June 26, 2021
June 23, 2021
June 18, 2021
If you read just one email please let this be the one!?!? This is primarily focused on those campers arriving next Saturday, June 26. We are so pumped to get going up here, but want to be sure everyone is on the same page with regard to arrival times, bus trip, testing, vaccinations, camper clothing, and masks.
Additionally, with one week before the start of camp please help us by allowing your son to participate in low risk behaviors for the next eight days! This will help us all to have a safe and enjoyable summer.
While the Parent Handbook has a lot of information to help you and your son prepare for camp, please be sure you read and understand all the updates that have been sent in the past few months leading up to the start of camp. The most recent and pertinent information has been sent out regularly in the updates.
*****Your son will not be allowed to attend camp if you do not follow the correct testing protocols alluded to in the updates*****
Testing – (lf your son is fully vaccinated 14 days prior to arrival or has had COVID-19 in the last 90 days you can skip this section)
1. AT HOME COVID-19 TESTING needs to be scheduled on your own. Please plan ahead looking at next week. This must be a PCR test and ideally scheduled for this Wednesday, June 23.
A google form will be distributed next week for you to upload a picture of the negative PCR test results for your son.
No unvaccinated camper will be allowed to come to camp without proof of a negative PCR test result 36 – 72 hours prior to arrival.
2. ON CAMPUS COVID-19 TESTING will take place on day 1 (June 26) and day 5 (July 1) of each session for non vaccinated campers. You should have received and email this past Tuesday, June 15 with instructions to register your son for on campus testing. The email came from email@example.com
*****The day 1 test will be done upon arrival for all campers*****
Bus Trips –
1. There have been a large number of last minute changes adding to and deleting from the bus trip to camp. If you have registered for the bus you can put your trunk under the bus. Some people have chosen to ship their trunks up prior to camp and that is fine too. The information about timing and location of the Bus Trip is accurate in the Parent Handbook. 3 buses will pick up at Haverford School and come to camp. 1 bus will pick up from Grover Cleveland Rest stop and head to Darien rest stop and then to camp.
2. The buses are full. Lists and pickup locations are attached to this email.
3. A specific, more detailed, email discussing the bus trip will come out next week.
4. There will be buses home on July 10, 20 and August 15. This is new for Tecumseh, and we are pivoting on the fly here so please give us some time to arrange sign ups and timing for these trips. They will drop off at the same locations as pickup and the first stops will not be until the afternoon at the earliest.
Camper Cloting –
Any apparel ordered at registration will be at camp when you son arrives with his name on it in permanent marker.
Arrival Times and Dropoff Procedures –
Please adhere to the following dropoff times for your boys so that we can properly organize our incredibly busy first day of camp. If flights, brothers that are different ages or any other unforeseen travel issues do not allow this we can make it work. Thank you for sticking to the following drop-off times if possible:
11 years old and younger 1pm – 2:30pm on Saturday, June 26.
12 years old and older 2:30pm – 4pm on Saturday, June 26
Parents dropping off campers will be asked to park in designated areas and staff will help with trunks and equipment. We are not allowing visitors on campus. You may, of course, get out of your car to give your son a hug! Please drive slowly and carefully on campus. Thank you for your help with a quick and efficient drop off routine.
We will wear masks (or gaiters) in designated areas, as a team, for the first 5 days of each session. This will be regardless of vaccination status. Masks only have to be worn when in the trunk room(locker area), lodge, when not at their table in the dining hall, and when we are in a large group gathering of any kind. We simply ask them to pull the gaiter up over their mouth and nose at these times. This is a relatively short period of time and a small list of places. Thank you for prepping your son for this.
We ask that all campers, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks or a gaiter for the bus ride to camp.
We ask that campers being dropped off arrive with a mask or gaiter, and wear it for the first few hours until after our first meeting where we lay out the groundrules.
They can bring their own, or we also have plenty of gaiters for them to wear while here.
Campers or counselors may certainly wear masks at any time while here if that makes them more comfortable.
Finally, please know that your son is about to have an amazing experience. However, that might come with some sadness and angst. It may start in the next few days, it may start next Saturday morning. Whenever it is, he will get through it. So many of our counselors are former campers that dealt with homesickness, bed wetting, losing a huge sports event and have gotten through these times and become stronger for it. Please have your son arrive with an understanding that things may not always go his way, but that it’s ok to lose, or be uncomfortable and even to make mistakes. Everyone is here to support him, and we’re going to have an awesome summer together!
June 10, 2021
I apologize for so many emails, but they are all relevant and important for us to have a safe summer together:
1. June installments will be charged over the course of the next few days. If you have not already done so please reach out to Lynn Fiske (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need to change your card on file.
3. COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Google Form. Thank you to the half of you that completed it, the other half….. Please complete as soon as possible!!!
4. Two popular topics heading into this summer have been shipping trunks to camp and bed wetting (no, you and your son are not alone!!!).
A new company called, Ship camps, has been very helpful to a lot of our families. Their prices are half the cost of UPS and FedEx.
Several families are using a nasal spray that their boys are taking at night before bed and it has done a terrific job in keeping boys dry! Please ask your doctor about it.
5. VERY IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE PLANS AHEAD FOR THEIR SON’S TEST BEFORE CAMP (if not vaccinated).
VERY IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE REGISTERS THEIR SON TO BE TESTED ON DAY 1 and DAY 5 OF CAMP. (If not vaccinated)
Information will be out next week about the testing process run by Genetworx
I love hearing from so many of you telling me how excited your boys are to get here. That excitement is shared by me and the entire staff up here. We are extremely busy getting things ready, but please continue to reach out with any issues. It’s going to be an amazing summer. See you soon.
June 9, 2021
June 7, 2021
Please read our 2021 Parent Handbook. There is a lot of information in here and it can answer a lot of questions leading up to the start of each session.
Given this crazy year, there is also some incomplete and unnecessary information because of restrictions we have in place. Please reach out if anything is confusing and know that we will take care of it.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, please stay informed and take action when necessary regarding updates as we lead to the start of camp. All updates are posted to our website and you should expect a few this week regarding testing and vaccinations that need action from parents.
I just arrived in New Hampshire yesterday and the place looks incredible! I can’t wait for summer to be in full swing with all of your boys up here.
Thank you for your tremendous support!
June 1, 2021
May 28, 2021
May 12, 2021
|Dear Camp Tecumseh,
Please read the body and attachment to this email with equal focus. The body will help you (and your boys) understand how awesome this summer at Tecumseh will be, and the attachment will be your guide to partnering with Camp Tecumseh to ensure everyone’s health and safety.
****Our Camp program this summer will be amazing****
In addition to our awesome regular camp days, please share the below highlights with your boys!
We still have a few spots left in certain age groups and sessions. Please let friends and family know!
Thank you for taking equal care in reading the attached plan for Camp’s safe operation this summer.
The health and safety of Camp Tecumseh campers and staff is of paramount importance and has been the driving force behind the extensive planning efforts for the Summer 2021 Camp Tecumseh season. In addition to the planning process aimed at ensuring a healthy and safe camp experience, our COVID-19 Task Force members and the entire Board of Directors have made it a priority to reduce the likelihood that any Camp-related COVID infection may have on the broader Lakes Region community. This is both a medical, and, we believe, a moral imperative and is aligned with the long-held values of Camp Tecumseh. As the late Jim Fraser said of Camp Tecumseh “We do hard things at Camp Tecumseh, and we do them with class.” The Board of Directors, the COVID-19 Task Force, our staff, and our many planning partners have made every effort to ensure that your son, our staff, and the Lakes Region community are able to enjoy a safe, healthy, and worthwhile summer experience. We are honored that you place your trust in Camp Tecumseh and we need your help to make this work!
Below is an outline of how we currently see the Universal Best Practice for Summer Camps in New Hampshire meshing with Camp Tecumseh’s plan for an amazing summer!
These guidelines are manageable, and we will make this work together. Thank you for your help!
*******Fully vaccinated or positive in last 90 days******
These situations give us a high degree of confidence in severely decreasing potential spread of the virus at camp, but they do not completely eliminate it. For this reason, we ask that everyone follow the same set of guidelines. In a future communication we will ask for notification if your child has been fully vaccinated or tested positive in the last 90 days.
***Bus rides home will be available this summer on July 20 and August 15. Information coming soon***
We strongly recommend bringing your boys to camp or having them on the bus. If anyone is in need of airport pick-up please reach out to Paul Poiesz (email@example.com) and Doug Knight (firstname.lastname@example.org). We can set you up with reliable and safe car services.
The past year has been incredibly difficult on us all, but there is clearly a light at the end of the tunnel. Our summer together will bring everyone at camp significantly closer to that light. With everyone’s help we will make this summer one of the most memorable in Camp Tecumseh’s incredible history. Thank you for being a part of it!
April 1, 2021
March 1, 2021
February 1, 2021
We are actively working to open registration at this time. With so much changing every day Camp Tecumseh is diligently planning a registration model that will fit several different scenarios for the 2021 summer. We are committed to opening and being together at the lake this summer!
2021 Camp Dates are set: Saturday, June 26 – Sunday, August 15
Dear Camp Tecumseh,
I gave the opening prayer speech this past summer because I felt it was important to share some of the legacy of Mr. Don McBride with our current campers. Sadly, Mr. McBride passed away this spring, but left a huge family to remember and celebrate his life. Both of his sons and 10 of his eleven grandsons have been campers and counselors here at CT (and the 11th will be here soon!!!).
Mr. McBride was the 4th Director of Camp Tecumseh from 1977 – 1983. The following words, from him, were in the final Sunbeam 41 years ago!
Most people go through life only partially aware of the full range of their abilities. Many of these capacities are not easily discovered. So many of us have potentialities that never develop, mainly because the circumstances of our particular lives never call them forth. This is why Tecumseh can and should be so vital to your growth; it places you in a set of circumstances that forces you to reach within yourself and come up with qualities that under a more conventional environment might have gone undetected.
But, in order for this to happen successfully, you must not have a fear of failure. This fear or lack of it has probably intrigued me more than anything else about the population of Camp Tecumseh.
Learning is a risky business. When an infant is learning at a fast rate, he is also experiencing a great number of failures. Watch him! See the countless things he attempts and how little he is affected by failure. As we get older, we tend to avoid things we have never tried. Fear of failure, particularly under the scrutiny of our buddies, certainly hinders our full growth. DON”T let it happen.
Some are obviously not as afraid as others – lucky them. So what if they fell of their skis, lost the set, struck out, failed the swim test, forgot their lines or missed the penalty kick. To keep on learning and growing, you must continue to risk failure – all your life. What a wonderful place like Tecumseh to test this theory. Keep on trying – everything. I, for one, will never ridicule your failure, rather laud your spunk.
I would like to thank Mr. McBride for inspiring me, and countless campers, to ward off the fear of failure. After reading his words, I made it a goal to participate in as many activities as possible this summer. I was able to compete in a counselor soccer game, four v four soccer tournament, two ball tournament, floor hockey tournament, water polo tournament, ironman race, mini marathon, play catcher in a baseball game, and play countless tennis matches.
The above is not even a fraction of what the campers have been a part of this summer. We start each summer and spend a little time at the beginning of each session getting into a rhythm, but after a few weeks the amazing spectacle that is Camp Tecumseh leaves me completely speechless. I felt it most about a week ago, sitting at the top of the hill during free play while tennis balls, football, frisbees and bean bags were flying all around and smiles and positive energy were everywhere. It reminded me of the book, Flow; the Psychology of Optimal Experience. In it, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes Flow as people typically experiencing deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life.
This, to me, is Camp Tecumseh! It’s a marvel to watch kids playing together whether the time is structured or not, getting along, settling their differences, and simply enjoying life. Sadly, I do not feel this happens enough during the other ten months of the year. There are far too many outside distractions that cause kids to lose focus of what is important to them. Hear at Camp Tecumseh we have a lot of sports and a lot of friends/brothers pushing one to be better. As, Asst Director, Blake Stabert told us in his prayer speech, age is meaningless at camp. You can compete against and lose to someone five years younger than you and turn around ten minutes later and beat someone five years older than you.
The true beauty of Camp Tecumseh lies in the relationships we build here together. Take them with you for the next ten months and build on them. I challenge campers to do more than follow someone on Instagram or snapchat. Instead, try to reach out with a letter to explain what you’ve been up to or call someone on the phone to have a more meaningful conversation.
For my part, I plan to have as many in person functions as possible this offseason as there is no group that fills me with such an energetic and youthful feeling as the Camp Tecumseh family. Thank you for a great summer, and see you in the offseason and back here on Lake Winnipesaukee next summer!
Director – Camp Tecumseh
email@example.com (please reach out any time!!!!!)
October 1, 2015
Dear Camp Tecumseh Family,
It has been an amazing ride for the past year culminating with an unbelievable summer in 2015. We will, no doubt, be riding that momentum into next summer. The staff was diligent and enthusiastic, translating into an amazing experience for campers. A large majority of the staff at Camp Tecumseh has been in the shoes of the campers, and all they want is for the experience to be even better than it was for them. The example set by staff members is commendable and a major reason why I am so glad that my own children are campers. What follows are a few observations from this summer that I think capture just what the boys enjoy most about Camp Tecumseh.
First, the boys all want to be good at something- really good at something- and there are so many opportunities for this to happen at Camp. There are so many words of wisdom that we want to pass on to our children, but it is often difficult to get through to them as parents. However, when they hear the same messages from the counselors whom they idolize, the ideas resonate more powerfully. From instructions on the soccer field to personal hygiene tips to lessons about empathy, I watched as eager campers soaked up all the words and actions of their counselors. Specifically on the athletic fields we have a large number of counselors that have played or are currently playing high school, college or professional sports. This gives our campers something to strive for as well as someone to talk to about the experience. Incredibly, we have had a few staff members (who are former campers) switch sports while in college. This speaks directly to the well-rounded environment we provide at Camp. I believe strongly that sport specialization all too often leads to burnout and injuries that will rob children of the fun that is supposed to be had while playing sports. Camp provides an incredibly competitive environment for boys to learn many different sports and figure out, when they are ready, which sport they would like to pursue. At Camp, boys have the freedom and space to strive for excellence in personal and athletic endeavors.
Secondly, the boys want to feel connected to others. Camp Tecumseh provides this connection with its small community and the messages we give to the boys on a daily basis. With twelve to twenty boys per cabin and four to five counselors per cabin, each boy automatically has a group he can cling to. Additionally, with morning huddle, evening prayers and countless other opportunities to make oneself better- High Noon Club, Bald Peak Club, Cross Fit Club, Yoga- Camp Tecumseh helps to instill positive character traits that are fostered for a lifetime. The aforementioned clubs and activities offer the boys an opportunity to pursue personal growth during free time in small groups with like-minded campers and staff, fostering not just personal improvement but also connection to others. Evidence of the connection made by the boys is apparent on the final Sunday of camp. Eight year olds all the way up to grown men are crying and hugging because they do not want Camp to be over. The bonds formed during seven weeks are so strong that boys come back year after year. As Director I have heard from countless alums about how powerful their experience was at Camp, and how experiences at Camp shaped the person they are today. We have hosted many alums for very short visits simply to show their girlfriend or wife the place they talk so much about!
Finally, the boys desire freedom and independence. There is no better place to get this than the safety of Winnipesaukee’s wooded shores! Undoubtedly, Camp provides boys with an opportunity to be on their own, but it also provides structure and supervision. Boys are free to make choices about whom they would like to be around, what activities they would like to participate in and how hard they want to work to make themselves better at something. These choices help them to understand who they are and who they want to be. It is not uncommon to see a pack of boys the same age running a Tecumseh Warrior together or a few boys of differing ages playing 2 ball together on the hoops court. Each age group learns from the other in so many ways, and that is one of the many unique things about Camp. One of our staff members spoke of this phenomenon at the start of camp when he quoted a saying that was outside the library at his school.
“He who knows only his generation remains always a child.” – George Norlin
While we all wish our boys could remain children forever to some extent, it is without question that they grow up, mature and become men at Camp Tecumseh. The perfect balance of freedom and structure that they have at Camp creates the brotherhood of love that helps provide our boys with confidence as they move towards independence and adulthood.
I chuckle every time someone asks me how the summer was because it is impossible to put all of this into a brief statement that answers that question. Amazing, incredible and extraordinary are three words that I use most often, and then try to explain as best I can why so many boys benefit from their summers at Camp Tecumseh. The opportunities to strive to be really good at something, to feel connected to others, and to gain independence are readily available for every boy that attends Tecumseh. I look forward to spending many summers at ‘The Greatest Place on Earth!’
Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.
Director, Camp Tecumseh
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