Best Friends Since We Were 10…Tripp Lake Sisters Forever
Dear Tripp Lake Families,
We couldn’t resist sharing this wonderful story!
I’m a legacy girl. Yep, my grandmother, Helen Levy Fluegelman started camp around 1920 and was Climber Captain. (See photo and look for two girls sitting and facing each other, one is Helen and the other is her sister.) Then, my mom, Joan Fluegelman Wexler went to camp from 1942-48 and was Cub Captain. (I am holding her shield in the lodge.)
I attended TLC from 1965-1971 and was Giant Song Leader and then Tiger Captain. Those are just the dates and facts. The rest is memory and what has stuck with me, over all of these years. (I am in the Team photo on the far left dressed as a Tiger.)
I’m still best friends with Margie Robinson Williams, (see photo above taken last week at Tripp). We met at camp when we were 10 years old and we just visited camp together a week ago. It was such an amazing day. We got to meet so many girls, and they all wanted to know, “Has camp changed? Is this the way it was when you were here?” Girls greeted us everywhere: in the Silver shop, at a Tigers’ song practice (we were cheered!), at cookie line (Sugar), and we were invited to see the beginnings of the Team Feast backdrops (our lips are sealed).
Everywhere we went, everyone was smiling, hugging, giggling, hanging out together, and it made me instantly remember what it felt like to BE at camp. I can remember laughing about dozens of different things every day. I can remember riding/swimming/practicing for Sing Song/playing tennis and doing it all with friends, all day long. I can remember hanging out in our bunks and wrapping our hair in orange juice cans with Dippity-Do. I can remember listening to Carol King (Tapestry) and James Taylor (You’ve Got a Friend) in Kitty Car, the summer they came out, and singing along at the tops of our lungs. I can remember all of the personal and oh-so-important stories that I shared with girls who knew so much about me, and about whom I knew so much.
And, in the beginning of each summer, didn’t summer seem endless?
In all of the years since, I have known how much camp has meant to me. But, it wasn’t until I went back to camp that it all came flooding back and I could place so many wonderful memories. “For you girls belong to Tripp Lake and Tripp Lake belongs to you.” I really do know the meaning of this song. Laurie Wexler Stolowitz
…..Remember the friends you’ve made here, and don’t forget to come back someday….Remember
Dear Tripp Lake Families,
Camp has always been a place where lifelong friendships are made. Campers arrive at camp as Juniors and may know only a few girls. Before long, campers will have made so many new friends it’s hard to count them all and by the time the season ends, the girls will know everyone!
Last weekend TLC was honored by having 3 groups of alumni come back ‘home’ to Tripp. Each of the groups had planned to come together and reconnect with their Tripp sisters. Each group 2010, 2013 and 1971 had a great day and were very happy to see that traditions had not changed. We had two Tiger Captains who in talking found out they were both Tiger Captains; 1971 and 2010! While there has been upgrades done to some of the buildings and bunks since they were here, the cornerstones of what makes Tripp such a special place are still all in place. The Teams, the Shields, Friday Evening Service, Sing Song, the songs, bunk bonding, the sports, art shops, the horses, etc. and even cookie line all brought familiarity and comfort to our Alumni that Tripp is still the same special place to make friends, learn new things and be your best self!
…For you girls belong to Tripp Lake and Tripp Lake belongs to you.
“Like branches on a tree we grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. Each of our lives will always be a special part of the other.”– Unknown
Dear Tripp Lake Families,
A long standing tradition at Tripp is brother and sister days. No one can remember a time when we didn’t have this special day. When we see siblings running towards each other and hugging like they haven’t seen each other in months (it was just last week), it brings a smile to our face and a warmth to our hearts. To see them sitting and talking, listening to each other, laughing, sharing stories…these are the moments that make memories and will last a life time. Thank you Mom and Dad!
I am convinced that the greatest legacy we can leave our children are happy memories…..~ Og Mandino
I want to begin by thanking Leslie and the entire TLC Administration for asking me to speak at this service. As many of you know, returning to Tripp as a Counselor has been a dream of mine for several years. And although I always knew I would have many Friday evening services ahead of me, I never imagined I would be given the honor of speaking to the camp, so thank you all so much.
My biggest fear when I left Tripp Lake in 2013 was that I would not leave a legacy, that no one would remember me and all of the hilarious and happy things that I did while I was here. But who am I? Well, I’m the basketball counselor for starters. I’m a former camper; I’m a ‘Levy”, well not the Levy that was Climber Captain in 2012 or the one who created charge to Narnia or the one who won the Spirit of Tripp Lake. I am the other one. I wasn’t a captain. I wasn’t a sing song leader. I wasn’t a white cap. I never won Spirit of Tripp Lake or had a main part on the OTW stage, or even bunked hopped all the way to 1AB. I never received any of these official recognitions, yet it is HERE that I have had some of my fondest memories and made my best friends. And that is because I am important to camp. That’s not to say our captains and sing song leaders and white camp are not important members of our community too. They certainly are. But how would those sing song leaders win sing song without a whole team of singers in front of them or captains get amazing backdrops without the diligent work of their managers? The white caps need the motivation of those cheerers in the dining hall who celebrate every stroke passed. At Tripp Lake, everyone has a role. Everyone is important here.
Never have I felt more important in my life than at Tripp Lake and I am so thankful for that. Tripp Lake needed ME, just as it needs each of YOU, to pass to a teammate in soccer, to remember old camp songs in OTW, to cheer in the dining hall, to make sure the famous TLC hug never goes out of style. Tripp Lake needs each of us to welcome out new campers and to celebrate the old ones. To write songs, race boats, climb rocks; to miss the bull’s eye in archery but hit the target. This list is endless. You all have been given such a great yet wonderful responsibility from Tripp Lake. And that is to recognize how important you are in making the Tripp Lake experience so unique.
And by being here, you gain the confidence to realize how important you are out there. Somedays out in the ‘real world’, when you’re working really hard in school or you’re struggling with a big problem, you can forget what role you play in the communities you are a part of, whether those are your classrooms, sports teams or even families. But here, everyone plays a part, from ensemble on the OTW stage to the team captains. Now will everyone wearing white, or blue or white and blue shorts please stand up. (Everyone stands.) You are all important. You will ALL leave a legacy. Each of you will help make this summer unlike any summer that has every happened in the past and any that will happen in the future. And that is truly what makes Tripp Lake special. Thank you.
Today as we participated in Friday Evening Services, a time to reflect on the week, our friendships, and our lives, seven Seniors gave us something from their hearts we wanted to share with all of you. Today will be the first of seven blogs. We know you will enjoy these as much as we did today. Happy 4th of July weekend!
How are we old enough for this?
How am I old enough to be in 1AB?
Ever since I was 9 years old as a JR1 in 18A, I always looked up to the older campers as the leaders of camp. As I worked my way up the bunk circle, I realized how much of an impact camp has had on me and how it has shaped me into the person I am today. Now, sitting in a bunk circle during cookouts, wearing 1AB clothing around camp, and living with my 18 best friends it has finally hit me that this is my last summer in the Promised Land. After spending 9 incredible summers here, it saddens me to ask myself, “How am I old enough for this?”
As we stand here today looking our at all of you, we’re still wondering how we’re old enough for this.
A long standing tradition at Tripp, for as long as anyone can remember, is the announcement by the Team Captains of the Big Teams for Summer 2016. Every camper at TLC is a team member on one of four teams. These teams bring together girls of all ages under one of four banners. Katie is the Captain of the Climbers whose team colors are red and blue. Caroline is the Captain of the Cubs and their colors are red and white. The Giants have Caleigh as the Captain of the blue and whites. And the Tigers whose colors are black and orange have Maxine as their Captain. Each team will enjoy the spirit of Tripp in playing land sports, water sports, swimming and of course let’s not forget ‘Sing Song’! Rehearsals for Sing Song begin the next few days and the girls are already preparing their ideas for songs and music. Each team will select one song in the following categories: team, spiritual, spirit, folk and a camp song.
At Tripp there is fun for every age! The JRs, AJs and Subs are looking forward to the announcement of Little Teams. Stay tuned!!!
You know it’s summer at Tripp when the girls are at the lake, the softball games are on and the friendships abound! And did you notice those smiles?! The girls are doing wonderfully, enjoying the activities while learning new skills. One of the best parts at Tripp is learning while having fun. Why can’t school be this much fun?
All day the air has been filled with excitement and anticipation for the Election of Team Captains, a long standing TLC tradition held this evening. Finally, the girls filled Over The Wall to meet the Seniors. The trophies were passed, the ballots cast and the votes counted. And the Team Captains for 2016 are……Caleigh, Katie, Maxine and Caroline!
Dear Tripp Lake Families,
We are off to a great start for Summer 2016! Starting with a new addition to the Tripp Lake birthday song written by 1A-B sung this morning at assembly.
You would be very proud of the girls as they successfully swam the rectangles and tips-and-dumps. Their smiles were as big as they are at cookie line!
The highlight of today has to be the Return of the Shield, which the girls have been prepping for since last night! The shield will be displayed in the lodge, in keeping with one of our most important traditions. After this event, we will be singing our traditional songs around the flag pole.
What an exciting day! All the buses are in and the campers are here! Even after 17 years as Director, I still feel the same excitement and awe on arrival day as I did when I was a TLC camper and counselor. To see the girls, even new campers, get off the buses and meet their TLC sisters with hugs and cheers is always a great way to kick off the summer. It is so much fun for everyone here to see how excited the girls are to see each other at camp. Meeting at camp on the first day is different than meeting anywhere else…that classic jump up and hug each other while feeling the happiness is a TLC favorite for campers and staff.
I know the memories and friendships made at TLC will last a life time!
The girls are already talking about Captain Elections and Big and Little Team Announcements! These activities will take place in a few days so stay tune for more news from Tripp Lake Camp. Guess what was one of the first questions asked this morning? “What’s the cookie today for Cookie Line?” And as you all know, that is one of the TLC surprises every day!