Here in Washington, DC, we are in peak cherry blossom season. And you know what that means — tourist season SPRING HAS ARRIVED!
Growing up, shedding my scarf and gloves meant we were getting close to the end of the school year and, more importantly, CAMP! I remember pouring over the Girl Scout Camp brochure and deciding on what program I’d do (What are my friends doing? Should I bring a buddy or will I go alone this year? Will I be able to tread water and pass the swim test for section three?). It was always a strategic choice since I would be travelling to camp from suburban Philadelphia.
I was bitten by the CLN bug in 1998. I had been a long-time camper at Is-Sho-Da and after years of excitedly waiting to find out if the overnight would be on the Wednesday or Thursday night of my session, my mother finally allowed me to go to CLN and sleep away for the whole week. Even after we moved away from the Capital District, I made the summer trip to the place where friendships are made strong. What started out as a weekly sojourn turned into weeks as a CIT in 2002 and 2003.
I’m still hooked and I’m so proud to be a part of the Little Notch community. When I visited during Membership Weekend in 2011, I was surprised, relieved, and overjoyed that Little Notch still felt the same. It had been six years but I immediately felt at home, even if some things looked a little different. (Can we pause for a moment and reflect on the changes in landscaping the beavers made between Tinuwen and Sherwood Forest? For those who have not visited since 2008, I encourage you to come visit this summer just to see the brook.) That sense of place keeps Little Notch close to my heart and, as a board member, I want to make sure that others can experience the calm of Green Cathedrals, the excitement of section three, and the sense of triumph after completing the mile swim.
Behind the scenes, we’re getting busier every day. The ice on Lake’s Pond is thawing, campers are signing up for the girls program, and we are hiring staff and volunteers who will make sure everyone who visits this summer has a wonderful time.
The first event coming up this spring is Stewardship Weekend May 17-19. This is the big push to get camp opened up after being closed for the winter and we need all the help we can get. All parts of camp need some love from setting up tents to making sure the trails are clear. We’ll also have time in the afternoon and evening to enjoy the land. For more information and to register, click here.
Visit the CLN website for our Summer Sessions for Girls and our Community Programming information and registration. Mark your calendar now for All Friends Reunion and Membership Weekend: July 26-28!
We look forward to seeing you at camp and to speaking with you on our various Membership calls in the coming months. If you ever have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us. We’re here to work for you.
And now, to the comments! What do you think about the beavers’ redecorating? Anyone out there live in the DC area and want to talk about this lovely, low-humidity weather we’re having?
Director at Large