New adventures and experiences can also bring with them new anxieties
First time campers find that having a Camp Big Brother or Big Sister – along with terrific, nurturing counselors – helps make the difference.
At Kenwood & Evergreen our newest younger campers are connected with a Big Brother or Big Sister during the first few days of the summer. The Big & Little Siblings meet during a campfire ceremony that is designed to be both fun and nurturing. Afterwards, the older campers help put their new little friends to bed, and regale them with classic Camp stories. From their first encounter our Big Siblings model that Camp is a safe and welcoming place, and that they are excited about this new relationship.
The following day our new Camp siblings leave campus with their counselors for an afternoon of bowling, bonding and ice cream. Throughout the summer the Big Brothers and Sisters gather with their Little Siblings for campfires, games, hang outs, and the periodic (but important!) check in. It is also tradition that our Little Siblings have their Big Brother or Sister by their side when they say goodbye to their parents on Visiting Day. Having this teenager that you love and trust by your side often makes a big difference as our campers prepare for a fantastic final three weeks of the summer!
Our Big Brothers & Sisters play a crucial role in helping our youngest campers feel welcome and nurtured during their first overnight camp experience.
So what is it like being a part of this summer camp community? Click here to read these testimonials from current and former Kenwood & Evergreen campers.