Yesterday was one of the best, most relaxing, happiest Visiting Days I can remember in the last 30 years. And yet as great as it was it had to come to an end. By 3:30 our camp parents were on their way home, and as a community we started preparing for the 5th week of the Summer of 2017.
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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.
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,
We are very excited to welcome our friends and family to our summer camp in NH tomorrow
Tomorrow, sometime after 9am, about 1,200 parents, grandparents and siblings of our current campers' will be arriving at our summer camp in NH. Our very happy campers are eagerly anticipating seeing so many loved ones. If you need a copy of tomorrow's schedule please click here. Below is also a map of our campus, which will enlarge when you click on it.