At a number of recent Camp events parents and campers have asked me the same question: so what DO you do at the Senior Camper Winter Weekend? They know that about 100 of our senior campers and counselors travel up to our campus in New Hampshire, and that it's the best event of the entire year, but beyond that it seems to be shrouded in a bit of mystery.
This really is the best weekend of the entire year!
We live for this. As I wrote about in yesterday's blog, for 17 years we have brought more than 100 campers and counselors up to our overnight camp in NH for a special weekend in the snow. This is always our favorite weekend of the year, and yet for some reason this one felt extra special. There was a wonderful energy to this event from the moment we stepped aboard the train yesterday, and that hasn't diminished one bit!
It's the start of our 16th annual, totally amazing Senior Camper Winter Weekend at our summer camp In NH! At 11am this morning the journey began, and it always feels to me like a trip on the Hogwarts express. About 70 Kenwood and Evergreen campers and counselors and I boarded a private Amtrak train car at New York's Penn Station and headed north. I loved watching how it literally took seconds for our kids and staff to get back into "camp mode". Everyone was hugging and laughing and kind to each other, and it felt like Kenwood and Evergreen even though we were standing in the middle of an NYC train station.
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One of the things that I love most about our brother-sister summer camp is how dedicated our counselors are to our kids and the community. During each summer they work long days for one purpose: to help our campers grow and make as many friendships as possible. They are wonderful role models to our campers, and honor us by returning in large numbers year after year. Our camp counselors really are one of the best parts of our community.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and that includes our annual Winter Weekend event up at our summer camp. As I wrote about in a previous blog, for 16 years we have brought more than 100 campers and counselors up to our overnight camp in NH for a special weekend in the snow. This is always our favorite weekend of the year, and yet for some reason this one felt extra special.
The best weekend of the entire year has begun! As is tradition at our brother-sister summer camp in NH, the first weekend in January is when we host our annual Senior Camp Winter Weekend Adventure. Campers and counselors from around the world converge on our campus in New Hampshire for a weekend of snow, fun, camp friends, and making incredible memories.
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.
Sadly, the 15th annual Senior Camper Winter Weekend has come to an end. Yet again our campus in New Hampshire is quiet, as our Camp friends have all gone home until June. But what a weekend it was. The weather was absolutely perfect -- cold enough that the snow was great for sledding and the lake remained almost a foot thick, and yet warm enough to enjoy being outside. We did just about everything we could on a snowy NH day: we sledded, we played football, we rode around on a horse-drawn sleigh, we skated, we played hockey, we hiked and we enjoyed the majestic night sky...both on its own, and when we launched an incredible fireworks display.
The beautiful New Hampshire night sky as we stood in the middle of the lake before launching the fireworks
We woke up to a gorgeous New Hampshire sunrise over our lake. It was a perfect start to a pretty perfect day #2 of our 2015 Senior Camp Winter Weekend. The weather was much warmer than we had anticipated, without a hint of clouds or wind. Campers and counselors made their way to Cypress Lodge for a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, fruit, fried potatoes, bagels, and more. And from there we put on our winter weather gear and got outside to play!