“Our daughter was ill on Monday when the class left for Camp Glenbrook, so last night we drove up to New Hampshire so she could rejoin the class. As we drove up through the woods to this idyllic farm setting, we saw several members of the class playing volleyball in the sun. They all ran over and welcomed Maddie to the camp, and sent us up to the campsite “at the top of the hill.” We walked through a large grassy field, and we saw the cluster of tents at the crest of the hill, overlooking an incredible view of fields and mountains, with Mount Manadnock towering above the rest. Just into the woods we saw the rest of the class, gathering wood, chopping vegetables, cooking onions, rice, and other things over an open fire. Nearby were clotheslines hung with towels, swimsuits, and sweatshirts.
Mrs.Giles, Mrs. Palmer and John (Mrs. Palmer’s son) were supervising the various activities, along with a few camp personnel. The kids were all telling us about their canoe adventure that day, where they paddled (and carried) their canoes in 2-person teams over several lakes, ponds and dry land, finally landing at a great swim spot. Everybody was in good spirits.
As I prepared to leave, they were in a circle around the fire, saying their blessing and getting ready to eat. Many had changed into their heavier clothes for the night, knowing that after dinner it would be hard to find their clothes in the dark! Although it was starting to get chilly, everyone seemed to have what they needed, and they are sleeping 2 or 3 to a tent, so they are keeping each other warm! Today they had plans to hike to the summit of Mount Monadnock, and tomorrow will be the high ropes course.
I left there thinking how lucky they are to experience these class trips – how it brings the class together (new and old members) in an amazing way. I was impressed with the teachers, the environment, and with the enthusiasm that the kids displayed.
Just thought you all might enjoy a little update!”