Hello from cold and snowy Chicago –
After a very busy January, which took me around the world visiting with new camp families, I was finally able to visit the Realm. They are hard at work on getting ready for summer and it was really nice to see our hard working team in person. The new garage looks amazing and our to-do list to prepare for Opening Day is complete! I am so excited at how close summer is getting and seeing everyone again. Right now, the Realm is filled with snow and ice – Chuck was clearly more sure footed then me.
Thanks to our amazing staff and to all of your recommendations and referrals we are ahead of last year’s enrollment. Without you sharing your amazing stories of camp and your campers experiences we wouldn’t be able to continue to share our summer home with new families each year. I cannot thank you enough for all the referrals and kind words you share. We are about to close 4 groups for this summer! Each group has a specific number of kids allowed in, this way we can provide the perfect CRH experience for each camper.
As I write this email, for the first time in CRH history all 8 of our girl group leaders from summer 2019 come from the same group as campers. To think that all these summers later – 8 bunkmates are about to help run girls camp together, sharing their experiences and friendship with younger campers. Each time I say that it proves everything that is right about our camp! My goal is for this to happen again very soon and as often as possible. Our incoming first-year aide groups will continue that tradition and provide the energy and passion for another great summer! They will be backed up by our great administration with 3 new additions of the next generation of CRH leaders. These 3 new admin staffers, who are all school teachers, are some of my favorite former campers and will provide a bridge between the Brass and our current campers and staff.
There are so many exciting things happening for this summer! We are planning some major changes to our Saxon/Scribe excursion. Plus I have been meeting with fellow camp owners for months now getting new ideas and insights from their experiences. I hope to implement some of these ideas, tweaked to fit with the CRH mission, and they will help us run an even better camp for years to come.
That’s all for now – thanks again for all your support and sharing your kids with me. Don’t forget the 100-days to Opening Day is coming up soon!
We have some exciting news!! After many months we can finally announce the finishing of a passion project for the entire leadership team. The CRH Yearbooks are going digital!!!
We took the time to copy yearbooks from 1948, the year after the fire at camp, until 1962. Digitizing the yearbooks will allow us to give you an exciting look into the past. I, personally, can’t stop reading Andy’s words and am in awe at the inspiration I’ve found from them. His principles and passion still hold true today and provide me with a guide book on how to continue running camp with his goals in mind. Now, no matter what happens, we will always have some of the oldest yearbooks from the Realm for years to come. You can access the digital yearbooks from our alumni page and see for yourself the magic in the trees from years before.
What an honor! We were listed as One of The Best Summer Camps in the USA for 2019 by Newsweek!
In addition to the Best Summer Camps list, Newsweek highlights the importance of camps being accredited by the American Camp Association. “ACA accreditation shows a camp’s commitment to the safest and highest standards in organized camp,” explains Tom Rosenberg, president/CEO of the American Camp Association.
Camp provides children with a community of caring adults, who nurture experiential education that results in self-respect and appreciation for human value.
Below is an excerpt of the Camp Robin Hood NH highlight:
It is our responsibility to provide your child with a structured, supportive environment, in which they will develop lasting friendships, gain personal insight into the importance of mutual respect, grow as they seek out new experiences, and gain self-confidence through success. Camp Robin Hood combines the exceptional facilities of an east coast camp with a friendly Midwestern culture.
Going into summer at camp can be scary the first time and even stranger if you don’t know what everyone is talking about! At Robin Hood we have some unique terms that we use around camp. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the words you’ll hear this summer:
Founder of Camp Robin Hood in 1927 and was its first director. Andy ran CRH with his wife Duff until the 1970s.
There are quotes written by Andy Friedman on blocks of cement and signs all around camp. See if you can find them all!
The circle of Adirondack chairs located in the quad where many campers and staff get together to talk, play circle games, eat snacks, and more. Many former campers favorite memories were made at the Adirondack chairs!
A weekly campfire for boys camp. During the first fire of the summer, all the new campers are introduced to the rest of boys camp by their camp big brothers.
Each bunk has benches outside where the group convenes before going to any sort of activity or camp function. The group leader has the group count-off to make sure every camper is there before proceeding to the next activity.
The leadership team at CRH full of administrators (i.e. Chuck, Diane, Woody, Michelle, Scott, Lizz)
Counselor in Training. The Saxons and Scribes (oldest campers who are 16 going into their junior year of high school) fall under that category.
The method of making sure all the campers are present. They are each given a count- off number and they shout them out in order. Count-off is especially crucial at the Waterfront and when the group is out of camp.
A group can earn time at the Candy Canteen. The GL (Group Leader) can take the group to the office where they can pick one candy bar of their choice
An ice cream shop outside of camp that is very, very good. Groups can get a special trip to Cozy Corner with The Brass throughout the summer
At the end of camp, each group goes on a trip out of camp to various places of entertainment and such.
This activity takes place after dinner and is the final activity of the day. Each GL along with their staff will plan a fun activity. This could be a boat ride around the lake or a game of infection. The possibilities are endless
During Green and White (color war), each team makes a team flag that is hung in the dining hall until the following summer when they are then moved and displayed in the Chuck Illig Playhouse with decades of other flags.
A time before bed where campers can take time to themselves to read, write letters, color, and anything else they choose to do before bed.
The day each group in camp presents a gift to the camp at a banquet dinner. Traditionally held on the camp’s founder, Andy Friedman’s, birthday. Founder’s day presents are put all around camp to be seen by the rest of camp for years.
(First Year Aid): A first-year staff member who was previously a camper at Robin Hood. These staff members are typically going into their Senior year of High School (12th grade).
Girl’s Campfire-A weekly campfire for girls camp on Sunday nights. At the first campfire of the summer, every new camper is introduced to the rest of girls camp by their camp “big sister”. We sing Robin Hood songs, and learn girls camp cheers!
Green and White
Robin Hood’s color war. The entire camp is split into two teams for 5 days and competes in a wide array of activities such as land sports, water sports, drama, art, and more!
A Group Leader oversees an entire bunk of campers and staff.
General Staff: General staff are counselors who are not yet a GL but not the AGL. They are with the campers all day.
The period of time after lunch where campers clean the bunk. Campers get rewarded for having a clean bunk!
A period in the day where campers can select an area that they would like to focus on for the week. There’s an activity for every camper to become more experienced in by participating in intensive periods!
Former Green and White counselor captains who return every year during the 5 days of Green and White to officiate the games, and reunite with friends and former campers. To become a judge is one of the highest honors at Robin Hood!
The director who took over camp after Andy passed in the 19070s. When he retired D.C., Woody, and Sol took over. John was a camper, outstanding counselor, and leader at Camp Robin Hood for many years.
A marina is located on the far right side of the lake where campers may visit on a double period to canoe, kayak/ and more.
The Magic in the Trees
The culture of Robin Hood that sets it apart from other camps. You’ll feel the magic all around camp!
One day out of the summer we take the entire camp to Ogunquit Beach, Maine for a day of fun in the sun.
A camping trip for junior campers where they get to pitch a tent, build a fire, make dinner, and sit around a campfire under the stars at night.
A delicious pizza restaurant in Ossipee that campers and staff have gone to for 30+ years.
Parents Visiting Day. Where parents get to reunite with their children, meet the staff, and see camp.
The nickname for Robin Hood for decades!
Meeting place located beside the quad where campers and staff may gather during free time.
The bugle sounds for the morning wake-up time.
Secret Summer Sister
Also called “SSS”. Each member of girls camp draws the name of another girl in camp to secretly give gifts to throughout the summer.
Specialty staff are counselors who run specific activities (sailing, archery, etc.)
The bugle sound for bedtime at 9:00pm.
The set of trees in deep left field on the Home Run Diamond. Hitting trees is a home run and considered a great achievement for campers.
Scribe song– the oldest girl’s group is known to come up with their own song that they will sing together in the talent show each year.
Senior Girl’s Quad
The newest bunks for the older girls! Complete with a ping pong table, carpet ball, and a firepit for s’mores!
A favorite boys camp porch game.
Scribe/ Saxon Speeches
Where the oldest group of campers can reflect on their time at Robin Hood, and give advice to younger campers. These speeches are typically held on the second to last night of camp.
Throughout the year I periodically flip through past Robin Hood yearbooks. It’s gives me a chance to look back on our storied past and ahead to the next with joy and respect. As I was going through old yearbooks I came across something that blew me away – a message from Andy Friedman, the founder of Robin Hood. I’ve shared with you his message, from the 1947 yearbook, that still holds true and is more impactful even today.