While events of mass violence have occurred with greater frequency in recent years, we know that the terrible attack against congregants at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg might resonate differently and feel a bit closer to home for some of our campers and their families.
The Camps Kenwood and Evergreen community includes families of many faith traditions, and we celebrate our diversity, which strengthens and enriches us all. For those of our families that are part of the Jewish faith tradition, we wanted to let you know about an interesting opportunity for your 3rd to 6th grade children that will be occurring during the Jewish High Holidays at Everwood Day Camp, our sister day camp in Sharon, MA.
Topics: visiting day
An amazing visiting day at our summer camp in NH
The sun setting over our lake after a beautiful visiting day at our summer camp in NH
A Message from Scott
It is just after 10pm, and I’ve walked our campus end to end for the final time today. The evening air is beginning to chill slightly as the hours pass, and a gentle mist gathers in the low spots across our summer camp in NH. The stars are coming out, and inside our bunks your children and their counselors are drifting off to sleep, dreaming of the coming days and all that they will bring.
As always, the few tears that we saw as you drove away this afternoon quickly vanished. It took about 15 minutes for Camp to return to its pre-visiting day state, as the sound of play quickly filled our campus. Our Hut 6 & Juniper big brothers and sisters rushed in to join their adopted freshmen siblings, and in a few short minutes, their attention shifted from your departure to basking in the adoration of these engaging young leaders and future counselors.
As is our tradition, after another wonderful dinner served up by our beloved Chef, our younger boys and girls gathered in the tent and gym to lose themselves in a movie and in the company of good friends. The girls watched “Frozen”, and as if on cue, rose together in song for a rousing version of “Let It Go”. This song and the sentiment it represents have been recurring themes this summer. We are proud of who we are, and are striving to be our best selves. We take whatever comes our way and make the best of it. Some call it "acceptance". others "resilience", still others may call it “grit”; for your children at our Brother-Sister camp this summer, it is just how we “roll” as a camp community. As Jason would say, we are “very happy campers”.
When your children awake to Reveille tomorrow morning, the final three weeks of our summer camp in New Hampshire will begin. We save many of our most exciting events for the end of the summer; Hollowpallooza, Carnival, Color War, exciting canoe adventures and many more.
For those campers who left us today, though they will be missed by their bunkmates and counselors, they will all have the chance to experience these wonderful end of summer days when they return for the full seven week experience next summer.
For the rest of us, we are about to enter the time warp that is the final three weeks of Camp. These days will pass like a blur, but we will treasure each remaining moment. There is more learning to do, and the growth and maturity that you saw in your children today will continue to blossom in these final weeks of Camp.
All of your children are in bed, safe and sound, ready for the fun and adventure that tomorrow will bring. It was a wonderful Visiting Day, in which all of us went with the flow, and showed our ability to have fun under any and all circumstances. With a little help from our vigilant weather team, we made the most of this memorable day. I am grateful to all of you for sharing this day with us. I am even more grateful that you have chosen us as your partners, and have shared your wonderful children with us, if only for a few more short weeks.
Sleep well tonight! We’ll see you in three weeks!
With love and gratitude,
An open letter about the first day of summer camp at Camps Kenwood and Evergreen in NH.
Below is a letter that was sent to all Kenwood & Evergreen parents late last evening:
It is a beautiful starry night; a perfect end to as perfect an Opening Day as I can recall. Your children are sleeping in their beds, unless they are Senior campers, who are likely still awake, talking the night away. When you last saw them, your children were speeding away from you on those big yellow Yankee Lines buses. You were likely trying to spot your child in the tinted windows for one last wave. It is never easy to say goodbye to your incredible kids, and though I believe you are confident that they are in good hands, those are tough moments. We often cry more than our children at moments like those, or do our best to hide our tears so we don't send them mixed messages.