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HVC’s Counselors Keeping the Crowd Roped In

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

What’s up HVC families?

I am happy to report that the staff at HVC did not disappoint with their talent show!

After an epic meal, featuring ice cream for dessert, campers headed to the Rec Hall field to watch their counselors show off some crazy skills. The campers(and I) were beyond engaged in the show. Everything from the emcee skits to the closing act were impressive and often hilarious.

Campers watched counselors perform dramatic monologues, dance, put on skits, sing(sometimes with their mouth closed), lasso, long divide, spin a basketball on a pinky finger, catch food in their mouth and show off magic tricks.

My only complaint is that shift leads Eva and Becca, who organized the event, refused to let me show off my ability to speed dig holes in the ground for when it gets too cold to hang out on the Rec Hall deck.

Campers are looking forward to tonight’s Cabin Night, where they will each do fun activities, planned by their counselors, with their cabin groups.

Rumor has it there will be karaoke involved for one cabin, so I’m going to go warm up the vocal chords in hopes they will let me take on Celine Dion’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Until later,


Go-pher Girl


Monday Funday

Monday, June 27th, 2022

What’s hanging HVC families?

Cabins have been all over camp today, as have I. Today’s breakfast was pancakes with blueberry sauce, a meal I wasn’t about to miss.

Afterwards, all of the cabins went on their own adventures for the day. I followed a PD up to their office to confirm rumors that they have a popcorn machine up there. Unfortunately, Pippin must have been wrong, because there was nothing poppin when I arrived.

However, I did come across the list of each cabins’ activities, and although I was in the mood for something salty, I was happy to discover the tea.

The list:

LCH: Created their own super hero capes, and worked on collage pieces for their cabin.

Avalon: Created a cabin sculpture out of clay, visited the camp store and the animals.

Wombles: Planted flower seeds, which will later go into flower boxes the cabin will build.

French 1/4: Made collages, Decorated wooden flowers to hang inside their cabin.

Loons: Created a cabin sculpture out of clay, went on an epic HVC scavenger hunt with GORP Odin.

Gimme Shelter: Created a cabin sculpture out of clay, went on an epic HVC scavenger hunt with GORP Odin.

Bermuda Triangle: Made custom cabin bunting out of fabric in our textile studio, and visited the camp store and the animals.

Paquatahnee: visited the camp store and the animals, had a swim in the pool.

Valhalla: Made their own fused-glass coasters, visited the camp store and the animals.

Camelot: Made their own fused-glass coasters and collages, had hang-out time in the backyard.

Forbidden Planet: Created a cabin sculpture from found materials at the End of the World.

Halley’s Comet: Worked together to build the tallest sculpture possible with rods of glass.

Shangrila: Yoga to start off the morning, and made their own fused-glass coasters in the afternoon.

Fiddler’s Green: Made custom cabin bunting out of fabric in our textile studio and then created their own cabin bunting.

Taj Mahal: Created their own cabin bunting, worked together to create a blown-glass piece for their cabin.

HV Adventures: Went for a morning swim and sauna at the lake, followed by prep and packing for their first trip.

HV Community: Went for a morning swim and sauna at the lake, followed by a hike to the Log Cabin, where they set intentions and goals for their month of community service work.

Each cabin also did something fun together as a group, spending time decorating their bunks, playing a bit of soccer or acting out skits in the Rec Hall. Towards the end of the day, campers relaxed with snack and yard games before camp meeting.

Just like the campers, I’m looking forward to the Staff Talent Show tonight and the start of classes tomorrow!


Gopher Girl

Let the Fun Begin!

Sunday, June 26th, 2022

What’s up HVC families?

Here at camp, I’ve been busy digging holes to get around without running into all the campers roaming with their cabin groups. They’ve been everywhere on Orientation Day, from the lake to the pool to the dining hall to Pine Grove.

Today, every cabin completed swim evaluations, class registration, and took their photos on this jam-packed day! Big thanks to Mike and the entire kitchen team for providing us with a delectable Bagel Sunday breakfast to start the day.

Professional staff have been assisting campers with class registration! Campers had lots to choose from including Basketball, Tie-Dye, A Cappella, llama Care, Glass Beads, Iron Chef and many more! We’re so excited for classes to start on Tuesday!

Our lifeguards have been busy getting campers in and out of the lake and pool for swim evaluations. With the weather being so toasty, and everyone enjoyed the refreshing dip. Thanks to our lifeguards for ensuring the safety of our campers!

Tonight at HVC’s revered Pine Grove, we had a lovely evening event. I plopped myself on a tree stump seat right next to the crew from Camelot to enjoy the gathering. Campers celebrated their home away from home in each other’s company as they began the summer fun.

Cabins sang songs, performed skits, and lead dances. The Fiddler’s Green cabin even performed “Baby,” by Justin Bieber, my human celebrity lookalike.

Peter and Meg also lead the whole camp in singing “Oh, How Lovely is the Evening” in a three part round that turned out beautifully, with participation from every cabin.

Though it is indeed a lovely evening, I need to go to bed so that I’m well-rested for Monday Funday. More details to come tomorrow!



Gopher Girl


Thriving and Arriving!

Saturday, June 25th, 2022

What’s new HVC families?


Things have been go(phering) beyond well here at Hidden Valley. Campers have finally made it from all over to start their unforgettable summers at camp. 


They arrived from planes, buses, and cars–everywhere from France to Thailand to Massachusetts to California. 



Those who arrived last night and this morning spent the majority of their day getting to know their fellow campers and counselors, playing frisbee and cornhole, making friendship bracelets, and playing all sorts of board games. 


Similar to some of the campers, I was disappointed to find out that Candyland does not involve actual candy. I had to pick some leaves on the way back to my hole for lunch instead because I still haven’t convinced Peter and Meg to let me into the dining hall. 


Campers spent the rest of their day settling into their cabins and getting to know the groups they will be spending so much time with over the next couple of weeks. It was great to see the way that old friends reunited and new friendships formed so quickly. 



Campers got to eat their first delicious dinner at HVC. Today’s dinner was fried chicken with sides of potatoes, broccoli, and salad. I personally loved the carrot cake dessert!


Later at night, staff performed Opening Night Skits to introduce the campers to all of the classes that they will be teaching over the first half of the session. Some favorites include Rock Band, Basketball, Glass Beads, Stained Glass and The Musical. The opportunities are endless. I personally will be sneaking into Hip Hop classes because one of my chipmunk cousins is getting married this month and I think I’d like to brush off my sick talent before it’s time to show off on the dance floor. 



Tomorrow, campers will get to sign up for the classes they are interested in and introduced to  at Opening Night Skits. They will also take a camp tour, have a cabin meeting, complete swim evaluations, and attend Pine Grove, an event filled with sharing music, stories and poetry around a big fire. Cabins often like to prepare songs or some art form to share with the rest of camp during Pine Grove and I can’t wait to see what each cabin has to offer. 


Certainly campers will have more than enough excitement to write about in their first letters home. 



Speaking of mail, I’ve got to go check mine. I’m expecting a chipmunk wedding invite. 


Catch you letter!



Gopher Girl


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