26 Jun Stay Connected This Summer

Now that Camp has started we want to keep you informed about all the fun that your child is having here at Camp! We hope that you do so by using our various online outlets to keep up to date with your child’s experience. We would like to take a moment to highlight all the these tools so you are consistently aware of what is happening this summer:

Website: provides access to slide shows from the summer and Staff profiles

Tripp Lake Times: provides frequent posts featuring photos and video during the summer

Susquehannock on Facebook: provides links to content online, news updates

Susquehannock on Twitter: provides links to content online, news updates

RSS Feeds: This is our newest feature and it allows you to receive e-mail updates when certain information is posted. Right now our Tripp Lake Times page and our Photo Gallery are the two areas that have RSS feeds. In order to receive these updates you have to subscribe to the RSS Feed. To do that, follow these instructions:

Mac Users using Mail
Photo Gallery:
1. Go to http://susquehannock.com/gallery.php
2. Click on “Subscribe to Updates” in upper right corner of black area
3. Copy the URL
4. Go to Mail
5. Click on File, then click on “Add RSS Feeds”
6. Follow directions

Tripp Lake Times:
1. Go to http://tripplaketimes.com
2. Scroll down right column to RSS Feeds (underneath the Twitter box), click on the orange icon
3. A new page pops up, go to the right side where is says Actions and click on Subscribe in Mail

Using other RSS Readers (ie. Google Reader)
Photo Gallery:
1. Go to http://susquehannock.com/gallery.php
2. Click on “Subscribe to Updates” in upper right corner of black area
3. Copy the URL
4. Go to RSS Reader
5. Click on “Add a subscription” then paste the URL

Tripp Lake Times:
1. Go to http://tripplaketimes.com
2. Scroll down right column to RSS Feeds (underneath the Twitter box), click on the orange icon
3. Copy the URL
4. Go to RSS Reader
5. Click on “Add a subscription” then paste the URL

And please be aware that you can send your child unlimited emails that will be printed and placed in their mail box each morning via Bunk Notes. For our new users, the pre-approval code is SUS2012.

25 Jun First Session Opening Day!

If the first day of our First Session is any indication, 2012 will be one of the best years we’ve ever had! We were fortunate to have incredible weather that provided a fitting backdrop as our staff welcomed your child to Camp. Here’s a sampling Opening Day’s events, including cabin preparation, enthusiastic reunions, pick-up games, an evening meeting with the entire Camp and S4B Dodgeball. Check back as we will add more photos to this Opening Day slideshow!

 

View these photos on an iPad or mobile device HERE

21 Jun Pre-Camp Reflections

Written by Head of S4B Andrew Hano

I do not have to look at a calendar to know we are in the final days until we leave for Camp. No, there are other indications about what time of year it is. Looking in all the desk drawers for black laundry marking pens; the hundreds of iron-on “Hano” labels lying around; packs of new socks and underwear, boxes of new shoes; and piles of clothes and sports equipment signal the approach of camp like the turning of leaves in October brings the fall season.

As we prepare to leave for camp and I contemplate renting a Uhaul to transport all this stuff there, my wife and I ask the question, “What do we really need to bring?” I began to think about some of the best and worst things I brought to camp in the past. There must be some item that bore the four letters of my last name that inspired envy among the other campers. Of course, there had to be something so useless I could not believe my stupidity for using valuable space bringing it with me.

Topping the “Best of” list has to be a lamp. I remember it vividly: a black toy train with an arm that unfolded upwards holding the lightbulb. I brought it for the first time as a CIT in the Lodge. That lamp transformed reading at night after the cabin lights went out. No longer was it necessary to clamp my flashlight between shoulder and head at the perfect angle to see the pages of my book, only to readjust every time I turned a page. I would compare it to talking hands free on a cell phone! The train lamp found its way to camp (and later college) for the next eight summers.

The “Useless” list is a little more difficult. For example, the weather for a summer can render something completely unusable, like a fleece last summer when the temperatures never seemed to drop below 85. But I do remember the rubber rainboots that made their way with me my first summer. I did use them…on a hiking trip through a gorge. As if slipping across wet rocks all day was not enough, I reduced the raging stream to a trickle carting most of the stream water back to camp inside those impermeable rubber rainboots. Ever since, an old pair of sneakers have proved far more practicable than those rubber rain boots.

As the piles begin to grow, and you have to sit on the trunk lid to get it to close, survey what you have chosen. Now, tell yourself, “Keep the reading lamp, and leave the rubber rain boots at home!”

See you all soon!

 

04 Apr Springtime at Camp

These photos were taken during recent tours of Camp. View these photos on an iPad or mobile device HERE

17 Feb Never Leave Home Without It – “Orange and Blue” Contest

During a Big Time Rush performance in Philadelphia, PA, S4B alum Carlos Pena took a moment out of his busy schedule to show off his Camp hoodie that travels with him on tour. Carlos also generously autographed a photo of Tripp Lake, which is the Grand Prize in our “Never Leave Home Without It” contest!

Send in a photo of you with your favorite piece of Camp gear in the most unique place you can think of. All entries will appear in the Spring 2012 issue of the “Who’s Who in Orange and Blue” newsletter that will be published in April. The winner will be selected by a panel of non-celebrity judges and awarded the signed photo.

To enter your photo in the contest, please email it by March 1, 2012 to orangeandblue@susquehannock.com.

Also, don’t forget to tell us what you’ve been up to since Camp ended – you can fill out the online form HERE.

 

10 Jan 2012 Susquehannock Winter Reunion

Campers, staff and family alike gathered on Sunday, January 9, 2012 to usher in the new year with our annual Winter Reunion. The day began with lunch at Minella’s Diner and then proceeded roughly 1.8 down Lancaster Avenue for an afternoon of bowling at Devon Lanes.

Refreshments at the bowling portion of the Reunion were generously donated by Ted Volikas, father of S4B camper Theo and owner of Pinocchio’s Pizzeria in nearby Media, PA.

It was a great afternoon of fun and a wonderful chance to catch up with many friends not seen since the summer. Everyone is already looking forward to the summer of 2012 at Camp Susquehannock!

Photos courtesy of Mary Powell

 

08 Dec Never Leave Home Without It!

Big Time Rush’s Carlos Pena brings his Susquehannock hoodie on tour with him – where have you and your Camp gear traveled?

28 Nov Susquehannock Winter Reunion Details Announced!

We are very happy to once again invite you and your child to our annual Winter Reunion on Sunday, January 8, 2012. The fun begins at 1:00 pm at Minella’s Diner (320 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087) where we will meet for lunch and then will continue on down the road to Devon Lanes (300 W. Lancaster Avenue, Devon, PA 19333 ) for bowling at 3:00 pm. We will be providing refreshments during the Bowling portion of the afternoon; lunch at Minella’s will be an out of pocket expense.

We need a RSVP numbers for both Minella’s and Devon Lanes, so please email josho@susquehannock if you’re interested in coming to either or both. Thanks!

Click HERE for more Reunion information on our Facebook event page and stay up to date with all other Camp events HERE.

Also, we are still looking for families to host Camp receptions this winter. These events are the most successful marketing tool we have in our arsenal, so if you are interested in hosting an event to educate prospective families about Susquehannock, please contact Josh. He will work with you to set up the event on a day convenient for your family. We have already had two receptions this off-season that have led to multiple enrollments for the summer of 2012.

Thank you very much for your continued support of Camp Susquehannock!

11 Oct How to Stay in Contact this Off-season

We hope that you were able to use our various online outlets to keep up to date with your child’s experience at Camp this past summer. We would like to take a moment to highlight all the available online tools so you are consistently aware of what is happening at Camp or in your area during the off-season.

Homepage: provides access to Application, Medical Forms, slide shows from the summer and Staff profiles. New information and photos are added periodically during the off-season.

Tripp Lake Times: provides frequent posts featuring photos and video during the summer. Infrequently updated during the off-season

Susquehannock on Facebook: provides links to content online, event announcements and RSVP information, news updates

Susquehannock on Twitter: provides links to content online, event announcements, news udpdates

RSS Feeds: This is our newest feature and it allows you to receive e-mail updates when certain information is posted. Right now our Tripp Lake Times page and our Photo Gallery are the two areas that have RSS feeds. In order to receive these updates you have to subscribe to the RSS Feed. To do that, follow these instructions:

Mac Users using Mail
Photo Gallery:
1. Go to http://susquehannock.com/gallery.php
2. Click on “Subscribe to Updates” in upper right corner of black area
3. Copy the URL
4. Go to Mail
5. Click on File, then click on “Add RSS Feeds”
6. Follow directions

Tripp Lake Times:
1. Go to http://tripplaketimes.com
2. Scroll down right column to RSS Feeds (underneath the Twitter box), click on the orange icon
3. A new page pops up, go to the right side where is says Actions and click on Subscribe in Mail

Using other RSS Readers (ie. Google Reader)
Photo Gallery:
1. Go to http://susquehannock.com/gallery.php
2. Click on “Subscribe to Updates” in upper right corner of black area
3. Copy the URL
4. Go to RSS Reader
5. Click on “Add a subscription” then paste the URL

Tripp Lake Times:
1. Go to http://tripplaketimes.com
2. Scroll down right column to RSS Feeds (underneath the Twitter box), click on the orange icon
3. Copy the URL
4. Go to RSS Reader
5. Click on “Add a subscription” then paste the URL

Also, please be aware that our Early Bird PLUS Discount deadline (10% off full tuition with a $1,000 deposit) is October 31, 2011.

For those of you in the Philadelphia area, we hope to see you at the Autumn Reunion at the Kent’s in Ardmore on October 23rd!

And, as always, we are looking for volunteers to host Camp receptions this off-season – please contact us if you are interested.

Thank you very much for your continued support of Susquehannock, we cannot wait to see you and your child again at Tripp Lake!

 

06 Oct Philadelphia VisionWalk 2011

It is that time of year again – time to join Gavin’s Gang and sign up for Philadelphia’s VISIONWALK. Our humble walk has grown so much that this year we are happy to announce a change in venue: date is Saturday, October 22 and our new location is Independence National Historical Park! Registration begins at 8:45 am (Gavin’s Gang will have its traditional tent with breakfast before and after the 3 mile walk—we have been known to be noisy so you can not miss us!) and walk begins at 10:00 am. Stick around after the walk, too, as there will be food, fun and festivities for the whole family!

We have lots of great news to report this year. In June, the first-ever gene therapy clinical trial for Stargardt disease began at Oregon Health & Science University’s Casey Eye Institute in Portland. StarGenTM is a treatment that is being developed by Oxford BioMedica, a biopharmaceutical company in the United Kingdom. The Foundation Fighting Blindness (and your donations!) funded many of the pivotal lab studies that are making Oxford’s gene therapy trials possible. With continued funding, we are optimistic there will be a cure for Gavin in the near future. Check out FFB’s web site at www.blindness.org if you want to read more.

We are incredibly grateful and humbled by our friends and family who over the course of five years have helped us raise more than $30,000 to support the fight against retinal degenerative diseases.

Click this link to visit the official VISIONWALK website which will give you a lot more information and pictures of last year’s walk. Just click on this site and tap onto Gavin’s Gang and there you are!

If you have any questions please call (215-849-4337) or email gavinsgang@disantodesign.com but most of all we hope to see you in October!

Many many thank yous!!
Rose DiSanto, on behalf of the Hatfield family

Note:  In order to coordinate Susquehannock involvement in the VisionWalk, we have created a Facebook Event.  Please RSVP on the Event page or by emailing josho@susquehannock.com.