In the last couple of blogs I've written about so many of the great aspects of our recent Camp Alumni Reunion. Like seeing former campers and counselors of the last 7 decades reconnect with one another, or meeting and becoming fast friends. Or meeting our future K&E campers. Or the special events we held, like Jell-O Wrestling (for kids) and Rope Burning (for adults). Or how much fun it is regardless of your age to stand around a campfire and make s'mores. And, of course, the many ways that we celebrated Phyllis' 66 amazing summers at K&E.
Our post-Camp Alumni Reunion was about celebrating all things in the Kenwood and Evergreen community, but most importantly, it was a chance to tell our friend Phyllis Dank how much we love her. Phyllis started here as a camper at the age of 6, and has spent 66 glorious summers as everything including counselor, unit leader, head counselor and co-director.
Last December longtime Kenwood camper Ryan Levine was named by the City of Cleveland as its "Person of the Month". Ryan took it upon himself to create an event called the Kids Film It Festival. It 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.
For the majority of our campers today was the first day back to school after the incredible Summer of 2017. Here in the Camp Office we are really missing our campers and counselors, and were looking for something to cheer us up.
After 7 glorious weeks our Summer 2017 camp season ended this morning. It was very emotional for all of us. It's just never easy to say goodbye to your camp friends, especially after 7 incredible weeks of living together, playing together, and having so many unforgettable moments together.
We know how many parents have been patiently waiting to see the video from this year's Junior Camper musical "Grease", and we are excited to say that it is here. The entire cast and crew did an incredible job, and we are just so proud of this production. We hope that you enjoy it!
With Color War completed in both camps today we went back to regular life here at our summer camp in NH. Just after breakfast the Kenwood Seniors left on their final trip of the summer, enjoying the area around Dartmouth College and Hanover, NH. Scott joined them in the evening for dinner and a movie, and a great time was had by all.
On Monday our Evergreen Color War known as Green and Gold came to an end, and last night it was the same for Kenwood's Maroon and Grey. It was a pretty special Color War, both in terms of how well our campers played, and how kind our boys were with one another both on and off the field.
Yesterday was our final day of our girls' Color War, known as Green and Gold. Over 4 days of playing their hardest in everything we do here -- basketball, tennis, archery, softball, soccer, swimming, hockey, track and field, spelling bee, debate -- both teams had really created an event to remember. Going into Song and Cheer, the scores were close. Very close.