Lots of Snow and a New Friend at HVC!

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Hey there, Hamilton!

Good afternoon, HVC-ers! Special reporter Olive Oyl here with a February dispatch for all you lovely folks back home. Maybe you’re curled up by the fire sipping hot cocoa, or possibly donning flip flops and breaking out the sunglasses. Who knows these days. Either way, camp is on your minds and I’ve got some exciting news to satiate your hungry imaginations!

Maine is undoubtedly still experiencing winter, with a blizzard this past weekend that gifted 30 inches of snow. It was so windy at times that a white-out effect was created…be sure to check out the photos below! My brain is just buzzing with all the sledding possibilities!

While the storm was a-brewing, a whole other kind of creature was making its way onto camp…

Meet Hamilton, the newest addition to HVC’s animal family! This cutie made sure to stay inside during the storm, bundled up in Deer Meadows with the winter caretakers. We all can’t wait to meet this little guy in person over the summer! Who knows what this piglet’s going to accomplish in his lifetime. Artist? Actor? Politian? Only time will tell…all we know is we can’t wait to love and welcome this new friend into our community.

That’s all for now, friends. I’ll be in touch with more news soon as spring inches closer and we prepare for summer 2017!

Lots of love,


In Deer Meadows We Can Build a Snowman…

Monday, December 26th, 2016
Peter and Meg going for a ski

Lovely day for a ski!

Hi there, friends! Olive Oyl here with a little winter update for all our HVC family, far and wide.

While some have been enjoying warm (or even hot!) holiday weekends, there have definitely been some chilly temperatures and lots of beautiful snowfall in Maine. Be sure to check out lots of awesome photos of a snowy camp, and see how different the llama pen, PD barn, soccer field all look blanketed with snow (and without lots of kids and animals running around!). But the snowy weather and peace and quiet just mean more time for winter fun, like cross country skiing and sledding. If only we could recreate those snowdrifts for a giant slip n’ slide down tipi hill…

If anyone’s feeling nostalgic, it’s the perfect time to get cozy and catch up on the camp yearbook from 2016. And it’s never too early to start getting excited for next summer!

Wishing all a holiday filled with relaxation, love ones, and lots of good food!



Winter Improvements and Warm Wishes

Sunday, December 11th, 2016
A lovely new outhouse

A lovely new outhouse

Hello friends, one and all! Olive Oyl back in action with a news update for you as we enter into winter and continue making moves on our wonderful new office!
The project has been underway since the end of last summer, where a small but mighty crew of counselors stayed a few days late to start the clearing out and then (the fun part!) the demolition of parts of the old structure. Since then, we have removed the wooded area directly to the right of the mailroom to make room to build the new office. The remaining parts of the old structure will be torn down to make room for a new small field and outdoor meeting area, perfect for hot days when the backyard is just too sunny. Our trusty pals Tim and Gus have been working alongside Pete, whose sons used to be HVC-ers. So we have a very awesome crew and have been making loads of progress since most of you folks have been on camp! It’s going to be such a surprising treat to drive down camp road next year with a whole new office to greet us as we start our summer! We can’t wait.
The office isn’t the only area on camp that’s been getting some love…we’re also making improvements farther down Camp Road. Deer Meadows field is becoming our new “on-site” camping area, complete with an outhouse, campfire, and room to set up tents. It will be perfect for cabin nights, teen programs, and staff training. Plus, Deer Meadows has pretty fantastic sunsets and stargazing.
We’re well into winter in Maine, with snow on the ground (more photos to come!). Keep those warm camp memories in mind to keep you toasty and safe this holiday season. Wishing everyone a restful break filled with friends, kindness, and maybe some time vegging out and watching the camp yearbook DVD (expect it soon in the mail!).
Thanks for taking the time to check in here about the goings-on at camp…I’ll keep you posted as we make strides on the new office and as we bundle up into winter!
Lots of love,

Peace and Quiet with a Touch of Demolition

Thursday, September 1st, 2016
Clearing some space...

Clearing some space…

Hi there, friends! Olive Oyl here with a little post-camp update for you.

With the kiddos and staff gone, camp is at once quiet and bustling with activity. This year we are taking on the project of constructing a new office– be sure to check out photos of demolition and a model of the new plan. A small group of staff stayed a few days after staff departure to help with the office project and a few other crews around camp. There may have been some wielding of a sledgehammer, some expert maneuvering of the white truck and a rope, and some major relocation to the dining hall. Staff also worked on cleaning up our new campsite area in the woods of Deer Meadows. It was a quiet weekend and a lot was accomplished.

Other than noisy construction, camp is calm and peaceful. Many of the animals remain and I’m sure are enjoying the peace and quiet. Dexter is wandering around more than usual and the mini ponies are hanging out as they do. Be sure to enjoy the photos of a nearly empty camp and check back in soon for more updates as construction progresses!

Enjoy the long weekend and best of luck to all going back to school shortly!




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