Monthly Archives: October 2015

Boo! It’s Olive Oyl!

Thursday, October 29th, 2015


Hello friends, aliens, astronauts, pizza slices, unicorns, or whatever outfit you’re sporting for Halloween this year! Olive Oyl here with some super fun camp pics to remind us that at HVC, every day has the potential to be just as silly as Halloween.

There are so many opportunities for crazy costumes at camp– from evening programs, to camp meeting, to a normal class day…it’s a pretty normal sight to see somebody with face paint, mismatched clothes, or a goofy hat.

Of course, there’s our ever-hilarious MCs for our evening programs, wowing us with their costumes and banter as they lead the night’s festivities. Then there’s Candy Crush, the AWAC’s moment to shine as vindictive Oompah Loompas. Of course there’s dances, which can range from revolving around a letter, to a season, to a place. Some favorites from this past summer were the “W” dance, When I Grow Old, and the Rain…er, I mean Schvitzbow dance. There’s also the classic, Dress in the Dark day, which officially comes once a summer, where we see campers and counselors alike pull out all the stops to have the most nonsensical getup possible. And how can we forget the wheel, where¬†counselors dress up as a spectacular array of characters and craft a fantastic story incorporating wacky (and often gross)¬†games and activities. And then there’s the normal goofiness that comes with everyday camp life, like Grandma Nut and Bartholomew at evening meeting and the Birthday Prom Queen in the morning. Oh, how I miss crazy camp life!

Hopefully all these HVC traditions will give you some inspiration for your costume this year. Hoping everyone has a happy and safe weekend!



Gorgeous Fall Colors

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
A gorgeous view of camp road...

A gorgeous view of camp road…

Hi there, friends! Olive Oyl here with lots of beautiful pictures for you all!

Fall is definitely in full swing at Hidden Valley, with amazing shades of orange, red, and gold all over camp. The beautiful weather has been perfect for doing some work on the Rec Hall…we’ll keep you updated as the project progresses!

Enjoy the lovely photos and a happy fall to everyone!



A Busy Time Here at Camp!

Monday, October 5th, 2015
View from the bridge

View from the bridge

Hello there, friends! Olive Oyl here with an autumnal dispatch for all the HVC fans out there.

As the leaves are turning at camp, folks are busy with work projects both indoors and outdoors. The wood shop is getting a little makeover, with a new paint coat of paint on the roof and a lovely view of the Deer Meadows area thanks to a beautiful new cupola! Al has been busy keeping our lawns neat and green, while others have been doing some mysterious work at the Rec Hall…take a look at the photos and see if you can guess what it is!

There’s also been a huge rain storm, making the creek transform from dry to completely flooded! Check out the view from the bridge below…

Looking forward to calmer fall weather and maybe dressing up for halloween as a camp-inspired character? Maybe Grandma Nut and Bartholomew or even Dexter?

Happy Fall,


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