Monthly Archives: July 2017

Trampin’ into the Fourth Day of Classes with Kim and Reggie!

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Kim and Reggie!

Good morning, good morning! It’s Cara B. with news from yesterday’s evening program and the fourth day of classes.

We slept the whole night through after a yummy Mexican dinner and lots of singing with Kim and Reggie. We sang many classic Kim and Reggie favorites, including Trampin’, Satchel Page, Solar Power, and my personal favorite, Them Bones Gonna Rise Again. Reggie offered some wisdom to our campers about their significant role in making positive changes in the world. He noted that though many people do not believe that kids can be involved in conversations about current events, that is certainly not the case. He reminded us that “children are not the future, children are the present.” How awesome is that? Luna and I are so grateful to HVC campers for all the good that they bring to our community here.

While we were on camp singing our hearts out, Hidden Valley Alive was off site also enjoying some music. Our arts teen program headed off to Portland to hear Fleet Foxes perform at Thompson’s Point. I heard they had an awesome night. It’s so nice to get off camp for a little while, especially to appreciate the arts in a cool outdoor venue.

This morning we awoke to my absolute favorite camp breakfast, pancakes! With everyone’s grins stained purple from blueberry sauce, we headed over for camp meeting in the Front Yard instead of the Backyard. Why is that you may ask? Some will tell you that this is a sure fire way to know that the Candy Drop is today. Others, (Candy Drop conspiracy traditionalists,) will tell you that the drop only occurs during evening meeting, so a morning meeting location change is irrelevant. Perhaps we moved to avoid having the sun in our eyes, but I doubt it. Things are getting pretty fishy as the session progresses. The Candy Drop could be any day now!

After meeting, we went our separate ways for the fourth day of classes. It’s hard to believe we’re already half way through this round of classes! Tonight, it will be time to get wild for the Zoo Dance! Luna and I can’t wait to see everyone’s animal inspired looks. For now, enjoy a few photos from Kim and Reggie and Alive at the Fleet Foxes concert.

Until next time!



Laughing at the Lake and Rockin’ Out at Reality TV Day!

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Splashing around!

Howdy hey, folks!

Luna Bug buzzing in to report on the first lazy day of the session today, but first, let’s rewind to electives last night. The whole camp gathered on the soccer field and listened as each counselor talked about what their individual elective was. Among the options were pizza oven, baking cookies, making glass pendants, basketball, skateboarding, capture the flag (of course!), PK Work Crew, Juggling Dance Party, sardines, Mandala drawing, back country cooking, archery, tipi zip line, wood burning and etching, glass beads, manicure night, friendship bracelets, and finally the PK Forbidden Tour.

After we heard about the elective choices, the camp was split up into three groups. One group at a time was chosen to pick an elective based on who was the quietest! After everyone chose, we all went off to our various parts of camp to participate in or run the electives for about an hour and a half. Afterwards everyone reconvened in the rec hall to hear the report on Capture the Flag and a few other of our electives, and sing the Farthest Field led by Meg. Then, it was off to bed to rest up for our lazy day today!

The Younger Half went to Lake St. George this morning while the Older Half stayed on camp for Reality Television Day. During Reality TV Day there was Jersey Shore Hair Gel station, a Keeping up with the Karkassens station which involved dramatizing camp life, Project Runway: Newspaper Edition, a Make Your Own Tagline station, and The Voice Karaoke. Each camper was incentivized to participate in the Interest Group style activities because they would receive an Academy Voting Card after doing each station. With these voting cards they could choose between one of three possible prizes: pieing a counselor, splatter painting a counselor, or dumping a bucket of water on a  counselor. At the end of the morning’s activities, the votes were counted and the results came in: Billy will be splatter painted at evening meeting!

After the exciting morning, it was off to lunch for the older half, and then onwards to rest period, followed by pool activities. For the younger half, they had lunch at Lake St. George, and then once back on camp they had a rest period and a cabin clean. Afterwards, the younger half cabins did a few different special activities. LCH baked cookies in the barn kitchen, another cabin tie-dyed, and a few other cabins watched Inside Out in the foothills. Now, everybody is heading over to the Backyard for evening meeting. Afterwards, we’ll have dinner which, if my nose is telling me correctly, will be tacos, and our evening program tonight is going to be the always fantastic, camp classic Kim and Reggie.

What an awesome day! Make sure to look below for pictures from electives, Lake St. George, and Reality TV Day.

Cara B. and I will be back tomorrow to report on the fourth day of classes happening tomorrow!

Here’s to churros!

Luna Bug


Day Three- Yippee! Llamapalooza and the Third Day of Classes

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Save Hamilton the pig! A.k.a. catch the water balloon

Wakey wakey, eggs n’ bakey! Cara here on this beautiful, sunny morning with all the latest from last night’s evening program, Llamapalooza! I mean, Meg’s Rodeo! Or, maybe… both? Luna and I aren’t quite sure to be honest.

Regardless, what we do know is that it was a whole lot of fun. After an outdoor dinner of hamburgers and french fries with all the fix-ins, we gathered in Deer Meadow’s Field. Campers traveled in cabin groups to different activities throughout the evening. There was a water balloon toss, an obstacle course, and a dizzy bat challenge. We also practiced our llama spitting skills with peas, played giant tic-tac-toe by tossing frisbees onto a tarp, (Tic-Tac-Tobee!) and used our awesome dance moves to try and get ping-pong balls out of a booty-box. After each cabin had cycled through the rotation, we gathered on the hill to watch the Counselor Wakeup Challenge. Each cabin nominated one AWAC or counselor for a silly race of getting out of a “sleeping bag” (garbage bag,) putting on a whacky costume, eating cereal without using hands and reciting the alphabet backwards. We had a blast cheering on the competitors. In the end, everyone felt like a winner!

Today is the third day of classes – wahoo! Everyone seems to be settling in just fine as we get into the swing of camp. This morning’s breakfast included egg bar (yes!), sausages, and tater tots. We headed over to the gazebo and had an extra silly and fun morning meeting. At the end of the interest groups announcements, Meg split the camp into groups to sing a special tune. This could only mean one thing- CUCUMBER SACRIFICE! This long-awaited ritual marks the end of a young cucumber’s life, for it is time for this cucumber to become a pickle. There was a bit of a mix-up, as Liam (Meg’s orbiting companion,) held up Cucumber the kitten instead of the vegetable! Not to worry, no kittens were harmed and the confusion was quickly sorted out. We are now patiently awaiting a taste of the first Meg’s Planet pickles of the season.

Right now, we are enjoying another day of classes. Stained glass projects are coming along, ukuleles are strumming, and goals are being scored on the soccer field. It will be nice to have a change of pace with the first Lazy Day of the session tomorrow. The younger half will be going on a trip to Lake St. George while the older half will stay on camp for Reality TV Day!

Tonight’s evening program is Electives, a classic camp favorite. After dinner, we will meet at the soccer field. All counselors and staff will stand on the field and announce a different activity that they will be running. Campers can choose to do whatever activity they want. It’s sort of a “choose your own” evening program! After being split into three groups, the quietest group of campers will be released for first pick of the activities. Luna and I can’t wait to see what activities there will be to choose from. We’ll be sure to give you the scoop tomorrow.

Wishing a lovely Wednesday to all!

Cara B.


Cabin Night Craziness and Candy Conspiracies

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

LCH tractor ride!

Happy Aloha Tuesday!

It is I, Luna Bug, back with more news. Although it has only been 12 hours since I last posted, naturally, because this is HVC, there is tons more news to tell you all about. Although I want to talk about last night’s candy sorting some more, let’s first back it up to yesterday’s Cabin Nights because they were super fun. After the first full day of classes of the session, a cabin night was the perfect way to end the day. Here’s what everyone got up to:

LCH went for a tractor ride to the end of the world

Loons did some wizardry with Coke and Mentos, and made s’mores

Avalon had a scavenger hunt which lead them to s’mores

Chateau Fiasco swam in the lake, hopped in the sauna, and made s’mores

Wombles made glass pendants

Down Under had a ballon party

Paquatahnee made dessert pizza and shrinky dinks

Gimme Shelter baked stick bread over a fire and played games

Shangri-La made projects in the pottery studio

Treasure Island took a terrarium hike and did skittles questions

Atlantis swam in the lake, made s’mores, and camped out in the lake pavilion

French 1/4 made s’mores and a cabin flag by dropping paint filled balloons from the tree house

Wabanaki made buttons and did M&M questions

Camelot did tie-dye

Valhalla made pizza and had a whacky photoshoot

Forbidden Planet had a special dinner and played games

Halley’s Comet had a birthday party!

Taj Mahal got ice cream in Belfast and hung out by the water

Alive had a “who’s line is it anyway” night (improv games!)

Oh, what a night! It was so fun walking around camp and smelling all the fires going in the fire pits, and hearing the voices from all the different pockets of camp. There are tons of photos below from each of the cabins so make sure to check it out.

This morning on the walk to breakfast everyone could spot it in the distance, glimmering as if a mirage: the candy wrappers hanging outside of the AWAC shack. Although I broke the news to folks at home last night, the sight of the candy wrappers this morning was the first whisper of the mysterious but guaranteed future candy drop.

Cabins were abuzz with talk of the candy drop, but the moment we entered the dining hall we had something NEW and potentially more exciting to discuss- WAFFLES! Everybody got a waffle, and loaded it up with whipped cream and homemade strawberry sauce. Yum!

The high from the waffles carried us straight into morning meeting, where we discussed the brewing Candy Drop conspiracies. Some said that it would happen in two days, some said that it would be on “Wednesday, my dudes,” and one person even said that it was yesterday! We’ll get back to you all with more conspiracies, later. It was particularly awesome when we lined up all the former AWACs who were still at camp as counselors or PDs who had sorted Candy Drop Candy in years past. There was at least one person for every year between 2005 to 2017! That is a whole lot of former AWACs who just can’t seem to leave this place! Maybe there was something in the candy casting a spell on us…

With plenty of topics to fuel our midday water cooler fountain talk, we’re all off to our various parts of camp for the second day of classes. The temperatures are a bit lower today (Gotta love Maine summers!) so everyone has on their finest sweaters and 5 year vests, with a Hawaiian shirt or two hidden underneath cause, you know, gotta support Aloha Tuesday!

Tonight is Llamapalooza, or Meg’s Rodeo, as some like to call it. Don’t know what Llamapalooza means? Check back in with us tomorrow and we’ll help explain it to you!

Have a fantastic day!

Luna B.


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