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Are you ready for some TRIVIA?!?!?!?!

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Helloooooooo campers, counselors, folks-at-home, and llamas!! Hummingbird here with some HVC TRIVIA!! Whether you’ve been at camp for 99 years or you’re just finding us here in the Valley, take a look below and see what you know about camp!! For each question answered correctly, give yourself a point… or a piece of that Halloween candy you’ve been eyeing all day 😉 Some questions have BONUS trivia– give yourself an extra point/ Snickers for each of those! Comment how many you got right, or which ones stumped you!!

Psssst: if you need a hint, take a poke around our website,

TRIVIA QUESTION #1: How many years have Peter and Meg been running HVC?

TRIVIA QUESTION #2: Approximately how many acres is Hidden Valley? What is the name of the town camp is in? (Hint: it’s not Freedom!) BONUS: why do we make our letters out to Freedom, Maine?

TRIVIA QUESTION #3: Shangri-La, a cabin in the ‘Burbs region of camp, used to have a different name… what was Shangri-La called before? BONUS: What is the name of the cabin in the Backyard that used to be called Shangri-La?

TRIVIA QUESTION #4: The Farm House, where Peter and Meg live in the summer, hasn’t always been located right across from the office… Which of these spots around camp used to be the location of the Farm House?

a) On top of Tipi Hill
b) Overlooking the lake
c) Inside the llama pen

Check out this cabin making WAFFLES in the Farm House!!

TRIVIA QUESTION #5: Which actor spent a summer at HVC? BONUS: What cabin did he stay in??



Aaaaaaalrighty folks! Make sure you’ve got all your guesses, and take a look at the answers below!





ANSWERS!!! No cheating if you’re still playing! 😉

#1: Peter and Meg have been the directors of HVC since 1988, that’s 32 years!

#2: HVC is situated on ~350 acres of land in Montville, Maine! BONUS: Montville is a teeny tiny town without a post office, so sometimes we address our letters to Freedom, Maine, which is the nearest post office! But technically camp is in Montville.

#3: Current-day ‘Burbs cabin Shangri-La used to be called Utopia! BONUS: Back then, the Backyard cabin that is currently called Gimme Shelter was called Shangri-La!

#4: The farm house used to be ON TOP OF TIPI HILL!! Can you believe it??

#5: Ben Stiller spent a summer in the Valley when he was a kid! BONUS: He stayed in a cabin called The Morgue (named for its bunkbeds that were stacked 3-high, instead of the regular 2-high). The Morgue is no longer a cabin, it’s been converted into one of several gender neutral restrooms on camp!


Did anything surprise you?? Did you eat all your candy?? Either way, I hope you learned something about Hidden Valley!

Love, peace, and lots of sugary “tweets”!
Hummingbird 🙂

Fall-ing Leaves and Fall-ing Temps

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
Hello All,
Peter and Meg here with a few glimpses of autumn life around HVC.
We’ve been here for 32 years and there’s never been a fall when the colors did not take us by surprise and delight us to no end.
And the place slows down and affords us a few treats including the fruits of the grape arbor at Planet Meg (our garden) and the zany life of the HVC animal kingdom which features our wandering alpaca, Pippen, and Hamilton, the pig who thinks he’s a llama. (Or maybe all the camelids are now convinced they are swine?!?)
Life goes on in this place and elsewhere. We know your school time is discombobulated – and that the adults reading this have discombobulation coming out of their ears! Have fun outdoors, think about camp, do something nice for someone, and all of you… Take care of yourselves!
We miss you…. Meg and Peter

Camp enters its ABC… Autumnal Beautification, o’Course!!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Laundry looks a little different here in the Fall…

Howdy, y’all! Hummingbird here, back in action!

As the weather gets a little chillier and the days get slightly shorter with each rotation around our planet’s wonderful axis, I’m watching the llamas grow their winter coats as the PD’s dust off theirs! Our beautiful Valley is beginning its transition into what I like to call “ABC”… Autumnal Beautification o’Course! Meanwhile, you’re probably in the midst of your own transition back into school mode, and maybe you’re thinking a little extra about this summertime oasis here in the Valley. That’s all got me thinking about this amazing place so many of us call home…

From the llama pen to our state of the art glass blowing and photography studios; from the soccer field aaaaaaaaaalll the way past the ropes course to the sparkling lake; from our three-winged dining hall (with a towering two-winged dragon!) to our cozy cabin clusters, there’s a place for everyone at HVC. Maybe that’s what makes camp feel so welcoming to so many different folks with so many different interests! With so many nooks and crannies, wide open spaces, and hidden corners for campers, counselors, and visitors alike to explore, it’s not hard to feel right at home being curious and trying new things at camp.

For example, just the other day Otis the llama (reeling from a shocking presidential defeat by Hamilton the pig, another close friend of mine) was reflecting on his campaign when he said to me, “After I lost the election the mini horses and Hamilton and I went for a stomp in the frog pond, and then I stood on my rock for a while and surveyed my animal pen. This place is just the best. Maybe with my new free time I’ll practice my leaf-rubbing skills.” Hamilton said “Oink!” in agreement and then went off to write his inauguration speech, he’s a very busy pig nowadays. That’s the magic of the Valley, I think… a llama and a pig can be friends even through a political rivalry, and they can pick up new skills along the way!

Check out pictures of our beautiful ABC’ing camp as it transitions into Fall, and keep checking in throughout the off-season for more updates and camp beauty!

I’m off to teach Otis how to hold a crayon for his leaf rubbing… poor thing has no thumbs!


So long and thanks for all the fish.

Friday, August 21st, 2020

G’day all,

George of the Jungle swinging through the trees and popping in just quickly with a link to our closing video for the summer that you can check you right here. 

We’ve had such a great time interacting with you online all summer and want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who tuned in, logged on, watched, liked, commented, sent in photos, videos and hey you guys. We’ve missed having you around camp and can’t wait until all your smiles, songs and laughter fill this place up again next summer.

To everyone who popped by in person this summer we loved having you visit your presence here really brightened up our days. Getting to hear about your summers, help with art projects and sit and chat about summers past and present has been a real treat.

I’l be swinging back in in the next few weeks to post our summer blooper reel (I’ve been watching these bloopers in action also summer so I think the compilation video will be pretty funny.)  But until them  stay safe and keep laughing.

George of the Jungle.   


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