When Camp is at its best, it's a blend of fun, friendship, adventure, and learning cool new things. That seemed to be on display wherever you looked today.
I'm often asked by prospective parents "so do K&E campers go on any trips?" Do they ever! This summer we have more than 75 day and overnight trips on our calendar, and we'll likely add a few more before our 7 week camp experience is over.
Exploring the natural world helps make kids more creative, more empathetic, and helps reduce anxiety. It's why outdoor adventure is such an important part of our overnight camp experience. In this age of social media and electronic connectivity we want to help all of our campers become more comfortable spending time outside, especially with so many incredible natural resources in New Hampshire.
This was just another typical day here at our overnight camp in New Hampshire, but that's what I loved about it. A typical Camp day is filled with so many special moments and I thought I'd highlight just a few.
At morning assembly we celebrated the birthday of a camper and also of Music James. James has been our head of the music department for 5 summers, and over that time he's literally taught hundreds of boys and girls how to play the electric guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. Most of his days here are spent helping groups of friends form rock bands and practice successfully until they are ready to perform at Hollowpallooza, our music festival on the 5th Saturday of the summer.
A tradition at our assemblies is that when it's your birthday you get to invite up anyone who has special meaning for you to help lead the singing of our birthday song. The list usually includes bunkmates, former counselors, and maybe a favorite administrator. We turned it a bit on its head today and asked "please come up and celebrate James if he has helped you be ready to perform in Hollowpallooza". This is how many campers and staff came forward.
No matter what age you start here this place becomes your second home.
As you might have noticed I didn't publish a blog this morning. That's because I had the pleasure of hanging out with the Kenwood Freshmen boys on their mountain climb and overnight camping trip. This photo below is an indication of the fun we all had together. It's hard to tell but this was them trying to dance to "Gangham Style".
There’s been so much going on in and out of Camp in the past few days. This morning a number of different expeditions returned, including the Evergreen Sophomores from their Mt. Kearsarge trip, the Kenwood Inters from their Belle Island Canoe trip, and our Evergreen Seniors from their 3-day climb up and down Mt. Washington. Each group had gorgeous weather for their trips, and upon returning every camper that I spoke with had incredibly positive things to say about their journeys. Our girls on Mt. Washington loved the camaraderie of taking their longest trip ever, and clearly were shocked at how beautiful the view was from the top of the mountain. The Kenwood Inters packed a whole lot into their trip. They learned how to cook over an open fire, improved their canoeing skills, had a big sing-along with their counselor Jared who brought his guitar, and ultimately most of them chose to sleep directly under the stars. The Evergreen Sophomores got to the top of the mountain yesterday in just over an hour and a half, and after eating their picnic lunches ran around the summit picking and eating delicious wild blueberries. Before heading back down the girls all gathered together and tried calling me on my walky-talky, and were amazed that it was able to reach me at Camp!