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Summer Preparations Already!

This off-season has been full of great changes to Main Camp. The Cabin Field got redone and there's some great projects in place at Pop's Lodge and Clover Hill. Pop's is getting a wrap around porch installed and Clover Hill is being re-graded with a terraced wall system. This system will help solve the erosion problems we've been having for a while from the hill all the way down to the water front. These great new terraces are being built by H.H. Ellis Technical High School's Masonry Department. Every week the shop students come up to camp and work on ...
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Discovering Our World

For many years our facilities have played host to the Discovery Center. The Discovery Center is an education organization that focuses not only on improving academic skills like math, science, and language arts, but also on preparing young students for the diverse world that we live in. Their teachings cover identifying and dealing with societal issues such as differences between urban and non-urban schools and differences of race, color, and ethnicity. We love hosting this organization here at Camp Woodstock because the Discovery Center's slogan "A Classroom Without Walls...For a Future Without Prejudice" is a cause that we wholeheartedly support and try ...
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Wings from Woodstock

In October 2014 the Black Pond Post, our monthly newsletter (subscribe here), ran a report on the whereabouts of a Camp Woodstock alum, Emily Roberts. Emily is a Marketing Communication major at Emerson College in Boston, but decided to spend the Fall '14 semester in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. While there she has started and been running an after school program for the local school children there. She has implemented her many skills and activities that she learned while being both a camper and a counselor at Camp for 10 years. Emily is a fantastic example of giving back. Here ...
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Jerome Alper

I first came to Camp Jewell as a camper in 1968. I loved it so much that I came back every summer through 1978 as a camper, tripper, kitchen staff, junior counselor and counselor. Though a lot has changed since I was a kid, there is a lot that has remained the same, especially the spirit of Camp Jewell and what it offers kids and counselors. That’s why it gives me great pride to send my three kids to camp and it’s a big part of why I have chosen to serve on the Board of Managers. After moving around ...
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Tom Eng

I first heard about Camp Jewell through one of my wife’s friends, Linda Vega. It was seven or eight years ago when Linda convinced my wife, Kelley, to come to camp to volunteer during a work weekend. When Kelley asked me to come along, it was easy for me to decline—spending a weekend volunteering to work at a camp after a long week at my job was the last thing that interested me. So Kelley went with our two daughters, Kelsey and Ashley, and they had an amazing time. She convinced me to go to the next one, which I ...
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Ray Weaver

Camp gets in your head, your heart and your gut. That’s what happened to me the first time I came to Camp Jewell in 1978 as a counselor and I’ve been here, in one capacity or another, ever since. My first camp staff training was one of the best weeks of my life. I came up knowing only one person and came away with more friends than I could have imagined. I had grown up as a jock in Newington,CT and didn’t know anything outside of that; I’d never interacted with people from different places or who were older than ...
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Jay Aronson

There is no one thing that makes Camp Jewell special—it is the sum of its parts. Camp is a place where children and young adults can grow and find themselves. Sometimes it may even lead them down a path that may not have been previously understood. It did that for me. Along with giving me memories to last a lifetime, I can honestly say, my time at camp was one of the two or three biggest influences that helped to shape my future. That is in large part because of the people who are drawn to camp and the relationships ...
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