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Offseason musings from the Director and other voices regarding Kabeyun’s philosophy and the role of camp in developing strong, confident, and caring boys.
It’s interesting being at Kabeyun in the Thanksgiving season, and observing the feelings of gratitude it stirs in me even as camp is quiet and still.
My new perch in front of the crowd not only produced the name for this column, but also allowed me to observe all of camp at a single glance. So, what was the view from the whiteboard this summer?
Each week, Kabeyun campers and counselors head out on about two dozen hiking, climbing, paddling, and fishing trips all over New Hampshire and often into Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Sometimes, they're inspired to write about their trips when they return! Here is a sample of three 2021 'Trips Reports' from our weekly in-camp newspaper, The Log of the West Wind.
As Kabeyun prepares for its 98th season, we celebrate the folks who steered us through 2020's challenges, and look back with gratitude toward all of those who love and support camp. Thanks for being on this journey with us!
Kabeyun boys grow up to do all sorts of interesting things, both as their vocations and avocations. For many, their time at Kabeyun shaped their path in life.
Take Andy Baumel, a pediatrician in Framingham, Massachusetts, and a Porter Foundation Trustee who is helping camp navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. Andy spent 11 summers at Kabeyun in the 1970’s and 1980’s – five years as a camper, one as a counselor-in-training, and five on staff teaching tennis and leading trips.
Michael Brockey is flying high.The 25-year old former Kabeyun counselor and camper is now more than half-way through his training to become an Air Force fighter pilot.
When Michael left Kabeyun in August 2019, he headed to Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma, where he remains today. The second lieutenant has mastered the T-6 and now is flying the T-38, a trainer fighter jet he calls “the fun one.” The photo above shows Michael during his initial solo flight in a T-38 earlier this month.