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What’s New This Summer + Musical Theater Production

What’s New This Summer?!

You heard it here first! If you love the slide, you will love another exciting new part of the Lochearn waterfront this summer! Said to be the hottest new camp craze, campers will have the pleasure of enjoying our new Water Trampoline!

Musical Theater Production

Last summer’s production of The Lion King had everyone on the edge of their seats with anticipation. We laughed with Timon and Pumbaa, sang along with Nala and Mufasa, and (spoiler alert!) cheered as Simba reigned over the Pridelands at the end!

This summer, we are excited for our campers to bring the story of Beauty and the Beast to life! Campers in Session 1 and Session 2 will have the opportunity to join the four-week Theater II performance class.

If theater performance isn’t your forte but you love the art of drama, our Theater I class is the perfect way to learn the techniques of improvisation and acting. Sign up for Theater I and Theater II class this summer for an exhilarating experience!

Special Trips and Programs

We can’t wait for these Special Trips and Programs!

At Lochearn, we eagerly embrace new opportunities and strive to provide exciting adventures and special programs that will benefit our campers. We are so excited for everything we have in store for our campers this summer!

1st–4th grades
It’s FIELD TRIP time and an exciting summer to be a Junior at Lochearn. Our 1st-4th graders will be going to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) for a super fun field trip including a Raptor Exhibit!

5th grade
Our 5th graders will have the opportunity to camp out with Girls in the Woods this summer, a true tent campout with a campfire story, roasting s’mores, gazing at the fireflies, enjoying the Vermont night sky and sleeping under the stars. Stacie can’t wait to go berry picking with you!

6th grade
Lochearn is our name and Adventure is our game! Our 6th graders will be the first group to have their own challenging but incredible fun day hike! The special bonds that come with hiking to the summit of a mountain together are the best part of our Outdoor Adventure Program.

7th grade
It is so much fun to celebrate Vermont and the special parts of why people travel to New England. 7th graders, get ready for a unique experience exploring the craft of glassblowing at Simon Pearce in Quechee, VT!

8th grade
Our 8th graders will get to go White Water Rafting on the Androscoggin River this summer! This day trip is packed with two White Water Rafting runs and a gourmet lunch enjoyed together by the river.

CT’s
We can’t wait for this year’s CT Bucket List, trip to North Conway and Mount Washington, Blue and Green events, Big Sisters and Little Sisters, and the CT’s night out in Hanover!

CIT’s
CITs will take an overnight trip to Burlington and have their own CIT Service Project!

Camp Lochearn Journal

Dear Journal,

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,
Rachel

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.”

values

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.

Preparing for Camp

Camp Lochearn 2016

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:

  1. Make sure all required forms have been completed.
  2. Order Lochearn gear and attire from Amerasport.
  3. Register with Camp Trucking if you prefer to ship your camper’s luggage to or from Lochearn.
  4. Register prescription medications with CampMeds.
  5. Refer to your Parent Handbook for the Opening and Closing Day procedures and other policies.
  6. Find these helpful resources on our website:
    • Your “MyLochearn” Account
    • Parent Handbook
    • Camp Store
    • Directions to Camp
    • Virtual Tour
    • Camp News

Directors’ Message

Dear Camp Families,

We hope all of you are enjoying the start of spring. Change in seasons reminds us that summer is Camp Lochearnright 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.

Camp LochearnThe 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!

Happy Camping!

Tony & Stacie - Directors at Camp Lochearn

100th Year Celebration!

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 [email protected]. In your email, please include which day you would like to attend.

We look forward to sharing 100 years of tradition with you!

100 Years!

Directors’ Message

Dear Camp Families,

We hope this letter finds you and yours celebrating a joyful and peaceful New Year! As we look forward to our upcoming days at Lochearn in the summer of 2016, we want to take this time to reflect on 2015.

Stacie was delighted to be named Teacher of the Year at her middle school in the fall. Camp allows us to grow as individuals and leaders. The skills that are gained at summer camp are directly felt in our lives in the biggest and smallest of ways. Through lessons and accomplishments garnered while on the shores of Lake Fairlee, Camp continues to shape our future in so many positive aspects.

The fall and winter have been busy, as we have been meeting with new families who are looking forward to joining Lochearn. Tony has made trips to New York City, Boston, and New Jersey. We were very thankful to enjoy some real quality family time at Lochearn during the week of Thanksgiving.

We have loved receiving holiday cards from our campers and their families. Thank you for updating us on your endeavors and successes during the school year. We’re so glad to have the most amazing campers at Lochearn. We can’t wait to see you at camp!

Happy New Year!

Tony & Stacie - Directors at Camp Lochearn

Lochearn’s 100th Year Celebration!

Alumnae

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.

Enjoy lunch beside our current campers and staff, attend a Campfire Ceremony including songs and stories, join in on Blue/Green activities and end the day with a “birthday” cake!

We look forward to sharing 100 years of tradition with you! To find out more or RSVP, please go to our event page.

100 Years

Congratulations!

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!
Blue & GreenThe 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.