Geneva Glen Camp
Dear GG Friends,
Another GG summer is behind us and it was a wonderful 9 weeks! This being my
first summer back, I did a lot of observing and even more listening. I must say
that a lot is exactly how I remembered! The changes I noticed were mainly
minor, changes that I assume happened gradually over time. But I assure you
that the “Spirit of the Glen” is still very prevalent!
Myths & Magic was a great way to start, with 180 six to eight year-olds, all full of
energy, wonderment, and adventure. The circus tent set up over the Council
Ring was a site to see, while our last day ended with the Dirty Derby, with yours
truly getting covered in mud from head to toe.
We introduced some new ideas to American Heritage including an optional merit system for seniors with
recognition medallions for the Juniors and Middlers. Each cabin and dorm group had a “family” name, and campers
created an emblem for that family which they painted on a wooden necklace. Rendezvous became our big end-ofsession
event to feature our new family groups. Surveys from the campers were all very positive, so I believe we
are onto something good!
The four weeks of Knighthood were almost exactly as I remembered. Merlin’s Masque was a thrill to see, while the
Pulling of the Sword is still a strong tradition. I was amazed at the number of campers in attendance during
Knighthood that were on their 8th, 9th, or 10th year of Geneva Glen!
World Friendship provided camp a lot of much needed rain, which
gave us a couple extended rest hours, but did little to affect the
programming. Olympics was a huge success, and the cultural
learning experienced by the campers involvement with their dorm
and cabin country groups was exciting to see!
On a final note, I was thrilled to get to know many of the campers
and staff that are children of alumni that I attended camp with
back in the day.
In the Spirit of the Glen,
Casey Klein, Director
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