The second week of the summer has begun and we had a lot going on today. There were many, many day and overnight trips, including an Evergreen 15-and-Under Lacrosse tournament (which we won!), a Kenwood 1st Year Seniors 3-day expedition up Mt Washington, all of Evergreen's Junior Campers at a water park, and Hut 6's start of their big white water rafting trip. Back at Camp it was a regular day of activities, and in total we offered more than 35 different individual and team sports, visual and performing arts, outdoor adventures and fun activities on the lake.
Today was a glorious day at camp. We woke up to bright sunshine and few clouds, and almost zero humidity. When I left my cabin at 7am there were already kids awake and outside. In both our boys' and girls' camps the cabins have space to hang out and socialize, and this is especially important for our early risers who need to do so without waking their bunkmates up. All of our girls' lodges have living rooms with couches to sit on and gab, and our boys' bunks have front decks for doing the same. Most mornings the kids who wake up early use these communal spaces to play cards, quietly read a book, and just have fun socializing. Because they have no electronics at camp to turn on or play with, they actually have to interact with one another. This leads to countless more opportunities to have fun and discover new friendships.
I spent a lot of my day asking campers questions about their summers. It helps give me lots of individual data points about life here, and also helps me gets a sense of how the entire community feels about life at our brother-sister overnight camp. This year one of the responses I have heard most often it “the evening activities are amazing!” As a camp director, that makes me really happy.
We woke up to an absolutely beautiful day today. By 7:35 the campus was hopping with so many different and exciting activities going on. The Kenwood 11-and-Under Tennis team headed out for a tournament, and our Evergreen 15-and-Under Soccer team hosted 7 other areas camps in an all-day event.
Our very happy campers had a great day of regular activities, and made some memories while watching the USA World Cup game!
It was already hot outside when we made our way to the dining hall this morning. Everyone seemed to be in a great mood, happy to have another picturesque day at our beautiful summer camp in NH. Before reveille even blew I was greeted by many of the Freshmen boys on the Oak Lodge porch. They were wide awake and ready to take on the day!
I've spent almost every summer here since the Reagan Administration, and I have to say that today might have been the single most peaceful day that I have spent at Camp in all that time. Truly, and this was a common sentiment. Throughout my day campers, counselors and administrators kept asking each other "why is today such a perfect day at Camp?" The phrase that constantly ran through my head was the line from the Eagles' song "a peaceful, easy feeling".