Category: Camp Reunion

Holidays and Family Reunions

Now that the holiday season is upon us (as indicated by the long lines at the post office and popular shopping spots!), many of us have plans to spend time with family and friends in the upcoming weeks. For some, this may be the one of the few times when an entire family (or close to it) is able to get together, a family reunion of sorts.  We do the same thing ourselves when Woodland/TP campers and staff come together on a Saturday in November for an afternoon with camp friends in the Chicago area.

Just like the excitement for the holidays has been building up for several weeks now in anticipation of being with family and friends, the excitement for meeting at Jeff and Jenny’s house also ramped up as campers and staff made plans to spend a few hours together at the annual reunion the weekend before Thanksgiving.  We even have a few die-hard camp friends among us who make the trip to Chicago from Wisconsin, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, and Indiana.  It is also fun to see alumni come back who weren’t at camp during the most recent summer!

The video from the summer of 2018 was shown, scrapbooks containing numerous camp photos were passed around, stories from the past summer were retold, school year events were shared, and plans for next year were made to DO WHAT WE LOVE AT CAMP (and of course, all of this is accompanied by an assortment of yummy snacks!).  And, yes, this annual event was one giant family reunion!

As always, it was fun to catch up with everyone, and in case you missed it, here are the highlights!  Campers shared 1) their favorite thing about school this year, 2) what they like to do when not in school, and 3) something learned at Woodland that has been helpful at home or school:

Heidi: 1) rock-climbing, 2) cheerleading, 3) doing the fun arts & crafts at home that I learned

Lilah: 1) reading, 2) horseback riding, 3) I have learned to lead

Lou: 1) math, 2) volleyball, 3) I have learned to lead and stay focused on things

Delia: 1) meeting new people and having more classes and teachers, 2) basketball and tennis, 3) to make the most of every moment and situation and to live in the moment

Sofia B: 1) meeting and seeing my friends, 2) volleyball, 3) not to always be on my phone!

Riley: 1) Spanish & math class, hanging out with friends, 2) basketball, 3) talking and getting to know people has been really helpful

Molly S: 1) hanging out with my friends, 2) basketball, 3) I learned to talk to more people

Molly K: 1) meeting new people and making friends, 2) cross country and tennis, 3) getting out of my comfort zone to try new things

Tori: 1) orchestra, 2) orchestra and violin trio, 3) feeling confident to not always go with the crowd

Bunny: 1) meeting new friends, 2) swimming & skiing, 3) how to be independent

Lauren: 1) making new friends and joining new sports activities, 2) travel softball, ski/snowboarding club, track & field, volleyball, 3) to be a team player and make everyone feel included

Dani: 1) ceramics class, 2) mock trial and we are trying to go to state this year, 3) to be more positive

Libby: 1) meeting new people, 2) horseback riding, 3) how to be a team player

Amelia D: 1) meeting new people, 2) horseback riding, 3) communication skills and working with other people

Abbey: 1) sleeping in math class, 2) working and doing homework, 3) patience

Izzi: 1) clubs & sports, 2) field hockey, and 3) being a CIT and learning leadership skills

Irene: 1) English, 2) basket weaving, and 3) cleaning my room

Kelly: 1) new friends, 2) swimming & soccer, 3) leadership

Molly J: 1) meeting new friends, 2) horseback riding, 3) how to be a leader

Cayley: 1) anatomy & drawing class, 2) volleyball, 3) the importance of developing strong friendships and support system

Amelia K: 1) I like my classes and making new friends, 2) cross country and various clubs, 3) treat others the way you want to be treated

Jae: 1) math, 2) ice-skating and music, 3) self-discipline

Sam: 1) looking forward to camp & seeing friends from camp, 2) watch co-ed show DVD, look through camp pictures, and plan events with camp friends, 3) patience, leadership, social skills

p.s. Don’t worry if you weren’t able to join us for the Chicago reunion, starting in January, we will be visiting camp families around the US and bringing the reunion to YOU!

 

Reunion Rap #2 2017

2017 CIT’s

What is your favorite thing about school this year?

Izzi: Being in high school

Abbey: Freedom

Irene: Being at a new school and making new friends

Amelia: I love meeting new friends, and I really enjoy cross country!

Cayley: Meeting new people, and experiencing a new environment

Kelly: The school swim team and my friends on the team

Sofia: My friends

Sam: Meeting new people and spending time with friends

Molly: Going to a new school and meeting new people

Jae: Getting to see all of my friends every day

Hilltop 2017

What activities do you participate in or what do you like to do when you are not in school?

Izzi: Field hockey

Abbey: Play the ukulele

Irene: Volleyball and lacrosse

Amelia: I do cross country and track at school which are a lot of fun!

Cayley: I play volleyball, and I like to read.

Kelly: Swimming and soccer

Sofia: Horseback riding and tennis

Sam: I love playing soccer, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and playing with my dogs

Molly: I horseback ride every week

Jae: Figure skating, band, vocal jazz band, choir, acapella


2017 JC’s

What is something learned at Woodland that has been helpful to you at home or school?

Izzi: Leadership

Abbey: Making conversations NOT awkward

Irene: To stay organized and calm

Amelia: To always try my best and work towards my goals

Cayley: Leadership, adaptability, and interaction skills

Kelly: Leadership skills and the ability to make new friends easily

Sofia: Friendship

Sam: Leadership and social skills have definitely helped me a lot

Molly: Camp has taught me how to be a leader and get out of my comfort zone & try new things

Jae: Leadership and being able to make new friends

 

Reunion Rap #1 2017

Silver Birch 2017

As you can see, we had a FABULOUS turn out for the annual Chicago reunion the weekend before Thanksgiving!  In a series of blogs in the upcoming weeks, we will give you an update about the Woodland girls who joined us for the afternoon to watch the 2017 camp video, flip through the new scrapbook, relive camp memories, and of course, to eat yummy treats.  Thank you to our long distance travelers for joining us from Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Florida, and Mexico!  If we were not able to connect with you at this event, please feel free to share your news with us for a future post.

Favorite thing about school:

Delia: being the oldest in the school

Eleanor: reading a lot of books

Kaitlyn: chorus

Lou: I like having many teachers and classes

Molly: teachers and friends

Lucy: the administration is super nice

Lauren: learning new things

Lilli: they built a new school that is really nice and modern, and I like spending time with my friends

Rachel: spending time with my friends

Libby: socializing

Starshine 2017

Activities (when not in school):

Delia: I like to do tennis

Eleanor: I like to go outside and play

Kaitlyn: gymnastics and dance

Lou: I like to do gymnastics and hang out with my friends; I also love to play soccer

Molly: cross country and tennis

Lucy: I like to write

Lauren: softball and gymnastics

Lilli: volleyball and confirmation class

Rachel: I like to dance

Libby: horseback riding

What is something you learned at Woodland that has been helpful to you at home or school?

Delia: tennis, I’m better at serving

Eleanor: to go outside a lot and be more healthy

Kaitlyn: for gymnastics I could do a back hip circle and a handstand forward roll

Lou: I learned how to aim for my goals

Molly: I learned about better interaction and relationships and how to deal with different situations

Lucy: definitely social skills

Lauren: how to make new friends

Lilli: to be more tolerant of people

Rachel: learning how to play tennis and archery

Libby: how to be organized

Tamarack 2017

Stay tuned for more reunion news in future blog posts!

Reunion Rap #3

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Hilltop 2016

Still MORE camper news from the Chicago reunion!

Favorite thing about school:

Jae: the late starts on Thursday’s

Molly: sports

Emilie: art club (scratch art & pumpkin decorating)

Claire: starting new clubs

Jenna: I love my classes and the people in them!

Sofi: the new friends I have made so far

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Aquarius 2016

Favorite thing about school:

Susie: meeting all sorts of new people

Lydia: all of the new friends I have met in my classes

Daphne: classes

Elena: seeing camp friends in the hallway

Chelsea: I really love my US History class; I find it so interesting

Sofia: AP Psychology is really fun and interesting

Colette: my classes and my teachers are great

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Live-In’s 2016

Activities (when not in school):

Danielle: crafts, hang with friends, shop, roller blade, etc.

Jae: show choir group called, “Expressions” and figure skating

Molly: diving and gymnastics

Emilie: archery and service projects (bake sale, wrapping LOTS of packages with socks and hats)

Claire: club volleyball

Jenna: dance and spending time with friends

Sofi: archery

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Mini-reunion in Nebraska!

Activities (when not in school):

Susie: archery, watching TV, reading, drawing

Lydia: riding lessons and golf

Daphne: play tennis and hang out with my friends

Elena: dance, and “food taxi” club that delivers leftovers to soup kitchens and families in need

Chelsea: working at Ralph Lauren, prom committee, and student council

Sofia: varsity tennis team and choir

Colette: dance competitively

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What is something you learned at camp that you couldn’t learn anywhere else?

Danielle: that camp is FUN!

Jae: show choir group called, “Expressions” and figure skating

Molly: diving and gymnastics

Emilie: archery and service projects (bake sale, wrapping LOTS of packages with socks and hats)

Claire: friendships always last

Jenna: how to get along with 8 other girls for 6 weeks

Sofi: to value what I have and to love everyone as they are

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What is something you learned at camp that you couldn’t learn anywhere else?

Susie: how to be myself

Lydia: learning to be confident in myself and breaking out of my shell

Daphne: how to make friends that will last a lifetime

Elena: I’ve learned to have compassion for others and be more selfless, whether it be through friendships or the relationships I’ve developed with younger campers

Chelsea: how to work through any problem with communication, compromise, and problem solving

Sofia: how to form friendships that I know will last a lifetime and how to work well with others

Colette: I have learned so much at Woodland, but the most valuable lesson is how to be independent and live with others; as a CIT I learned how to take initiative

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Reunion Rap #2

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Sunrise 2016

More camper updates from the Chicago reunion!

Favorite thing about school:

Viv: more freedom in Middle School

Lauren: new teachers and some new friends

Lilli: hanging with my friends and volleyball

Irene: I LOVE lunchtime!

Izzi: Thanksgiving break!

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Tamarack 2016

Favorite thing about school:

Ameilia: meeting new people and making new friends

Cayley: my classes and my teachers; I get to go to Canada in February for a field trip

Sam: meeting new people and enjoying high school

Molly: meeting all of my new friends

Kelly: meeting new friends

Paula: the friends I have made

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Starshine 2016

Activities (when not in school):

Viv: swimming and English horseback riding

Lauren: crafts, trampoline, babysitting, dance, baking/cooking

Lilli: volleyball and tennis

Abbey: meeting new people at New Trier

Irene: volleyball

Izzi: poms and guitar

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Emy (alum) and Viv

Activities (when not in school):

Ameilia: cross-country & track, I sing and dance

Cayley: volleyball and going to the beach to swim

Sam: soccer and playing tennis for fun

Molly: horseback riding

Kelly: swimming, soccer

Paula: swimming and running

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What is something you learned at camp that you couldn’t learn anywhere else?

Viv: how to sail and how much fun it is!

Lauren: how to share a room with 8 other people

Lilli: how to sail and sing the Woodland song

Abbey: stage crew and musical theatre

Irene: riflery

Izzi: how to shoot a bow

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What is something you learned at camp that you couldn’t learn anywhere else?

Ameilia: how to bond and make memories with the other girls you spend the summer with

Cayley: I learned to always try new things no matter how scared you are because you might end up liking it

Sam: leadership skills, being outgoing and making new friends

Molly: how to shoot a bow

Kelly: riflery

Paula: how to live with 8 girls in one cabin and share the same bathroom

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Staff 2016