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Why go to summer camp?

At Camp Lochearn, girls have the chance to learn all kinds of skills from sailing to sewing and everything in between. But they’ll also learn skills that extend far past their summer activity schedules. Abilities and opportunities gained as a camper are those that weave through all facets of life, making girls well-rounded, confident individuals that shine in school and, later on, in the workforce.

It’s likely camp is the first experience a girl will have away from home for a few weeks at a time. This can be a little scary at first, but it really gives them the chance to grow into who they are without boundaries. As writer Michael Thompson wrote in his book Homesick and Happy, “The only way children can grow into independence is to have their parents open the door and let them walk out. That’s what makes camp such a life-changing experience for children.” At Lochearn, girls can be completely themselves, whoever they may be. They have the opportunity to challenge themselves in many ways — from striving to earn a purple in Archery to practicing good teamwork and sportsmanship. Being able to complete these challenges while away from home boosts self-esteem, builds a sense of empowerment and strengthens independence.

Girls who go to summer camp, especially an all-girls program, are often better prepared for the future than other girls their ages. Because camp is all about making lasting connections with peers as well as staff members — and maintaining those connections year-round — the girls learn how to network at a young age. This puts our girls at an advantage when it comes to making connections in school or later when applying for a job. In fact, one of the greatest advantages of joining us at Lochearn is that our girls develop communication skills they’ll use throughout their entire lives. Campers are put into a situation that’s not typical for people their ages. Each summer, whether first-time or returning campers, they have the opportunity to meet new people and make connections that extend across the globe. This also adds to girls’ knowledge, interest in and acceptance of other cultures.

Lochearn is not just an investment in a girl’s summer — it’s an investment in her future. The value of the camp experience truly goes beyond summers spent on the shores of beautiful Lake Fairlee.

Why We Are Thankful

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we here at Camp Lochearn have been thinking a lot about being thankful. And because we’re part of the Lochearn family, we’ve got a whole lot to be thankful for. It’s not just sweet, gooey roasted marshmallows or spending a day on Lake Fairlee — Lochearn Lassies can be thankful for so many things, like:

Learning

learningComing to camp gives you the opportunity to learn all about yourself. You not only learn skills like how to shoot a bow and arrow or make a mug in ceramics, but you also learn communication and independence — things that will stick with you long after the final sunset of summer. Whether you’re a first-time camper or a Lochearn veteran, there are always plenty of new faces on the first day of camp. One of the best parts of summer is creating relationships with campers and staff members while practicing good decision making and discovering how to be independent. There’s so much to learn about yourself and the world around you, and we encourage stepping out of your comfort zone to get the best Lochearn experience.

Community

communityCampers and staff come from 20 countries around the world to spend the summer in Vermont at Lochearn. It’s easy to fit into our close-knit community of nice girls. Through the good times and the bad, you know there will always be a Lochearn Lassie somewhere who will be there for you year-round, whether you’re at camp or back at home. We grow together over the course of camp, celebrating each person’s uniqueness and encouraging one another to strive to be our best. And when summer comes to an end, we know we’re not saying goodbye for good, because camp friends are for life.

Memories

memoriesLochearn’s lakefront cabins and welcoming facilities provide the perfect backdrop for all of the wonderful memories made at camp. It’s easy to call beautiful Vermont your home away from home. Your Lochearn memories are different than any memories made at home or while traveling elsewhere because you can be totally you, no matter how silly or spunky you are. Plus, you’re unplugged. Instead of worrying about posting on social media, texting or Snapchatting photos, we focus on being in the moment and communicating face-to-face. As we saw from generations of Lochearn Lassies last summer during our 100th year celebrations, your camp memories truly stay with you for a lifetime.

Values

If the tall pine trees around Campfire Hill could talk, they’d tell 100 years’ worth of stories about girls gathering around the campfire, reflecting on weeks spent at Lochearn, singing songs and sharing stories centered around weekly themes. We live by a motto that encourages girls to make friends while upholding personal ideals, and we facilitate a deeper value of self, of others and of our environment. Honesty, kindness and positivity are three pillars that all Lochearn Lassies live by at camp as they “grow to have more courage and self-confidence,” and “take home an open mind and a kind and caring heart.”

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Next Summer

next-summerWe’re just under seven months from opening day, and we couldn’t be more excited! Knowing you’ve always got somewhere to come back to is such a cool part of Lochearn, because your favorite things will still be the same, but you’ll be a year older. You experience things in a different way year to year and can set new camp goals for each summer. Maybe this will be the summer you finally earn a purple in gymnastics or work up the courage to try wakeboarding for the first time. And if not this year, you know you’re always welcome back for the summers to come.

Lochearn News

At Lochearn, part of the experience of living in cabins and being surrounded by the beautiful Vermont mountains is learning how to respect and appreciate nature. We are always looking to improve our Lochearn_2014Highlights_428programs to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Last summer, we reaped the benefits of our garden by growing vegetables to use in the kitchen and planting seeds that sprouted the tallest sunflowers we’ve ever seen.

With this goal of sustainability comes responsibility. Lochearn is using these best practices throughout camp. All light fixtures have been outfitted with LED lightbulbs. We increased our recycling by moving to a zero-sort dumpster where plastic, glass, paper and cardboard can all be recycled together. All food waste is being recycled by a local Vermont compost company. With a farm-to-table philosophy, Lochearn has partnered with local farms to bring the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food to our dining hall for out campers.

New Lochearn Webstore!

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The new Lochearn Webstore is now available to start ordering camp gear and Lochearn attire! Get ready for the summer by easily shopping for items from the packing list and placing orders online through Amerasport. Find your riding and sports gear, sleeping bags and backpacks, and all Lochearn swag. You can get to the Lochearn Webstore by visiting the Camp Store section of our website.

Connect with Lochearn All Year

Connect with Lochearn!

We love featuring Lochearn Lassies on our Facebook and Instagram account. Send your photos, accomplishments and stories to Tony (tony@camplochearn.com) and you may find yourself featured on our social media profiles! Check back weekly for fun new social media contests on Instagram, announcements on Facebook and Lochearn recipes and quotes on Pinterest. As always we welcome your likes, comments and shares! Thank you for being part of the Camp Lochearn community!

Important Dates

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Tony will be traveling during the school year and might be coming to a city near you! Do you love Lochearn and want your friends to join in on the magic? Kids, parents, family and friends welcome!

Puerto Rico – November 7-9, 2014

New York Area – December 5-7, 2014

Boston – December 12-14, 2014

Don’t forget about these important dates also!

Deadline for Payment in Full Discount – November 1, 2014

Session 1

Opening Day – Wednesday, June, 24, 2015

Closing Day – Sunday, July 19, 2015

Session 2

Opening Day – Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Closing Day – Saturday, August 15, 2015

For additional Lochearn news please check out the most current issue of The Bagpipe.

Congratulations!

2014 Five Year Club Inductees

We are so excited and honored to announce the new members of the Five Year Club! Upon their induction, the Five Year Club celebrated with an ice cream and mini-golf trip. Thank you for being a part of Lochearn each summer!

Activity, LC and Spirit Awards

Additionally we would like to congratulate all Activity, LC and Spirit Cup award winners on their achievements this summer!

Blue/Green Competition Winner

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Congratulations to the Blue Team! On Banquet night of Session 2 the Blue Team Captain and Cheerleader accepted the plaque on behalf of the team, as the Blue/Green competition winners of Summer 2014. Each team sang their banquet songs in anticipation of the announcement. Both Green Team and Blue Team rocked the competition throughout the summer – dressing up in festive attire, cheering on their teammates and putting everything they had into the games. It wouldn’t be Lochearn without Blue and Green!

For a full list of all 2014 Five Year Club Inductees and Activity, LC and Spirit Award winners please check out the most current issue of The Bagpipe.

10 Great Memories of 2014

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1. Hot Air Balloons

2. S-Day Cookouts

3. Sunday Night Campfires

4. Blue/Green Everything

5. Singing in line for Store

6. Overnights and S’mores

7. Singing in Highland Hall

8. Paddleboarding with Scout

9. Climbing the Alpine Tower

10. “Alice in Wonderland!”

 We can’t wait to make more great memories in 2015!