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.

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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On the Move

Sunday, August 12, 2012/by Ken Robbins
One day it's (finally) dumping snow and feels like winter has made a late but not totally unexpected arrival, and then it's over 60 degrees and feels, again, like spring is either just around the corner or here to stay. Does this crazy winter tell us anything about what kind of spring and summer is ahead of us? With camp now just a shade over three months from starting, it's...
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Periodically throughout the day, Curtis looks toward the lake and lets out a low groan.  The lake has been especially glassy these past few days, and Curtis, who’s driving the water-ski boat this year,  wants to take the Andy for a spin and test his own legs.  I feel his pain. Last week brought daily doses of heavy enough wind for a good ride in one of the Townes, but like...
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On The Cusp of Spring

Monday, March 19, 2012/by Ken Robbins
On The Cusp of Spring
After a not-so-wintry winter reunion this past weekend, and a forecast for temperatures hitting not just the 60s, or the 70s, but the 80s this week, it's apparent that in a day or so, the calendar will have it right – it'll be spring. both photos, credit to Bob Linscott There's still ice on the lake, but word has it that the official ice-out will be declared...
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Winter

Tuesday, January 24, 2012/by Ken Robbins
Winter
It hasn't been a normal winter at camp this year, indeed not a normal winter in much of the country. Finally, though, there's snow on the ground and the lake is (mostly) frozen over. Got to spend a really nice morning walking around camp with the family of a camper who'll join us for the first time this coming summer. My first tour ever where I had to describe the insides of...
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Autumn

Thursday, December 8, 2011/by Ken Robbins
Autumn
Many months have passed since I put my attention on this space, and I'm ashamed! I'm making an early new year's resolution to get more consistent with using this blog to talk about what's going on, particularly in the off-season. I had the pleasure of a morning at camp today, chatting with Peter Schiess from Landforms about how we can deal with an impending overhaul of the...
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