Camp friendship: everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth

Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Happy holidays, HVC! Hummingbird here! As the weather gets colder and the shortest day of the year rapidly approaches, I hope these pictures warm your heart and brighten your day just a little, and remind you of the REAL most wonderful time of the year… CAMP TIME!!

The community we create as a camp over those all-too-short months is unique and dynamic. The magic that surrounds camp has a special way of bonding people together. Those relationships are lasting, and extend long after the last Funky Chicken has been danced on departure day! Some camp friends see each other during the school year– some even live in the same home! Some don’t talk for months until the next arrival day, but it feels like no time has passed at all. And we know that we can always lean on our HVC family for support any time of the year. No matter the distance in space or time, for campers and counselors alike, the bonds we form at HVC leave a lasting imprint on all of our hearts. We can feel the glow of camp friendship even during the coldest winter months. It’s just like that old favorite Taj Mahal thought du jour, “Friendship is like peeing your pants; everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth!”

Stay warm, and don’t forget to tell a camp friend you love them so they can feel the warmth too 🙂

Humming along,
Hummingbird

 

CAMP FRIENDS!! I’ll be there for you (when the schvitz starts to pour)

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Hello, camp friends and family! Hummingbird here, enjoying the crisp Autumn air beneath my wings!! Last week was the highly anticipated camper reunion in New York. Peter and Meg met up with tons and tons of campers from this summer to catch up, sing our favorite songs, and of course get moving with The Jellyfish dance!!

Over the course of the summer we create a community of caring, deeply connected campers, counselors, and staff. We see each other every day in our classes, cabins, and cafeteria. The relationships we form can last lifetimes– in fact, sometimes the summer can feel like a lifetime totally separate from the rest of our year! So when the colder weather hits, and we bring technology into the mix, and school and work come back into play, camp reunions bring a little of that camp magic into the real world!

Whether you could make it out to NYC or you Jellyfished from home, thank you for being part of our camp community! We love having you as part of our family, and we look forward to reuniting again in the summer of 2019!

Hands up, wrists together,
Hummingbird

The leaves are changing and so is CAMP!

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Look at it, nestled in there!

Happy post-Halloween! Hummingbird here, munchin’ on some leftover Kit Kats and all a-hum about what’s been happening in Montville! Camp got all decked out in preparation for Halloween last month, and you’ll hardly recognize it!

Maybe you’ve heard whisperings that camp is getting a brand spankin’ new photo studio… Maybe you’ve even seen some teaser pictures… But today, for the first time EVER, I present to you the full structure of the photo studio! The building is located behind the pottery studio, overlooking the skate park and the metal dome! It’s coming along so beautifully because Carmi, Tim, and Al have put in so much hard work to bring the building together. And that’s not all they’ve been working on this Fall. In addition to the photo studio, construction has been ongoing to build a BRAND NEW WOMBLES!! Nestled between Avalon and French Quarter, Wombles is a staple of our Backyard neighborhood. Check out how construction is going on the new cabin!

The leaves are changing and so is camp, ever evolving and updating so that when the trees are green again and the sun warms our beautiful corner of the earth, campers can return to have the BEST SUMMER EVER!! Only 6 more months until we all come back in the Valley! Until then, enjoy some candy 🙂

Munch munch,
Hummingbird

 

The Lion, the Witch, and the COSTUME CLOSET!

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Play us some music, Pan!

Greetings, friends and HVC family! Hummingbird here with your October update! As I was humming around the Valley checking in on all our annual autumnal adjustments, the smell of brand new floors drew me into the Rec Hall. Floating around, taking in the fall Maine air and the view of Tipi Hill, and doing a little Cotton Eyed Joe on the stage of course, I happened upon our kooky costume closet, where I was brought back to all the fun times we had this summer with our costumes!

We use our costumes for all kinds of program areas, from the theatrical performances our campers put on (dressed to the nines by our fabulous costuming classes), to our silly game of Candy Crush; from the wildest mayhem in the Wheel of Misfortune, to our wacky themed dances! Dressing up in costume extends the invitation to embrace creativity, to explore the infinite possibilities of play, and to answer the question, “What do I want to be today?” Camp provides a unique opportunity for campers and counselors alike to dress up and branch out. During our evening programs we can all suspend our disbelief together, and embark as a camp community on an expedition through our imagination.

We had an incredible summer of costumed creativity in 2018, check out these silly pictures! We can’t wait to see how our dress up inspires us in the summer of 2019! Ooh! I just found the dragon costume from the first session play, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe! Time to play some dress up myself– who says a little hummingbird like me can’t breathe fire? I’m off to practice 🙂

*Fire breath*
Humming Bird

PS: If you or someone you know has any costume clothing lying around, consider donating it to camp! You can email [email protected] or call us at 207-342-5177, and check back on the blog– you may see your costume in the next camp production! 

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