Author Archive: Karen Culpepper

Treetops at Home: Week Seven

Dear Treetops Families, These days, timelines are blurry. Events that are typically clear dates to be pinpointed, like the end of camp and the start of the school year, now all blend a little. In a typical summer, we would be heading into the seventh and final week of Camp. We would be gearing up […]

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Treetops at Home: Week Six

Dear Treetops Families, It is when faced with adversity that we find out what we are made of. When confidence is shaken and we push through, we know the grit we possess. Because it is in these challenging times that our vulnerabilities are exposed, we have to face them and make the decision to retreat […]

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Treetops at Home: Week Five

Dear Treetops Families, These days it’s important to remember what we are capable of. During this time where nothing is certain and almost everything is different, having the confidence to face the unknown, to step into the unfamiliar, is what will keep us all thriving. It means giving up some level of control, which can […]

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Treetops at Home 2020: Week Four

At Treetops, there is intention throughout the rhythm of our days. We provide meaningful experiences at the barn and in the garden. We take pride in engaging young folks in authentic work. But we also know the importance of play. In a single period at Treetops, campers might choose to learn to sail or to […]

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Treetops at Home 2020: Week Three

  Dear Treetops Families, Every summer, we strive to empower each camper (and counselor) to recognize the unique role they play within our community. The shape and form of what community means is dynamic throughout the days and weeks of summer — it is as teeny as a tent group and as broad as the […]

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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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