Hello hello hello! Cara B. here to wish everyone a happy new year with the first Hidden Valley update of 2018!
Brrrrrr! The temps are getting pretty low up here as the ice and snow continue to pile up. In my last post, I told you all about the super cool (pun intended!) winter activities at HVC. However, it’s not all fun and games during the winter months! Lots of awesome off-season projects are still underway. The pool has been upgraded with a fresh coat of paint and a fabulous new llama design. The floors of some older buildings are getting re-leveled, and the Health Lodge- ouch! and Hilton bathrooms are being renovated.
In other news, Hidden Valley was visited by representatives from the American Camp Association during the summer of 2016. This routine visit occurs every five years to assess camp facilities, safety, health, and wellness, counseling, and different program areas. HVC received perfect scores on over 200 standards! Woohoo! Similar results were given after a visit from the Maine Department of Health this past summer. Thanks to everyone who works super hard to help make Hidden Valley so great- especially our amazing community of campers!
Some awesome HVC-ers were given a special thank you for their hard work. At a meeting of the American Camp Association-New England, Jay Stager, HVC director from 1968-1988 was posthumously honored for “bringing children together from all over the world to learn, grow and live peacefully.” Jay helped shape Hidden Valley into the camp we know and love today- one with classes in the arts, theater, and outdoor activities. AND, Jay brought llamas to camp! Where would Hidden Valley be without our signature wooly pals?
Peter and Meg carried on Jay’s camp values when taking over as camp directors in 1989. The ACANE honored Peter with a Visionary Trailblazing Award for his work to make Hidden Valley more accessible not only to Maine youth who come from low income families and youth with medical concerns, but to gender variant campers. Peter has helped educate other New England camp directors about how to best include transgender and non-binary campers and staff- so cool!
That’s it from me- I hope everyone is staying warm! While you’re all snuggled up and cozy, take a look at some photos of snowy Hidden Valley- posted below!
Cara B. Ner