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A Camp Parent Sums Up What Our Senior Camper Winter Weekend Means To Her Family

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 10, 2019 2:15:00 PM

We spend a lot of time trying to capture exactly how fun, exciting and meaningful our off-season events are for our community members. On Sunday, one of our camp parents shared her thoughts after her daughter returned home from our annual Winter Weekend up in NH, and frankly, she did a better job than we could have ever imagined! 

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Topics: winter weekend, shari berman

Our 18th Annual Senior Camper Winter Weekend Has Begun!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 5, 2019 12:32:00 AM

It's the start of our 18th annual, totally amazing Senior Camper Winter Weekend at our summer camp In NH!

At 11am this morning the journey began, and it always feels to me like a trip on the Hogwarts express (minus the owls and chocolate frogs, of course). About 40 Kenwood and Evergreen campers and counselors and I boarded a private Amtrak train car at New York's Penn Station and headed north. Every year on this trip I love watching how it literally takes seconds for our kids and staff to get back into "camp mode". Campers and counselors were hugging and laughing and kind to each other, and it felt like Kenwood and Evergreen even though we were standing in the middle of an NYC train station. 

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Topics: camp friends, winter weekend, hogwarts, sledding

It's almost time for K&E camper Ryan Levine's 3rd Annual "Kids Film It" Festival!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Dec 3, 2018 2:26:00 PM

Our campers are involved in some pretty amazing projects, including a number of charitable efforts. In December of 2016 longtime Kenwood camper Ryan Levine was named by the City of Cleveland as its "Person of the Month" after creating an event called the Kids Film It Festival. His festival was a chance for young auteurs to get some exposure for their movies, and at the same time it raised over $30,000 to help find a cure for Parkinsons Disease.

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Songs that remind you of your best summer camp moments

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 15, 2018 3:04:00 PM

Throughout the fall and winter months camp alumni regularly reach out via text or email with a similar story: I was somewhere and randomly heard this song that was used for a Color War alma materand it immediately took me back to a favorite time of my life. And I always know what they mean, having been at K&E for over 30 summers and associating dozens and dozens of tunes with some of my best camp memories.

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Topics: music, journey, steve perry

Join us tomorrow in showing the world your Camps K&E spirit!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 12, 2018 4:46:27 PM

International Wear Your Summer Camp T-Shirt Day is TOMORROW and we in the Camp Office are really excited. Wouldn't it be fun to take part in this in a big way?All around the world, campers, staff, alumni and even parents can participate in this big event to share their K&E spirit! Here's all you need to do:

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Topics: wear your camp shirt, wear your summer camp t-shirt

Parenting Resource: Why we need to be patient with school-age kids

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 7, 2018 1:58:00 PM

Our Camp Office team spends a lot of time reading the latest studies and ideas about child and human development. A few days ago, Scott found this interesting article "Why parents need to be patient with their school-age kids" on BostonGlobe.com. It offers an important reminder of the many pressures and conditions we may unconsciously place on our kids while they actually "grow and develop interests at their own pace, and we need to let them be themselves, not mini versions of us."

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Topics: parenting resource, boston globe, being patient

Sign ups for the Senior Camper Winter Weekend begin Tues at 10am!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Oct 15, 2018 3:13:00 PM

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Topics: winter weekend

Our summer camp's fall and winter traditions begin!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Oct 11, 2018 9:12:00 PM

As an overnight camp we have many, many traditions. Some take place during the summer, like our ceremonial campfires, fabulous music festival, and Color War. Others take place during the 10 months out of the year when we are all away from our favorite place. One of those traditions is the annual ""Where Your Camp Shirt", in which we 

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Topics: where your camp shirt

A video cure for those who are feeling camp sick because of the return to school

Posted by Jason Sebell on Sep 4, 2018 4:10:02 PM

Most of our campers returned to school today or last week, and we've been hearing from so many about how much they miss Camp and their Camp friends. With that in mind we wanted to share the photo slideshows from both the Kenwood and Evergreen closing banquets. We invite you to click on them, crank up the volume, and relive some of our favorite moments from this past summer! 

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Videos of our summer 2018 Broadway style theatrical productions!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 16, 2018 7:40:24 PM

Every summer our campers have the opportunity to put on elaborate Broadway-style musical theater productions. They spend weeks working together as a theater company rehearsing their lines, blocking scenes, practicing the choreography, making costumes, painting the sets and scenery, and learning lighting and sound design. This year our two productions were "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" and "13", and we are proud to present to you each show!

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The final days of each camp's Color War

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 15, 2018 12:23:32 PM

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Topics: color war, camp videos, color war final

Day #3 of our Summer 2018 Color War!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 13, 2018 9:38:26 AM

Day #3 of our 2018 Color War was incredible! Soccer, hockey, a swim meet, all-camp relays, and rope burnings! Make sure to check it all out in the video.  

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Topics: rope burning, apache relay, color war day 3

Day #2 of our 2018 Color War!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 12, 2018 8:50:37 AM

Day #2 of Color War 2018 is in the books, and what a day it was! We invite you to watch some of the highlights of this fantastic special event!

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Topics: color war, capture the flag, color war day 2

The week #6 Video Wrap Up and a day #1 Color War highlight reel!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 11, 2018 9:54:15 AM

At the end of every week we post a wrap up video for our camp parents to see some of the fun and amazing things we did at camp during the last 7 days. Well, today our talented staff film maker Emily Shaw not only has that to share, but also a second video that is a look at some of the sports our campers played during the first day of Color War. We hope that you enjoy them both and want to thank Emily for going above and beyond today for our Camp parents! 

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Topics: color war, color war day 1, emily shaw

Two Unforgettable Color War Breakouts

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 10, 2018 1:29:00 AM

Tonight was the 6th Anything Can Happen Thursday of the summer, and BOY did we have a lot planned. Our campers walked into the dining hall wondering if Kenwood or Evergreen's color war would be breaking out tonight. In the end both did, but not at the same time, and in very different ways. 

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Topics: color war, color war breakout, scuba, skydiving

Greetings from Montreal, Canada!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 8, 2018 8:14:00 AM

Our campers have been on some exciting trips this week. Currently, the Evergreen 2nd Year Seniors are white water canoeing on the Androscogin River, and yesterday Scott took boys of the same age group to Maine for a day of surfing and eating lobster. In the lead up to Hollowpallooza our Athletic Directors Jacki and Bob Mitchell took our oldest Evergreen campers on an adventure in Montreal, Canada, and currently my wife Deena and I are doing the same with our Kenwood Hut 6 campers. It's a 2 night/3 day trip of sight seeing, cultural experiences, amazing meals, and some fantastic bonding. For some of the boys on this trip this is their first time in a foreign country, and we are honored to be their guides. This is a trip we both went on as campers, and it means a great deal to us that we get to lead it this many years later. 

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Topics: montreal, jet boating, laser tag

A Carnival to end an incredible weekend of Camp fun

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 6, 2018 8:04:00 AM

For a lot of our campers and counselors the 6th weekend of the summer is best weekend of the entire year. It started Friday night with the arrival of last summer's graduates and our drive-in movie. On Saturday it included our annual music festival Hollowpallooza, and was capped off on Sunday with our Carnival celebration. It's a couple of days of non-stop fun and excitement with camp friends.

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Topics: carnival

Our Overnight Camp's Amazing Annual Music Festival

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 5, 2018 8:17:00 AM

Our overnight camp has some pretty amazing traditions -- our Big and Little Siblings program, solemn ceremonial campfires, Jell-O Wrestling, our incredible Color War breakouts. They're all pretty special and important. At the top of the list of the most beloved, and most fun, has to be Hollowpallooza, our annual music festival.

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Topics: Hollowpallooza, path to rhythm

A night of celebrating an important Camp friend

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 4, 2018 8:12:00 AM

Thursday night was our 5th Anything Can Happen Thursday of the summer, and we decided to pull out all the stops. When we were all gathered at Assembly I announced that it was going to be a very special evening. It was going to be Jacki Mitchell's Bat Mitzvah! 

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Topics: Jacki Mitchell, jacki and bob, anything can happen thursdays

Living #10for2, even as a camp parent

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 3, 2018 8:09:00 AM

This morning I was made aware of an interesting piece on Kveller.com titled "When Your Kids Are At Camp, Do This If You Can". It was written by Diana Zicklin Berrent, one of our long-time K&E camp parents. Diana is a professional photographer and an avid traveler, and as she writes: 

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Topics: 10for20, camp parent, diana berrent

Saying thank you to some of those who help our summer camp community

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 2, 2018 8:17:00 AM

At breakfast assembly we celebrated an important K&E tradition. We asked every camper who had recommended our overnight camp to a friend or relative for this summer to step forward and be thanked by the community. After everyone cheered we presented them with a much coveted super soft K&E sweatshirt blanket. 

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Topics: support staff, thank you

A beautiful day at our overnight camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 1, 2018 8:14:00 AM

Today may have been the prettiest weather day of the entire summer. From noon until sunset the temperature was in the mid 80's with low humidity, very few clouds in the sky, and a light breeze coming off of the lake. It was a spectacular day to be doing fun activities with camp friends. 

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Scenes from the fabulous day after Visiting Day

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 31, 2018 8:22:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: visiting day, capture the flag, ropes course, tennis, chef charles

A Video Wrap Up of Week #4 of the Summer of 2018

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 28, 2018 2:10:58 PM

Take a look at some of our favorite moments from this fourth week of the Summer of 2018!

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Topics: week 4, weekly summer videos, wrap up video

Celebrating the Holidays in July as part of Anything Can Happen Thursdays!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 27, 2018 8:07:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: tri-state softball, anything can happen thursdays, evergreen tri-state

A Lip Sync Night no camper or counselor will soon forget

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 26, 2018 8:08:00 AM

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.

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Topics: lip sync contest

Celebrating #CampKindnessDay at our overnight camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 24, 2018 10:28:00 PM

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".

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Topics: kashi, campkindnessday

Jell-O Wrestling: one of our campers' favorite activities!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 24, 2018 8:17:00 AM

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Topics: jell-o wrestling

Our summer camp's special event called "Big Weekend"

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 23, 2018 8:06:00 AM

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Topics: big weekend

A Video Wrap Up of Week #3 of the Summer of 2018

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 22, 2018 8:15:00 AM

Take a look at some of our favorite moments from this third week of the Summer of 2018!

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Topics: weekly summer videos, week 3, wrap up video

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

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 21, 2018 9:02:00 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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Amazing days and incredible nights at our summer camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 20, 2018 8:08:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: lip sync contest, mt kearsarge, anything can happen thursdays, ice cream

A fabulous day at the beach for our boys

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 19, 2018 8:03:00 AM

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!

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Topics: Weirs Beach

Turning a rainy day into a chance to party

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 18, 2018 8:05:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: rainy day, rain

Great examples of the amazing trips and adventures we go on at Camp

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 17, 2018 8:04:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: trips and tournaments, mt. washington, Weirs Beach, intercamp, adventure dave

The return of Lazy Day, another great K&E tradition

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 16, 2018 7:55:00 AM

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.

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Topics: world cup, lazy day

There's gold in them thar hills!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 15, 2018 8:26:00 AM

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.

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Topics: gold rush, special events

A Video Wrap Up of Week #2 of the Summer of 2018

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 14, 2018 8:13:00 AM

Take a look at some of our favorite moments from this second week of the Summer of 2018!

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Topics: weekly summer videos, week 2, wrap up video

An Anything Can Happen Thursday of Paint Balls, Iron Chef and Karaoke

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 13, 2018 8:01:00 AM

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! 

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Topics: watermelon league, iron chef, anything can happen thursdays, paint balls

Our Amazing Kenwood & Evergreen Rookie Event!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 11, 2018 7:50:00 AM

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Topics: camper rookie day, rookie

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