Chapel Talk by Grace Gamache (SC and CIT Trainer ’17)

During quarantine, while sitting around the fire, my mom and I started singing camp songs. We sat there and laughed while nobody else knew the words as if it was our own secret language. At that moment I realized how magical Huckins truly is. You don’t understand the impact it has until you experience it first hand. And just when you think that Huckins is far away, you find it in the smallest of places. Whether it is that song that reminds you of your summers on the Small Crafts Beach, hiking in the White Mountains, talking to your camp Read More…

Chapel Talk by Anna Grenier ( CIT Trainer 2021)

Growing up we are always told to “live in the moment”. Physically, we can only be in one place at a time, but often our thoughts are all over the place. Instead of focusing on what’s to come or what has already happened, simply pay attention to what is going on around you at that moment. For me, camp is about living in the moment. Our time at Huckins is so short, it is important to cherish all the time you have there, and take advantage of the opportunities it provides. In an instant, moments can become memories that we Read More…

Candlelight by Katherine Decker, alumna

Nighttime at the beginning of August at a girl’s sleepaway camp in New Hampshire, the last night of the session approaches with bittersweet anticipation for the final candlelight ceremony. The last stroke of the sun finally falls through the clouds, trees, lake, and grass, a slate blue haze replaces the once bright sky. Cooling breezes wrap themselves through the pines and down over the water. Twinkling bugs spontaneously flash an appearance. Cicadas echo through the fading heat. The once warm dust of the pines rose into our noses reminding us of the day that disappeared all too soon. There are Read More…

Chapel Talk by Ingrid Bergill, SC 2019

So, you did it. You finished two full weeks away from your families, from your homes, your technology. For some of you, this was the first two weeks you’ve ever spent away from home. For others,this is the first two weeks of a double-digit summer at camp. Wherever you fall within that range, you have made it through two beautiful weeks at Huckins. When you leave today, hug your friends and your counselors and tell them you love them. The women all around you today will be your role models, your shoulders to cry on, your ego boosts, and your Read More…

Where I am From by Addison Barrett (Camper 2019)

I’m from the bunk beds that house 12 girls, from the beaten-down gaga pit and stack of cards. I’m from the little white cabin on a hill. Hot, loud, laughter is all around. I’m from the woods where the purple lilacs grow, the crystal clear lake which holds my secrets. I’m from the Saturday night lobster dinners before the big day and the sad goodbyes that come with it. I am from the tears are normal and it will go by before you know it.   I’m from “Do your capers!” and “Clean the cabin!” I’m from Sunday night prayers Read More…

Chapel Talk by Senior Counselor Julia Himmelberger

The following poem is called “The Dash” by Linda Ellis. I came across it this past year and really loved the meaning of it, so I’ve adapted the end of it to fit camp. It reads: I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on her tombstone, from the beginning to the end. He noted that first came the date of her birth, and spoke of the second date with tears. But he said what mattered most of all was the dash between those years. For that dash Read More…

Jody’s 50th Song (to the tune of “The Other Day, I Saw a Bear” by Diane Jackson Gow, Susan Blondell Lindblad and Joanne Howard Landry

She started out in Cabin T. We did not know how long she’d be. She started out in Cabin T. We did not know how long she’d be.   She jumped and swam and waterskied. She climbed some trees and skinned her knee. She jumped and swam and water skied. She climbed some trees and skinned her knee.   She made it through the CITS and made new friends as a JC. She made it through the CITS and made new friends as a JC.   The Junior kids were her big thing. She climbed the bars and pushed a Read More…

“Love the Life You Live” by Soe and Kiki Herman-Dunphy (staff 2018)

Love the life you live with all your heart and All your soul and all your mind and Love all humankind as you would Love yourself and   Love the life you live with all your heart And all your soul and mind and Let your light shine   We’ve got all our lives to live We’ve got all our hearts to give We’ve got all our lives to give We’ve got love inside our souls and it will make us whole   (sing the song through twice)