Of all the questions we receive at Lochearn throughout the year leading up to the summer, the most frequent from parents and prospective campers alike is one we love answering: Why the four-week experience?
It’s simple, really. We want to build real relationships, incite genuine growth, build confidence, and, rather than force someone to find their passions, give everyone the time to fall in love with the camp experience in her own way. We at Camp Lochearn believe it’s much tougher to develop these connections – both with others and within yourself – in just two weeks, where the outside world continues to call you back, as do family and friends from home. For everyone on the shores of Lake Fairlee, it’s just you and camp, which is built around our core values: Leadership, Mentoring, Initiative and Passion.
A two-week experience gives girls an opportunity – an excuse, even – to stay in the background and be a seer rather than a doer. We often say “We don’t have invisible campers,” because it’s true. We know it’s tough to open yourself up to others. We’ve been there. It takes confidence, strength and time. We don’t want to rush that growth or inhibit it in any way. Some arrive at the gates ready to conquer those 27 days, and that’s wonderful. But others can’t. It’s not that they’re incapable – we’ve yet to meet anyone who arrives at Lochearn and is – but they often need someone to lead them there. That’s why the relationships built in the cabins on Lake Fairlee are key, and we often see campers emerge with life-long relationships. Realizing you have more in common with others – things you often can’t see in the first few days of meeting someone – is an invaluable experience, and it’s one that can only develop naturally. There’s no time limit on it.
And it can take time to find out what makes you love camp. It’s not your fault – it happens to most. You may not know how much you enjoy horseback riding, skiing, gymnastics or fine arts. Many don’t discover what they love until they’re old and grown, or before it’s too late. We strive to give you 27 days of discovery when it comes to finding your passion, and we hope our campers and staff alike bring a kind and caring heart to give every girl the opportunity to grow together.
From all over the world, our staff is carefully chosen to not just bring a guiding eye, but often they’re brought to Lochearn because they’re relatable. The camper-counselor relationship is built on guidance and respect for everyone rather than authority. Whether it’s because they’ve been to camp before, or they’ve taken an atypical path in life, our counselors are leaders we hope our girls aspire to be, because they’ve found confidence in embracing what they love.
We don’t want to rush what makes you YOU, and the four-week experience makes it possible. Let’s passionately grow together!
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.
Until next time,
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!
This summer is Lochearn’s 100th Birthday! Thank you to the alumni who have already RSVP’d for the 100th Year Celebration Days.
100th Year Celebration Day Schedule
11:30 AM: Alumni Arrive
12:00 PM: Lunch Buffet
1:30 PM: Campfire Ceremony
2:45 PM: Blue & Green Activity
5:00 PM: Alumni Depart
6:15 PM: Dinner
7:30 PM: An Evening on Campfire Hill
We look forward to sharing 100 years of tradition with you!
Summer 2016 Dates
Session 1: Wednesday, June 22 – Sunday, July 17
Session 2: Wednesday, July 20 – Sunday, August 14
Final Checklist when preparing for camp:
- Make sure all required forms have been completed.
- Order Lochearn gear and attire from Amerasport.
- Register with Camp Trucking if you prefer to ship your camper’s luggage to or from Lochearn.
- Register prescription medications with CampMeds.
- Refer to your Parent Handbook for the Opening and Closing Day procedures and other policies.
- Find these helpful resources on our website:
- Your “MyLochearn” Account
- Parent Handbook
- Camp Store
- Directions to Camp
- Virtual Tour
- Camp News
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.