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Supportive camp friends help you to be your best self

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 10, 2015 3:08:00 AM

There are many things that I love about life at our 7-week overnight camp in NH. I love how no two days are ever the same. I love the kindness that our campers and counselors show each other. I love how hard people try at activities, and simultaneously how much fun they have at them. I love the sound that the frogs make on the lake at night. At the top of my list of things that I love here is how utterly committed everyone is to being their best self, and helping their camp friends achieve real happiness. Almost immediately after stepping off of the Opening Day buses campers and counselors internalize that this is a place where you can be totally comfortable being who you are. People find their silly side, or that they are a leader ways that they never knew before. They discovered that they love a team sport or artistic endeavor that they never even considered trying before. They find that they are stronger, more resilient than they ever had a chance to be while living in the comfort of their home. And as they discover all of this they begin to be more supportive and encouraging of their camp friends. 

This freedom to discover more of who you are leads to a lack of self-consciousness, which in turn leads to real, sustained happiness. It also helps our kids succeed in ways that they never thought possible. I'll share some examples just from today.

I started my morning at this Evergreen Junior Soccer period. A number of these girls play on competitive teams at home, but just as many do not. Their coach had them involved in this great drill where groups of 3 had to pass the ball from one end of the field to the other, and then try to score on her (the coach was in goal). Some of the teams completed the task quickly, while others struggled to maintain control of the ball, or shoot cleanly on goal. What did our girls who had finished first do with that free time? They stood to the side and cheered on their friends. Relentlessly. And when each group had completed the task, they took a break (not for water or rest) but to do a silly dance. How often in life do you see a group of 12-year old girls behave so supportively, while not worrying about their place in some social hierarchy?  

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Topics: 21st century skills, paddle boarding, jell-o wrestling, magic cards, best self, camper hunt

The End Of A Great Third Week At Our Summer Camp In NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 19, 2014 3:47:00 AM

The End Of A Great Third Week At Our Summer Camp In NH

Today, our summer camp in NH said goodbye to a fabulous third week of the summer. Our very happy campers woke up to an absolutely beautiful New Hampshire morning. The weather was mild, and as the sun rose over the lake it quickly burned off a thin layer of fog. This was just around the time that 57 Evergreen campers and their counselors descended on the Evergreen waterfront for their second Polar Swim of the summer. With great glee they lined around the docks, did their jumping jacks, and with the support of Adventure Dave leapt into the brisk morning water. 

Today just felt like a wonderfully mellow day. Our very happy campers seemed to enjoy their many activities, but I think that they enjoyed today's rest period even more. The temperature was just right in the cabins, and as I walked from building to building I saw something that surprised me. In both Kenwood and Evergreen there were campers of various ages in all of the bunks. Seniors were playing magic cards with their Inter friends, and Sophomores were playing ping pong with the Juniors. There was a dance party in Cedar lodge with Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors, and in front of Hemlock about 50 girls and counselors were lying on towels listening to music. It was wonderfully social, and the mixture of friends of different ages made me smile. 

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Topics: summer camp in nh, paddle boarding, end of a third great week, wiz kids, freshmen play, polar swim

Welcoming New Friends To Our Summer Camp In NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 11, 2014 2:09:00 AM

Welcoming new friends to our summer camp in NH

As always, we had a lot going on in and out of Camp today. Evergreen's Mt. Washington trip made it to the top of the mountain. The girls had spectacular weather, and loved the incredible view. Evergreen's dance team had a meet at another camp, and while it is still unclear to us how the judges were scoring the event, our girls were very pleased with how they performed. Kenwood's Inters and Juniors had a day at Weirs Beach. When I was with them they were playing football and frisbee in the sand, and enjoying a hot, sunny day in beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. Evergreen's 11's, 13's and 15's took part in a massive tennis tournament, and many girls advanced to later rounds.

Just after breakfast Kenwood's 1st Year Seniors left on an excursion with Adventure Dave. They traveled to Rye Beach and learned how to paddle board on the ocean. Everyone got up on the boards and enjoyed the surf, and a great time was had by all!

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Topics: summer camp in nh, welcoming new friends, luau night, watermelon league, chinese campers, china, campers from china, paddle boarding

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