Camp Journal 2019: Week Six

At Treetops, a sense of community is woven through all we do. Rising early for barn chores or garden harvest, choosing activities at council, passing rafters and clothesliners at the waterfront, savoring juice and crackers at the Lake Hill, and sharing bedtime stories on the tent line are all part and parcel of the Treetops […]

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Camp Journal 2019: Week Five

All summer long, Treetops campers have embraced and overcome challenges, mastering skills along the way. Aspiring sailors learn the fundamentals on a Sunfish sailboat before progressing to the larger and more advanced Capri. Horseback riders first perfect a posting trot and then proceed to cantering, while our most experienced riders might begin galloping and jumping. […]

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Camp Journal 2019: Week Four

It was wonderful to see so many faces at Visitors’ Weekend. Children were delighted to share the routines and rhythms of Camp life with their families. The warm temperatures beckoned everyone to the waterfront, where campers and their visitors enjoyed swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and stand-up paddleboarding.  Of course, saying goodbye once again to loved […]

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Camp Journal 2019: Week Three

Now fully immersed in Treetops, campers have discovered how seamlessly creativity and forms of expression are woven into each and every day. Whimsical play, artistry, and craft are all encouraged. With ample inspiration from nature, children inspire each other, allowing ideas to come to life, transforming materials all around them into works of art.  After […]

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Camp Journal 2019: Week Two

By week two, Treetops is enlivened with the sights and sounds of children in tune with their natural surroundings. After slowing down and settling in, campers are much more comfortable with the rhythms of Camp life. Being at ease enables them to forge meaningful relationships with animals and nature, other children and counselors, as well […]

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Camp Journal 2019: Week One

Campers arrived on Saturday to a smattering of sun and overnight thundershowers, as well as sweeping vistas of the Adirondack High Peaks. Just days after the summer solstice, orange hawkweed, forget-me-nots, and daisies dot our fields, while the showy white blossoms of bunchberry decorate the woodlands. For the next several weeks, this spectacular setting will […]

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Camp Journal: Week Seven

  For nearly a century, Camp Treetops has given children time. Time to consider and reflect; time to fall in love with the earth and understand their responsibility to it; time to make friends for a lifetime; time to experience genuine accomplishment and the rush of unbounded joy. Helen Haskell, legendary Camp director from 1929-1969, […]

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Feeding a Village

Early every morning, while dew still clings to the grass, a group of campers on the Garden Harvest farm chore help the farmers to gather all of the produce that is needed for the day. They pull beets from the soil, cut lettuce, and pluck green beans that hide among leaves and vines. Everything gets […]

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Camp Journal 2018: Week Six

Throughout the summer, campers and counselors have sown the seeds of community. Racing barefoot down the lake hill, singing Adirondack Blue together at council, making a giant leap over Balanced Rocks—after six weeks, shared experiences carry even more meaning. Children are now fully at home, with themselves and each other, in the Treetops community. At […]

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Camp Journal 2018: Week Five

This week, our community warmly welcomed guests for Visitors’ Weekend. Sharing the routines and rhythms of Camp with loved ones made for a joyful and deeply satisfying weekend for all. With the departure of our four week campers, bidding farewell to families and friends is especially bittersweet. Saying goodbye is never easy. But by week […]

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