An Update On Girls’ Camp & Sports at Robin Hood

What a great day here at camp. I can feel the excitement as Parent’s Visiting Day is right around the corner. All of junior camp was out on excursions today enjoying perfect weather.

I had many goals in the off-season preparing for my first summer as sole director. Getting more competition for our girls with other camps was very high on that list. As we close our athletic session with our 13U football tournament tomorrow – I can say with great pride that our girls went undefeated at home this summer. Today we hosted Camp Birchmont here at the Realm in softball and soccer in both 13U and 15U. This after me personally calling the owner of Birchmont who I had to beg to send the 2 teams.  We have had so much trouble getting camps to accept our girl sports invitations. Now we can all see why…….

Robin Hood was an all-boys camp till 1986.  That year John and Joan Klein dreamed of a girl’s sports camp, a place where girls could come to learn sports on our 180 acre home. They wanted a  unique place for girls to get the best of both worlds. This summer that dream has paid off in dividends. We opened our 9th girl group the “Scouts” while continuing John and Joan’s dream.

Watching your daughters win 2 soccer games on penalty kicks while scoring 3 runs in the last inning to win the 13U softball game was amazing. In the 15U softball game, I felt like I was watching was  Michael Jordan win 6 championships.  I have seen them both happen and can’t explain the joy and excitement this morning brought to me.  John loved to watch sports and I remember him standing very quietly by the ball fields. I was not quiet today at all as I got little carried away with the emotions of the day.

Andy, Drew and John were all my camp directors during my 12 years as a camper and staff member. I have taken a little bit from all of their playbooks as I begin my journey as a director.

Yesterday I wrote my first ” Woody Says” at the waterfront – In Loving memory of John and Joan Klein…..I know like Andy they are watching over us with giant smiles and I hope we make them proud every day…

Sweet Dreams from the Realm – see you Friday

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