On Sunday we celebrated the start of Autumn with our Fall Farm Day!        

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The late Eric Blum would send (to a selected few true hard-working people) a “Schlep” t-shirt—usually in September or event October. I received three of these over the years. I considered myself a hard-working volunteer throughout the summers I worked alongside Eric, himself the consummate volunteer. But Eric defined volunteering with an intense narrowness of focus—focus on the grunt work, the work no one else would do, the clean-up stuff, the long boring driving, luggage, litter pick-up, wiping down Pokey-Totem tables, triaging in the health center, putting equipment properly away after the fun was done. That was Eric. So only three times did he consider me in that hard-core category. […]

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The last full day of the summer at camp is intensely pre-nostalgic. People walking around—staff and campers alike—treating every encounter as if it will be the last. But it won’t because at that point there’s so much more to go. Then comes the final day—the morning of check-out. For sessions 1, 2, and 3 this is sad but not as sentimental as 4th. Counselors completely emphathize with the sadness-upon-leaving of their campers and so more even than usual we are all in it together: this realizing how deep and compelling and instructive and ideal(istic) is this community of people thrown in together, living together, dramatizing emerging selves together, figuring out […]

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