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A Day In The Life Of Our Very Happy Campers At Our Summer Camp In NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 30, 2014 4:39:00 AM

A day in the life of our very happy campers at our summer camp in NH

With such nice weather everyone seemed quite excited to play sports this morning. I watched a whole lot of tennis, lacrosse, volleyball, and basketball. I also saw a great touch football period up on the field of dreams.

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Topics: very happy campers, androscogin, montreal

Our Very Happy Campers' Second Half of the Summer

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 29, 2014 4:07:00 AM

Our very happy campers' start the second half of the summer

I always love our Camps' Visiting Day. I get to see some of my favorite people! Yesterday we were thrilled to welcome about 1,400 parents, grandparents and siblings of our campers' for the day. As our families were getting into their cars for the trip home it rained for about 20 minutes, and then everyone went outside to play. And while many of our kids were a bit nervous about saying goodbye to their loved ones, within only minutes of the final departure everyone (and I really mean everyone) was back to having a great time. There was silliness in the Lodges and great times everywhere you looked. Our Big Brothers and Sisters came down to spend time with their little siblings, and both the Evergreen Path and the Kenwood Compound were filled with laughing, smiling faces. It was a great time to be at our summer camp in NH. 

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Topics: very happy campers, visiting day, lip sync contest, rock climbing

Visiting Day at Our Summer Camp In NH

Posted by Scott Brody on Jul 27, 2014 11:48:00 PM

An amazing visiting day at our summer camp in NH

The sun setting over our lake after a beautiful visiting day at our summer camp in NH

A Message from Scott

It is just after 10pm, and I’ve walked our campus end to end for the final time today. The evening air is beginning to chill slightly as the hours pass, and a gentle mist gathers in the low spots across our summer camp in NH. The stars are coming out, and inside our bunks your children and their counselors are drifting off to sleep, dreaming of the coming days and all that they will bring.

As always, the few tears that we saw as you drove away this afternoon quickly vanished. It took about 15 minutes for Camp to return to its pre-visiting day state, as the sound of play quickly filled our campus. Our Hut 6 & Juniper big brothers and sisters rushed in to join their adopted freshmen siblings, and in a few short minutes, their attention shifted from your departure to basking in the adoration of these engaging young leaders and future counselors.

As is our tradition, after another wonderful dinner served up by our beloved Chef, our younger boys and girls gathered in the tent and gym to lose themselves in a movie and in the company of good friends. The girls watched “Frozen”, and as if on cue, rose together in song for a rousing version of “Let It Go”. This song and the sentiment it represents have been recurring themes this summer. We are proud of who we are, and are striving to be our best selves. We take whatever comes our way and make the best of it. Some call it "acceptance". others "resilience", still others may call it “grit”; for your children at our Brother-Sister camp this summer, it is just how we “roll” as a camp community. As Jason would say, we are “very happy campers”.

When your children awake to Reveille tomorrow morning, the final three weeks of our summer camp in New Hampshire will begin. We save many of our most exciting events for the end of the summer; Hollowpallooza, Carnival, Color War, exciting canoe adventures and many more.

For those campers who left us today, though they will be missed by their bunkmates and counselors, they will all have the chance to experience these wonderful end of summer days when they return for the full seven week experience next summer.

For the rest of us, we are about to enter the time warp that is the final three weeks of Camp. These days will pass like a blur, but we will treasure each remaining moment. There is more learning to do, and the growth and maturity that you saw in your children today will continue to blossom in these final weeks of Camp.

All of your children are in bed, safe and sound, ready for the fun and adventure that tomorrow will bring. It was a wonderful Visiting Day, in which all of us went with the flow, and showed our ability to have fun under any and all circumstances. With a little help from our vigilant weather team, we made the most of this memorable day. I am grateful to all of you for sharing this day with us. I am even more grateful that you have chosen us as your partners, and have shared your wonderful children with us, if only for a few more short weeks.

Sleep well tonight! We’ll see you in three weeks!

With love and gratitude,

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Topics: very happy campers, summer camp in nh, visiting day

A Lovely Day For Our Very Happy Campers in NH

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 25, 2014 3:17:00 AM

A Lovely Day For Our Very Happy Campers

Today was a really nice day at our summer camp in NH. The weather was really perfect. It was warm and sunny with very low humidity. It seemed to help put everyone in a really good mood. From the start of first period in the morning our campers threw themselves into activities. Kids waterskiied at every period, during rest period, and even free play. The slide and rock-it had people on them all day long, too.

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Topics: very happy campers, survival skills, cookout, bunk party

The End Of An Amazing Special Event For Our Very Happy Campers

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 21, 2014 2:15:00 AM

The End Of An Amazing Special Event For Our Very Happy Campers

Today was another great day of Big Weekend. Just after breakfast the 6 teams had rallies to work on their Songs and Formations. The coaches of each team were asked to write a parody song about their team and the others. Our eldest campers, who live in buildings called Hut 6 and Juniper, had the task of teaching these songs to the rest of their teams. It's part of their learning to be effective leaders in our community. After practicing their songs for a while the campers then began to work on their formations. Each team was tasked with telling a story about their mythological character by using their team members' bodies to form shapes, letters, and even animated characters. Some teams had their campers wear 3 and 4 layers of different colored t-shirts, removing them at strategic times to help tell their story. This was a truly collaborative project, and everyone on the team had the opportunity to give their input. 

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Topics: very happy campers, big weekend, amazing special event, songs and formations

Another Amazing Special Event For Our Very Happy Campers

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 20, 2014 3:22:00 AM

Another Amazing Special Event For Our Very Happy Campers

On this 4th Saturday of the summer Camp slept. Once reveille blew everyone was quickly out of the bunks, excited for the start of this amazing special event called Big Weekend. I loved seeing the creativity of our counselors, and how hard they work to make an event like this special for our kids. And I also loved how quickly our very happy campers campers threw themselves into this incredible weekend event.

Before breakfast the camp gathered for an assembly where Mia had the teams line up for the first time. Everyone was wearing the individual color t-shirt of their team (thank you to all parents who read this year's packing list and included the array that we had asked for!) and after a quick breakfast they moved out to the first activities of the day.

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Topics: very happy campers, rope burning, big weekend, mythological characters

Very Happy Campers Doing Very Fun Things

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 18, 2014 4:03:00 AM

The Kenwood Inters on their Belle Island canoe trip

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Topics: very happy campers, summer camp in nh, jell-o wrestling, very fun things

Very Happy Campers Exploring And Creating

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 16, 2014 4:39:00 AM

Today our very happy campers were exploring and creating at our summer camp in NH

Our busy, happy week continues! Just after breakfast the Evergreen Juniors departed for their hike up Mt. Major. Because of thunder concerns they did not sleep out tonight, but as you can see from the photo above they had an incredible time on this adventure, just loving being together. I feel like this picture highlights exactly what our summer camp community is all about. Many thanks to counselor Sarah Rossien for taking it!

The Juniors weren’t the only ones braving the outdoors today. Our Evergreen Sophomores also went on their own trek up Mt. Kearsarge.  In just over 1 hour and 45 minutes they made it to the top. Afterwards, they enjoyed a lunch with an incredible view of the forests of NH, picked some wild blueberries, and then headed back down for the return trip to Camp.

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Topics: very happy campers, newscast, exploring and creating, white water rafting, mt. major

The Huffington Post Says We Create Very Happy Campers

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 10, 2014 3:28:00 AM

Our summer camp in NH is recognized for producing some very happy campers!

We were very excited to see our summer camp in NH mentioned in an article in today’s Huffington Post – and that it employed a title very similar to most of our blog posts this summer. Stephen Gray Wallace, Director at the Center for Adolescent Research and Education, outlined some of the key 21st century skills that children learn at summer camp, including:

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Topics: very happy campers, mt. washington, huffington post, a happy camper

Very Happy Campers Starting Trips and Tournaments

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 8, 2014 1:19:00 AM

Our very happy campers are participating in a whole lot of exciting trips and tournaments

Today was a great day for fun, new experiences at Camp. Our Kenwood 1st Year Seniors left on the most challenging mountain hike of their Camp careers. Filled with a mixture of excitement and trepidation they left for their expedition up Mt. Washington. By mid-day they had reached the halfway point. Led by Jono, our head of the ropes course, some set up the campsite while others worked on getting dinner prepared. The boys had a beautiful night sleeping on the mountain, and we await a report from the group leader saying that they have reached the summit!

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Topics: very happy campers, trips and tournaments, hip hop violin, mt. washington

Very Happy Campers | Amazing Special Events

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 7, 2014 4:06:00 AM

Our very happy campers spent today participating in some great special events

We slept late again today and had a nice relaxing morning. Following breakfast the entire campus changed their bed sheets and cleaned their bunks. Then Kenwood had its weekly Watermelon softball league games. Watermelon League is a tradition that dates back to the founding of our camp. Throughout the summer teams with campers of all different ages, led by counselors, play in an intramural league. There’s a little bit of competition and a whole lot of fun, and it’s a great way to help make sure that all of the boys in our community get to know each other well. While our boys were playing softball all of Evergreen was down at the waterfront. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and our girls were thrilled to have a morning to swim, canoe, kayak, fish, and go off of the inflatables in the lake.

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Topics: very happy campers, capture the flag, changing sheets, fireworks

Very Happy Campers | The End Of An Amazing First Week

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 6, 2014 2:09:00 AM

We had a whole lot of very happy campers when we woke up this morning. It was the end of an amazing week, and start of another!

The sun was shining bright, and the forecast called for a 0% chance of rain! EVERYONE was in a good mood. There was a lot going on today as we said goodbye to this fabulous first week of the summer. Just as the sun was rising Evergreen had its first Polar Bear Swim of the season, lead by Adventure Dave. Just after the sun rose above Eagle Pond about 20 of our girls and their counselors excitedly lined the docks. As a group they did a round of jumping jacks, and then plunged into the water. They squeeled with utter glee, and then quickly ran to their towels for some warmth. Adventure Dave had a lovely surprise waiting for them at the Evergreen ceremonial campfire area: hot chocolate and warm pastries. Next Friday it will be Kenwood’s chance to take an early and “refreshing” dip into the lake.

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Topics: very happy campers, the end of an amazing first week

Very Happy Campers | Summers Unplugged

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 5, 2014 1:31:00 AM

Camp was without power this morning, and yet we were all very happy campers. 

Camp received a whole lot of wind and rain last night, and when we woke up we discovered that the power had gone out. A ways down Eagle Pond Road a tree branch had fallen onto a power line, and while it was being fixed the power company shut us off. As soon as we learned of this Scott turned on our diesel-powered backup generator so that our fabulous kitchen team could make breakfast for the community. As Walshy and I walked through the bunks to wake everyone up (the PA system was also temporarily down) we found large numbers of kids happily sitting on their beds, quietly entertaining themselves. While this is not what we mean by saying that we offer "summers unplugged" it was great to see how easily our kids are able to disconnect themselves from the technological world. As I woke up the campers in Bunk 11 we had a hysterical debate about whether or not the tree that fell onto the power line made a sound, since no one was there to hear it. 

Strangely enough, this was the second year in a row that our town lost power on the 4th of July, and many campers are now asking if it can be a tradition. Now THAT'S learning how to adapt! 

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Topics: very happy campers, summers unplugged, crossfit, rainy day

Very Happy Campers | Teaching Independence and Responsibility

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 4, 2014 2:05:00 AM

Our bunks of very happy campers create unique social contracts to identify the behaviors that are important to them for group living 

Being a happy camper doesn't happen by accident. It takes a lot of intentionallyLiving successfully with other people requires compromise, flexibility, and patience. These are life skills that we teach every day at our summer camp in NH. One of the ways that we do this is by asking our campers and staff to work together each summer to create "social contracts". Rather than dictating the rules that we expect them to live by, we asked each cabin to spend an hour or so within their first day at Camp to have a discussion that was guided by their counselors. They talked about the ways that they want to be treated this summer, along with the ways that they don't. They also discussed their individual pet peaves and quirks, so that as a group they could make a good plan for living together. Amongst other things, it's a really good way to help the whole bunk learn about each other and bond. 

The counselors also asked their campers to define what it means to be a member of the K&E community. After achieving consensus about the goals of our community, and the rules for the cabin, they wrote everything down on large pieces of poster board that are now hanging in their bunks. At the end of the discussion, to signify everyone’s commitment to trying to live the values of our community, each member of the bunk (including the counselors) signed the document.

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Topics: very happy campers, social contracts

Very Happy Campers | World Cup Fun!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 2, 2014 2:35:00 AM

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!

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Topics: hobby night, very happy campers, world cup, peanut pals

Very Happy Campers | Summer Camp Rituals

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jul 1, 2014 3:23:00 AM

It's day two of the summer of 2014, and already we have some very happy campers

It's hard to not be a happy camper on a day like today. The weather was perfect -- warm and sunny with beautiful blue skies all day long. Today was our second full day of the summer, and with it came a number of important summer camp rituals. Just after breakfast both camps lined up to take some photos. We took group portraits of both Kenwood and Evergreen, each unit and bunk, and then every individual camper. It was fun to bring everyone together to take some photos that will hang in the dining hall for decades to come.

After picture taking we rolled out to activities. Evergreen campers of all ages took tennis lessons, and for the first time this summer kids were behind the water ski boat. We also had boys and girls slipping down our 27-ft inflatable water slide, and others testing out our other new inflatable called the Rocket

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Topics: very happy campers, capture the flag, summer camp rituals, ceremonial campfire

Very Happy Campers | Day One Of The Summer

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jun 30, 2014 2:15:00 AM

Today was the first full day of the summer of 2014, and everywhere I went I saw happy campers. To be exact, I did not encounter a single homesick or sad camper the entire day! As you can imagine, that’s a pretty remarkable fete for the first day of a camp season.

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Topics: very happy campers, day one of the summer

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