I’ve been telling a story at camp for years. It was first told in 2008 in honor of the 100th year of Camp Wawayanda at Frost Valley (1958). It’s called “Sawmill, 1958,” and by this point thousands of young people, some now not so young, have heard it. This is not the place to tell the story—not even hint at it. My stories (and I think all good camp stories) are oral history. They are told, not written down. They are remembered (sometimes vaguely) in the minds of children until they are old and figure out it’s time to pass them along. At Frost Valley stories convey our history and even (though they are sometimes “scary”) our values.

Anyway, by this point I have a dozen stories in my repertoire. “Sawmill, 1958,” which I told two nights ago to Sacky (around a fire, under the stars!), features Scott Sanborn, a great swimmer, Wawayanda lifeguard, much-liked staffer in the early days of the camp here at FV. He was part of the Westfield NJ crew. I found a photo of Scott on duty as a lifeguard at the waterfront (notice the docks are near the boathouse) and am pleased to post it here. It happens that one of the little guys sitting on the dock is yours truly. Scott is the guy facing the camera with his left hand behind his back.

Hello hello hello, and happy #CoreValuesInAction Wednesday!


As I write this blog, there is snow outside of my Margetts office, falling on Filries Field. I have a winter hat on, and am drinking a cup of tea. WOW, do I miss summer or what?!?! The past four years that I have been here for the fall, it has always snowed in October. I hope everyone else is enjoying the Fall before it turns to winter!


This October has been different though. We have been celebrating with a new initiative, Core Values in Action, and have been sharing stories of our summer campers practicing the core values at home, and displaying them actively in their communities. I am SO EXCITED to share with you a few of the stories that we got about the Core Value of CARING!


“Since I attended Frost Valley camp, I am more aware of the core values and have done the following.   I volunteered at the library and helped care for the younger students.  I was the banker for the summer reading program, and helped with the activities.  I won a customer service excellence award for my time at the library.   I have helped my mom walk two of our Pekingese dogs more often.   I care very much for my family and show them I care by telling my parents and brother that I love them, and hug them too. I care about my friends at school, and help them with their work if they need it.  I also care about my school and am in the process of running for student government treasurer.  It is something I am excited about doing. I am already looking forward to next summer at Frost Vallley.  I told my parents to sign me up.” – Blake, Outpost Village
“I help people when they are feeling down because I want them to be happy… I take care of my dog take her out for long walks and I help clean the floor like trash.” Jennifer, Lakota Village

“Me and the rest of our family “adopted” a stray cat. She was really thin and skittish when we first got her but now she is healthy and friendly she even lets us pet her.

#CoreValuesInAction??” Madeline, Lakota Village
” My example of caring is when my aunt Ami was still alive.  She was old and could not go out to do pretty much anything.  My mom and I went to Bistro To Go, which is a place that sells readymade food.  We used to buy food there and bring it to her and her husband, and they really liked it.  I think that is an example of caring because we brought food for them, and I would be thankful if someone did that for me. ” Ben, Outpost Village

I hope you all enjoyed these stories as much as I did! It is awesome to hear from friends about the awesome things they learned at camp that they are bringing back to their communities! Send me your stories putting any of the Core Values into Action, and you too will be featured in our blog and receive of a Core Values Tshirt!
Be on the look out for next weeks #CoreValuesInAction story, featuring 5 of our Outpost Campers!
Peace, Love, Bibbley,