TEAM & INDIVIDUAL SPORTS
Sports are a fundamental part of Camps Kenwood and Evergreen’s offerings – not just because they’re fun, but because they are terrific way to stimulate the body and mind. Our coaches provide quality instruction to help each camper sharpen and hone their skills on the fields or the courts. These team and individual sports are open and welcoming to all campers, regardless of their level of experience or skill.
Though perfecting these skills is one of the goals, our programs’ values go beyond “winning the championship” or being “the best.” We nurture the things you can’t find on a statistics sheet, like sportsmanship, leadership, and team spirit.
Our teams do get into the fun, competitive spirit for our inter-camp games and tournaments against other camps in New Hampshire throughout the summer. Campers also get to face off against fellow campers in our intramural leagues and the end-of-summer Color War.
- Street Hockey
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Rock Climbing
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
At Camps Kenwood and Evergreen, we know that a strong foundation in the visual and performing arts is a vital component of proper human development. Picturing a project in your mind and seeing it through to its conclusion involves critical thinking, creativity,and a whole lot of grit, along with technical skill. Whether you are working on building a bench, or designing a piece of pottery, the skills like resiliency and adaptability they will learn by seeing this project through become a part of their “tool box.” The development and nurturing of these crucial life skills will become invaluable to your child as they go on to become leaders in high school, college and, eventually, into the workforce.
Our visual and performing art departments give campers the tools and resources they need to truly hone these skills. We have dedicated studios for arts and crafts, ceramics, movie making, rustic furniture building, musical theater, photography, music, cooking, and more. Our diverse range of exciting arts activities will help your child discover hidden passions, hobbies or maybe even lifelong pursuits.
ARTS & CRAFTS
The Arts & Crafts Program is a busy place teeming with creativity. Campers tie dye, build and launch model rockets, craft elaborate plaster masks, create beaded and silver jewelry, use a silk screen T-shirt press, and improve their drawing and painting techniques. We also love integrating the many different art disciplines that we offer. Campers construct and decorate scenery for our musical theater productions, paint elaborate backdrops for our annual music festival, or illustrate elaborate drawings for our annual yearbook.
Our enormous new ceramics studio is a young artist’s dream. With five potter’s wheels and more than 400 molds, campers will learn techniques including centering, throwing, slip-casting, coil, sculpture, painting, and glazing.
Campers will come out of our digital photography program with a great base knowledge of the fundamentals of photography, from composition to lighting to framing and more. A professional photographer will instruct your child on not only how to take and capture a great shot, but how to make it a great one using programs like Photoshop and iPhoto.
From beginning to end, our filmmaking program guides campers along the process of how to make a movie. Campers receive hands-on experience on nearly every role that goes into making a film, from directing to acting to writing to editing. Our professionally-trained counselors provide instruction on how to use high-definition cameras, lighting equipment, and editing software. They’ll even get to play with our movie studio’s newest toy – the green screen – for special effects. Don’t worry: their newfound skills won’t go to waste! Our campers make their own short films that will air during our end-of-year film festival.
Our Rustic Furniture Building Program redefines the phrase “built from scratch.” We want our campers to know the entire process of building something – including picking out the right piece of lumber and wood. Most of our resources are found in the beautiful forests around our campus. Campers venture out into the woods looking for fallen branches, trunks, etc. that can be turned into materials for their projects.The bark, branches, and logs that are used to make our projects come straight from the New Hampshire forest that we call home.Our campers have made everything from benches to dollhouses to jewelry boxes to rustic signs to ping pong tables for their Camp bunks. No matter what they create, your child will be able to take an actual piece of Camp home with them.
Campers of all ages work with our cooking teachers on the fundamentals of recipe reading, sauteing, and baking. Over the course of the summer campers learn about the science of heating proteins, working with different types of starches, and even experimenting with their own interpretations of recipes. Senior campers in both camps have the opportunity to form their teams for our annual cooking contest called “Iron Chef“.
We’ve made our Performing Arts Program a major focus and pillar of our summer camp experience. Each age group performs in a musical theater production, learning the whole process from conception to performance. Campers learn about costume design, scenery construction, lighting and sound tech, and blocking and staging, and then put it all into practice for the big performance. Collaborating on a major production with your peers results in real and lasting confidence – and is tremendous fun! In 2017 our actors put on productions of “Mama Mia!” and “Grease” and for the summer of 2018 our campers will be putting on plays “13” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technical Dream Coat”.
Whether your child is already an accomplished musician or is just looking to pick up an instrument for the first time, our Music Program caters to musicians of any and all skill levels. Our counselors provide individual and group music lessons on a variety of instruments, including electric and acoustic guitar, piano and keyboards, drums, and bass.
Maybe your child has always dreamt of being a standout pianist or even violinist in their school band. Maybe they’ve always wanted to be in a rock band, but haven’t had the confidence to play music with others. Or, maybe your child has dozens of beautiful songs trapped in their mind but doesn’t know how to play an instrument, and has no way to share their music with the world. At Kenwood and Evergreen, campers are given all the tools and resources to make those dreams a reality.
Our budding musicians even get the opportunity to show off their skills at the Hollowpalooza musical festival – one of our biggest events of the summer. Our campers and counselors spend 5 weeks each summer practicing in bands and ensembles in anticipation. On the first Saturday in August the entire community gathers together around a professional sound stage for a 5+ hour outdoor music extravaganza. Pop, rock, classical, jazz, country and hip-hop — they play it all. We even hire a professional sound engineer from Boston who records the entire concert. He spends much of the fall mixing the 50-plus tracks into a box set that we give to everyone as a Chanukah and Christmas present!
DANCE & AEROBICS
Dance and Aerobics are much-loved activites at Camp Evergreen. In 2010 we built a new dance and aerobics studio on the ground floor of one of our girls’ lodges. Dance and aerobics are offered each weekday, and campers have the chance to learn Jazz, Modern, and Line dancing, or get their heart rate up while participating in classes such as step and strength training. In recent summers Camp Evergreen was proud to win both NH dance tournaments for summer camps!
Our New Hampshire summer camp is surrounded by many beautiful natural resources, but none compares to our private, pristine lake. Each day, you’ll find some of our campers waterskiing and wakeboarding, while others slide down our 27-foot-tall inflatable water slide. Dive off a diving board, shoot some hoops through one of our water basketball nets or take out a canoe or kayak for a quiet chat with your best friend. Take a risk with an adventurous activity or learn to be more confident with our weekday swim lessons. Our waterfront is a place filled with laughter, learning and of course, a lot of splashing!
Each camp has its own sandy beach with a picturesque view, which campers visit twice a day for recreation or Red Cross-certified swimming classes. We have a fleet of kayaks, canoes, and rowboats, and a brand-new water seesaw we can’t wait to try out this summer! If your child is looking for something a bit more low key, we have a full inventory of fishing equipment for campers to use – whether they want to venture out with friends or have a meaningful, one-on-one conversation with their camp counselor.
No matter what the mood a camper is in, they can find fun and great times at our waterfront.
So what do parents think of this experience? Does it live up to their expectations, and provide the growth and outcomes that we strive for? Take a look at some of the feedback we have received.