We hit another positive milestone today as it has now been 14 days since the arrival of the last of our campers. As Camp Robin Hood’s Medical Director I feel that one more hurdle has been overcome on the path to a COVID-free Summer 2020 Season.
Today was the day that I finally got to spend most of my time roaming around camp and seeing all of our activity areas and campers in action! It was a great day for that really as girls camp all decided to dress up in crazy and colorful outfits. They called it Brittany Snow Day. They tried to explain why but I didn’t really get it so I just smiled and rolled with it. All of you who questioned why your daughters asked you to buy and subsequently pack tutus and metallic crazy leggings it was for occasions just like this! Take a look at the pictures from today – I’m not sure if the counselors or the campers had more fun! Anyway I closed my computer and headed outside at 10:00 am. I saw so many cool things! At the waterfront I saw people on peddleboats, people on the SUP boards, people playing on the water trampoline, sailing, skiing, it was awesome! I even saw people doing water aerobics – that was a new one for me. I might join in next time. After lunch I focused on the land-based activities. There was some great basketball going on, kids doing some agility drills at soccer and something else I had never seen before at the tennis courts. Junior campers were being fed balls and then they started playing something that apparently is called tennis baseball. The camper would hit the ball and then run to the post and if they made it before the ball was returned they were safe. Or something like that. I didn’t really understand it but I know for sure that they were hitting and running and laughing and that is what counts. I saw kids playing some interesting character games in drama, making string bracelets at arts and crafts, spinning on the spin bikes followed by planks and other very difficult fitness moves. Evening activity just wrapped up – we had a game of Hunger Games, a reverse scavenger hunt, a standard scavenger hunt, a gaga game and the archers had their 3rd league game of baseball while the lancers ended the night at a bonfire on the beach! What a great day to be outside! I generally spend too much time behind my desk so it was great to go mobile today and see this all happening live. I hope that you enjoy the pictures from today and get a good feel for what is going on up here. I can’t say enough how normal it feels which is amazing after this spring. I think we have all been craving some normalcy and this is just what the doctor ordered. Wishing you all a great evening – sweet dreams from the Realm – Michelle
Greetings from the Realm,
My name is Wendy Corbin and I am one of the administrators this summer at Robin Hood. A little bit about me: I was a camper and counselor at Camp Hiawatha – the former sister camp of Robin Hood – till it closed in 1984. After meeting my husband, Peter through camp, I came back to join him here and spent three summers as a group leader and head of girls camp from 2003-2005. For the last 15 years I have been raising our twin boys and running Corbin’s Crusaders, an after school sports program and day camp in the New York area.
It’s a strange world and a very different summer. Although we are wearing masks, physical distancing and a constantly washing our hands, being back here feels very normal. As both an administrator and a parent of twin boys in the Forester group, I have a unique perspective to bring to the team.
As the Safety Officer, I have spent the last couple of months studying both the New Hampshire State Guidelines and the CDC recommendations to safely open our camp. Our medical team and full administration has created a plan and system to insure that camp is safe. I am the person responsible for executing these plans.
Camp is humming along. I’ve watched the Tumblers learn Basketball, the Bows play Tennis, the Foresters at the Waterfront, the Shires at Nine Square and the Scouts playing Bocce. As a parent, I feel we have given these kids an opportunity to feel normal especially after such an unusual spring. I love seeing the campers doing activities and making friends. You can feel their smiles behind the masks and see it in their eyes.
I’m so thankful my boys get to experience the magic in the trees like your children and so many of us have done for the past 93 years.
Camp Robin Hood 2003-2005, 2020
Camp Hiawatha 1976 – 1984