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IT’S STARTING!!!

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Waterfront directors unite! Current waterfront director Anna (right) and former waterfront director/current PD Aileen (left) take waterfront doggie Moose (dog) for a walk!

Helloooooo HVC family! April showers bring May flowers, and what does the Mayflower bring? PRE-CAMP!! Counselors old and new have been trickling into camp with the schvitz and waking up our sleepy springtime Valley so it can bloom into a beautiful, wonderful, fabulous, kid-ready summer camp! As you can see in the photos below, camp is a’blossom with colorful flowers, and staff who are here a little early are pitching in to convert wintertime HVC to the summer experience we all know and love. Let’s take a look!

Building projects like The New Normal and Wombles are wrapping up and can I say, they are looking mighty inhabitable! Early arriving horse staff are mucking out the barn and getting all the horsies ready to ride- looks like fun! The pool, which was re-painted over the winter, is sparkly and new and ready for a dip! Our crews of helpful early counselors are sweeping and schlepping and prepping all our beloved camp areas so that programs like the Ropes Course, Waterfront, and art areas will be up and running when the rest of staff arrive to begin training! All with the help of our Program Directors, Hope, Aileen, Georgia, and Ilana, who are organizing the office and preparing to train our incoming staff!

Of course, it’s not all work work work… there are doggies on camp like Luke, Moose, and Nellie; the kittens MUST be cuddled daily; and baby Tui just turned one! Check out the camp Instagram for pictures of all that @hidden_valley_camp_maine 🙂

Camp is just beginning to wake up from its winter hibernation, and even amidst all the work of getting camp ready for the summer, we are all stopping to smell the flowers while it’s still Spring! Before we know it, the days will be longer and hotter, and camp will be getting a little busier.

Spreading pollen,
Hummingbird

 

BREAKING: CAMP LLAMAS LOOSE IN NYC!

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Extreme llama jumping down Fifth Avenue

Good morning, HVC! Hummingbird reporting here live from the Valley News Headquarters (located in the Video Loft upstairs in the Red Barn) to bring you this breaking report. It seems the llamas escaped from the llama pen in the early hours of this morning in disguise, chartered the Candy Drop Plane to fly them from Maine to New York City, and spent the day exploring all the best of fine dining, culture, and recreation that the city has to offer.

Camp directors Peter and Meg Kassen woke for their daily trip to the lake to find Hamilton the pig, longtime resident of the llama pen, alone in his habitat. Hamilton informed the concerned Kassens that, though he had tried to stop the llamas, Cricket and the gang insisted they needed a break from all the stress of rural life; that they craved the feel of paved roads under their hooves; and that their species’ origins in the Andean mountains of South America required they reach a certain altitude that only the Candy Drop Plane could achieve.

New York-based campers first reported seeing the llamas clomp into the MoMA at approximately 9:43 this morning, EST. The next report came from midtown, where the llamas were spotted stepping out of a cab to attend a matinee of Hamilton. Several hours later they were seen and (unfortunately) heard recreating “The Battle of Yorktown” in Times Square. According to an eyewitness, they were allegedly rehearsing to bring the show back to HVC’s own Hamilton the pig upon their return to the Valley.

To gain some insight into this unique llama behavior I spoke with former HVC Llama Mama, Robin Harris (featured in a photograph below, enjoying some shade with campers and llama pals). Robin reported that Blackberry and Stanley had mentioned a desire to get a nibble of the famous trees of Central Park, and speculates that the taste for gourmet greens may have enticed the llamas to New York.

Most recent reports claim the llamas have boarded the Candy Drop Plane once again. They are expected to land in Belfast, Maine later this evening, where they will be escorted back to camp by Robin, the Kassens, and an ornery Hamilton, who is anticipating sitting through the llamas’ rendering of an entire Broadway show.

Many thanks to our camper correspondents and Robin Harris for their insights as this story has unfolded. Oh, and also… APRIL FOOLS!!!

Tricked ya!
Hummingbird 🙂

IT’S THE SECOND FIRST DAY OF CLASSES!!

Friday, August 7th, 2015
Fishing!

Fishing!

Hello, hello! Humming Bird here with Cat Nap to update you on all the glorious excitement about the first day of classes!

Yesterday we all signed up for our second round of classes, and after all our suspenseful waiting THE DAY IS HERE!! We gathered for a beautiful egg bar breakfast this morning, provided by the luminescent Chris and Lillian, after which we went to our Morning Meeting! We enjoyed all the old favorite Meeting features, like the Fiddlers Green Farming Fact (ee-aye-ee-aye-oh!), the Spirit Animal of the Day, the Annoying Song of the Day, the Gurus of Uselessness, and Thought du Jour! Check out some wacky pictures below!!

Also included in Meeting today was a little explanation for our wonderful new campers who arrived yesterday, about how classes work around here! After which, we were all released to go enjoy the aforementioned classes!

Cat Nap and I did some journalistic investigation this morning to determine how the campers REALLY feel about this day, and after sending the feedback we received from the campers in to our analysts for their analysis, the statistics are in and they are OVERWHELMINGLY positive!! Our campers are just plain EXCITED to begin their new classes today!! Check out some pictures we snagged of our smiling campers’ faces in their first class of the day!!

Tonight we have a super fun evening program… ELECTIVES!! Counselors will line up on the soccer field to announce what activities they will be leading, like Glass Beads, Capture the Flag, Baking Cookies, and more! Then campers will “walk very slowly and cautiously and respectfully” (just kidding… they’ll book it!) to the counselors leading the activity they ELECT to participate in for the night! It’s a super fun evening program, and Cat Nap and I can’t wait to tell you all about it tomorrow!! It’s the CAT’S MEOW!! (“You’re still not funny, Humming Bird.” – Cat Nap)

Alive went with the main camp Shakespeare class to see a Midsummer Night’s Dream yesterday!! The Shakespeare class is putting the very same show on here at camp this session, so we look forward to watching all their hard work in the near future!

The Apprentices yesterday went to an exhibit in Rockport yesterday called “Geography of Youth.” It’s a photo exhibit that also documents the words and stories of young people in Maine! Then last night they joined their PD contact, Sarah, in making some beautiful glass beads!

Adventures is still on their backpacking trip through the White Mountains. This is a trip that their counselor, Paul, developed an implemented just this year!! Paul is currently studying to become an Outdoor Educator, and he used all his training to plan this trip, so it could be fun, educational, and appropriately challenging for the Adventures campers. Cat Nap and I, and the rest of camp, can’t wait to hear all about their excursion when they come back!!

Well we’re off to rescue the cucumber that went missing from Meg’s Planet yesterday… Who on Earth would steal such a succulent cucumber? And so close to the Pickle Sacrifice!! (More on that in the future… stay tuned!)

Chirp, Hum, Meow,

Humming Bird and Cat Nap

Kim & Reggie, HV Adventures, and BAZZINGA!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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Good mooooooorning!! Humming Bird and Cat Nap here! We didn’t get enough of Kim and Reggie last night, so they gave us a special performance this morning during our Meeting as well! LCH helped them sing some fan favorites like I knows it and Follow the Drinking Gourd! Thank you, Kim and Reggie for getting our day started off right!!

 

TONIGHT IS BAZZINGA!!!!!!!!!!!! “Need I bother to ask what that is, Humming Bird??” No! You need not ask! I’ll tell you!! Bazzinga is an evening program of pure madness and shenanigans, where OUR COUNSELORS GET SCRAMBLED AROUND!! Cabins get a new set of counselors, starting at Evening Meeting. These counselors stay with their new cabins for the night, and engage in different activities! For example, some cabins will be playing Quidditch, some will play Cascade in the pool, there will be some Capture the Flag action, some cabins will play ManHunt, and still others will put on a Newspaper Fashion Show! It’s sure to be a super fun night, and Cat Nap and I can’t wait to report back on it!

Until then, enjoy this blurb from the counselors of our Hidden Valley Adventures program!! Our adventurers got back a few days ago from their wild journey, and as we speak they are about to embark on a second one!! Here is what their counselors, Sarah and Paul, sent to the parents of our teen program campers!!

Spednic Lake and St.Croix River

It feels like just yesterday we were loading six eager teenagers into the van to head to Northern Maine for our first real adventure. The setting: Spednic Lake and the St.Croix River. The mode of transportation: loaded down canoes. The level of excitement: off the charts.

First, we met up with our guide Steve before heading to our put in point at Spednic. We spent the first couple days learning to paddle and maneuver our crafts in anticipation of the white water that awaited us on the river. We got to the river on the second afternoon and it wasn’t long before our skills were tested with sleepers (hidden rocks that will grab your boat and not let go) and a tasting of white water. Over the next few days we braved Little Falls, zigged and zagged through mile long white water and jumped in swimming holes to stay cool.The weather held out for six of the seven days with the only weather coming in on our last afternoon out.

The kids are filled with stories of the times they nearly capsized (and whose fault that may or may not have been) the tort raptor and the endless pot of beans that needed to be consumed. Though the stories may seem silly, it shows that they are comfortable enough to be silly and work hard at the same time.

It was absolutely wonderful watching the group learn the skills necessary to function in the wilderness. Everyone learned how to chop wood and build a fire as well as cook tasty food for an entire group. Through the gaining of these new skills the group really came together as a unit to perform all the tasks and had a blast doing it. Adventures aren’t the easiest thing to transition to but the group is really doing great. Everyone is picking up skills quickly and becoming great adventurers. We are all excited to see what our next trip into the White Mountains holds for us.

Until then remember… Adventure is out there!

Well there you have it, folks!! Sounds like a pretty cool program! Stay tuned for more news on their progress and adventures!! Also tune in tomorrow for photos of Bazzinga!!

Cat Nap and I have to go ask Adventures for some survival skills before they head out!! Wish us luck!

Chirp, Hum, Meow,

Humming Bird and Cat Nap

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