Author Archive: Karen Culpepper

December 2020: Solstice

Dear Treetops Families,   Winter is settling in here in the Adirondacks. These days, temperatures regularly dip below freezing and there’s never enough sunlight in the day. The ice on Round Lake is almost thick enough to skate on and cross-country ski tracks weave in and out of the view from the Lake Hill. This […]

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Giving Tuesday Egg Donation

On December 8, Barn Manager Erica Burns donated 21 dozen eggs from our farm to the Lake Placid Ecumenical food pantry. The overwhelming generosity of our community on Giving Tuesday helped make this possible. Thank you!

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November 2020: Gratitude

Dear Treetops Families,   As the time to share gratitude draws nearer, you might have to dig a little this year. I do know that the silver linings are there, if you go deep. For me, I’m looking to North Country School, the boarding school that shares our campus and values, that has opened in […]

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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