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New Discoveries Each and Every Day

Camp seems to foster new discoveries each and every day. A group of Freshmen boys have been tracking the growth of the tadpoles that live in a stream near the archery range. With thunderous excitement they came running to me today to announce that the tadpoles were gone, and now there were literally hundreds of […]

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Creative Counselor and Camper Solutions

When I was a K&E camper one of my favorite times was when it rained. It always seemed to be a great opportunity for hanging out and making stronger friendships. It was on rainy days that I learned to play card games like Rummy and Uno, and board games like Risk and Backgammon. It’s when […]

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New and Fun Experiences at Camp

Yesterday was a day great for fun and new experiences at Camp. Our Kenwood 1st Year Seniors left on the most challenging mountain hike of their Camp careers. Filled with a mixture of excitement and trepidation they left for their expedition up Mt. Washington. By mid-day they had reached the halfway point. Led by Tex, […]

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Enjoying Each Other’s Company

Today was the second Monday of the summer, and wherever I went everyone seemed to be enjoying each other’s company. Just after breakfast the Kenwood 12’s Soccer left for an all-day tournament with camps from around the state. According to their coach, the boys gave it their all in 4 grueling games, and they were […]

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The End of an Amazing First Week at Camp

Yesterday was the end of an amazing first week at Camp…so today we began the start of our fabulous second week! This morning we all slept a little later than usual.  After a leisurely breakfast Evergreen had its first intramural sports league game of the season.  Each team is named after a different candy (of course […]

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Sports, Teamwork, and Friendship

Once a summer we have a special event called “Spirit Day”. Both sides of our camp spend the day playing sports and having fun with the campers from another. We all eat lunch together, get to know one another, and in some cases see friends from home. It’s sort of like having a tremendously large […]

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A Fabulous First Week

There was a lot going on today as we said goodbye to this fabulous first week of the summer. Just as the sun was rising Kenwood had its first Polar Bear Swim of the summer, lead by Adventure Dave. Next Friday it will be Evergreen’s chance to take an early and “refreshing” dip into the […]

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4th of July at Camp

The 4th of July is a huge event at Camps Kenwood & Evergreen, and this year was no exception. With all of our big plans we woke up with a bit of surprise: our entire town had no power! Thankfully, we really like to be prepared for anything that might happen, so a few years […]

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A Beautiful Day At Camp

After a couple of uneven weather days we woke up yesterday to a beautiful day at Camp. It was sunny, in the mid 80’s with a light breeze. Immediately after breakfast the camp moved out to activities with gusto, so excited by a picturesque summer day. I saw campers proudly wakeboard and tube for the […]

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Resilience, Adaptability, Healthy Risk Taking & Creativity

I know that I’m a very positive person. It goes with being a camp director. That said, today was a spectacular day at Camp, particularly in terms of our goals of teaching our campers non-cognitive skills like resilience, adaptability, collaboration, healthy risk taking and creativity. Where to begin…

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Great Days and Nights at Camp

The weatherman warned us that today was going to be a complete washout. Thankfully, he was totally wrong and we were able to have a great day outside playing sports, going on adventures, and more. After a morning of all-camp photographs I watched our kids in both camps use their free time to play Frisbee, […]

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Summer Camp for 21st Century Skills

Summer Camp for 21st Century Skills After a fabulous, funny Counselor Show last night we awoke to a beautiful, humid, sunny Camp day. When I left my house at 7am Kenwood & Evergreen campers were already out of their beds, jumping with excitement on the front porches and lawns around their bunks. It appeared that […]

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A Wonderful Summer Camp Season Begins

It is quiet across the Kenwood & Evergreen campus. I can hear an occasional drop of rain make its stubborn presence known on my rooftop. The forecast today was for rain, but as so often happens, it was a beautiful opening day at Camp.  For the first time in recent memory, the NY/NJ/CT buses and […]

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A Favorite Staff Training Tradition

Today was Scott’s birthday, and along with the celebration comes a really cool tradition. Phyllis gives him 2 dozen roses, which he then hands out to people who have made a recent difference in his life or in Camp’s. As each rose is given out, Scott thanks the recipient and explains why he is giving it […]

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How We Train Our Staff

It’s an incredible thing. Every year, on a Sunday night in June, we gather together a collection of people from around the globe and recreate this camp community of ours. It’s always a mixture of young and old, veterans and new, Americans and Internationals. Everyone is some combination of excited and nervous, and yet by […]

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