Electing to Capture all the Fun

Friday, July 1st, 2022

Hey HVC families!

Happy July!

On the last day of June, classes continued after our “lazy” day on Wednesday and campers headed back into their scheduled periods. From the glass beads studio to the soccer field they wandered to enjoy a variety of activities.

Electives were at hit at evening program. Campers got to choose from a variety of interests, including Capture the Flag, Ziplining, Building Flower Crowns, Meditating, Writing Backwards, Glass Beads, Hanging with the Animals, and Pretending to be Trees.

In addition, some lucky campers got to embark on Peter’s Secret Tour as their elective!

As an update, I did not win my game of tennis against Pippin the alpaca, but I did join the winning team at Capture the Flag. I like to think that with all of my underground sneaking, I played an important role in the victory.

Today, campers head back into their classes during the day and finish the evening with Llamapalooza. I got a sneak peak of the games they will be playing at Deer Meadows field and have no doubt they will have a Llovely time.

As for me, I’ll be running the “hole” way back home to grab my sunscreen. It’s going to be rather toasty today.


Gopher Girl

Great Folk for Great Folks

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

HVC Families,

It’s Trivia Thursday! Your question: What did HVC do on their first lazy day?

You guessed it. They watched Buzz Lightyear…and played trivia.

Our younger cabins took a visit to the movies to watch the new Toy Story spin off.

Even though I buzzed at the speed of light to the bus, they wouldn’t let me go-pher the ride, BUT I did get to hang out with our older campers who played trivia outside the dining hall at the picnic tables.

They answered questions about pop culture, HVC staff, and sports.

Haley’s Comet and Forbidden Planet tied for first place! Not to toot my own horn, but I did beat both of their scores. No need to bring up the fact that I hung around our shift leads who set up the game.

After the fan favorite Taco Night, campers headed to the backyard for a performance by famous folk artist Reggie Harris, who got all of the campers involved in singing and dancing along.

Today, campers will resume their classes and head to electives in the evening, each run by our counselors and incredible staff who have come up with fantastic activities.

Gotta go eat some leaves to fuel for tennis at Interest Groups. Pippin said he’d take me on in a game, I “love” a good match.


Go-pher Girl


Cabin Nights, Lazy Days, and Everything In Between

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022

Good afternoon, everyone! Gopher Girl here with another update from Hidden Valley.

Last night after a delicious pasta dinner, it was cabin night! Here’s what everyone got up to:

Wombles spent time with Maisie and Pearl, the donkeys

Avalon did some science at the “End of the World” (HVC’s junk yard)

Gimme Shelter had fun in the pool

Loons did an egg drop

Paquatahnee fused glass with Philippe

Shangri-La made fashion out of newspaper for the “Met Gala”

LCH wrote letters to animals

French 1/4 decorated cookies and had a campfire

Bermuda Triangle played ropes games and had s’mores

Forbidden Planet hiked and made s’mores

Fiddler’s Green did karaoke

Valhalla had a “Who Done It?” night and made s’mores

Camelot decorated wooden flowers with AnneMarie

Haley’s Comet had an outdoor cooking night with s’mores

Taj Mahal had a spa night at the pool sauna

Community had a big circle night with s’mores

Whew! Hidden Valley was full of campfires and laughter all evening. I tried to nibble on some of the leftover marshmallows but am not a fan of fire, so I mostly watched from a distance!

Gimme Shelter’s Cabin Night!

Today thus far has been the perfect day for a lazy/trip – it was super warm and quite sunny. The older half is enjoying a trivia game, some time at the pool, and did a deep cabin clean.

The younger half went out to the movies today, seeing the new Buzz Lightyear movie! Campers this afternoon are busy swimming, slip-n’-sliding, playing cards, and making friendship bracelets. We will eat a yummy dinner outside and then enjoy a performance by the songwriter and storyteller Reggie Harris! Also, Hidden Valley Adventures headed out yesterday for their first week-long outdoor adventure!

We’ve got so much ahead of us today and tomorrow, and our campers are so excited. Until then!


Gopher Girl


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


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