Tuesday, October 2, 2018

NJ Monthly Fall Cover: Part 2!

As you probably recall if you looked at this blog like-five-ish-days-ago, we got a nice surprise when an aerial view of the 4-H Camp landscape was featured on the cover NJ Monthly Magazine's October Issue. 


After we reached out, the photographer who took the photo, Joe Polillo , was kind enough to share the original picture with us:


Photo Credit: Aerojo Drone Productions


It was taken last fall, but we're happy you get to see it this fall to have a bird's eye view of what it looks like when the leaves start to change (as they are right now) at 4-H Camp.

We're all used to the up-close-beauty of 4-H Camp, but it's a great opportunity to see our home- -sweet-home nestled in all the rest of the natural beauty of the State Forest, National Park, and beyond that surround it. 


Photo Credit: Aerojo Drone Productions

Happy October!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Summer '18 In Review: Some Random Photos from our Friends


Every so often, throughout and after the summer, campers will pass along some great photos they took during their time here.

And, ALSO every so often, I'll share some of those photos on the Camp Blog.

AND, it looks like every so often is right now, because that's what's happening!

For instance, Dan took some photos on Polaroids, but that was NOT going to stop them from getting our way digitally - with captions included:



They said we look alike


Nelson came in the cabin at the perfect time

Tommy Boon's famous moment

It’s not even raining

??

More and more people kept coming into the photo

Friendo

Friendo pt 2






And Autumn sent along:





A classic end-of-session Saturday morning photo.


Speaking of classic Saturday morning photos, some of my personal favorite selections are of course...


Obligatory photos with the director...

Like the ones Alex sent me.



Or like Mike, who sent along a photo mash-up of his very first Saturday morning as one of our youngest campers...


And his last Saturday morning, as one of our oldest campers.  (Last until he comes back next year as a Junior Counselor, any way.)

Oh, speaking of Junior Counselors!

If you are a graduate of our CIT Program and are applying to be a Junior Counselor from Summer 2019, SAVE THE DATE for our Leadership Weekend Junior Counselor Training. 

It'll be held the weekend February 22nd-24th, Friday evening through Sunday Morning. 

You'll sign up to attend on your Junior Counselor application, which will be available in a few weeks.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Happy Fall! Here's a Treat!

So, admittedly, we pretty much consider it fall here at Camp the day Summer Camp is over on August 20th. 

And, we DEFINITELY consider it fall (we pretty much have to) in mid-September for Fall Family Hike Day. 

But now, that to us and the rest of the country, it's officially fall, we wanted to wish you some crisp seasonal happiness with this little surprise:

Everyone's FAVORITE LAKE is featured on the cover of NJ Monthly Magazine!





Yes indeed, believe your eyes, that's a lovely aerial photo (from a previous fall) of our very own Lake Shawanni. We certainly agree with NJ Monthly - what better example of the natural beauty of the Garden State than the 108 acres we've got right here at 4-H Camp. Special thanks to the friend-of-Camp with a sharp eye who spotted us on the cover and sent it my way last night.



You can check out the cover on the digital version of the magazine here. Enjoy!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Summer '18 in Review: A Canoe-nity Harvest


A peak highlight...

From Summer 2018...

Was surely...




Our brand-new...

Canoe-nity Garden!


Yes, this great new feature of Camp...


(Added this past off-season with a TON of help from the greater Camp community...)



Played a variety of roles this summer season. 



It was the scene in which many campers...

Jump-started each day...

With our "Groundhog Gardening" Early-Morning Activity. 

It was...

Of course...

A great scenic addition...


To help...


Beautify...


The entrance...

And exit of Camp...


As well as...


A great sight to see...

On our daily stroll...
To and from...


Vespers Island. 





It was our laboratory...


In which our campers...

Were able to learn...

Hands-on...




About seeds...


Soil...




Sunshine...


Water...

And how these elements...

Combined with some...





Time...





Care...

And attention...
Can make some...
Pretty amazing things...
Grow.
(And we're talking...

REALLY hands-on.

Like really,



Really,


REALLY...


Hands-on.)


So hands-on...


That our Canoe-nity Garden...







Was not...

Just a laboratory...


But a source of food...



To bring a variety of... 
Fresh...


(Just about as fresh as you can get...)


Vegetables...

Herbs...


And more...


For our kitchen...

For our...

Salad bar...

And for our...

General snacking enjoyment. 


And the BEST thing...

Our Canoe-nity Garden was...


Was just the beginning!


Because we look forward in future seasons to adding...

Even more plants,




Even more classes, 


(Even more boats!)

And even more ways for our Canoe-nity Garden...
To bring our campers...

Just a little bit closer to nature.


(An in fact, we're not even just waiting for future seasons to add to our garden:) 


Our dear friend Lakeside Louie has been working on some finishing fence touches...

And just yesterday put on our new gates!


Stay tuned for what else will be added and new for our Canoe-nity Garden for Summer '19!