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Escape to Camp Ozark

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Hey, Camp Folks!

Here is our last submission from our August ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest entries. The coronavirus has had a huge impact on everyone—camp included. And, though many kids were unable to attend camp this summer, we still wanted to hear from you. We asked to hear from kids who weren’t able to attend camp this season to record this very unusual time in our world.

This last submission for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest comes from Kathryn M. who sent her two kids to Camp Ozark. Here’s her submission:

 
“Our 2 week epic family vacation was cancelled as a result of COVID and so finding something to fill summer while being safe was difficult. We felt at ease with all the precautions and testing that Ozark planned to do and were able to sign our two kids up last minute as a result of so many cancellations. It was the first time at sleep away camp and they LOVED it. To have time to play and celebrate with new friends and forget about the global pandemic for a few days was such a blessing. Aidan & Cavan came home raving about their experiences and talking about all the future years they will be able to go to Ozark - Bleed Blue (they were assigned the Osage team...for life!)”


This pandemic certainly has put the kibosh on a lot of typical summer fun that families look forward to each year. I’m sorry that your epic family vacation turned out less than epic, but it’s very cool that you were able to send your kids to sleepaway camp before it was too late! That’s great that Aidan and Cavan are now registered 'bluebloods' and that they had such a positive experience for their first summer camp stay! Hopefully next year your family can fit in an epic vacation and Camp Ozark for your children! Thanks for the sharing your story, Kathryn!

If anybody else is interested in Camp Ozark for a future camp stay, you can visit their website by clicking right here. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

 

- John


Buggin' Out!

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Hey, Folks!

We’ve been thrilled to hear from our participants for our August ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest. Though some were, many kids weren’t able to attend camp this year. Nevertheless, we still wanted to hear from kids to see what their experiences have been this year.

Our next submission for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest comes from Jonah N. who wrote in to tell us about his virtual camp experience with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center. Jonah is our grand prize winner of a $200 gift certificate to Everything Summer Camp. Here’s his submission:

 
“I really wanted to go back to New England Frontier Camp, but it was closed so my mom found a nearby virtual camp. All we had to do was drive up every Monday morning (it was about 30 minutes away so my little sister Noelle and I would play eye spy out the window a ton) and find a box of stuff on the Tin Mountain Conservation Center's porch with our name on it. The awesome part was that the STUFF had bug nets to find macroinvertebrates in our NH and ME streams, ponds, and yup, puddles! Another week we had a bag of mustard seed powder and sprinkled it to do a worm survey in our yard. The coolest thing was the awesome video we'd watch that the counselors made up for us about it all each week. We even got my cousins from PA into doing the activities. Bug Olympics was one of my favorites. I guess you can have fun and not actually be at camp, but learn stuff and feel like a bigger team member. The summer ended with things to build our own solar oven to make s'mores. Now, that is what I call camp. I'd even talk with my friends on the phone about it, and we were all trying to help learn about the environment and see who found more creepy crawlies and other weird stuff none of us knew was in our own back yards! So thanks to COVID I learned so much. Next summer I'll need to do both camps...Yikes! How long is summer anyways?”

 
Cool submission, Jonah! And way to find the silver lining in a situation as crummy as the coronavirus pandemic! That’s awesome that you got to learn so much and have fun doing it through this virtual camp program from the Tin Mountain Conservation Center! I’m sure it wasn’t quite the New England Frontier Camp experience that you’re used to, but the Bug Olympics sounds like it was a really cool and educational summer activity!

For folks interested in the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, check them out by clicking right here. Or visit the website of New England Frontier Camp for your own future camp stay. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

 

- John


Way to Go at Camp Newaygo

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Hey, Camp Folks!

It's time for another story from our July ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest submissions, though many kids were unable to attend. The coronavirus has had a huge impact on everyone—camp included, however, some camps were fortunate enough to be able to keep their doors open this summer season. We asked kids who attended camp this season to tell us how camp was different this year.

Our next submission for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest comes from Lily E. who wrote in to tell us about her trip to Camp Newaygo. Lily is our $100 prize winner! Here’s her submission:

“Hi, my name is Lily and I am 8-1/2 years old. My time at Camp Newaygo was a blast. I was in Cabin 1 and I had 2 great counselors, Maggie and Hannah. In Cabin 1, I made some good friends. The session that I went to was Christmas in July. This is a tradition at camp and we sing Christmas Carols and decorate our cabins for Christmas and each have a Secret Santa. Other things were different this year, but that’s Ok. I was just happy that I could go to camp. Going to camp is a great experience. At camp you do a lot of fun things. The activities there are so fun. So were the evening programs. Some activities that I did were tie dye, zip line, and rock wall. They were all really fun. Some things that were different this year were “picnic” breakfast, and you couldn’t go into any other cabins besides yours and your sister cabin. My cabin was fun. I hope to go again next year.”

 

It’s great to hear that you had so much fun attending summer camp at Newaygo, Lily. Sounds like you had a very merry camp stay with caroling and secret santas! Picnic breakfasts sound like a really cool way for Camp Newaygo to have implemented some safety precautions this season! It sounds like the other, more traditional camp activities were pretty cool too like the zip line and rock wall climbing! Thanks for your submission!

For anybody interested in checking out Camp Newaygo for their own future camp stays, visit their website by clicking right here. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

 

- John


Fortunate to Go to Camp Newaygo

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Hey, Camp Folks!

It's time for another story from our July ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest submissions, though many kids were unable to attend. The coronavirus has had a huge impact on everyone—camp included, however, some camps were fortunate enough to be able to keep their doors open this summer season. We asked kids who attended camp this season to tell us how camp was different this year.

Our next submission for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest comes from Josie E. who wrote in to tell us about her trip to Camp Newaygo. Josie is our $50 prize winner! Here’s her submission:

 
“Hi, my name is Josie and I am 10-1/2 years old. There are 3 of us sisters, and we all went to Camp Newaygo in July. Until then we had not been able to go anywhere, so we were glad to finally get out of the house! I was in cabin 2 with my great counselors Zoe-Kate and Laura. I made lots of memories and friends in my cabin. This was the first year that I got to go for a whole week. It was also a year that camp was quite different. The ways that it was different were: we had a picnic breakfast (instead of a hot breakfast in the dining hall), and you could not be with other cabins besides your cabin and your “sister” cabin. My sister cabin was cabin 8. They did that to keep us safe. But, that did not stop any of my fun. I was glad to go to camp. I missed going boating and they didn’t offer dippin dots this year at the camp store, but I loved the evening programs like the talent show, pageant, Harry Potter and many more. I am lucky because I am going to Camp Newaygo Family Camp with my whole family in August, so I will get one more chance to go to camp this year. Usually Camp Newaygo is just for girls, but this time we can show our Dad everything we love about camp!”

 
Thanks, Josie! It’s great to hear that you and your sisters were able to attend summer camp at Newaygo. I’m glad that the safety precautions that were being taken there did not interfere with your fun. That’s awesome that you got to spend a whole week there and that you got to go back in August too with your dad! I bet he had a good time seeing what Camp Newaygo fun looks like firsthand!

For anybody interested in checking out Camp Newaygo for their own future camp stays, visit their website by clicking right here. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

 

- John


Family Weekend at Seneca Lake

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We’re happy to hear from our participants for the August ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest. We have today’s camp story submission, not from a camper, but from a grandmother who got to participate in some fun summer camp activities this year.

Our featured submission today for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest comes from Carol H. who wrote in to tell us about the time she got to spend with her grandkids at Camp Seneca Lake. Congrats on your $25 prize, Carol! Check out her submission right here:

“A slender ray of sunshine peeked through the cloud of COVID-19 for my family this summer. My name is Carol H; I am the grandmother of two very disappointed campers, Sam P. and Abby P. Sam and Abby truly live “10 for 2”. They cherish their summers at Camp Seneca Lake and speak enthusiastically about their experiences all during the school year. Fortunately, Camp Seneca Lake was able to offer several CSL Family Weekend Getaways in July and August. Parents and grandparents and kids spent time at camp all together. My husband and I shared a cabin with our grandchildren, their parents, and two of their closest elementary school friends. I even celebrated my birthday there! I have not been a camper since 1965. The weekend made me remember why I loved camp so much and showed me some of the things my grandchildren enjoy at CSL. We did archery, arts and crafts, kickball, and lakefront and pool activities. Socially distanced meals were served in the dining hall. There were Shabbat services at the beautiful lakefront fire pit. And we hung out in our cabin and talked to new friends and old friends who sat on the porches of their nearby cabins. I walked on the gravel trails and on the paths through the woods. What a hike it was down to the lake –and back up again! Camp is Sam and Abby’s happy place. Next summer, if all returns to normal, I will be able to picture them on the 200 acre campus doing everything we did together and so much more. The experiences I shared with my family at CSL were priceless!”

 

Woohoo! Grandmothers don’t typically get to attend summer camp so thanks for sharing this cool story with us, Carol. I’m sure it was a treat for Sam and Abby to enjoy some camp fun with you there to experience it alongside them. Sounds like CSL offered you guys a great getaway during this difficult time our world is facing. It’s great to hear your family salvaged some summer fun this season!

If anybody else is interested in checking out Camp Seneca Lake for your own future camp stay, take a look at their website by clicking right here. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

 

- John