Author Archive: Karen Culpepper

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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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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