Our annual Senior Camper Winter Weekend just ended and it could not have been a better event. About 80 of our teen campers, counselors and leadership team spent the weekend hanging out together at our sleepaway camp in New Hampshire, and from start-to-finish it was all about fun times and good friends. We played in the snow and on the ice, ate delicious meals together, and just loved being with people who mean so much to us all. But we have a sneaking suspicion that the X factor in why this was such an extraordinary time was that we asked all of our teens to turn their iphones off and give themselves the gift of a weekend cell phone holiday.
So what did our campers do on this second day of our Senior Camper Winter Weekend?
- Woke up to a gorgeous NH winter morning!
- Had an delicious gourmet breakfast
- Went skating and walking around our beautiful lake
- Played a game called "Broomball"
- Tried ice fishing for the first time
- Went sledding all over our campus
- Hung out in an igloo big enough to hold 6 people
- Ate a whole lot of bbq chicken pizza
- Had a fabulous game of football with our counselors in the snow
- Worked on all sorts of art projects
- Played heads up, ping pong, cards, foosball, chess, and backgammon
- Paused to enjoy an incredible winter sunset over our lake
- Sat with our camp friends and talked the way only lifelong friends can with each other
- Laughed and giggled a whole lot
- Had a Mexican fiesta for dinner
- Celebrated 5 of our friends' birthdays
- Had a sing-a-long with Scott as he played guitar
- Road around in under the night sky in a horse drawn sleigh
- Watched an incredible fireworks display
And maybe most important of all...
Went more than 24 hours without even touching our cell phones and pretty much had the best time possible!
It's the start of our 17th 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 (minus the owls and chocolate frogs). About 50 Kenwood and Evergreen campers and counselors and I boarded a private Amtrak train car at New York's Penn Station and headed north. Every year on this trip I love watching how it literally takes seconds for our kids and staff to get back into "camp mode". Campers and counselors were 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.
We get so much pleasure seeing how much our campers, counselors, parents and alumni enjoying being with each other throughout the entire year. During the month of the December we were especially pleased to see that Kenwood and Evergreen camp friends took time out of their busy lives to hang out with each other across the United States, and all over Europe, Central America, Asia and Africa!
We are thrilled to announced that it's almost time to register for the 18th annual Senior Camper Winter Weekend!
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.