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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Our summer camp community really loves being together. The friendships made at our brother-sister summer camp run deep, and seem to last forever.
When we ask our campers and counselors at our brother-sister summer camp what their favorite thing is about our summer camp community the first response we always get it "my camp friends!" During our 7 week together each summer our friendships grow incredibly strong -- so strong, in fact, that our campers and counselors (and even alumni and parents) spend a great deal of their time during the winter months making sure they see their camp friends as much as possible.
We have some amazing camp counselors and I want the world to know how thoughtful, passionate, and committed they are to providing our campers with the best summer experiences possible. Throughout the year I ask our coaches, art teachers, and bunk counselors to write about why they love what they do, and why they get so much out of working in our summer camp community.
The incredible summer of 2015 at our camp in New Hampshire is sadly now over, which means that we have all had to get back to our “real” lives. Most campers have returned to school by now, and our staff is either back at their off-season jobs or resuming their studies. I know that I speak for everyone on the Camp Leadership Team when I say that we all miss our community very much. We miss the hugs and high fives of morning assembly, the laughter and cheering that wafts through the trees throughout each camp day, and singing Taps together each night before bed.