moments here that help define a summer. They're moments involving most or all of the community, and make such an indelible impression that people talk about them years or even decades later. Often it's a funny skit during the Opening Counselor Show, a buzzer beater shot during Color War, or a band's unexpectedly amazing performance during Hollowpallooza. Tonight, all of Camp Kenwood experienced one of those unforgettable Camp moments during our annual Lip Sync Contest, and it wasn't just one act, but rather an entire evening of performances that we will all remember.
Topics: lip sync contest
Today at Camp we celebrated a new holiday: Camp Kindness Day. Created by our friends at the American Camp Association, this was a new event designed to highlight "the practice of intentional kindness that happens every day at American camps".
Topics: jell-o wrestling
Topics: big weekend
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.
When Camp is at its best, it's a blend of fun, friendship, adventure, and learning cool new things. That seemed to be on display wherever you looked today.
Today was just a gorgeous NH summer day. While the sun was out, and there were almost no clouds in the sky, the temperature was in the mid 80's with very little humidity. What a perfect day for our Kenwood Freshmen and Sophomores to head to Weirs Beach!
Topics: Weirs Beach
One of the best things about our counselors is how they try to find every opportunity to show our campers a great time. This day started off a little wet and cold. It began to rain during the walk to breakfast, and for most of the morning there were showers overhead. It didn't stop us from having fun at our arts and sports activities, but as lunch approached you could see that a lot of people were looking for a reason to change their mood.
This summer our campers will participate in over 85 different day excursions, overnight camping trips, intercamps and travel tournaments. There are so many amazing opportunities for kids of all ages to play team sports, fish, hike, mountain bike, canoe, surf, and paddle board, along with just getting to enjoy the State of New Hampshire with their friends.
As I have written about throughout this summer, this has been a year of creating new Camp traditions, and bringing old ones back. This morning was all about resurrecting a beloved K&E tradition that has been gone for a very long time.
It was Saturday morning so we let our campers and counselors sleep late and recharge their batteries. After a delicious meal of breakfast burritos, home fries, and 6 different types of fresh berries everyone headed back to their bunks for cleanup. Then both camps had another round of their intramural leagues. Then we all made our way to the dining hall lunch.
Thursdays are quickly shaping up to be the favorite day of the week this summer. As I wrote in a blog last week, we recently premiered a new weekly event called Anything Can Happen Thursdays. The idea behind this event is that once a week the kids can come to dinner prepared to be a mix of surprised and wowed by whatever unexpected dinner our Leadership Team has planned. Tonight was definitely one of those nights!
The second week of the summer has begun and we had a lot going on today. There were many, many day and overnight trips, including an Evergreen 15-and-Under Lacrosse tournament (which we won!), a Kenwood 1st Year Seniors 3-day expedition up Mt Washington, all of Evergreen's Junior Campers at a water park, and Hut 6's start of their big white water rafting trip. Back at Camp it was a regular day of activities, and in total we offered more than 35 different individual and team sports, visual and performing arts, outdoor adventures and fun activities on the lake.
We slept late this morning, and after a delicious breakfast changed our sheets, had our weekly Unit meetings, and participated in our intramural sports leagues. After lunch we played one of our campers' favorite games: Ultimate Capture the Flag. "Ultimate", as it is known here, is just one of the amazing special events that are run by our Athletic Directors Jacki and Bob Mitchell. Each of their events are fun and exciting for the campers, and a great chance for our Brother-Sister camps to come together as one big community.
Our summer camp in NH takes part in a lot of trips and tournaments. Over the course of our 7-week season we collectively are involved in more than 85 separate out of Camp events. We climb mountains and canoe on white water rapids. We visit beaches, waterfalls and caves. We play in tournaments for basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, dance, gymnastics, archery, street hockey and volleyball. We pack a whole lot of fun into each summer for our happy campers.
This was a pretty incredible week at our overnight camp in NH, and we want to share with you some of our favorite moments. This video was shot and edited by Emily, our resident filmmaker and movie making specialist. We hope you enjoy her video!
Tonight we both created a new tradition and brought one back that had been gone for almost 2 decades. When our campers and counselors arrived at Assembly our Evergreen Head Counselor Courtney was holding up signs for each month of the year. Everyone was curious as she began handing them out to different campers and counselors whose names she had on a very long list. Then she began to ask everyone to form groups based on the month that they were born. Why? Because it was the return of "Birthday Night"!
When I'm visiting a future camper in his or her home one of the questions they almost always ask is "do you guys do anything fun for the 4th of July?" After I finish describing what we do to celebrate the holiday most simply respond with one word: Wow. Today was absolutely a "wow" kind of a day.
We know that entering a new community can be hard for even the most extroverted person. Campfires are one of our favorite ways to help welcome new campers and counselors join our extended camp family, and help make sure they know our community's norms, values and traditions. This short video is a look into what takes place at our brother-sister summer camps' campfires, and why they have such meaning for our campers and staff.
According to my camera I took 287 photos of our campers today. Here are some of my favorites! I feel like together they tell the story of what we did here today at Kenwood and Evergreen.
We woke up this morning to the first reveille of the summer, and Scott's announcement "everybody up...it's going to be a BEAUTIFUL day today. Rise and shine!" And a beautiful day it most certainly was.
Would you like to see some of the fun and excitement we had during the Opening Day of Camp this year?