A bright sunshiny day at our summer camp in NHJuly 11, 2016
It was a beautiful, right sunshiny day today (the rain is gone, aw yeah!) and everyone was celebrating. The change from cold and rain to warm and sunny brought out the best mood in campers and counselors. Kids skipped on their way up to breakfast, and I saw lots of hand holding and hugging. What a wonderful way to start the 3rd week of the summer!
With the weekend over we resumed regular activities at camp, and this meant that people were happy to be back on the lake. All morning and afternoon kids were water skiing, tubing, knee boarding and wake boarding. It was still warm and sunny this evening so some of our Kenwood Junior campers spent their time riding the new water couch around and laughing hysterically about it.
The intrepid Evergreen 1st Year Seniors packed up and headed out on their 3-day climb up Mt. Washington. The girls should have beautiful weather throughout the trip, and we can’t wait to hear their stories upon their return.
In both camps our “Unit Leader for a Day” program continues. Each junior camper has the opportunity to learn how his or her group leader manages their age group of campers and counselors. The actual unit leader meets with the ULfaD throughout the day to collaborate on ideas to help the age group run better, and gives them a chance to be a real and effective leader in front of their peers. It’s sort of like a first management training seminar for our 8-12 year olds!
Throughout the day campers swere just so happy to be out in the bright, warm sunshine. Our kids were practicing their hearts out on the basketball courts, soccer fields and baseball diamonds, and it felt good to need to use sunscreen once again.
Reaching into the sky to make a basket during drills today
Just having a blast on the tennis courts today
Grabbing a quick game of ping pong in between periods
Camp friends getting a golf cart ride on the way back from archery
Swim instruction in the lake on a bright sunshiny day
Having so much fun while doing basketball drills
Baking cookies and sharing them with friends is SO Camps K&E!
Rock climbing and leaping off the zip line today
Collaborating on designs for a mural project
Riding the Rock-it in the hot afternoon sun
After dinner we had all sorts of great evening programs going on. In Evergreen tonight’s event was camper hunt. Our campers went all out for the event, and many spent their Free Play surveying the campus for the best hiding spot possible. Our girls donned the darkest clothing that they owned, including pants, sweatshirts, hoods and even face paint. Our counselors also took this activity very seriously, as the counselor with the most campers found received a gift certificate to our local pizza shop.
There is an Evergreen camper from Short Hills, NJ hiding in those boxes…
I love that ours is a community where our 9, 12 and even 15 year old campers can lose themselves in something this fun and silly.
The Kenwood Freshmen and Sophomores took part in an event that we haven’t done in so long that I originally called it a “Polaroid Scavenger Hunt”. Today I had to retitle it a Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt. For about an hour teams of campers and counselors ran around the campus with a list of group photos that they had to take for points. Each image required them to be REALLY silly and really creative. It was a great opportunity for collaboration and a very good time was had by all.
The Kenwood Juniors and 2nd Year Seniors had an event to get to know each other better. They played a medley of games like Bombardment, Gaga and Cabody, and afterwards joined me at the Colloseum for the annual telling of the Jon Levine Story. This tall tale was created and told to my bunk by legendary Kenwood counselor Evan Gordon in 1988. My peers and I immediately fell in love with this crazy adventure story that is loosely based on actual events (and by loosely I mean that someone once went to this camp who had the name “Jon Levine”. That’s pretty much where the similarities end). Since I became a counselor in the early 90’s I have only told the story once a year, and to the age group I was in when Evan made up the story. In years past I’ve told this story inside one of their bunks, but with our new campfire area it just seemed like the perfect location to from now on.
Together they sat huddled in the dark, hanging on every word. They were an incredible audience, and at the conclusion of the story hooted and hollered in appreciation. I love that something my counselor made up on a rainy afternoon 25 years ago is now the stuff of legend at our summer camp in NH, and that his daughter is now with us for her second summer!