Monthly Archives: August 2019


Monday, August 12th, 2019

Hellooooo hello, HVC! Hummingbird here! I am just buzzing from everything that’s been going on here! Yesterday during interest groups was the CAMPER/COUNSELOR BASKETBALL GAME!! The competition was fierce and the counselors came out in full force but the campers pulled through and really showed off their stuff!! They won, 26 to 20! They even got to dump water on their coaches’ heads!! Congratulations, camper team! Check out pictures of the game below 🙂 After interest groups we gathered for camp meeting, with some special additions… Our class Hydration Nation gave a presentation (hehehe -ation -ation -ation!) to teach the rest of camp about the importance of hydrating! AND The Burrow got to cash in on their Wheel of Misfortune prize! Danica let them cover her in honey and stick marshmallows to her! Check out pictures! You’ll also see some bonus pictures of the Skateboarding class’s trip to the Belfast skate park… and ICE CREAM!

And that’s not all the fun that happened yesterday…. after our yummy dinner we gathered at the rec hall for SHARING NIGHT!! Campers showed off everything they’ve been working on for the last two weeks. There were so many amazing acts, ranging from how to be a robot to dance like nobody’s watching (an epic lip sync performance!!); from jazz dance to a rap mixtape class! The acts were amazing, and despite how varied they were, they all demonstrated one thing: campers have worked HARD this session to hone their skills and get ready to share their talents with their friends! What a wonderful end to a wonderful last day of classes! Check out pictures! Now onward to today…

Today is our last trip/lazy day of the session! The younger half went off to glow bowling this morning and had a great time! They glowed, they bowled, they danced, they ate french fries! It was marvelous! Meanwhile the older half stayed on camp for Self Care Day! You know, camp is just so stressful, especially in these final days. Sometimes we really need to take a few hours for ourselves. And that’s exactly what the older half did today! We had Orbeez (these super satisfying balls that grow in water and are mega fun to play with!) and infused water making, animal therapy, sudoku and other puzzles, yoga and meditation, stress balls, and running and screaming! It was a great, relaxing, self-care filled day! We’ll have pictures of it for you tomorrow!!

Tonight is the MUSICAL!! Campers have been working hard for four weeks to put together this session’s production of The Addams Family (*snap snap*)!! We can’t wait to see all their hard work pay off this evening, and we super DUPER can’t wait to show you the pictures tomorrow!! So stay tuned!!


I’m off to– er– check on the fried dough… for tomorrow….. 😉

Always hungry,


Sunday, August 11th, 2019

Greetings and salutations, camp family!! Hummingbird here with your campy updates!! The weather is still breezy and sunny… it’s the perfect day for the CAMPER COUNSELOR BASKETBALL GAME LATER!! Our campers have been working hard all session in their four week basketball team class, training for that fated day when they would take on the counselor team, and the dreaded Team X!! Well, folks, today is that fated day!! We’ll be reporting on the game tomorrow, so stay tuned!

And in the meantime let’s chat about Karaoke Night last night!! Campers had such a fun time singing along and watching their counselors lip sync and/or belt it out to their favorite songs!! It was a super silly, wacky evening, featuring Karaoke Klassics from Moana, the Spice Girls, The Backstreet Boys, Neil Diamond, and much, much more! The acts ranged from sing-alongs, to performance art; from full choreography to a game of catch onstage!! Every act was unique and juuuuust a little off the wall! Take a look at the pictures!!

Speaking of pictures… take a look at some pictures from our meeting this morning and our final days of classes!! Campers have been working hard in the studios and on the fields to wrap up their projects and skills trainings, and as we wrap up the summer we’ve been giving some special thank you shout outs during our meetings! This morning we said a great big THANK YOU!!! to James, Olivia, Lia, and Sophie, who have been our Shift Heads, planning evening programs and lazy days all summer long! And the archery classes have been playing games in their classes, with the winning team having the privilege of dumping cold water on the losing team! This morning began the dunking, and there’s plenty more to come! Stay tuned and check out the photos 🙂

Well that’s all for today, folks! I’m off to warm up the bleachers for the basketball game!! I might not be able to slam dunk with these wings, but I sure can get the crowd humming with cheers!

Go team!!



A message from Peter and Meg, and the PLAY!!!

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

Happy Saturday, everyone!! Hummingbird here! Before we get to our recap of the day, here’s a word from Peter and Meg!!

First off, please take a look at a travel reminder coming your way via email for the TRIP HOME ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 15.

And some reflections on the summer…

Reading the blog and watching our highlight videos, you are now aware of the tremendous effort that staff put into community activities at HVC.  These events are fabulous and fun, nearly impossible to produce outside the world of camp, and – in the absence of the “color war” activities at more traditional camps – enhance our efforts to create a meaningful, positive group life here. We have long believed that these positive community experiences – taken back in to the “real world” – are an ideal for young people to aspire to in their daily lives.

Even more importantly, we see so much individual growth here. Some campers are spending their 6th or 7th summers at HVC and not only are they taller, but these children have truly become themselves, making contributions all over camp, acting as role models and demonstrating that values of love, friendship and mutual support can truly be brought to life. And our brave new campers have shown that they too can make contributions – as together we build “family” life in the cabins, learn skills in every corner of camp, etc. – while establishing creative independent identities away from home.

So, there you have it…  Independence and Interdependence, both at once!  Our thanks go out to counselors and instructors who have set the stage for so much success. And hats off to our campers, a truly generous, comfortable and open-minded group, always thinking outside the box, but not too far!  

With appreciation for the part parents play and best to all…
Meg & Peter

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming!! It’s a little breezy here in the Valley today and campers are basking in the sunshine and the (much welcome) slighty cooler weather! It’s a gorgeous day to get back to business after yesterday’s shenanigans!

Last night was the play, Check Please! The play was a four week class that campers got to sign up for waaaaaay back on Orientation Day! Golly, that feels like a lifetime and a half ago doesn’t it?! Those campers who chose to sign up for the play that day a million years ago have been working hard ever since to put together something SPECTACULAR!! And guess what…. THEY DID IT!! We laughed, we cried, we asked for the check please, and one of our very own llamas made her stage debut live in front of the whole camp!! She was a star, as were all our camper actors and actresses! Take a look at the photos below!

And speaking of camper performers, in addition to the play last night we also saw some more acts from Valleyfest! We have SO much talent here that it can’t be contained in just one evening program, we have to split it up so the camp doesn’t explode from talent and applause!! Check out photos from Valleyfest Part Two!!

And that’s not all the talent we have to share with you! Coming up in the next few days we’ll be watching the musical, and we’ll enjoy Sharing Night!! There will be so many opportunities for campers to share their talents with everybody… can you think of a better way to celebrate this spectacular community, than by watching our campers shine?? I can’t!! Stay tuned for all of it!!

It’s Gross Day!!!

Friday, August 9th, 2019

It’s a great day to have a great day, HVC!!!! The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and the birds are singing!! I’m Mag-O-Llama and today is GROSS DAY/THE SECOND TO LAST LAZY DAY/ GLOW BOWLING DAY!!!! *Takes deep and happy breath* As you can see, there are a lot of fun things going on today!!

For those who are a little confused, gross day is the one day where our younger half campers get to become really GROSS AND MESSY!! From shaving cream hairstyles, mustard and mayo fun, and slime galore, the younger half campers really have their hands full! The older half went off camp to enjoy a light and breezy day of GLOW BOWLING!!! They munched on some fries, spend time with their friends, and threw lots of strikes!!! Check out the pictures below!

Last night’s evening program was a movie night! Campers watched inside out to end the very schvitzy day we had yesterday! Tonight’s evening program is THE PLAY!!! We will be diving into the comedic adventures of “Check Please!” and appreciating all of the hard work the campers have put into the past few weeks during their class! Stay tuned for some awesome pictures to come!

I’m going to go take a creek walk!! The wildflowers are in bloom!! 🙂

Peace, love, and llama hugs!



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