With heavy hearts, we have suspended our camp programs this summer. While this has been the hardest decision we have ever had to make, we will not compromise the health and safety of our campers, staff and greater Lochearn community. With so much uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we have the confidence in knowing that suspending our 2020 sessions is the right decision for Lochearn. Please take a moment to read our latest update about the summer of 2020.
Enrolled families: please check your email or log in to your MyLochearn account for our most recent updates. The support we’ve received from our families, campers, staff and alumni means the world, and we can’t thank you enough.
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.
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.”
2015 Five Year Club Inductees
To celebrate our campers who have been coming to Lochearn for five years or more, the Five-Year Club took a trip to Quechee Gorge! The day was spent hiking and playing in the Gorge’s refreshing waters. Congratulations to our 2015 Five-Year Club inductees!
Activity, LC and Spirit Awards
Additionally we would like to congratulate all Activity, LC and Spirit Cup award winners on their achievements this summer!
Congratulations Green Team! The Blue and Green Teams both did an amazing job putting their all into the Blue-Green Competitions during the summer of 2015. Blue and Green has been a Lochearn tradition since 1916. When looking back at the last 99 years, both teams have won almost exactly the same number of times.
The magic of Lochearn keeps the Blue-Green competitions exciting, but friendly, summer after summer. This year we celebrated the new “Marble Pull” Cup. First-year campers pull a blue or green marble from this cup, which then determines their color for the rest of their years at Lochearn, and beyond.
No matter what happens in the competition, our campers always reunite as kind and caring Lassies!
For a full list of all 2015 Five Year Club Inductees and Activity, LC and Spirit Award winners please check out the most current issue of The Bagpipe.
The following is a list of books and articles that I have collected over the years. I highly recommend these readings to parents who are unsure or nervous about sending their child on their first-ever sleep-away summer camp experience.
The magic of summer camp is a powerful thing that I have had the joy of being a part of for 35 years. When I went to camp as a child, I learned social and practical skills that have made me who I am today. I made life-long bonds with people who have grown to be my best friends. I still look up to the counselors and directors who have become my mentors.
As parents, we strive to do what is best for our children, and sometimes that’s not always the easiest decision to make. I hope you find the time to look over these readings and that they are as insightful to you as they have been to me in my life and passion in children’s camping.
We hope you enjoy reading these books and articles.