Happy days and great adventures at our summer camp in NHJuly 9, 2015
This was one of the happiest days at our summer camp in NH this summer. The weather was perfect, and it seemed to help everyone be in an even better mood. Our incredible chefs made a breakfast that included homemade french toast, lemon scones, scrambled eggs, and a whole lot of fresh blueberries and strawberries.
In camp things were very busy down by the lake. Campers were wake boarding, tubing, and water skiing. They were also taking canoes to beaver dam to hunt for turtles, and fishing off of the sand bar at the edge of the Kenwood waterfront.
As I was leaving my office this morning I heard this wonderful sound coming from our performing arts center. I ran in just as a group of Evergreen Freshmen and Sophomores were finishing singing a song for Friday’s performance. I said to them “that was so good I needed to see the whole thing. Would you consider doing it on more time?” They were happy to oblige. As you can see, our entire summer camp community is excited for Friday’s play.
I also spent some quality time in our many art studios today. A group of Evergreen girls were busy learning to master Adobe Photoshop, happily editing photos to make collages. They were taking all of their favorite photos from the last week — of activities, of beautiful scenes around Camp, of just enjoying life here together — and making them into poster collages.
It was a colorful day in Arts & Crafts, as everyone was working on tie-dying their shirts, socks, and even underwear! Campers were also learning how to use the silk screen printing machine, creating their own logos and cool designs.
There were a whole lot of adventures taking place in our camp community today. The Kenwood Freshmen and Sophomores went to Weirs Beach. The boys went swimming, played a whole lot of football and frisbee, and as you can see, found at least one young man willing to get buried in sand. What you can’t see is that the hole is so deep he’s standing straight up!
Some of our adventures were sports-related. The Kenwood 14’s Basketball team was out at a multi-camp tournament. The boys have been practicing almost daily since they arrived this summer. They fought hard, and in a field of 6 they came home with a 3rd place finish. Well fought, boys!
Our Evergreen Inters returned from an amazing outdoor adventure, having climbed up Mt. Major. They snapped this photo when they reached the top and told me “it shows that we are all sisters”. Yes, it most certainly does! Great picture, girls!
After reaching the top and enjoying the view the girls returned to the mountain’s halfway point and set up their campsite. Jono, one of trip specialists, taught them some of the fundamentals of outdoor cooking, including how to make an absolutely delicious molten banana sundae.
After dinner and dessert the girls spent their night sitting around a roaring campfire. They talked about how their summer was going, what their goals were for the next 6 weeks, and also shared their most positive moment of the summer thus far.
Going on a trip like this is not always easy. Leaving the comfort of your camp bed, climbing a mountain, and sleeping in a tent are all healthy risks that we ask our campers to take each summer. There are many rewards for doing it — like being able to say that you climbed an actual mountain — but nothing tops the bonds of sisterhood (or brotherhood) that develop further on these important outdoor adventures.
Back at Camp, today’s rest period was all about helping campers pursue their passions. A large group of Kenwood campers had told me in their week #1 written self-assessments that they wanted some more time tubing…so at rest period that’s exactly what they did.
Look at this picture below. When is the last time you had THAT much fun with a friend?
During Rest Period we also had campers in the music room getting lessons, on the ball fields practicing lacrosse and soccer, and on the tennis courts in a small group clinic. In the film studio the campers leading this summer’s Kenwood and Evergreen News Report spent their rest period editing some of the stories for tomorrow’s broadcast. Make sure to check the blog on Thursday for the first installation of the 2015 K&E News!
Tonight was one of Evergreen’s signature events: the Luau Beach Party. Organized by our Junior girls, this event is about being a little goofy, dancing up a storm, and just having fun with your friends. The beach was dotted with tiki torches and fun dance music played all night. Campers wore grass skirts and plastic leis around their necks. Our wonderful chefs made enormous platters of carved fresh fruit. There were limbo contests, face painting stations, hula hooping groups, and sandcastle building challenges. Everyone had a blast. The entire night was about bonding as a camp, and feeling comfortable being as silly as possible.
Kenwood had its second game of Watermelon League, our boys’ intramural sports league. Tonight, there were games of soccer and basketball. The games finished just as the sun fully set in the trees around us. The boys walked back to their bunks deep in conversation, many with their arms around each other. I stood and watched as friends said goodnight to one another, ready to start doing all of these amazingly fun things over again in the morning.
While all of that was going on in Kenwood and Evergreen Junior Camp our Senior campers had their first co-ed campfire of the summer. Scott and I played and sang music, and our Hut 6 and Juniper campers ran fun games that kept the entire crowd entertained. It was a wonderful, and exactly what our brother-sister overnight camp is all about. We want our boys and girls to have great times together, and forge meaningful friendships, and yet also avoid the exhausting social pressures that are so often a part of teen life in the outside world.
When it was over I hung out on Senior Hill for a while. Our Hut 6 boys fired up the grill and cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for the 1st and 2nd year seniors. The boys were playing chess and Uno and wiffle ball and just having a blast all together. It was like one big party. Many sat around the campfire and listened to a band that somehow has become immensely popular with them this summer: The Doors. I have no idea how this happened, but as a classic rock fan I loved it!
As I said, today was just one of those really happy days here. Everyone was pursuing their passions, hanging with friends, and having the time of their lives! I look forward to sharing with you what transpires tomorrow.