It’s getting to feel like home up here at The Realm after 5 incredible days. Today was definitely one for the record books! At breakfast, I announced a surprise Forester/Shire/Saxon/Scribe trip to Ogunquit Beach leaving just after the meal. My thoughts in the off season were to make these last years as campers feel more special, and to enhance the CIT experience. Following a drum roll, the dining hall went nuts as I called off the names of the groups going on the trip. Shortly after getting the camp hyped up, I announced another trip – that the Squires and Jesters were leaving to climb their own mountains right after bunk clean up. At this point, the dining hall was full of oos’s and ah’s and loud cheers. I remember sitting in the old dining hall as a juggler in 1973 waiting and hoping my groups name would be called by Andy Friedman, our camps founder. This is a great tradition here at CRH and I am beyond thrilled that it lives on to this day. Although the world has changed tremendously since then we still feel the same way as kids and it really shows.. Take away the screens and the homework and we all go right back to the same place in the trees.
The sun was out all day and with 6 groups out, everyone else took advantage of the open fields. It’s truly amazing that after only 5 days of being all together, it feels so different with some of our brothers and sisters out for the day. We really are one big family……
We started our private in-camp lessons and held a special tennis clinic for campers looking to try out for teams back home, after the camp season ends. Our 13U girls basketball team is practicing hard for their opener next week as well as our 15 and 13U boys teams. The 14U girls volleyball team looks unbeatable and we are thrilled! Sign ups are also well under way for Saturday night’s big Junior Camp Talent Show performance, which we are looking forward to! We are running at full tilt here at the Realm and could not be more thrilled. Walking the bunks lines tonight was [as always] my personal highlight. Hearing everyone laugh, recapping their favorite parts of the day and saying goodnight makes the 10 long months of alone time worth it.
Thank you as alway for sharing your kids with me and The Realm. Cannot wait for tomorrow’s BIG day.
Sweet Dreams from The Realm
What a day here at the REALM……. The sun was shining down on us all day which allowed every group to get into the water and enjoy everything that Lake Ossipee has to offer. I wish you could walk around camp and see what I see. It is incredible to watch and feel the energy that flows at camp from 8:00 am till 9:00 pm every day. We are all now members of the CRH family. After 2 full days, our 17 groups are now all individual families. Seeing the new campers who just 2 days ago came out of vans/ cars/ buses slightly overwhelmed now run around smiling from ear to ear warms my heart.
We ended tonight with our traditional staff show. I challenged your kids to watch us make fools of ourselves on stage. I reminded them camp is about stepping out of your comfort zone. I told them how lucky they are to experience things here at camp that they could never do at home.
My personal highlight was bringing our 17 group leaders – your children’s fill-in parents here for the summer on stage for an encore bow. They are all ex-campers who have spent up to 16 summers here at camp. I pointed to the SCOUT’s and TPJ’s seated in the first row and promised to be on this same stage with them in 12 years when they are running the Realm. It is our secret sauce in so many ways. These ex-campers love and have so much passion for all things CRH. I am so lucky to have them here making sure the traditions and values that make Robin Hood so special are passed down from generation to generation.
I am the 5th director to run CRH in the last 92 years. It is a pretty good bet that the next one might have been sitting in our audience tonight …….
Sweet dreams from the Realm
Greetings from the Realm on the first full day of activities of summer 2019 at Camp Robin Hood! My name is Sam Jonas and I am excited to be hired as the new Head of Boys Camp. After a five-year hiatus, I am back for my 15th summer after having spent 7 years on staff and being selected as a Green and White Color War Captain in 2014. I teach fourth grade in Chicago, which allowed me to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to become more involved in this incredible camp. If you have any questions or concerns about anything during the summer please feel free to contact me at Sam@camprobinhood.com.
So, after a long 10 months, Summer 2019 is finally underway! We were blessed with clear blue skies and beautiful weather for our first full day of activities. The energy, excitement, and anticipation for a memorable summer was in the air as campers danced with their friends at meals and continued to strengthen old friendships and to create bonds with our new faces at the Realm! At the waterfront, most of the campers completed their 4-lap swim test today and two groups had the chance to be the first paddle boarders of the summer. Junior camp enjoyed a scavenger hunt that gave the campers the opportunity to run around camp with their friends while using clues to find important places on camp. It was a cooperative and fun activity especially for our newest faces to get acquainted with our camp! We look forward to another unforgettable summer!
Also, as is tradition, boys and girls camp had separate campfires to mark the start of our summer. At the campfires, our youngest and oldest aged groups introduced each other in front of their respective camps. Then, our oldest groups in boys and girls camp (Saxons and Scribes) led and taught cheers that will be used throughout the summer in the dining hall as a showing of camp spirit!
Sweet Dreams from The Realm
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.