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Campfire traditions that create a deep sense of belonging and meaning

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 3, 2018 11:56:00 PM

We know that entering a new community can be hard for even the most extroverted person. Campfires are one of our favorite ways to help welcome new campers and counselors join our extended camp family, and help make sure they know our community's norms, values and traditions. This short video is a look into what takes place at our brother-sister summer camps' campfires, and why they have such meaning for our campers and staff.

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Topics: summer camp rituals, ceremonial campfire, special traditions, video

How our rituals & summer camp traditions help make all the difference

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 2, 2015 3:14:00 AM

In the last few days I've seen so many different -- and unique -- examples of how we help our campers learn important life skills, and feel deeply connected to our community. One example came during our daily morning assembly. While the whole camp was gathered I reminded everyone of our annual "Where Your Camp Shirt" contest. We love it when our campers wear their camp apparel in the off seasons, and we also love encouraging them to explore the world around them. Going to a 7-week overnight camp shows a real independent and resilient character, and we want to foster that year-round. So each year we have a contest to see who can travel the farthest from our campus in Wilmot, NH and have their picture taken with a camp t-shirt or sweatshirt on. Over the last twelve months we've had about 50 submissions, and this year's prize went to Oliver, who traveled all the way to Tanzania. He won a party for his bunk, and the admiration of every boy, girl and counselor in Camp. Bravo to you, sir! 

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Topics: peanut pals, big sisters, special traditions, bedtime rituals, big brothers

Some Of Our Favorite Traditions Around Thanksgiving

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 24, 2014 11:10:51 AM

 Discussing Some Of The Camp Office's Favorite Traditions for Thanksgiving

As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday we wanted to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions with you. First is the annual listening to Arlo Gurthie's 18 minute and 16 second song "Alice's Restaurant". This rambling, strangely endearing song story briefly mentions Thanksgiving dinner at the 2:51 mark, and since its release in 1967, has been played annually by classic rock radio stations on the third Thursday of each November (including the one that I used to work at). If you aren't familiar with "Alice's Restaurant" give it a listen. It's silly and quirky and reminds us of the sort of songs we sometimes sing together at Camp. If you have a long car ride to your meal on Thursday consider making this a part of your family's Thanksgiving tradition. 

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Topics: special traditions

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