Author Archive: Karen Culpepper

Treetops at Home 2020: Week Two

  Dear Treetops Families, This summer is asking a lot from all of us. The realities of the world right now are demanding from us the ability to be infinitely adaptable: to think different thoughts, to adjust to alternate normalities, to be open. It is a time to be creative in thought and in action. […]

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Treetops at Home 2020: Week One

Dear Treetops Families,   Over the last few months, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to stay connected to friends, family, and the Treetops community despite quarantines and the miles between us. With Treetops not opening this summer, that thought has broadened to how to maintain connection to a place and […]

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An Important Message from Our Executive Director

The following message was written by Camp Treetops and North Country School Executive Director Todd Ormiston.   Dear North Country School Families,  Today, our country is in a sustained state of unrest that is deeply rooted in centuries of violence, inequity, grief, and loss. The names of those killed—George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and […]

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An Important and Difficult Update

Dear Treetops Families, It is with a profound feeling of loss and sadness that I write today to inform the Camp Treetops community that we have reached the very difficult decision to cancel our 2020 season. Last week, I wrote about the path we were on and about what I hoped the destination would look […]

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Ensuring Health and Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear Treetops Families, As I write, Cascade Mountain is still frosted white, even as the trout lilies spread their vibrant yellow petals. It is a typical Adirondack spring: snow is still in the 10-day forecast, but the cheery white-throated sparrows and the swelling maple buds don’t seem to mind. It has been surreal for me […]

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Camp Journal 2019: Week Seven

  At its heart, a Treetops summer gives children time. Time to discover a newfound passion. Time to take a leap and trust that you will land. Time to consider and reflect; time to fall in love with the natural world and understand your responsibility to it; time to make friends for a lifetime; time […]

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Camp Journal 2019: Week Six

At Treetops, a sense of community is woven through all we do. Rising early for barn chores or garden harvest, choosing activities at council, passing rafters and clothesliners at the waterfront, savoring juice and crackers at the Lake Hill, and sharing bedtime stories on the tent line are all part and parcel of the Treetops […]

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Camp Journal 2019: Week Five

All summer long, Treetops campers have embraced and overcome challenges, mastering skills along the way. Aspiring sailors learn the fundamentals on a Sunfish sailboat before progressing to the larger and more advanced Capri. Horseback riders first perfect a posting trot and then proceed to cantering, while our most experienced riders might begin galloping and jumping. […]

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Camp Journal 2019: Week Four

It was wonderful to see so many faces at Visitors’ Weekend. Children were delighted to share the routines and rhythms of Camp life with their families. The warm temperatures beckoned everyone to the waterfront, where campers and their visitors enjoyed swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and stand-up paddleboarding.  Of course, saying goodbye once again to loved […]

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Camp Journal 2019: Week Three

Now fully immersed in Treetops, campers have discovered how seamlessly creativity and forms of expression are woven into each and every day. Whimsical play, artistry, and craft are all encouraged. With ample inspiration from nature, children inspire each other, allowing ideas to come to life, transforming materials all around them into works of art.  After […]

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