I got back from vacation to find my email inbox FILLED with photos of our K&E camp friends hanging out with each other all over the world this week. Lowell hung out with Ben, Nate, Elliot, Jake, Posner, Nathaniel, Russell, Maddy and Reid, while former counselors Eddie, Mark, Luke and Amanda had a mini-reunion in the UK. On trips to Florida Brenna, Abby, and Lexi hung out with Mia and Daniella, and Ari, Carly, Rebecca, Mia and Oliver did too!
As so many of our camp families head out on vacation this week we just want to remind you that the "Where Your Camp Shirt" contest is still on and going strong. If you go somewhere fun this coming week show your camp spirit by snapping a photo of you wearing a piece of camp apparel and send it to us. There's a special K&E prize for anyone who participates. At the first morning assembly of this summer we will present a really cool prize for the person who traveled the farthest while wearing their camp shirt or sweatshirt.
I love when a Camp contest heats up! Throughout the year we run something called "Where Your Camp Shirt". It's a way for campers to show their camp spirit by being photographed on trips around the globe wearing a piece of camp clothing.
When we ask our campers and counselors at our brother-sister summer camp what their favorite thing is about our summer camp community the first response we always get it "my camp friends!" During our 7 week together each summer our friendships grow incredibly strong -- so strong, in fact, that our campers and counselors (and even alumni and parents) spend a great deal of their time during the winter months making sure they see their camp friends as much as possible.
The incredible summer of 2015 at our camp in New Hampshire is sadly now over, which means that we have all had to get back to our “real” lives. Most campers have returned to school by now, and our staff is either back at their off-season jobs or resuming their studies. I know that I speak for everyone on the Camp Leadership Team when I say that we all miss our community very much. We miss the hugs and high fives of morning assembly, the laughter and cheering that wafts through the trees throughout each camp day, and singing Taps together each night before bed.
It never ceased to amaze me how incredible the camp friendships are in our 7-week summer camp community. Week after my, my email inbox fills with images of our campers, counselors, camp parents, and alumni having so much fun together all year long. Even years after graduating as a camper, or a final summer on staff, people in our camp family remain in contact all throughout their lives. And with friends from our overnight camp scattered all over the globe I find it amazing the lengths that people will go to spending time with their camp friends. Camp friends really do make life more fun!
Kenwood Counselor Andrew Fisher was home after graduating from college and spent some time with camper Oliver. The Gutkins and the Aptmans spent a day in NYC bike riding to raise money for charity, while Jason visited his camp buddy in NY, and clearly it was all about the candy. Sage made a trip from the Boston area to see her fellow Inter Amy, while Lauren, Izzy, Julia and Hannah (all members of Evergreen's Juniper 2012) hung out together just last weekend. Last Sunday as we were pulling into a diner parking lot in Larchmont a very happy girl with only one shoe on jumped out of her car yelling "Jason and Deena!" It was Julia and we were SO excited to see her! Veronica visited from Spain and made sure to see Carly and Sophie, and clearly a good time was had by all. Last weekend, Marly and Amy were together at a cousin's bat mitzvah and sent us this photo. Thanks to all of you for sharing this with us!
Many thanks to so many of you this month who have sent us photos of your time with camp friends all over the world. It's so wonderful to see how close our community is throughout the year, and that Camp friendships truly do last forever!
If you were on vacation last week I hope that you and your family had a fantastic time. we're currently going through the many pictures we received of happy campers skiing, visiting warm places, and having all sorts of fun, often while wearing their Camp t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. Remember that our "Where Your Camp Shirt" contest is still going, so if you have a picture in an exotic location wearing some camp apparel to send it to us. Even if you didn't travel the farthest (and there's an awesome prize if you did) anyone participating will get something fun at the first assembly this summer on Camp Opening Day!
Our very happy campers have year round camp spirit
This week I got a nice note from the Erman family. While on vacation in Colorado they bumped into the Edinburgs! Mrs. Erman sent us this great photo of all four of our campers together, and it reminded us that it was time to talk about this year's photo contests.