So Close We Can Taste It!

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

The horses are back!

Hello hello hello! It’s Cara B., here with a super exciting update.

Camp is fast approaching! Our fabulous program directors have arrived at camp and are busy at work planning for an amazing summer. Soon, our wonderful shift heads will be on site, and in just a couple weeks, staff training will be in full swing. Counselors will begin work in special program areas like ropes, horses, waterfront, and glass.

Also, the weather has finally warmed up! The llamas have received their annual haircuts, the picnic tables have come out of hibernation, and flowers are in bloom all around camp. Many projects are underway to prepare for summer and more are soon to come. Come to think of it, I should start doing some prep of my own- I wonder where my Crazy Creek and sleeping bag are…and I should probably pick up some new batteries for my headlamp…

That’s all for now, folks! Enjoy some photos of camp prep and look out for a staff training update coming soon!

Climbing away,

Cara B. Ner

We Love Our Beautiful Earth!

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

Tipi Hill

Hey there, everyone! Cara here with a bite-sized update in belated celebration of Earth Day!

Hidden Valley is becoming greener and greener. The trails are muddy, the creeks have thawed, and all of the animals are enjoying basking in the sun. I hope that everyone is taking advantage of the weather by spending time outside and soaking in your natural surroundings- breathe in the fresh air and get those toes in the grass!

I can hardly believe how quickly summer is approaching! And boy, do we have an amazing one ahead of us. In just a few weeks, pre-camp staff will arrive and I’ll have lots of camp preparation news to share! In the meantime, enjoy some beautiful nature photos from around camp.

‘Till next time!

Cara B. Ner

Spring Fever and Counting Down to Camp!

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Hugs at Lake St. George!

Hey there, everyone! It’s Cara here, and I’m feeling feverish!

This morning, I woke up in a cold sweat- must clean out junk drawer– I thought- must put on brightly colored clothes…must go outside! These symptoms could only mean one thing: a bad case of spring fever! Spring has finally sprung (well, it has in some places, it’s still pretty snowy up here at Hidden Valley.) With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, everyone is continuing to get psyched for summer.

For those of you who have been following along with our countdown to camp on the HVC website, you know that there are just 85 days until first session starts! If you’re like me and can hardly wait for camp to begin, here are some ways to bring some HVC fun into your home community:

  • Do a rose-bud-thorn circle at the family dinner table, where each person shares a highlight and lowlight of their day along with something they’re looking forward to
  • Visit the animals at your local petting zoo (you may even find some llamas!)
  • Teach a friend a hand game you learned at camp
  • Make a friendship bracelet
  • Ask to share a camp song with your music class at school
  • Try out a camp recipe from the Hidden Valley Camp cookbook (available at
  • Wear an HVC t-shirt!

And, of course, the best way to bring Hidden Valley into our other communities is to practice our HVC values of kindness and inclusion wherever we may go! The next time we speak, lots of summer preparations will be underway as we get closer and closer to staff training. For now, enjoy some photos from last summer!

Later, gators!

Cara B. Ner.

Gearing up for a Great Summer!

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Llama glamor shot!

Hello hello hello! Cara here, and boy, am I excited!

Camp is coming sooner than you think! It’s that time of year where campers and staff start getting psyched for HVC. Can you believe that in less than 4 months, staff will be heading up north to start getting ready for an amazing, stupendous, fantastical, wondrous, incredible summer??

Hidden Valley still looks like a winter wonderland. Soon enough, the snow and ice will melt as we continue working on off-season projects. I sure am missing all the kooky camp traditions and cool activities. I find myself humming the Meg’s planet interest groups song and “tuna noodle baby” by the Half Moon Jug Band all winter long! I can’t wait for all the camp fun to come- zipping down tipi zip line, petting the llamas and Hamilton the pig, doing screen printing and tie-dye, and working on projects in the glass bead and glass blowing studios. Not to mention windsurfing and boating at the lake, climbing the ropes course, playing tether ball in the backyard, eating fried dough on fair day, and sharing picnic lunches with friends. I am also beginning to wonder about the mysteries ahead- what will the themes be for dances and lazy days? Who will emerge victorious in the camper vs. counselor basket ball game? What is revealed on Peter’s forbidden tour on electives night? WHEN IS THE CANDY DROP??

All of these questions will be answered in due time… What I really miss the most about camp isn’t what we do each day, but the amazing community we create every summer- the kind and supportive group of weirdos who make Hidden Valley a home away from home.

Until next time, enjoy some awesome photos from last summer. Here’s to more great memories to come!

Climbing away,

Cara B. Ner

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