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.

Celebrating Kabeyun's Longevity and Leadership

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!

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Dr. Andy Baumel: "I found my life's work at Kabeyun"

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.

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Kabeyun Alum Flying High in U.S. Air Force Training

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.

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Camp Kabeyun Adds Dungeons & Dragons to Daily Choices

Assalonian steel. Frostfire guild. Kal Torak. The Battle of Vulcan. In 2019, Kabeyun was abuzz with new jargon, joining the traditional camp lexicons of sailors (mizzen, half-hitch) and archers (fletching, flu-flu). Kal Torak and those other intriguing new words came courtesy of Kabeyun’s newest activity: Dungeons & Dragons.

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Kabeyun's Summer of 2019 by the Numbers

Kabeyun campers and staff ate a half-ton of ground beef and drank more than a thousand gallons of milk this summer! We calculated these and all sorts of other numbers to give you a snapshot of our summer, Harper's Index style. Enjoy!

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Family Camp Gives Adults a Taste of Kabeyun Experience

When a new camper signs up for Kabeyun, often his parents joke that they would like to sign up as well, or stowaway in their son’s duffel bag bound for our boys summer camp. The response is always the same – “Come to Family Camp!”

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