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 White Board

Eliot's Reflections on a Summer of Change

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The View from the White Board

My new perch in front of the crowd not only produced the name for this column, but also gave me the ability to observe all of camp at a single glance. So what was the view from the whiteboard in 2021?

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2021 Trips Reports: A Sampling

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
2021 Trips Reports: A Sampling

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.

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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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