Are you ready?

Camp is almost here! The staff has been getting ready. While most of pre-camp is focused on getting ready – site prep, activity training, and many meetings – part of it is also good old-fashioned fun. Last night, after our commissioning ceremony, we built a bonfire and played a few rounds of volleyball. Adelle led […]

Skills for Life!

At a recent one-day workshop from the American Camp Association, I was challenged to reflect on how working at camp prepares staff for “real life.” We were presented with the top five soft skills that companies are looking for in 2019: Creativity Persuasion Collaboration Adaptability Time Management Everyone in the room could hardly contain themselves…these […]

A Screen-Free Camp

  Let me take you back to 1997 (over twenty years ago, gasp!). A new internet chat platform called “AOL Instant Messenger” was just released. And I, like the early adopter that I still am today, was quick to sign on. I will not reveal my screen name because it was simply too embarrassing! Now […]

LEADing the Way

In this blog post, staff member Jamie “Ro” Van Buiten and camper Lydia Ware talk about their experiences with LEAD (Leadership Education and Development), a two-week program for Explorer campers who have finished 10th grade and want to learn about leadership skills. Ro writes that during LEAD, “the girls are challenged in their beliefs about […]

Cookin’ Out

Cookouts are a longstanding camp tradition. For dinner on Tuesday nights, we split up into cabin and tent groups and work together to make a meal together over a fire. We start preparing as soon as all the campers arrive on Sunday afternoon. Trying to accommodate everyone’s tastes can be difficult, but compromise is part […]