Author Archive: Karen Culpepper

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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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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