The Blog of Camps Kenwood and Evergreen

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

Our 17th Annual Senior Camper Winter Weekend Has Begun!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Feb 2, 2018 11:57:00 PM

It's the start of our 17th 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). About 50 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

Camp friends of all ages hanging out during the month of December

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 12, 2018 2:30:00 PM

We get so much pleasure seeing how much our campers, counselors, parents and alumni enjoying being with each other throughout the entire year. During the month of the December we were especially pleased to see that Kenwood and Evergreen camp friends took time out of their busy lives to hang out with each other across the United States, and all over Europe, Central America, Asia and Africa! 

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Topics: camp friends, winter weekend, chelsea piers

Hanging with our Camp friends at our December Reunion in Natick

Posted by Jason Sebell on Dec 20, 2017 11:02:00 AM

We are a sleepaway camp community that loves being together, both during the summer and throughout the school year.

Last weekend we came together for our annual camp reunion in the Boston and Rhode Island area. Campers, counselors, members of our leadership team, and even some of our amazing dining hall staff came together for a snowy night of fun with camp friends.

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Topics: camp friends, boston camp reunion, longfellow

A super fun party to help our returning and new campers make incredible friendships

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 20, 2017 2:45:00 PM

Yesterday was our overnight camp's annual Boston Area Fall Camper Party for campers, ages 7-12 years old.  It was a jam packed fun afternoon of getting to do some of our favorite summer camp activities. We played gaga, street hockey, indoor soccer, ping pong, and basketball. We also worked on art projects like painting and decorating wooden photo frames and making friendship bracelets.

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Topics: camp friends, camp party, gaga, camper party

Cookie making lessons from our Camp Friend and Super Baker Kristie Archer

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 17, 2017 3:01:00 PM

One of the best things about Camp Friends is how they are so often willing to go the extra mile in helping out. Longtime Kenwood and Evergreen counselors Josh and Sean were interested in becoming serious bakers. Not having much experience in this department they reached out to Kristie Archer, our overnight camp's expert at all things flour and dough. For many years now she has been delighting our summer camp community each day with from-scratch delectable cookies, cakes, muffins, pies, and more (and always peanut and tree nut free). 

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Topics: camp friends, kristie archer, baking

The Boston Area Camp Party is just 3 days away!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 16, 2017 11:35:00 AM

With all of our recent blog postings about Camp Friends we could not be more excited about Sunday's upcoming Boston & Rhode Island Area party for New and Returning Junior Campers! We can't wait to see and hang out with so many of our camp friends. The part will be from 2:00 - 4:00pm at Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, MA. We'll be playing games like gaga, kickball and street hockey, working on art projects, and serving snacks and drinks. We'll also be doing fun ice breaker games designed to help our newest campers make friends and lessen their pre-Camp anxiety.

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Topics: camp friends, camp party, gaga, everwood

Camp Friends Really Are Forever At Our Overnight Camp in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 15, 2017 3:31:00 PM

We talk a lot about Camp Friends. How they love you unconditionally, how they know you on such a deep, profound level, and how the friendships forged at our overnight camp in NH seem to last forever. This photo below would be a classic example of how powerful and long lasting Kenwood and Evergreen friendships are. 

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Topics: camp friends, camp friends are forever, jenna sprafkin

The Boston Area Camp Party is just 19 days away!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Oct 31, 2017 2:01:00 PM

Tonight is Halloween which also means that our Boston & Rhode Island Area party for New and Returning Junior Campers is just 19 days away! We can't wait to see and hang out with so many of our camp friends. The part will be from 2:00 - 4:00pm at Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, MA. We'll be playing games like gaga and street hockey, working on art projects, and serving snacks and drinks. We'll also be taking time to introduce our newest campers to the rest of the Boston and Rhode Island K&E community. 

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Topics: camp friends, camp party, gaga, everwood

Share your Halloween Spirit with your Camp friends!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Oct 30, 2017 4:01:00 PM

As I wrote in Friday's blog, the entire Camp Office is very excited to celebrate Halloween tomorrow. Many of us will be working late into the night finishing our costumes.

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Topics: camp friends, halloween, bow and ty

Great times with our Camp friends at the House of Sports in NY

Posted by Jason Sebell on Oct 26, 2017 2:03:00 PM

Our season of gatherings with our Camp friends has begun! 

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Topics: camp friends, peanut free, gaga, gluten free, new campers, house of sports

The Biggest Alumni Reunion in Our Summer Camp's History!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Sep 12, 2017 2:41:00 PM

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Topics: camp friends, camp reunion, alumni reunion, camp alumni reunion

Beautiful days and silly moments with our Camp friends

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 3, 2017 12:26:00 AM

We woke up to another warm summer morning here at Camp. As we stood at morning assembly we marveled at the dozens and dozens of beautiful butterflies that fluttered around the flagpole and landed on our pink and purple flowers. Just like yesterday's visit from the geese, it was a lovely way to start a summer day here in New Hampshire.  

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Topics: camp friends, plaque and skit, alumni reunion, didi

Amazing times with our camp friends at the Camp Reunion in Florida!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Mar 2, 2017 2:02:00 PM

Our final official Camp Reunion of this off-season took place last week in Pompano Beach, Florida, and a great time was had by all! More than 30 campers and parents from around the country joined us to celebrate all things Kenwood and Evergreen.

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Topics: camp friends, camp reunions, florida camp reunion

Get a discount when you sign up for the Camp Alumni Reunion today!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Feb 16, 2017 10:45:00 AM

Sign up begins today for our Camp Alumni Reunion scheduled for this August 18 - 20, 2017. Based on the emails and phone calls we got from when we announced this event this looks to be the biggest Camp Alumni Reunion in our summer camp's 87 year history!

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Topics: camp friends, alumni reunion, save the date

Day #2 of our incredible winter weekend with our camp friends

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 7, 2017 11:55:00 PM

This really is the best weekend of the entire year! 

We live for this. As I wrote about in yesterday's blog, for 17 years we have brought more than 100 campers and counselors up to our overnight camp in NH for a special weekend in the snow. This is always our favorite weekend of the year, and yet for some reason this one felt extra special. There was a wonderful energy to this event from the moment we stepped aboard the train yesterday, and that hasn't diminished one bit!

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Topics: camp friends, winter weekend

Weddings aren't complete without your camp friends!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Dec 28, 2016 10:05:00 AM

I write a lot about how the friendships made at our summer camp in NH last a lifetime. Spending 7 weeks together collaborating as teammates, cast members, or bunkmates creates a foundation for friendship like I just have never seen anywhere else.  Just last week I posted a series of blogs about how much our campers, counselors, camp parents, and even alumni love spending time together, even years or decades after their summers at Kenwood and Evergreen are a distant memory. There are two recent events in our Camp community that demonstrated the incredible lengths people will go to celebrate with the K&E camp friends.

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Topics: camp friends, camp friendships, weddings

Camp friendships started at Kenwood and Evergreen are forever!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Dec 15, 2016 2:05:00 PM

Camp friendships: it's one of our favorite topics. Our brother-sister community is, at its core, about bringing friendly young people together to develop friendships that will last a lifetime. In Tuesday's blog I posted the dozens of recent photos sent to us by current campers and counselors from their time spent hanging out together. Today we are excited to share photos from some of our alumni who even years or decades after spending summers together at our overnight camp are still making time to be with their camp friends. 

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Topics: camp friends, camp friendships

Camp friends hanging out together all year long!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Dec 13, 2016 2:40:00 PM

After the amazing Boston and Rhode Island camp reunion last Saturday, I've spent a lot of time thinking a lot about how wonderful and powerful it is that our community creates such fantastic camp friendships. Since the day Camp ended in August our campers, counselors, alumni, and event camp parents have been using their free time to hang out with the many friends they have met since joining our brother-sister camp community. 

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Topics: camp friends, camp friendships

Join us for the CT/NY/NJ area Camp Reunion at Chelsea Piers in Stamford

Posted by Jason Sebell on Dec 8, 2016 2:18:00 PM

Saturday, January 28th

Chelsea Piers Stamford, Stamford, CT

5:00pm - 7:30pm

We had a blast at the Boston and Rhode Island area Camp Reunion this past Saturday, and now are looking forward to our next one in Stamford, CT on Jan. 28. We will be running Camp activities, including gymnastics, indoor soccer, touch football, and a variety of other events, as well as premiering our 2016 video year book! There will also be a room full of trampolines, a foam pit to leap in, and a climbing wall!!

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Topics: camp friends, camp reunion, chelsea piers

We can't wait to see our camp friends at the Alumni Reunion in August!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 21, 2016 12:48:00 PM

Our brother-sister summer camp in NH is deep into its reunion season. In recent weeks we've had events for campers and counselors in Westchester, New York and Beijing, China! To learn more about the exciting camp reunions we have scheduled for December and January please click on the link below.

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Topics: camp friends, alumni reunion, save the date

Come hang with your camp friends this Sunday, November 6

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 2, 2016 1:05:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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Topics: camp friends, camp reunion, gaga

A fantastic camp reunion in Beijing, China

Posted by Jason Sebell on Oct 31, 2016 2:17:00 PM

As I wrote about in Friday's blog, we have begun our fall season of amazing camp reunions. Two weeks ago more than 100 campers and counselors gathered for an evening of playing at the House of Sports in Ardsley, NY, and just last week a group of us held the third annual Camps Kenwood and Evergreen Reunion in Beijing, China. 

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Topics: camp friends, camp reunion, camp reunions, campers from china

The season of camp reunions has begun!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Oct 28, 2016 10:01:00 AM

Fall is here which means that we have started our season of Camp reunions. Two weeks ago we held our first post-summer gathering at the House of Sports in Ardsley, NY. Dozens of veteran campers from NY, NJ and CT joined us for an evening of gaga, basketball, art projects, kickball and hanging out with camp friends. Counselors from all over the Tri-State area (and a few from the UK) took time out of their busy lives to come spend time with their campers.

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Topics: camp friends, camp reunion, camp reunions

The power of knowing you have overnight camp friends for life

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 20, 2016 12:17:00 AM

There's something so powerful about having friends who support you unconditionally. It makes you feel like you can weather any storm or accomplish any task life puts in front of you. Ask any camper or counselor here what's the most important thing to know about our brother-sister summer camps and they reply "to be a good friend". It's the Kenwood and Evergreen way

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Topics: camp friends, tournaments, tristate, hut 6, outdoor adventure

Summer camp friendships really can last forever

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 8, 2016 10:30:00 AM

As we approach the start of the summer of 2016 it is wonderful to see so many of our campers, counselors, and even alumni getting together. Over the weekend the Hughes, Dank, Finard, Rosenberg and Tanguay girls got together for some good times while on Nantucket. 

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Topics: camp friends, camp friendships

A social experiment and why camp friends are so important

Posted by Jason Sebell on Mar 21, 2016 2:12:36 PM

As a teen I had the good fortune to attend an amazing boarding school. It offered its students a real sense of purpose and belonging, and because of the positive growth mindset it fostered my classmates and I easily grew passionate about our academics. For more than 2 decades I’ve described it as “Kenwood and Evergreen, but with a lot of books”.

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Topics: camp friends, boarding school, social experiment

K&E camp friends are everywhere you go!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Mar 17, 2016 3:00:00 PM

The friendships formed at our brother-sister summer camp really do seem to last a lifetime, and as our campers, counselors and alumni keep pointing out to me, camp friends really do seem to be wherever you go!

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Topics: Hollowpallooza, camp friends, shadowboxers

7 reasons why Camp friendships may be vital for your child's health

Posted by Jason Sebell on Feb 23, 2016 2:45:00 PM

I use this blog to write a lot about the powerful friendships our campers, counselors and camp parents form in our community. Yesterday I wrote about the more than a dozen great photos of K&E camp friends hanging out together that I received in just the past week. And as I looked at each image I was struck by the incredible positive energy radiating from everyone's faces. These weren't just aquaintences posing for a selfie -- these were people of all ages who feel an intense connection to one another, and who find that being together makes their lives more fulfilling. These camp friendships created at our brother-sister summer camp mean so much to us all.  

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Topics: camp friends, camp friendships, stephanie pappas

Camp friends just make life better (and seem to last forever!)

Posted by Jason Sebell on Feb 22, 2016 2:30:00 PM

I got back from vacation to find my email inbox FILLED with photos of our K&E camp friends hanging out with each other all over the world this week. Lowell hung out with Ben, Nate, Elliot, Jake, Posner, Nathaniel, Russell, Maddy and Reid, while former counselors Eddie, Mark, Luke and Amanda had a mini-reunion in the UK. On trips to Florida Brenna, Abby, and Lexi hung out with Mia and Daniella, and Ari, Carly, Rebecca, Mia and Oliver did too! 

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Topics: camp friends, where your camp shirt, camp friendships

Our soccer coach finds camp friends and 21st century skills in Spain

Posted by Jason Sebell on Feb 11, 2016 10:42:25 AM

Yesterday I received an incredible email from Tom Shanks, our long-time head of soccer at Evergreen, our summer camp for girls. Tom is studying abroad this semester in Spain, and he could not wait to tell me all about the life lessons he was learning, and how our brother-sister summer camp community continues to be such an important part of his life. Take a look below to read what he wrote:

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Topics: camp friends, soccer tom, network of supportive camp friends, family for life

Super Bowl Bingo Cards for our Camp Friends

Posted by Jason Sebell on Feb 7, 2016 1:10:00 PM

At our brother-sister summer camp in NH we've spent the last 86 years coming up with funny, creative, and innovative ways to help our campers have great times. And while our campers are only with us during the summers we here in the Camps K&E Office work on new ideas throughout the entire year. On Friday, as most of the Northeast was going through a major snow storm we held a puzzle solving contest on Instagram that campers, counselors, and even some camp parents from around the world were involved with (congratulations to the Baxters for ultimately figuring out what the theme of the snowday puzzles was before anyone else in the camp community!

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Topics: camp friends, super bowl bingo

Friends from our brother-sister summer camp are everywhere!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Feb 2, 2016 1:30:00 PM

When you are a part of our summer camp community, your camp friends are everywhere! No matter where you go there's a good chance you'll see a friend you made during your 7 weeks at our brother-sister summer camp in NH. 

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Topics: 21st century skills, camp friends, fishers, leventhals

A K&E camp reunion in FL with our beloved camp cooking specialist

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 27, 2016 1:30:00 PM

As I wrote in Monday's blog, January seems to be a time when our brother-sister summer camp community has reunions big and small. This coming Saturday we will be hosting a massive camp reunion at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, CT from 5:00-7:00pm, and two weeks ago over 100 campers and counselors joined us for a weekend in the snow up at our campus in NH. There was also a huge camp counselor gathering in UK last week, and a smaller one in Ireland. K&E camp friends get together all over the world!

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Topics: camp friends, camp reunion, camp cooking, salvador, eva, epcot

The best camp friends feel like you’ve known them all your life

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 25, 2016 9:15:00 AM

No matter who you are or what your age, when you join a summer camp community you hope to make friendships that will last a lifetime. Beyond the activities, the campfires, and even the s'mores, you hope that you will meet some great people whom you can trust, share your interests, and make you laugh so hard that your in jokes have in jokes.

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Topics: camp friends, stacy emanuel, stacey schwartz

Camp reunions all over the world remind us camp friends are forever!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 20, 2016 9:18:00 AM

Our summer camp community really loves being together. The friendships made at our brother-sister summer camp run deep, and seem to last forever.

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Topics: camp friends, camp reunions, camp friendships

The dedication of camp counselors to our summer camp community

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 14, 2016 9:08:00 AM

One of the things that I love most about our brother-sister summer camp is how dedicated our counselors are to our kids and the community. During each summer they work long days for one purpose: to help our campers grow and make as many friendships as possible. They are wonderful role models to our campers, and honor us by returning in large numbers year after year. Our camp counselors really are one of the best parts of our community.

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Topics: camp friends, winter weekend, camp counselors

The end of an incredible winter weekend with our camp friends

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 13, 2016 1:13:00 PM

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and that includes our annual Winter Weekend event up at our summer camp. As I wrote about in a previous blog, for 16 years we have brought more than 100 campers and counselors up to our overnight camp in NH for a special weekend in the snow. This is always our favorite weekend of the year, and yet for some reason this one felt extra special.

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Topics: camp friends, winter weekend

Our Brother-Sister Summer Camp's Winter Weekend Adventure Begins!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 8, 2016 11:00:00 PM

The best weekend of the entire year has begun! As is tradition at our brother-sister summer camp in NH, the first weekend in January is when we host our annual Senior Camp Winter Weekend Adventure. Campers and counselors from around the world converge on our campus in New Hampshire for a weekend of snow, fun, camp friends, and making incredible memories. 

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Topics: camp friends, winter weekend, senior camper winter weekend

The Where Your Camp Shirt contest and our upcoming Camp Winter Weekend

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 6, 2016 9:30:00 AM

I love when a Camp contest heats up! Throughout the year we run something called "Where Your Camp Shirt". It's a way for campers to show their camp spirit by being photographed on trips around the globe wearing a piece of camp clothing.

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Topics: camp friends, winter weekend, where your camp shirt

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