The Power of Making Friends at Summer Camp
Camps Kenwood and Evergreen is a pretty powerful community to belong to. In this age of social media I regularly see reunions of people who grew up or worked at our camp who have been friends for decades. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count all of the marriages that are a result of meeting on our campus in NH. I also regularly see new friendships forming at events like this past weekend’s party for new and veteran campers. Our campers, staff, parents and alumni know that they are simultaneously members of our larger Camp K&E family, while also belonging to either the Camp Kenwood Brotherhood or the Camp Evergreen Sisterhood. While I am reminded of this almost every day, I recently experienced an example that will stick with me for some time.
Each year, at the end of the summer, I have the opportunity to compose a letter to our community in our yearbook called The Scroll. In writing it I employ a literary device in that my note is actually a letter to guy named Gordon Novod. Gordon is a former camper and counselor, and was my best friend when I was a camper at Kenwood and Evergreen. He’s now a very successful bankruptcy attorney in New York City with a very happy family. Each year, I have a conversation with him on paper in which I write about the great moments of the summer that he missed, the amazing personalities at Camp that summer, and about how powerful and meaningful it is for me as one of the leaders of this overnight camp community.