Comprehending this summer experienceAugust 6, 2013
This morning the Kenwood Hut 6 boys and I departed for two nights and three days in fabulous Montreal. Many thanks to the super cool parent who burned us a CD of tunes for the drive, which we all enjoyed! It’s been a wonderful soundtrack for the trip, and I especially liked that you coincidentally included my all-time favorite Taj Mahal song. We’ve had an action packed day already, having toured the old city, played some exciting games laser tag, sampled the outrageously good local cuisine, and just enjoyed being together. While the sight seeing and adventures have been great fun, the best part of the trip thus has been the almost constant discussions in which they have sought to process their time as campers. At its heart this trip is about helping them come to terms with the fact that their careers as Kenwood & Evergreen campers is about to end, and to help them sort through their many years of incredible growth and memories. Comprehending this summer experience is not so easy. We’ve also spent a great deal of time discussing who they were when they arrived at Kenwood, and the young men that they would like to be in the future. I am honored to be their guide on this part of the journey.
(two campers are not pictured. They decided to go get a drink)
Tomorrow’s adventure will include jet boating on the St. Lawrence River rapids in a flat-bottomed boat with two jet engines underneath it for propulsion. If you’d like to see what this wild ride is like I shot this video on last year’s trip.
After the Jet Boating we are going to tour the oldest cathedral in the city, and then take a visit through the botanical gardens of the Montreal BioDome. It’s going to be an amazing day!
The rest of Camp has also been extremely busy. The Evergreen 2nd Year Seniors left yesterday on their 3-day white water canoe trip (still my favorite trip from my time as a camper). The Kenwood 1st Year Seniors left for their ocean paddle boarding trip, and the Kenwood 2nd Years spent the day surfing and spending quality time with Scott at Ogunquit Beach in Maine. FYI, while walking through Perkins Cove in Ogunquit Scott and the Boys bumped into former US President George HW Bush!
The Evergreen Sophomores also headed out for their canoe trip and overnight to Belle Island. Tonight is also the 6th annual Kenwood & Evergreen Junior Camp film festival. Our boys and girls 8 – 12 years old have spent the past 5 weeks writing, directing and producing over 30 short films which were premiered in front of the community this evening!
More news from the Great White North to follow.