Author Archive: Karen Culpepper

Karen’s Camp Journal Week 5: Unplugged. Unfolding.

Every morning at Treetops, we wake to a place of spectacular natural beauty. Unplugged, it is the lakes, mountains, and forests of the Adirondacks that accompany our everyday life. Whether waking to the sun rising over Cascade Mountain, catching frogs in the pond, or walking past rows of vegetables and flowers on our way to […]

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Karen’s Camp Journal Week 4: In Full Swing…

Last Saturday and Sunday camp hosted its annual Visitors’ Day Weekend, with over three hundred visitors coming to see what the children have been doing this summer. We were fortunate to have gorgeous weather, ensuring that campers, staff, and visitors alike could enjoy the true sounds and colors of camp in full swing. The first […]

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Karen’s Camp Journal Week 3: Water, Whimsy, and Play

We began the week reveling in summery weather at Treetops. An occasional shower brought relief to hot, sunny days. As temperatures rose through the afternoon, everyone itched for the cool of the lake. But mountain weather is prone to change. Our mid-week evenings saw temperatures dip into the 50s. Even so, now more than ever, […]

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Karen’s Camp Journal Week 2: Community Building

This week, campers enjoyed many adventures as they continue to try out activities, explore new places, and make friends with each other. Tent groups continue to bond, selecting a name unique to their collective identity. Names such as “King Tut and the Sarcopha-guys” and “Hannah’s Bananas,” not only express the group’s character, but also recognize […]

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Karen’s Camp Journal Week 1: Off We Go!

Campers arrived to clear blue skies and bright sunshine, a wonderful welcome for the opening of camp. These first few days are an important time for campers to form new relationships with campers and counselors and to rekindle old friendships. It’s also a time to settle into the rhythm of life at Treetops. Campers are […]

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