Author Archive: Karen Culpepper

Camp Journal 2016: Week One

Campers arrived at Treetops to a spell of brilliant sunshine and bluebird skies. By mid-week, the hot muggy weather gave way to thundershowers, postponing the all-camp bonfire—an early lesson in how quickly the elements can change in the Adirondacks. Experiencing the natural world at Treetops means embracing the rhythms of the environment, as well as Camp life. For some children, […]

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Camp Journal 2015: Week Seven

If you’ve already read this week’s Camp Journal: CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS Campers gathered quietly by the light of a campfire Sunday evening to reflect on their summer, and the mood was bittersweet. In late June the days felt endless—now they are all too short. Circled around the fire, campers agreed that Treetops is like nowhere else in […]

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Camp Journal 2015: Week Six

If you’ve already read this week’s Camp Journal: CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS During week six Camp is a bit quieter than usual, as many of our campers are in the backcountry. Indeed, every tent, stove, canoe and paddle is being put to good use, as are the skills the children have honed during the earlier […]

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Camp Journal 2015: Week Five

If you’ve already read this week’s Camp Journal: CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS Midsummer arrived at Treetops this week with a spell of brilliant sunshine and bluebird skies, and the timing couldn’t have been better. On Sunday afternoon, senior camp held their annual water carnival, complete with our homemade “slip ‘n slide” down the lake hill, […]

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Camp Journal 2015: Week Four

If you’ve already read this week’s Camp Journal: CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS By week four at Treetops, every child has had a chance to experience our farm-to-fork way of life. Many campers have harvested herbs, vegetables, or edible flowers from our gardens. Others have ambled across the pasture to collect eggs from the hen house. Still others have learned to […]

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Camp Journal 2015: Week Three

If you’ve already read this week’s Camp Journal: CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS   The magic of a Treetops summer could be seen at the lake early Tuesday morning, when Junior Camp had their first-of-the-summer polar bear swim. Campers were diving off the raft and jumping off the high dive before breakfast, the water and air […]

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Camp Journal 2015: Week Two

[Scroll down to view the Week Two slideshow, or view the photos on the cool new Camp Treetops Flickr page.] Sunday evening was our annual Fourth of July bonfire. Junior campers paraded to the Lake Hill in whimsical homemade hats, where Senior Camp welcomed them with gusto. After tossing the hats onto the unlit bonfire, everyone gathered in anticipation of […]

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Camp Journal 2015: Week One

[Scroll down to view the slideshow, or view these photos on the cool new Camp Treetops Flickr page.] Despite arriving to a spell of wet and drizzly weather, campers’ spirits remain lively and undampened. Mud walks, puddle jumping, and frog-catching are more popular than ever. Hikes to Balanced Rocks, among other trips into the Adirondack […]

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Karen’s Camp Journal Week 7: Connectedness

Last Sunday, the junior campers’ theatrical efforts came to fruition. From writing to rehearsals, the Junior Camp play unfolded behind-the-scenes in a flurry of exciting ideas and old-fashioned hard work. The result was a rousing Sunday evening performance of “The Day the Campers’ Wish Came True.” Campers sang original songs with gusto, engaging the audience […]

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Karen’s Camp Journal Week 6: Fish & Trips

Week six at Camp is always bittersweet. Camp life, particularly the trip program, is at its full height, signifying that we are officially into August and reminding us that summer doesn’t last forever. But while we know we are reaching the end of our time together, we also know that a lot can happen in […]

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