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!
News from Camp Glen Brook
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.
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.
We had a wonderful week with the Waldorf School of Garden City's 5th grade class. Their focus this week was on Botany and exploring the fields and forests of the Glen Brook campus. We also hiked Mount Monadnock as a class, enjoyed the still warm Glen Brook pond, and enjoyed playing some free time soccer with the Gappers.
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.
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.
2016 saw another wonderful music night full of performances by campers, counselors, and staff. We're happy to share some of our all-staff performances with you here. Enjoy!
Summer Camp has come to an end for the year, in a rush of appreciation, tearful goodbyes, and a flurry of closing ceremonies and clean-ups.
We are so grateful to everybody who helped to make this a magical summer.
Enjoy this final batch of photos for the summer!
The Falcons returned from their four-day backpacking trip in the White Mountains with a few beautiful photos to share. They managed to avoid the rain for their entire trip, and summited several beautiful mountains including the Franconia Ridge mountains. They came back sweatier and smellier than ever, and eager to put on costumes and join the dance that evening. Having had a day to recoup and settle in, they’re now off on their 24-hour solos.
It’s been quite a busy and fun week at Camp! Saturday Night Entertainment was a blast, a record number of campers participated in Iron Camper (a swim, kayak, bike, and run that can be done solo or on a team), Sunday and Monday finally saw some good rain here on the hill, and everybody is making the most of the final days here at Camp. The last week is always abuzz with a specially excited energy as everybody packs in all their favorite things to do at Summer Camp before it ends.
The pictures here include art projects that the campers have been working on, pictures from our dance party as well as an elective 80’s dance party, and various pictures from around camp.
We’re looking forward to our all-camp trip to Stone Pond tomorrow, Banquet tomorrow night, and the final day of classes, tournaments, and our closing ceremonies and appreciation. Stay tuned for photos from the Falcon backpacking trip, and at least one more batch of final photos!
We're nearing the last week of Camp, which is hard to believe! The whole Camp went on a very short hike up Pitcher Mountain, more popularly known as "Blueberry Hill" and gathered a new record amount of blueberries: 60 pounds! We always have a competition with staff versus campers, and we weren't able to get any photos this year because the staff had to work hard with all these campers. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough and the campers won for the second time in record-keeping history.
We're relieved to see a forecast that the heat will break and we'll finally get some rain, and are looking forward to another great Saturday Night Entertainment!
The Falcons finished their beautiful paddles, and went on an amazing and challenging canoe trip in Maine. They were able to capture and share a few photos, which we hope you enjoy!
The Glen Brook Games were a huge success, with teams competing in a wide variety of activities with good cheer and sportsmanship the whole day through. From the scavenger hunt in the morning, through a wide variety of team challenges and games, right through to the diving or belly flop competition, the day was hysterical and fun. We hope you enjoy these photos!
The whole camp made it up to the top of Mount Monadnock on Wednesday! We followed with a cookout in the meadow and an evening swim after a long sweaty day. While the camp hiked, some staff who stayed back at Camp were able to see the group waving from the summit through one of Camp's telescopes. They also helped the hikers find camp by using a mirror to reflect the sun toward the mountain to signal Camp's location.
Thursday night saw a lively contra dance in the meadow-- our band played wonderfully, and everybody had a great time. Next week Nurse Katy will be teaching us some more complex square dances, since everybody did so well last night.
Our weather continues to be hot and sunny, and the campers are all off on team scavenger hunts throughout the woods to start off the day's Glen Brook Games. They are using maps and compasses to find clues as well as a long list of various items (such as "a maple leaf", "a striped rock"). When they finish the scavenger hunt and have a snack, we'll begin our team games!