What Is A Brother-Sister Summer Camp?November 9, 2013
A brother-sister camp is a hybrid: it’s not quite coed and it’s not quite single gender. A brother-sister camp is actually two separate camps that come together from time to time for joint activities. Camp Kenwood for Boys and Camp Evergreen for Girls are both single gender camps that exist on the same property. Our campers never spend time in the living areas of the other camp, and they take different pathways to and from activity areas.
The relationship between Camp Kenwood and Camp Evergreen is unique. Each camp has its own style and traditions. As Brother-Sister camps we believe that Camps Kenwood & Evergreen strike the perfect balance between the unique camaraderie of a single-sex camp and the richness of life in a quality co-ed community.
Gender separate weekday and weeknight activities
Separate waterfronts and beaches
Shared dining hall where all K&E campers and counselors eat at one sitting for 3 meals a day. Different genders are on opposite sides of building
Some shared athletic and arts facilities
Specially crafted age-appropriate weekend events and evening activities that bring both camps together
Siblings are able to spend time with one another each day during breakfast and dinner assemblies, after dinner, and on Friday evenings
Why Choose a Brother-Sister Summer Camp?
As parents, educators and former Kenwood & Evergreen campers, we see the advantages of a brother-sister community every day of the summer. Our campers are nicer to each other, as there is no social capitol gained by trying to impress the opposite sex. Our girls enjoy summers free of makeup and worrying about how they are dressed, and our boys embrace their feelings and emotions. One way that our oldest campers model this for our younger ones is by proudly coming to morning assembly in their pajamas, still sporting the bed head look!
Brother-sister camps create a dynamic where children are able to fully integrate into their age groups and make deep social connections without the added pressures of the boy-girl dynamic. When we do bring our two camps together it is always in the context of making age-appropriate friendships. We want to give our campers the chance to avoid the social pressures that can come from an intense co-ed camp.