Author Archive: Karen Culpepper

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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Camp Journal 2017: Week Four

Visitors’ Weekend is a thrilling time for our campers. Reuniting with loved ones and sharing beloved Camp activities and hand-crafted projects is a memorable experience for children and parents alike. However, it can also be emotionally-charged. While most children are thoroughly enjoying camp, this change in the daily rhythm and routine at Treetops can be unsettling. Saying goodbye […]

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Camp Journal 2017: Week Three

By the third week of Camp, children are humming along to each summer’s day. Living so closely with nature is exhilarating for campers and being immersed in the Adirondack wilderness inspires creativity in many forms. Flights of fancy, whimsical play, artistry and craft are all encouraged.  This creative spirit is celebrated throughout the Treetops program. […]

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Camp Journal 2017: Week Two

By the second week of camp, children at Treetops have settled in. Their sense of time is no longer measured by watches or clocks. Instead, guided by the rhythms of the day, campers have begun to live in the moment. A sense of connectedness to their surroundings inspires children to feel more in tune with […]

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Camp Journal 2017: Week One

On Saturday, children arrived at Camp Treetops to a smattering of summer rain. Despite a soggy beginning, the first week of camp blossomed with sunshine and nearly cloudless skies. Immersed in the natural world, children begin to settle in and discover the unfolding rhythms and routines of life at Treetops. Campers rise for barn chores and […]

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Camp Journal: Week Seven

With only a few days left at Treetops, campers delighted in our annual Harvest Banquets—celebrations of our farm and community. Children harvested potatoes, herbs, zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, and beans for the evening feasts. The tables were set with white tablecloths, candles, and colorful bouquets of flowers from our annual garden. Campers dined on roasted chicken and […]

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Camp Journal 2016: Week Six

On Tuesday evening, six lucky junior campers and two counselors paddled across Round Lake with a packed supper and all the fixings for S’mores. After sharing their meal by the campfire, the children settled into bed on the sleeping porch of RockE boathouse. When shooting stars began to illuminate the night sky, counselors roused them […]

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Camp Journal 2016: Week Five

This week, campers departed on an exciting array of wilderness excursions. Some embarked on a 5-day paddling and hiking trip in the Santanoni Range, ascended multiple 46’er peaks, cooked meals over a camp stove, and slept under the stars. Other brave souls canoed across Middle Saranac Lake, facing a strong headwind before setting up camp for […]

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