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.

Lake Winnipesaukee from Camp

Thursday, April 30, 2015/by Jeff Kuebler
Lake Winnipesaukee from Camp
No matter how many times Lake Winnipesaukee is photographed from camp there is always another to be taken - the views from here offer endless beauty whether on an incredibly peaceful early morning of  "golden" light like this image taken at the very end of April, or in the face of the darkening skies of an approaching summer storm or of capturing falling snow upon icy winter...
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Springtime Work At Camp

Saturday, April 25, 2015/by Jeff Kuebler
It's kind of a weird feeling being back at camp now in late April.  Weird in the sense that it's like nothing at all happened in the months since leaving in mid-September of last year.  I know many have had this feeling.  Almost as if there's Kabeyun and all else is a distant dream.   In fact, sitting here writing this at Beechwood, I turn to the left looking...
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It's Time

Monday, April 20, 2015/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/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/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/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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