Kick off the new year with your Camp friends at the Winter Reunion! The afternoon of fun begins at 1:00 pm at Minella’s Diner (320 West Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087-3992) where we will meet for a (not so) Spontaneous Susquehannock Lunch and then we’ll continue down the road to Devon Lanes (300 Lancaster Avenue, Devon, PA 19333) for bowling at 3:00 pm.
Though billed as a “reunion,” this is also a wonderful opportunity for new families to meet current campers and our Staff while hearing first hand how Summer Lasts A Lifetime! Feel free to invite any interested families you have – we will have our information packet available to take home.
Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re planning to attend lunch, bowling or both!
After a number of years hosted by the Kents in Ardmore, the Autumn Reunion was moved to the beautiful grounds Springside Chestnut Hill Academyin Philadelphia.
We will be announcing details regarding our Winter Reunions in Philly, New York City and metro DC very soon!
Counselors began arriving in late May to prepare our facilities for yet another amazing summer at Tripp Lake. A lot of effort has gone into the creation of a new Organic Garden, spearheaded by S4B staff member Blake Shafer in addition to the preparation of fields, courts and cabins.
As a reward for the hard work of the Work Week contingent, the staff is rewarded by a sumptuous feast shipped all the way from Dreamland BBQ in Alabama – featuring Spare Ribs, Fried Okra, Sweet Potato Biscuits and Pecan Pie. This is a more recent tradition that has many staff members very excited for Thursday of Work Week.
On the first day of Training Week, Sunday, June 16th, the staff gathered at the home of Mr. Ed, longtime Director of Camp Susquehannock, to celebrate his 91st birthday with singing, birthday cake and general merriment.
In addition to the continuation of the work around campus, staff members participated in hands-on training sessions led by Senior Staff. All aspects of Camp life are thoroughly discussed, including preparation for sports clinics, cabin duties, Overnight camp-out coordination, Waterfront policies and many, many more. The staffs of both Camps were able, however, to blow off some steam during a mini Orange and Blue Competition played throughout Training Week.
Both staffs are a diverse mix of individual personalities and talents and we are all very excited for the arrival of campers on Sunday, June 23rd!
Check out a really cool slideshow produced by Mary Powell:
We are very happy to offer a new option when enrolling your child for a summer of memories at Camp Susquehannock! We have partnered with Bunk1 to offer online registration for all families wishing to enroll more conveniently.
Please be aware that our Early Bird PLUS deadline is October 31, which offers a 10% savings off full tuition with a $1,000 deposit per camper.
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!
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 email@example.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.
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