It’s me again, probably for the last time before I head home. We just took our curtains down, and I’m not the only one who can’t believe how different our cabin looks without our bits and pieces of home everywhere. And I know I told myself I wouldn’t get like this…but last night as I looked out over the point, towards that beautiful sunset over Lake Fairlee, I couldn’t help but think of the last 5 years at Lochearn. I mean, there’s still so much ahead of me, but I can’t help but think of how much I’ve grown. At first I was nervous about a month away from home, but now it feels like I can’t imagine leaving Cabin 13…
This year, the month seemed to go by faster than most — I feel like for nearly all of Session 2 I’ve heard the sound of footsteps stepping over the roots up and down the line every morning and every night. But now it’s strange, it feels like time has almost come to a complete stop. And not to get off topic, but I can’t believe I hadn’t tried to water ski before this year. It felt so good to try something new, and it’s another thing to take home with me.
Of course, what will never leave are the memories, right? From cantering on Montana, and learning to sew my first T-shirt quilt… And forgetting whether it’s A-Day or B-Day, then wondering how you could ever forget… what I thought and felt, those memories will last a lifetime.
Even writing this made me realize something: I still have two more months in my future at Lochearn to make a million more memories, and I wouldn’t give them up for anything.
As the end of summer arrives, you start to feel it. We call it Campitis.
After a month at Lochearn, it’s the feeling you get when you long for everything that made camp special. You miss the lifelong friendships you made, your inside jokes and the camp songs. These are the things that stay with you, but you miss the little things, too. Like the unforgettable smell coming from Highland Hall when there’s warm tacos for lunch, or the screams of excitement that come with the reveal of camp’s evening program. And you just long for the daily routine, from waking up to the bugle and catching the sunrise over Lake Fairlee, to the harmonious calls of the loons that seem to echo across the water. But most of all you miss who you could be at Lochearn – yourself.
You explored new passions, from beads and bracelets to archery and water sports. You miss how you felt when you won your first blue award in an activity you’d never tried before. You miss the sound of the wind filling your sailboat as you take a deep breath of the cool Vermont air. You miss your new best friends, who in just a month have become as close as sisters. Campitis is when you find yourself missing camp and everything that came with it, and you might find yourself feeling it when you least expect it.
Is there a simple fix for Campitis? We wish it were easy, but the only cure we’ve found is to get back to camp and leave your worries at the gate! The school year may seem like an eternity, but we suggest glancing back at all of your camp photos, wearing your Lochearn gear to school and keeping in touch with your cabin mates from the summer. They could be experiencing some Campitis of their own and are hoping you’ll reach out!
If these don’t help cure your Campitis, just know sometimes there’s nothing better than counting down the days until you’re back on the banks of Lake Fairlee!
When you arrive at Lochearn this summer, you’ll notice several awesome upgrades to many program areas. The arts studios have been painted and redesigned with new tables and work areas. Campers taking riding will now be able to store their riding boots and helmets in individual cubbies at the barn. On the waterfront, waterskiers and wakeboarders will enjoy a new Malibu ski boat.
We are also excited to announce a new out-of-camp trip for our Counselor Trainee Prospects (CTPs)! A Counselor Trainee Prospect is a camper who has just completed 8th grade with the potential to return to camp the next summer as a CT. This summer, the CTPs will go on a White Water Rafting adventure that will be guided by Mahoosuc Outdoors on the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire!
It’s been an amazing year of staff hiring. We are so excited to welcome many new staff members to the Lochearn family, and to have so many returners from 2015.
Coach Aldo Santiago will be gracing the tennis courts with his stellar warm-up and practice routines once again! Aldo’s love and passion for the game of tennis is contagious. The courts will be filled with laughter and excitement.
Many campers will recognize another familiar face at Lochearn this summer. Adrienne Jensen-Doray is thrilled to be getting back in the saddle as the head of the riding program. For the past two years, Adrienne has enjoyed working as the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Union College in Schenectady, NY, overseeing student clubs and leadership development activities. This will be Adrienne’s sixth summer running the Lochearn Riding program.
We are very happy to announce Sarah Beulink and Ashley Davis as the CT Campus Leaders this summer! Franny David, Maggie Brummer and Hannah Dailey will be returning as Senior, Sub-Senior and Junior Campus Leaders. Ruth Potter will be returning to lead the climbing program, and Chloe McDonnell will be back as the head of the athletics program! Morgan Riley will continue to be our fearless leader of OAP. Lori Earle will be back as the Parent Liaison and helping with the swimming program, and Beth Field will be the glue that holds together the arts program!
Logan Trask: Head of Theatre
Birthplace: Nashua, New Hampshire School: Case Western Reserve University Activities taught in 2015: Singing, Theatre, and Summer Reading Fun Fact about yourself: I live in Danvers, MA, the original Salem Village, where the witch trials happened. Not-So-Secret Passions: Songwriting! Favorite Camp Food: Any dish where hash browns or tater tots are involved. Favorite Camp Song: “Home.” Nothing is more beautiful than singing it on campfire hill during the pine cone ceremony. Favorite Camp Activity: Performing Arts Night! Favorite Memory of Lochearn: Singing the song I wrote for camp and having the whole camp sing along with me. I felt so connected and loved. Logan’s advice to new members of the Lochearn family: It’s okay to be nervous and even a little scared, but trust me, you got this! Make sure to try new things and don’t be afraid of failing or looking silly (in fact, I would encourage you to be silly on purpose). Camp is a place for being yourself and for learning that there is more to yourself than you ever thought possible.
We hope all of you are enjoying the start of spring. Change in seasons reminds us that summer is right around the corner. The summer of 2016 will be here before we know it!
Winter flew by as Tony met with new camp families throughout the country from New England and Greater New York to South Florida, Southern California and many cities in between. We are so excited for new campers to join us for an amazing summer in Vermont! Thank you to the O’Connor Family who hosted the Lochearn Winter Gathering in February. It was wonderful seeing so many campers, CTs, and parents at the O’Connor home in New Canaan, Connecticut.
We greatly enjoyed hosting the annual Spring Summit at the winter office in Gainesville, Florida. As a leadership team, we reflected on the successes of 2015, and looked at what we can do to make Lochearn even stronger this summer. It always goes back to our amazing campers and how honored we are to have the opportunity each year to watch our campers grow.
The entire Lochearn team is so excited to celebrate the 100th summer on Lake Fairlee. We are
looking forward to Lochearn Alumni joining us to tell stories and to sing our favorite Lochearn songs on campfire hill. As a camp, we will celebrate Lochearn’s 100th birthday throughout each session. This summer is sure to be a special one that we will all remember for years and years to come.
We are thrilled that many of our instructional and support staff are returning for another great summer. We can’t wait to see you in Vermont!
Birthplace: Castleton, Vermont Job: Outdoor Education Teacher at the John Dorr Nature Laboratory at Horace Mann School Activities taught in 2015: Alpine Tower!! Fun Fact about yourself: Last winter I made an igloo, ordered pizza from it, and ate inside it. Best. Day. Ever. Not-So-Secret Passions: Playing outside, hiking, skiing, laughing, climbing trees and horseback riding. Favorite Camp Food: Sweet Potato Fries Favorite Camp Song: Magic and On My Honor, and R-E-D Favorite Camp Activity: Cabin Nights Favorite Memory of Lochearn: Opening day every summer when the campers first get there. The excitement and enthusiasm is incredible! Ruth’s Advice to new members of the Lochearn Family: “Lochearn is one of the most special places in the world, meet as many people as you can, and the amazing experiences and memories will come naturally!”
Birthplace: Bridgend, Wales School: Cardiff Metropolitan University Activities taught in 2015: Gymnastics, Snorkeling, Sailing, Diving Fun Fact about yourself: I started gymnastics
when I was two years old and still love it! Not-So-Secret Passions: I love learning, whether it’s academic or learning new things about myself. Favorite Camp Food: Chicken Patties and S’mores Bars Favorite Camp Song: The Princess Pat Favorite Camp Activity: Gymnastics or Paddleboarding Favorite Memory of Lochearn: Opening Day of First Session, when I met the girls in my cabin and knew I was going to love every minute of camp! Chloe’s Advice to new members of the Lochearn Family: “Leave all worries and concerns at the gate, you are going to have the best summer of your life and develop friendships that will long outlive the short time spent together at camp.”
Established in 1916, Lochearn turns 100 years old this year! We invite alumni to celebrate with us on one of two days during the summer of 2016. Join us to enjoy lunch and some of Lochearn’s longstanding traditions in the afternoon.
Save the date for one of these two Celebration days: Saturday, July 2nd – OR – Saturday, July 30th
11:30 AM: Alumni Arrive
12:00 PM: Lunch Buffet
1:30 PM: Campfire Ceremony
2:45 PM: Blue & Green Activity
6:15 PM: Dinner
7:30 PM: An Evening on Campfire Hill
More details will be coming soon! Please RSVP for one of the two 100th Year Celebration days via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please include which day you would like to attend.
We look forward to sharing 100 years of tradition with you!