Author Archive: Karen Culpepper

Camp Journal: Week Seven

  For nearly a century, Camp Treetops has given children time. Time to consider and reflect; time to fall in love with the earth and understand their responsibility to it; time to make friends for a lifetime; time to experience genuine accomplishment and the rush of unbounded joy. Helen Haskell, legendary Camp director from 1929-1969, […]

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Camp Journal 2018: Week Six

Throughout the summer, campers and counselors have sown the seeds of community. Racing barefoot down the lake hill, singing Adirondack Blue together at council, making a giant leap over Balanced Rocks—after six weeks, shared experiences carry even more meaning. Children are now fully at home, with themselves and each other, in the Treetops community. At […]

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Camp Journal 2018: Week Five

This week, our community warmly welcomed guests for Visitors’ Weekend. Sharing the routines and rhythms of Camp with loved ones made for a joyful and deeply satisfying weekend for all. With the departure of our four week campers, bidding farewell to families and friends is especially bittersweet. Saying goodbye is never easy. But by week […]

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Camp Journal 2018: Week Four

Muggy hot temperatures gave way to a smattering of rain showers this week, enlivening the forest and fields with lush shades of green. The annual flower garden bordering the pasture has exploded with color, berry bushes and garden vegetables ripe for the picking. After a month of living so closely with nature at Camp, children […]

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Camp Journal 2018: Week Three

The world slows down at Treetops. With no watches or clocks, time is measured in other ways—turning cartwheels across the Lake Hill or weaving an intricate design on a loom. Fostering creativity is at the heart of what we do at Camp, and while childhood may be fleeting, given time we can preserve its magic. […]

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Camp Journal 2018: Week Two

A sense of connectedness naturally emerges as children settle into the routines and rhythms of Camp. This week, senior campers worked together to weed the annual flower garden and mulch the rhubarb patch with our own fresh compost. To ensure that Treetops’ beloved horses can frolic safely, junior campers spent a morning picking rocks from […]

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Camp Journal 2018: Week One

The first days of summer at Camp Treetops arrived ripe with possibility and temperatures that beckoned for a long, lingering dip in Round Lake. Such heat is uncharacteristic of the Adirondacks. Nevertheless, campers have been delighting in the sun-drenched weather. At Treetops, the joys of staying cool are particularly inventive. Senior and junior camps celebrated […]

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Camp Journal 2017: Week Seven

A Treetops summer gives children time. Time to bask in the endless possibilities and joys of living together in the natural world. Time to gaze skyward at the constellations in wonder, run barefoot through the dewy morning grass, or reach for the hand of a friend as she struggles to find her footing on a […]

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Camp Journal 2017: Week Six

Adventures abound at Treetops all summer long. This is especially true in the final weeks of Camp. Trips for all interests and abilities make for a lively and invigorating week six. With many children away exploring the backcountry, Camp is quieter than usual. Whether on property or off, children have the chance to connect more […]

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Camp Journal 2017: Week Five

Midsummer arrived at Treetops this week with a smattering of thundershowers and plenty of warm weather. Our vegetable gardens and surrounding acreage are bursting with vivid shades of green. Alyssums, cosmos, calendulas, zinnias, ageratum, marigolds and sunflowers enliven the annual flower bed. Raspberries are ripe for the picking, the pigs are busy foraging in Dexter […]

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