We are always touched when parents reach out to tell us what this community means to their family, sometimes even after just one summer.
Only wish I had gone there so I’d be an alum too – Mother of both a Kenwood and an Evergreen camper
The look of pure adoration on his face when he hugs you and Scott makes me incredibly happy. I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: thank you, thank you, thank you!!
– Mother of both a Kenwood and an Evergreen camper after a winter reunion
This is just a quick thank you note from us to you and everyone else at camp for an amazing six years. We think back and realize that when we first looked at camp Sarah was a mere 9 years old and we could not imagine she was actually ready to begin to manage independently at sleep away camp. Still, her enthusiasm bowled us over and we enrolled her for her first summer. That enrollment is proof positive that sometimes we make the best decisions while in a vacuum!
Each summer was a journey for all three of us – a journey that culminated each August with a cry for more. Sarah came home more poised and self-confident with each passing year. Thanks to the nurturing and encouragement she received from her fellow campers, counselors, and “the Brass” (as she refers to you, Scott, Phyllis, Deena, etc), she learned to savor her successes and move on from her shortcomings. Her patience and persistence flourished. Her self-sufficiency and her joy in the time she spent at camp grew. It grew far beyond what we could have imagined. She just completed an extraordinary Juniper summer and possesses a keen sense of self, strong ties to her bunkmates, and a maturity in which she should take pride. As each of her teachers and coaches comments to us not only of her scholastic ability but also her quiet leadership and sense of fairness, we are reminded of the lessons all of you have imparted these many summers. For this, and so much more, we wanted to thank you all. You have all played such a critical role in who she is and have served as great role models and navigators of those tween and early teen years.
I spoke to Myles tonight—or I spoke to someone who said hi mom…who did not cry….who likes camp,,,who is going to miss camp…. someone who was expecting color war and a fake out tonight and someone who told me whose bunk he wanted to be in next summer!!!!!
I cannot thank you enough!!!!!!!!
After you came to our house in September Myles was sure that Kenwood & Evergreen was the place for him. I wanted to look at other camps. We looked at one other camp and Myles said ‘No….I am going to Kenwood’….should I look at other camps I asked?—‘you can do what you want but I am going to Kenwood!!!!!’…….I of course stopped looking because we both knew that Kenwood & Evergreen was the place. ….of course we knew it for different reasons….for me…..I knew with you at the helm Myles would be safe in every way possible and…..well……He was and is and I will be forever grateful for what you have given to Myles and in turn to us!!!!!!
We chose K-E because you seem to focus on the importance of what’s inside oneself, not what’s on the outside. You emphasize kindness and caring and building self-esteem. Competition takes a back seat to your camp experience, and that what seems to be right for Michael.
K&E came so highly recommended and we have been happy campers ever since Lauren’s first day. It’s not a country club, it’s camp and it’s a camp family. We are thoroughly convinced that so much care, concern,love and energy all year long goes into making each summer wonderful. Every discussion I’ve had with camp people has convinced me that they know my child and they care about her happiness and success. It’s truly a family and, especially in Lauren’s case, she’s heartsick when she’s away from the family.
We chose Kenwood & Evergreen because of Scott & Jason. We liked that the majority of kids do not come from Long Island (we can say that because we are from Long Island). We liked that campers return year after year. The camp is a camp – not a fashion show – not a dating game – not a cut throat environment. It is how camp should be.
I chose it for its emphasis on kids having fun and feeling good. Not overly competitive but plenty of activity. I like the bunks traveling together in the Junior camp for its relationship building and I like the increased independence in Senior camp. Now I am happy Alex has a very special place he looks forward to going where he can totally be himself and be accepted. Thank you.
We were impressed that the bunk counselors follow the children throughout the day. The continuity really helps alleviate confrontation and promotes understanding of what the girls’ issues with one another may be.
We like Kenwood & Evergreen because of the small camper/counselor ratio. Our son seems to participate in activities that he doesn’t feel comfortable participating in during the school year.
Warm and unpretentious, your staff really cares about the campers. There has always appeared to be a general respect for others which is a value present in daily camp life.
Because of the quality of your staff, and the fact that you genuinely care about each child and you respect their individuality instead of wanting them to fit into your version of the ‘ideal camper
It’s small and everybody knows everybody. Nikki comes home feeling very empowered and feeling incredibly good about herself. It’s hard to teach that to a child but if they are in the right environment they feel that positive energy and hear positive reinforcement they carry that with them. Evergreen has a very quiet way of finding the positive in every person and situation.
My girls wait all year for summer. I think that the programming each year is very age appropriate and as they get older there are new activities. This seems to keep them very interested. I also was very impressed with the Nursing staff this year and felt extremely comfortable knowing that they were well cared for.
The long term commitment of the owners/staff and the allegiance that many counselors have to Kenwood/Evergreen. The setting is beautiful – off the beaten path for us New Yorkers anyway. It’s homey, low key and it’s got opportunities for all kinds of kids to achieve success and feel good about themselves. It’s a wonderful respite from the competitive rat race the kids endure at school.
The comraderie, positive attitude that is really felt throughout the camp. We love that the kids cheer each other on… and that this philosophy seems to be a way of life there. The return rate of counselors is admirable.
We know that campers feel more comfortable at Camp when they enjoy their meals. Come learn about our menus and why we serve our meals “family style”.