Session 2 Begins

Session 2 has begun! We have an amazing group of campers, and everybody has jumped right into camp life. Eating, singing, playing, learning, and living together in this little slice of paradise. The Lynx left for their wilderness trip on Monday, and will return on Thursday-- we apologize for their absence in the photos! Today the camp is on an all-camp hike up Gap Mountain, a shorter hike due to the inclement weather forecasted for this afternoon. The campers and staff haven't hesitated to soak up and enjoy every bit of Camp life, rain or shine. We're looking forward to Thursday's contra dancing and Friday's "Glen Brook Games" day. Stay tuned for more photos of these events!

 

You can see the photos here.

Mount Monadnock

This week our all-camp hike day went up Mount Monadnock, the biggest all-camp hike that we do. We look at Monadnock every day from Camp, so it's always a big achievement to get to the top and look back towards Camp, where somebody flashes a signal mirror.

We were impressed with everybody's perseverance and good attitudes on this challenging hike! Despite the difficulties, hike days are always such a joyous time where people spend the day together with nothing to do but chat, share stories, and sing together as we walk along. Even a big challenge becomes manageable with good company!

You can see the photos here.

4th of July Photos

We celebrate Independence Day every year, and at Camp we focus on the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Not personal happiness, per se, but happiness at large. The easiest way to pursue happiness is to work on the skills like compassion, creativity, and supportive cooperative living-- all essentials at Camp! We spend the day going on a hike, swimming in the pond, playing relay games, going on a scavenger hunt, and finishing the day with an amazing picnic dinner, bonfire with singing and a story, and fireworks. Enjoy photos of some of the fun from the day, as well as our recent all-camp hike, and some other time at the lake!

You can see the photos here.

Update from around Camp

It's hard to believe one week of Camp has already gone by! With every day full of fun, friends, and new activities, time sure flies. We celebrated the 4th of July on Saturday (Glen Brook time...photos to follow!), which was a full day of fun. Photos here include some of our nightly evening activities, contra dancing, Saturday Night Entertainment (which happened on Sunday...again, Glen Brook time!), games, art, swimming, and our bonfire.

You can find these photos here.

Lynx Trip

The Lynx started off the session with a wilderness trip to the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. Trips are always an amazing bonding experience for camper groups: they leave many modern comforts behind in order to experience the beautiful natural world, and share together in the challenges inherent in cooking, cleaning, carrying, and traveling that happens on a trip.

The Lynx trip this year was no exception. On return, campers who have been coming for many years declared it their favorite trip of all time, and the group has been happy and eager to dive back into camp life.

You can see some photos from their trip here.

Stay tuned for more updates soon, including photos from the 4th of July celebration!

Summer Camp Begins!

Summer Camp has gotten off to an amazing start! This amazing community of campers, counselors, and CIT's has been kind, enthusiastic, and energetic as we dive into all the wonders of Camp life. 

It's hard to overstate the wonder of living at Camp Glen Brook in the summer time-- in many ways unchanged since the the first summer in 1946. When it's hot we swim in the pond more and spend more time in the woods where it's cooler. Three times a day we come together to share in our absolutely phenomenal farm to table food, most of which is grown and raised right here at Camp. Every evening, the entire camp comes together to sing songs and play games. And in between all of that, there's opportunities to do all kinds of wonderful activities: learning about the farm and garden, working in the woodshop or on an art project, playing games with friends, exploring the flora and fauna of the forest, reading, drawing, writing, and so much more.

We hope you enjoy this first batch of photos as a glimpse into the fun we've been having so far this week. Our apologies to those of you who are homesick for Camp, and to those of you who don't have a pond to swim in in this heat!

You can see our first batch of photos here.

Staff Training is over: welcome campers!

Our staff this summer is truly incredible-- each person is kind, caring, and talented. We had an amazing staff training week coming together as a group, learning hard and soft skills of the job, taking care of the campus, and learning all about how Camp works. We are so excited for the arrival of the campers, and will post photos of our newly bustling community soon! For now, enjoy some photos from staff training.

San Diego 8th Grade

The Waldorf School of San Diego's 8th grade was with us for the past two weeks for their graduation trip. Some highlights of this trip included:

  • Stewardship: the class helped to take care of our farm. Weeding in Gabriel's Field, mulching the newly renovated herb garden for the kitchen, spreading biodynamic preparations over our pastures, gardens, and greenhouse, and taking care of our animals and gathering eggs for the kitchen.
  • Adventure & Challenge: The class participated in our full high ropes course, and we were impressed with the way they worked to learn how to tie knots, belay each other, and challenge themselves at height. The also went on a four-day canoe trip down the Connecticut River where they experienced the full variety of weather and bugs that New England has to offer in the spring time.
  • Play & Music: this class knows how to play! From capture the flag in the woods, to sticks and stones in the meadow and swimming and boating in the pond, and countless play opportunities in between, this class knew how to make the most of this beautiful outdoor place. And as we're always media free, the class spent the evenings chatting and singing songs with Corey Wrinn, one of our favorite lead camp singers!
  • History: the class not only spent time in our farm house from 1776 and living off the land that has been around for millennia, but spent the last three days of the trip in Boston. From a walking tour to a harbor cruise, they learned a lot about the rich history of the northeast.

Here are a few photos from our time together. We hope to see some of these students back for Summer Camp, a Gap Semester, or something else in the future!

Construction Update: New Cabin

We're excited about all the progress on our new cabin. Set back behind the Attic A-Frame, this cabin will have a great view of the farm, and will be ready for campers this summer!

This cabin will give us some much needed breathing room by creating a more spacious living area for a camper group, and opening up more space for our summer staff. Thank you so much to everybody who has contributed to the Capital Campaign to make this project possible!

Stay tuned for more updates!

8th Grade Coming of Age Trip Waldorf School of Garden City

We had a tremendous week with the Waldorf School of Garden City's 8th grade class, and it's hard to believe the week is already over. This new trip, the first of this class's two Glen Brook trips this year, is meant to strike a different tone: to explicitly acknowledge the fact that these students are stepping out of childhood and into adolescence, on their way to becoming more responsible and more independent in many ways.

The students participated in many activities to strengthen their will force, and to help appreciate the work that goes into some of the systems they benefit from while here. On our welcome hike the first day, we crossed over several bridges on the Glen Brook trails, each of which were built by previous class trips, and this week the students had a chance to rip out and rebuild the oldest bridge on the property.  They had a chance to work on the farm to harvest, weed, and help feed and care for our pigs, chickens, and cattle. This week we served almost exclusively food grown and raised on our property, and they had a glimpse into the amount of work that takes. Everybody also got to split firewood, which will be heating the buildings and drying their clothes during their class trip in March.

The students spent time in the evening in small groups having intentional discussions with adults about who they are, and who they want to be, they spent a lot of their free time at the lake, during this warm sunny week, and they had the chance to hike and play a game with the Monadnock Waldorf School's 8th grade, who they pen-palled and met with last year, and also made new friends with the Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School's 7th grade, who was here for part of the week on their camping trip.

Probably the most anticipated part of this trip was the solos. During their trip last fall, this class spent a few hours alone in the forest as a chance to be still, observe, and rest. This year, each student build a personal shelter, and stayed there for an entire afternoon, and through the night, while adults stayed out by a fire in the center of the spread out students. We were impressed and proud of how well they did, and no doubt they have stories to share of their pride, mosquitos, noisy owls, and how different the forest feels when the sun sets.

4th Grade Class

Our Waldorf School of Garden City 4th grade class just finished their second annual Glen Brook Trip.  They learned about animals in our forest, including how to learn from animals to find animals; they hiked Gap Mountain; they worked in the kitchen, garden, and yards of Glen Brook, and much more. We especially enjoyed this group's hard work and enthusiasm for chores, their love of singing, and their abundant curiosity. We know many of these students will be back for Winter and Summer Camp, and we look forward to seeing the class as a whole next year!

6th Grade Trip

Our Waldorf School of Garden City's 6th grade class was here for the week. A main focus of their time was astronomy: the students did observations of constellations with the naked eye, and of planets, stars, and galaxies with telescopes. We were grateful to have a chance to visit the Dublin School's Perkins Observatory to learn from their expertise and use their equipment.  We visited and explored the many caves and tunnels at the local Bear Den natural area, practiced and learned fire building, and explored the Glen Brook woods.  The students helped care for the farm and facility by raking leaves, pruning trees along our pasture edges, and moving firewood.  It was a wonderful week, and we look forward to seeing these students and many of you at the Fall Fair tomorrow!

3rd Grade Class Trip

It was a big week here at Glen Brook. Our third grade from the Waldorf School of Garden City came for their first annual trip. It was wonderful to see these students come to feel at home at Glen Brook, and to try so many new activities. In the garden, students mulched, harvested tomatoes and sunflower seeds, shelled and sorted beans, and cleaned garlic. They learned about and helped to take care of all our farm animals, and we visited a nearby dairy barn to meet their cows and help milk one.  On Thursday the students made an entire delicious meal for themselves and for the gappers: stew, bread, butter, and apple cider followed by apple crisp and ice cream. It was a well made feast! They also spent time exploring the forest and building shelters with the available forest materials. We ended the week with a bonfire at the granite ring with singing and some hilarious skits, and a chance to do some stargazing before bed.

We look forward to seeing these students again soon-- whether for their fourth grade trip as a class, or perhaps at Winter CampSummer Camp, or a Family Program!

 

10th Grade Class Trip

The Waldorf School of Garden City's 10th Grade just finished their Glen Brook trip to the White Mountains. It was a fun, challenging, and beautiful adventure, and we were delighted to see students supporting each other and challenging themselves.  The students backpacked over three peaks, taking weather measurements along the way as a part of their meteorology block.  They were also delighted to return to camp to swim, shower, and delight in a nice warm bed after a few nights on the trail.

70th Reunion Celebration

This weekend was an incredible opportunity to experience the breadth of Glen Brook's impact on people throughout its 70 years. With representatives from every decade of the Camp's history, we were so grateful for the opportunity to come together, share stories, look at archives, and enjoy the beautiful weather and classic camp activities.

With stewardship as one of our core values, it is vital and energizing to connect with the generations who have stewarded this place before, and look toward the next generation who will continue and improve upon the great legacy and values of a place that is loved by so many.

Orientation Trip

Each year, the Waldorf School of Garden City's first-years and seniors start the school year with a combined trip to Glen Brook.  In addition to reconnecting with old classmates and meeting new ones, the students had a chance to be paired with a buddy in the other class, help with the stewardship of our beautiful facilities and grounds, hold class meetings, swim in the pond, play games, and hike Mount Monadnock.  It is a big year for both classes, and we hope that this trip helped start off a wonderful year.