Autumn Leaves and Summer Memories!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Beautiful leaves reflected on the lake!

Hey there, everyone! Cara here with an autumn update.

Fall is finally upon us here at Hidden Valley! While the temperature has remained fairly warm, the trees have been undergoing a beautiful transformation. The leaves are changing in fantastic shades of yellow, orange, and red- I can totally imagine campers stomping through crunchy leaves on their way to the lake and building big piles for jumping in the backyard. How’s that for an interest group?

We have lots of great photos to share that capture the gorgeous fall foliage. The woods that surround the horse pastures, home to horseback riding lessons and our Brumby program, are now freckled with colorful leaves. The walk up Tipi Hill has also had an autumn makeover, which reminds me of all the new beginnings that have been celebrated at opening Pinegrove just up the hill. Nature art classes would have lots of new material to work with, and I wonder how the llamas feel about the change of scenery…

That’s all for now, my friends! Be sure to look out for an upcoming post about projects around camp and news and photos from the camp reunion in November! I can hardly wait.

Wishing warm sweaters, happy pumpkin carving, and yummy apple treats to everyone at home!

Cara B. Ner.

Wedding Bells and Post-Camp Projects!

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Peter and Meg in the drained pool, ready for painting!

Greetings, camp compadres! Cara B. Ner here, back with the first post-camp update of the season!

It’s not as quiet as you would think around here with the campers gone! Last week, a couple rented out camp for their special day- an HVC wedding, how fun! Couples and families usually find out about Hidden Valley online (to take a look at our wedding page, check out About>Location>Weddings on the HVC website.) Wedding ceremonies have taken place in several camp locations. This couple had theirs on Deer Meadow’s field, but others have chosen Pinegrove (a clearing in the trees on top of Tipi Hill where we open and close camp with a big bonfire,) or the appropriately named “wedding wing” of the dining hall on shvitz-y days. After the ceremony, this couple had a lovely reception in and around the beautifully decorated dining hall. How awesome is that? Where better to have your wedding than in a place where so much love and laughter is shared between friends all summer long.

Many off-season projects are already underway. The pool along with some buildings are getting a nice fresh coat of paint and the Hilton bathroom is being remodeled (it will be one of our many gender-neutral bathrooms on camp!) We are also working on a project to divert rain water away from the office with a series of underground pipes. The venture resembles a moat and drawbridge at the moment (perfect for the dining hall dragon!), but soon the trench will be filled and all will return to normal.

That’s all for now, folks! Stay tuned for more updates during the fall, soon the leaves will start to change and we’ll have some beautiful pictures to share! In the meantime, enjoy some photos from the wedding prep, post-camp projects, and a gorgeous sunset on the lake.

Climbing away!

Cara B.

Celebrating Another Wonderful Summer at Hidden Valley

Friday, August 18th, 2017

No lunch meetings in the Front Yard today

Hi there, everyone! Cara here on staff departure day with the final update of the summer.

Man, it sure is quiet around here! Camp is slowly emptying out as the remaining staff finish up final work projects. Cabins are getting one last sweep, art supplies are being tucked away, and lots of hugs are being shared as cars are sent off camp road. By this afternoon, all of our lovely staff will have departed for their next adventure, taking with them all of the incredible memories shared and lessons learned this summer at Hidden Valley.

Luna and I are overjoyed by what an extraordinary summer it has been. We are so thankful for the outstandingly supportive and compassionate Hidden Valley community. There is truly no place on earth quite like HVC.

Be sure to check back in the fall and winter for a few updates from me, Cara B., about everything that’s going on in the HVC community during the winter. For now, enjoy some cool photos from around camp.

Smiling because it happened,

Cara B. Ner and Luna Bug <3


So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen and Goodbye on Departure Day!

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Waving goodbye to the buses!

Good morning, early birds! It’s *yaaawwn * Cara here with an update on this chilly Departure Day.

Last night’s Closing Pinegrove was absolutely lovely. While there were a few camp classics like Boom Chicka Boom, The Jellyfish, and Baby Shark, most of the evening was filled with some fresh new acts. Camelot sang an HVC rendition of Count on Me complete with original lyrics, Alive sang a funky version of the ABC song and Twinkle Twinkle, and some boys from LCH showed us a cool Japanese hand game. Chateau Fiasco broke it down with a spicy song about their cabin and Treasure Island led a sing-a-long to a big favorite- Allstar. As our songs and stories around the fire drew to a close, cabins made their way down Tipi Hill with candles in hand. We walked down in a line lighting candles and blowing them out to give goodbye hugs. We may have shed a tear or two, but it was so wonderful to have a special moment with everyone on camp before we went our separate ways this morning.

Speaking of this morning, we were all woken up bright and early at 4:45am to the sound of Taj Mahal and Forbidden Planet singing their hearts out. We rubbed our eyes and headed to the dining hall for . a light continental breakfast. We ate outside with our cabins, staying cozy in pjs and blanket wraps. It was so beautiful to see the sky turn completely pink as the sun rose.

Shortly after, we loaded up the buses and a majority of campers were on their way. We said our last goodbyes and did the funky chicken (and moose and lobster and many other animals,) as the buses drove away. Be sure to check the Hidden Valley Facebook page for travel updates throughout the day.

We just enjoyed a heartier second breakfast and are now hanging out around the center of camp while we wait for the remaining campers to be picked up by their folks. There is a movie playing in the Red Barn, and the sun is slowly warming things up. Our staff is now busy in different areas giving one final push to close camp for the winter season. We have counselors working with the animals, in art buildings, storage, archery, and many more. This afternoon, we’ll head back to our cabins for a huge final cabin clean, and then over to the Backyard for a staff closing circle.

Well folks, that’s all for now. Check back tomorrow for me and Luna’s final post of the summer. It’s been a pleasure blogging for you all! Below are some photos from the lobster banquet, Departure Day, and a cool photoshoot we had in the drained pool. (we only drain the pool every 10 years!)

Later, gators!

Cara B.

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