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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.

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  • 4/3/2017 1:34:00 PM
Summer time activities for boys ages 7-16 can range anywhere from sleeping past noon and video game marathons to playing around the neighborhood from dawn 'til dusk, though you never quite know where they are or if they're safe. At Camp Kabeyun, we solve these problems and then some.Camp Kabeyun is located on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and has been among the best boys summer camps in New England since 1924. Our pristine facilities allow boys of varying ages and interests to grow and explore each day in ways that encourage them to be themselves, while providing opportunities to pursue options they may have never considered before. Camp counselors provide a safe learning environment for the boys, whether they're new to a skill or seeking to perfect it.Our camp offers a unique array of experiences like no other. When most people think about camping, the activities that come to mind are mostly outdoorsy or athletic. Here at Camp Kabeyun, we are proud to honor the wide variety of interests each boy may possess. Our program rests on three main areas of focus: individual challenge sports, creative arts, and adventure trips. In all of our programs, the boys are encouraged ...
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As it is in Paddling

As it is in Paddling

  • 3/26/2016 3:02:00 PM
With Paddling the challenge comes from within and the obstacles to be overcome are the water the wind and the weather rather than other participants. We paddle at our own pace while we explore the wild that is on the water. Paddling opens our eyes to the natural world and to the cycle of the earth and the earth's internal clock. We paddle open water, steep narrow creeks, shallow marshes, tidal rips, ocean waves, great white water rivers wide open lakes and the list continues. When paddling whitewater we learn to stay cool when things get tense, and when we get into too deep we learn how to get out of trouble. We learn that some days it is appropriate to challenge ourselves and that other days it is equally appropriate to walk away. When we paddle a distance on a canoe trail or collection of lakes we are thankful for the sound of the rhythm of our paddles in the water, for the late evening loon cry and the croak of the early morning bull frogs. We embrace the calm and the peace from our experiences. We paddle for life as there are so many ways to get on the water and so many adventures around the next river bend.Shawn Lupa is Kabeyun's head of trips, and ...
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Mother Nature Kicks in to Help Pre-Camp Work

Mother Nature Kicks in to Help Pre-Camp Work

  • 5/8/2015 11:48:00 AM
Not only are Mark, Bruce, Bill, Jake and others continuing positive pre-camp work but so is Mother Nature.  The weather has been beautiful even if hot and dry these past days.  So we're all putting the pedal to the medal allowing a lot of progress early on.  The leaves are just beginning to blossom.  Here's a picture showing the greening of camp...pretty soon it will be difficult to see across camp as it all fills in and camp will look pretty much the way most remember last seeing it...
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Another Level of Kabeyun

  • 5/4/2015 11:48:24 AM
Kabeyun exists on many levels.One of those levels is a 6 week program that happens at camp each spring called NELP which stands for New England Literature Program.  NELP has been coming here for decades and is comprised of 14 staff/teachers many of whom teach at the University of Michigan and 40 students from UM.  The students, mostly Juniors and Seniors, come here to study in depth the literary classic greats of New England like Frost and Thoreau.  They live in the cabins at camp without any access to modern day technology (computers, cell phones, TV, et. al.).  Some cabins are turned into classrooms, like the Stiff becomes the "Beehive" and the "Woodchucks" becomes their library  complete with wood stove, couches, and shelves filled with books to check out and read.  While here, they take 1, 2, and 3 day camping trips to the Whites and into Maine, canoeing trips, and visit historical sites like Mary Baker Eddy's home and the Shaker Village.  Some students go on a "solo" being sent into the woods to spend a solitary night and all, at one point or another, are taken in groups somewhere unbeknowst to them with instructions to find their way back to camp within the day (and they do)....
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Lake Winnipesaukee from Camp

Lake Winnipesaukee from Camp

  • 4/30/2015 11:48:00 AM
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 waters... 
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Springtime Work At Camp

  • 4/25/2015 11:48:00 AM
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 out the window down towards the lake and see a small boat with an outboard motor on it and two guys aboard bundled up against the cold cruising along while fishing.  It always looks that way...well, maybe not the cold and maybe not the lack of our sailboats out there filled with Kabeyun campers. The spring is an exciting time here even if maybe there are only five or six of us here working with only two actually living at camp right now.  Mark arrived this past Thursday, I last Monday while Bruce and Bill have been working here this winter.  Ken pops in and out frequently as will Jake shortly and Curtis towards the beginning of June.  And there are outside contractors who do work and come and go.  We're on the right side of things now as we get camp ready for the upcoming summer, seeing the weather improve and leaves begin a n...
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