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.
What a second week of the summer! Special events like Gold Rush and Ultimate Capture the Flag, day trips, sports tournaments, mountain climbs, leaps off of waterfalls, Nancy Tucker, Fireworks, and the rest of our incredible 4th of July traditions. Watch so many of the best moments of this past week!
Today was the 4th of July which meant it was a day of some of our favorite traditions and rituals. Lots of campers and counselors arrived at morning assembly wearing their most patriotic gear. After singing happy birthday to our friend Maddy, we raised the flag and said the Pledge of Allegiance.
Every day here has the potential to be amazing. It's overnight camp. But with it being the 4th of July today we took this regular day and made it even more amazing with all sorts of traditions and special events.
We spend a lot of time at our brother-sister summer camp in New Hampshire talking about how to make the world a better place. We teach our campers not only how to be more empathetic, but also the art of conflict resolution and compromise. It results in charitable efforts like the bake sale that our 8 and 9 year old girls ran last summer to raise money for a local domestic abuse shelter, and our big and little sibling program during the summer.
Yesterday was the end of an amazing first week at our overnight camp...so today we began the start of our fabulous second week of the summer of 2015! This morning we all slept a little later than usual. Because it was the 4th of July, many campers and counselors came to morning assembly decked out in combinations of red, white and blue. Others wore shirts with American flags on them. Others had elaborate costumes (including a few capes and sunglasses painted to look like American flags). It was great to start of the day in such a festive manner.
The 4th of July is a huge event at Camps Kenwood & Evergreen, and this year was no exception. With all of our big plans we woke up with a bit of surprise: our entire town had no power! Thankfully, we really like to be prepared for anything that might happen, so a few years back we bought a massive portable generator for contingencies just like this. Within 5 minutes of discovering that the power was off Scott had turned it on, and immediately power was restored to our dining hall, offices, campus-wide PA system, and our entire water system. Our kitchen never missed a beat, and a terrific breakfast of eggs, bagels, hot cereal and a whole lot of fresh fruit was ready to go. Thankfully, power was restored to the town by about 9am, but we were more than prepared had it taken longer. After so many years of talking about learning to be resilient in a crisis even our youngest campers were saying to me “we knew everything would be great. That’s Camp!” Absolutely, guys.