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The Blog of the West Wind

The Blog of the West Wind

Offseason musings from the Director and other voices regarding Kabeyun’s philosophy and the role of camp in developing strong, confident, and caring boys.

The View From the Office Porch – Spring 2019

When I stroll through camp at different times of year, whether camp is in full swing and echoing with sounds of adventure and play or in the quiet of winter, I marvel at the history in every tree, cabin, and unique feature. While so many aspects of life feel recent and temporary, everything at Kabeyun breathes permanence, as if it has been here forever and I am only the latest visitor, preceded and to be followed by those with their own stories.

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It's Time

Monday, April 20, 2015/written by Ken Robbins
It's Time
This week will mark a transition point, turning away from winter in to spring and towards summer. Bruce and Bill have been knocking around almost daily since last fall, but in a matter of days, they'll be joined by Jeff and Mark, who will move to camp to begin opening cabins, pulling boats out, and undoing all of last year's winterizing work. For the next few months, I'm going...
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Waiting (and waiting) for Spring

Wednesday, April 8, 2015/written by Ken Robbins
Waiting (and waiting) for Spring
It's been a long, cold, snowy winter in New England. Depending on which direction you like to look, summer is either a distant and faded memory, or it's a tantalizing hope, just out of reach. This time of year is always difficult, waiting with impatience for the last of the snow to melt and for the ground to thaw, so we can get to work. And there's a lot of work to do! I made a...
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Kabeyun in the New York Times

Sunday, July 21, 2013/written by Ken Robbins
Kabeyun made it in to the spotlight today, coincidentally on the last day of the first session of the summer. Pretty cool! Unfortunately it was something of a misrepresentation of our values, but what's the old saying? Any press is good press? Always! You can read the full article here. One of the things that I love about Kabeyun is how seriously our families take the decision of where...
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To Tip or Not to Tip

Thursday, July 18, 2013/written by Ken Robbins
There've been more than a few inquiries over the past couple of days, as we near the end of camp's first session, as to whether it's expected or even permissible for families to tip counselors and staff, or leave gifts for them, when they come to pick up campers to take them home. Our policy has long been that we ask parents to refrain from delivering tangible gifts, but...
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Kabeyun has maintained an “electronics-free” environment for as long as anyone can remember, since before these tools and toys became an integral part of our non-camp lives. Cell phones, laptop computers, gameboys, ipods… a summer at Kabeyun is a vacation from those things, and I think we can all agree that the experiences we have are enhanced by their absence. As a...
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