Entries for November 2016

A Chapter in My Story: Why I loved camp & became a counselor
Late 1980’s: It was an all-boys camp.  Not too far from the highway but far enough that it was a world all its own.  We all felt it, we knew it; we were a thousand miles from everything.  The bell, its familiar tone was the only thing to carry across the tree tops.  The lake, although I am sure there were houses across or around it, was our own. We probably could have even seen them from the beach but we weren’t looking.  Or maybe the girls from our sister camp, and their counselors and waterfront staff, were the only ones who shared our stretch of nirvana-like beach.  I think I noticed them because there weren’t any girls in our universe, no women to speak of.  I am sure that there were female counselors… actually I am not sure.  I can’t remember, all the counselors have faded away; except for two. I remember MY counselors.  Yes, MY counselors.  They were mine, and ours, in the cabin.  I remember our CIT as well.  Even though I was there for two summers, well, two mini-sessions during two consecutive summers, all else has melted away.  Perhaps it was the continuity of being in the same cabin or seeing some of the same boys but it has... MORE
You Can Do Whatever You Want!
You Can Do Whatever You Want! At Camp Hawkeye we spend as much time in the off-season as possible meeting and spending time with parents and kids.  We do this in lots of different ways; home visits, organic encounters at community events, and camp fairs.  It is great!   No really, we love it!  Jess and I relish getting out of the office and being with the families and kids that make the Hawkeye community so amazing!  Each of these opportunities for interaction carries with it a separate set of social parameters.  It is always very interesting.  When we participate in events open to other camps or similar youth focused organizations I always listen closely to how the programs present themselves.  Even when we get a chance to listen to parents talk about other camps or programs I pay close attention.  In these instances it is very easy to discern what both the parent s value as well as the organization’s core philosophies. One such opportunity had us next to a camp with more than a few basic similarities to Camp Hawkeye.  This camp is also located in New Hampshire, it has a coed program, the campers live in cabins, the sessions are similar in length, and the kids spend... MORE
The Diversity of Leaves
Nature is great! Jess subscribes to a science website that sends out little videos and says it a little differently (more fervently and less appropriately) but let me say it again; Nature is great! The reason nature is great this time is that it has reminded me of the central importance and inherent goodness of a core aspect of what we strive for at Camp Hawkeye; diversity. Diversity is good! It’s the leaves of course; the changing palette of color and texture that fall in New Hampshire provides.  It’s the variety of colors; it’s the range of trees that provide it that make the northeast so special. Other places in the country have deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves each year) and many of those trees reach a vibrant peak of color before the leaves drop.  But they can’t compare with New England.  This is where people come to just look, get near them, and be among the riotous range of color.  If you’ve ever been out west for example there are some beautiful fall views as leaves change as well.  One place that my family and I have spent much time is Santa Fe, New Mexico.  We’ve driven cross-country and spent the autumn in the southwest the last two y... MORE