Adam's Summer Updates

The Beginning of the End

It used to be that I would say that the most powerful moment of any summer was the Keylog ceremony during the final Council Fire of the summer. Who could possibly argue that the power of heartfelt and tear laden words, shared by a camper on his last night as a camper, are not the…

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It’s the staff, stupid!

I realize that much of my focus in these updates is, as it should be, on the kids’ experience here at camp.  I realize that for the most part, the readership of these updates is simply desperate to get some sense of what their child’s experience at camp is like given the typical quality of…

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Sunday Stroll…

Camp could not have a better vibe to it these days.  It is difficult to put your finger on the exact reason for this great energy, but there is no denying that it exists.  It could be that, by now, cabin groups and friendships have gelled to such a degree that there is little else…

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Bon Voyage(eurs)!

Every once in a while you just have to let it all hang out and have one of those BLOWOUT days.  A day unlike any other day at camp that stands out as truly unique.  While many of the best memories from a summer are created on standard routine days, these special days really serve…

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Happy Trails….

Greetings from Camp! To be sure, this is high wilderness tripping season around here.  One need only set foot into the Rec Hall to notice that the din of the place has lessened a bit these days.  As I write this, there are nearly 70 kids out on various wilderness excursions.  There are boys on…

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Breaking new ground….

On Friday, we celebrated the All Camp Birthday.  This is a chance to celebrate everyone’s birthday, even those of us who do not have birthdays during the summer.  The genesis of the event at camp goes back to WWII when sugar rationing was in place and Muggs was forced to have just one birthday celebration…

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Busy Doin’ Nuthin’

Without a doubt, one of my favorite times of the day here at camp is the G-Swim period.  From 4:30 until 5:40, the boys are totally free to do whatever they please….no lessons, no structured projects, just free time.  For those who prefer, there are areas around camp that offer structured activities, but for most…

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Hanging with Opie….

As I mentioned during the first session in one of these updates, for the first week of any session at camp it is important that we work hard to establish a structure, a routine and a predictability to our lives here.  Projects are at the same time each day, cabin cleanup is at the same…

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Tone setting…

Yesterday was our first Sunday of the second session. Now when I speak about the first few days of any session, I often talk about the fact that the tone set in those first few days is very important and sets the standard for the rest of the session.  If yesterday was a tone setter…

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