From the moment I arrived at Tripp Lake Camp as a camper, I fell in love with its beauty, its people and its spirit. That love only grew as a counselor and, since 1999, as Director of Tripp Lake.
My experience as a camper and counselor led me to a lifetime of working with people. After graduating from Lehigh University, I earned a Masters’ degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, and then served for many years as a clinical social worker at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. My experience as a camper and counselor also gave me a deep appreciation for Tripp Lake’s traditions and, coupled with my time as a social worker, a unique perspective on the benefits for a young girl of summers spent at Tripp Lake.
My husband Mitchell and I live in Rye Brook, New York with our sons David and Michael.
Hello! We are so excited to let you know that after a successful preseason at Tripp Lake Camp, camp has truly come alive. Our girls have come home and made their way back to the Promised Land. The enthusiasm is contagious, and the summer is off to a great start!
As many of you may know, we have added a few new faces to our administrative team this year. One of those is our newest Assistant Director, Stacy Tell. She was excited to pen her thoughts for tonight’s blog post, and we are happy to have her as part of our team.
Welcome home, girls!
The emotions are just as vivid and palpable today as they were that morning in 2002, when a slightly timid, sometimes anxious, and often excited ten-year-old began her Tripp Lake Camp journey. With my sister’s hand in mine, I boarded the bus from Logan International Airport. ‘Thunderation’ boomed in my ears as that Tripp Lake Road sign came into view, and I remember a swirl of blue and white color as I stepped off the bus and took in the smiling faces of my counselors, eager to welcome me inside the ‘TLC bubble.’
Fast forward to two weeks ago, and with that same corner turn onto the road, those familiar feelings washed over me. After a seven-year stretch at Camp Takajo, I have returned to Tripp Lake as an assistant director. Though older, taller, and wiser, the feelings of excitement and pangs of nervousness are ever present as I return to the Promised Land. The familiar comfort of a place I knew well as a girl is intertwined with the inevitably different point of view I now take on as an adult, and that it is why I asked to write the first blog post of the season. It helps me to think about my sister, Lacy, in these moments. I remember feeling envious of her confidence, the way she hopped off that bus and somehow led the way to a bunk she had never set eyes on before. It’s a confidence that took me time to develop. Yet, it did develop, and for me, it started on the Tripp Lake OTW stage.
There is a strong chance that your daughter, whether new or returning, is experiencing these similar emotions as well…Nervous, Confident, Excited, and Curious. These feelings are completely normal. Though goodbyes are hard, please know that she is heading to a supportive and loving environment with counselors eager to get started, and a lake that is waiting to be jumped into at any moment. The administrative team is ready to completely commit ourselves to your daughter in order to provide her with an incredible summer experience.
It is an honor to be the ones that you trust for the care of your daughter during the summer months. Leslie, Nancy, Janet, and the rest of our administration and staff join me when I say, “Happy Opening Day!”
I just wanted to let everyone know about my nephew, Ben Konigsberg, who is working as a real estate agent for Next Step Realty in NYC. Next Step Realty focuses on finding post-grad students the appropriate housing at a discounted rate, while providing concierge level service.
Ben grew up right outside New York City in Westchester County and has been working in real estate since 2016. He is incredibly knowledgeable about both Manhattan and Brooklyn real estate and will find you a great place to live at the best price.
Here’s some additional information about Next Step Realty and how to get in contact with Ben.
More exciting news! Stacy Tell will join the Tripp Lake Camp Team this summer as an assistant director!
Stacy’s roots in camping run deep. A former Tripp Lake camper herself, Stacy’s mom, aunts, and cousins also attended TLC, as did her sister, Lacy. (Her two brothers went to Camp Takajo where they were standout campers.)
Stacy brings an infectious enthusiasm to everything she does! She’ll be out on the fields and around the bunks, having fun with the girls, and adding another layer of supervision and sensitivity.
After earning a master’s degree in education from Harvard, Stacy has been teaching at Shore Country Day School in Boston for the last four years. For the past seven summers, she was a member of the administration at Takajo where she oversaw their extensive hobby programs and had a strong presence with campers and staff. Once my brother, Jeff, starts speaking to me again, I’ll be sure to thank him for letting Stacy come “home” – and I’ll promise to let her attend all our brother-sister events!
Stacy bolsters our strong group of seasoned veterans, Nancy McCann, Janet Nash, Deanne Jones, and Chris Hollen. Joined by our eager Head Counselors, Kimberly Summerfield, Sam Menzel, and Megan Watson, we’ve assembled an All Star team and can’t wait to start the 2018 season!
The snow in Maine hasn’t stopped the fearless maintenance crew at Tripp Lake Camp from forging ahead on our new Art Shops! Now that the roof is on, they are happy to be doing “inside work” and creating spaces for our ten art programs, including a new room for our culinary program. We’re also adding Digital Photography as a new elective. This magnificent 4,000 square foot building will inspire our aspiring artists in a beautiful new state-of-the-art facility!
Our administrative team will be meeting next week. We will be hard at work, brainstorming ideas to give our girls the summer of their lives! One of our agenda items will be the 2018 schedule. For girls who want to “up their game,” we will be expanding our land sport clinics. In addition to the phenomenal soccer training provided in recent years by Mike Turtle from Soccer Specific Training in New Jersey, we will be bringing in top-notch coaches to run clinics in basketball, field hockey, softball, volleyball and lacrosse.
We are thrilled to welcome back Quest Intensive, a prestigious dance program from NYC, that will again provide sensational studio sessions for our girls. It is an incredible experience for dancers of all ability levels. Check out their website at questintensive.com.
Our Food Service Director, Dan Caron, is returning with a great staff to expand on last summer’s enhancements in our food service. Campers can anticipate an even greater variety of selections this summer. Dan is also excited to share his secrets with the girls who want to learn some fun culinary skills in this new activity.
We are looking ahead with great enthusiasm to the 2018 season!
I want to share some exciting news from Tripp Lake Camp! Progress on our new Art Shops is proceeding at a terrific pace. Pictured here is the current state of the building. The second story is framed, and the roof will be on before the first snow fall. This 8,000 square-foot building will house our ten art programs and will be sure to meet the needs of all our aspiring artists!
At the urging of many of our older campers, we have purchased sixteen spin bikes and added a spinning room in Lower Rainy Day. We are also expanding our land sport clinics for those who want to hone their skills. In addition to the phenomenal soccer training provided in recent years by Mike Turtle from Soccer Specific Training in New Jersey, we will be bringing in top-notch coaches to run clinics in basketball, volleyball, field hockey and lacrosse.
Because many of you have expressed an interest in cooking, we plan to create an industrial kitchen space where our girls can experiment and develop their culinary skills. Yours truly will offer a special session in my areas of expertise– microwaving and scrambling eggs!
Speaking of cooking, I’m sure our girls will agree that our Food Service last summer finished on a high note! We added many more choices to our salad, pasta and alternative bars. Looking ahead, our campers can anticipate an even greater variety of selections next summer.
Finally, as we approach this season of Thanksgiving, I just want to take a moment to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for your continued support. Our parents are an integral part of our TLC family. Your trust and confidence in us help make Tripp Lake Camp the special place it is for so many.
Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday filled with family, friends and laughter!
These last days at Tripp Lake Camp hold many special events, especially at our TLC waterfront. Each day includes several events that allow campers to test the skills they learned or
perfected this summer or participate in activities they have yet to try. Two events on our waterfront
allow campers to show off their swimming and skiing ability. Swim across the Lake is an event held for Inter IIIs and up to take an early morning swim in Tripp Lake. Swimmers must be at least a green cap to participate. Campers were rewarded with the pride in themselves and a green TLC ribbon!
Our older girls who show great skill in ski were invited to TLC Invitational Ski on Monday morning. Twenty-five skiers were granted invitations to join staff in early morning skiing. The lake was glassy and spirits were high as the girls braved the cool temperatures just after sunrise. Wakeboarding, double skiing, and kneeboarding held the campers’ attention until breakfast. Hot chocolate was enjoyed by all. What a great way to start mornings at Tripp Lake Camp!
Campers are looking forward to events such as the Film Festival, pajama breakfast, Banquet, Shield Night, Art Show and the newly added Track and Field Challenge. Campers are staying busy and avoiding any mention of the words “last”, “final”, or “leaving”!
By Lauren Lang, TLC Tennis Counselor, Guest Blogger, English Intern, and 2017 Whacked-Up Relay runner
From Lewiston, Idaho, to Lewiston Maine, Lauren Lang is a 2nd-year member of the Tripp Lake Camp tennis staff. Majoring in English, Lauren hails from Jakarta, Indonesia and attends school and plays collegiate tennis at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.
July 8: SENIOR ALL STAR REVUE
During the 2017 Senior All-Star Revue, the talented seniors did not just show their abilities in singing and dancing, but also, gave star performances from the beginning to the end. Revolved around the theme of TIME, each act emphasized with the moments of the past to the present, showed how much these girls have grown into fantastic young ladies. What most impressed the audience was the ability of the Seniors, through each of the acts on the OTW stage, they showed how strong the friendship they’ve made through their experiences at camp.
July 9: PAJAMA BREAKFAST/BROTHER-SISTER DAY
YEAH!! Pajama breakfast!! The campers were screaming with excitement when PJB was announced. And, of course, the counselors were also happy to be able to get an extra sleep and have doughnuts for breakfast. Then later, in the afternoon, brothers and cousins of Tripp Lake campers came to visit their dear sisters. After they enjoying a delicious macaroni and cheese and chicken tenders meal for lunch, campers and family members participated in friendly competitive activities outdoors such as tennis, basketball, and badminton.
**Guest blogs may be made infrequently by journalism and English interns throughout the summer. Counselors have different styles they may need to meet under their internship guidelines. We at Tripp Lake Camp enjoy the different viewpoints given by members of our staff.
Yesterday, we had some visiting Giggles for a Rookie Day session. Needless to say, it was a blast and such a wonderful way to introduce potential future campers & their parents curious about joining in on our fun community at Tripp Lake. We had so much fun while they were here and can’t wait for Rookie Weekend, which will be taking place the weekend of July 28th through the 30th.
If you’re interested in participating in future Rookie Days, don’t hesitate to contact our Main Office today. 🙂
“Some people don’t believe in heroes, but they just haven’t met my family.”
We are very excited to see you this weekend for Visiting Day in the Promised Land. I would like to share with you what we are planning for the day as well as give you a few suggestions on how to make this an enjoyable day for your entire family. It appears that the weather is forecasting high temperatures (87-90O) and high humidity so please dress accordingly. In addition, feel free to bring your bathing suits so you may join your daughter in the lake at the conclusion of her swim class. We also invite you to try out our new water slide as well. It is so much fun. I know…I was one of the first to enjoy this new activity as you might have seen on Instagram and other social media sites.
Once you pass through our gate in the morning you will be guided to the parking area. Then make your way to the head of campus to watch our morning assembly, which begins at 9:10AM. If you arrive early, help yourself to fresh-brewed coffee and pastries in the Lodge and relax under the trees in front of the Spahn House. Once assembly is over and you greet your daughter(s), she will bring you to her bunk to meet her counselor(s). We invite you to spend the first period of the day meeting our staff and your daughter’s fellow bunkmates and their families. At 10:30 our daily schedule will begin. Our girls can’t wait to show you all they have been doing this summer. In order to show you a typical Tripp Lake day it is essential for all girls to attend their activities, especially our exciting and colorful Team Games. Don’t forget to wear your team colors too! Try your best to follow the entire schedule to keep your daughter(s) in her routine.
Enjoy the morning activities but of course…don’t forget about 11:20 cookie line! No need to rush, our baker has been rather busy making tons and tons of our famous cookies for everyone.
Lunch will be served from the dining hall at 1:00PM. You may choose to eat indoors or outside. Enjoy the many new Adirondacks chair peppered throughout camp. Rest hour will allow you to spend time in the bunks, play tennis or gaga, or just relax under the trees. Ask your daughter to meet her friends, have her introduce you to her advisor or just catch up on the many adventures she has already had this summer. The Art Shops will be open all afternoon so you can view your daughter’s creative accomplishments.
As usual we will have a fleet of golf carts to help escort guests who need physical assistance around campus. Please do not ask for these carts to bring your belongings to and from the parking lot. Your daughter(s) are also aware that carts must only be used for guests who require them so remind your children they will not be permitted on the carts.
Remember, we are a nut-free community, and go to great lengths to keep our campers and staff safe throughout the summer. Please pay careful attention to the foods you bring into camp in order to help us maintain a safe community for all.
I would like to give you several suggestions of appropriate items to bring as treats for the girls. Rather than bring enormous amounts of sweets and candies that will collectively become far too much for a bunk of girls to consume, I highly recommend bringing craft projects, puzzles or games that your daughter may share with her bunkmates. These can be used during our Sunday bunk bonding nights or during rest hour. This is a great way for the girls strengthen friendships and continue to work together. When too much candy and sweets are brought to camp on Visiting Day we run the risk of children becoming sick from overeating, girls skipping the necessary nutritional meals provided by our kitchen staff, as well as critters looking for food. In order to alleviate this situation we will ask the girls to donate their unwrapped food to our annual collection for the local food bank, which teaches them a valuable lesson about charity. Unfortunately, some girls may have a difficult time giving up their food, which can be trying on the bunk communities. Think carefully about what you bring. I know that missing your daughter may urge you to want to buy things that will make her happy. How about some team accessories instead? I can guarantee any team related items will be met with excitement. Remember, the little team colors are:
CHEERIES – pink
LAUGHERS – light blue
SMILIES – yellow
JOLLIES – green.
And of course, the big teams are:
RAH-RAH Climbers! (blue & red)
HOO-RAH, HOO-RAH, HOO-RAH Cubs (red & white)
SISS BOOM BAH – Giants RAH! (blue & white)
BUM BUDDY-BUM! BUM! Tigers! (black & orange).
Our Visiting Day will end at 5:00PM. Please join us under the trees to say your farewell. Your daughter’s camp sister, counselor(s), advisor and all of the administration will be waiting there to help ease her back to her bunk to prepare for our thrilling evening activities. On Friday night the girls will be participating in their annual Hunt the Counselor event and Saturday will showcase the new Tripp Lake Auction Night. Rest assured, we will all be there to sweep the girls into the excitement of camp and the warmth and love we share in the Promised Land. Enjoy your day!
“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States
NOTE: This blog post was written by one of our current counselors, Jen Roux. We thought it would be refreshing to show you camp life through the lens of the new counselor experience. If you would like to learn more about Jen, we’ve posted a little counselor bio at the bottom. Enjoy!
Like many of the counselors at Tripp Lake, I am not from the United States; I was born in South Africa, where the only camps we know of consist of wildlife and safaris. Having studied in America for the last two years I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by more of this country, but Maine and Tripp Lake definitely have managed to do just that. When I came for pre-camp counselor training, I was thrown into the wonders of Tripp Lake tradition. At first, it was overwhelming, from camper lingo, department lesson plans, chimes, reveille, and the seemingly endless age groups.
My expectations for the camper’s arrival came from the stories of returning counselors and ex-campers. “Screaming, singing and a lot of energy” is what they told me to prepare for, and whatever I do, NEVER mention the END of camp.
Just as it was described, the campers arrived and our campus became alive and vibrant with excitement. Now my days are filled with ongoing hugs and me warning everyone else not mention the end of camp. As a new counselor, one can be stressed because you fear that the campers won’t like you, or there’s too much history we don’t know. Not only do I feel MORE at home than ever, but the girls are beyond inclusive and welcoming. Each day I find myself learning something new about the camp and have had the privilege of spending time with each girl.
What I’ve observed about this unique place is that it has its own culture; one that allows everyone–from campers to counselors–to express themselves comfortably and be supported doing it. This place has an amazing ability to enable people to reveal their genuine selves; the influences of the outside world are quietly shut away beautifully. Though counselors have the freedom of using electronics, I find that we have strayed away from using them and have become more engaged with one another. As we all say, each day at camp is long, but time flies by and by. It’s only week 4 and yet it feels like it’s been no time at all.
Jen Roux is 21 years old and hails from Cape Town South Africa. She is entering her third year of college in Idaho on a tennis scholarship. She now has the privilege of coaching campers the same age she was when she first started playing the sport. Jen is an Inter I bunk counselor and thoroughly enjoys it!