The Teachings of Camp

It was just like any other dreary January day in 2007: an ominous sky, snow and dirt lining the roads, a brisk breeze. I have found that when every day of the month is a repetition of this gloomy weather, all the days seem to mesh together, and I can’t remember one from another. On one gray day that month, my Mom informed me that she had signed me up for sleep away camp that summer. I was handed a brochure for YMCA Camp Nellie Huckins, an all-girls camp on Lake Ossipee in Freedom, New Hampshire. Skimming through it and Read More…

Reflections from Alisson Borowski Kolodner – A few of our favorite things

Last summer, I had the pleasure of being the Middler Division Leader at Camp. This was my 16th summer, and the opportunity to spend an entire season back at Huckins with my four children (and my husband every weekend) was too amazing to pass up. With only 75 days left until the girls come pouring back through the white gates, we took tonight’s dinner to talk about a few of our favorite things. Tadhg (age 4): Archery! Kiernan (age 6): Swimming. Of any type. Oliver (age 8): Peter Pan and Harry Potter days. Merin (age 2): Owls. Loons. Mike (my Read More…

Thought of the Day – Jessie Felber

For the last six months, I spent my life traveling around the world. I visited and lived in 6 states, 7 countries and on two different continents. Every place I visited was extremely different from the others; the people, food, language, culture, and even the way things looked were different. At times, this felt overwhelming. I craved some sort of consistency, and searched hard to find something in common between all these different places. The one connection I was able to find was that people everywhere want to give and be loved. The way people do this is different, but Read More…