Saturday December 15
Mid Year Narrative Paragraph
The Tradition Of Tripping
"Our son has been singing all week, and is now trying to teach me his favorites from the Keewaydin songbook. I could go on and on about how much he loves camp, about his positive experience at Keewaydin. An example: He went on a canoe trip to Bog River, a tough trip for a little kid. Usually, Luke has to be the best at something or he doesn’t want anything to do with it. And being from Brooklyn, at first, he wasn’t the best in a canoe. But the trip leaders tell me that he dug in, stuck with it, and was paddling stern by the end of the trip. He says it was hard work, but when it was over, he thought every minute of it was amazing. He’s a changed man.”,
Paul Braverman, Keewaydin Dunmore Parent
Traditions last for a reason. The tradition of tripping at my sleep away camp is something I fell fortunate to be a part of. At Keewaydin Dunmore, the camp I go to, everyone goes on trips, both Canoeing and Hiking. This has been a tradition at my camp since 1910 when the camp first started. Going on a trip is a great opportunity to bond with some of your best friends, and encounter some of the most beautiful wildlife. I have gone on five trips during my tenure at Keewaydin and every single one has been a dream. During my most recent trip which was a 6 day canoeing trip in the Adirondacks I experienced one of the best feelings in the world. It wasn’t just one feeling it was everything around me on this trip. On almost every day we would sit in our canoe and lie our heads back on the hard plastic and just reflect on what was going on around us. When we did this it felt like all of my senses were turned up to maximum sensitivity. I could here every bird, feel every ripple in the water, and smell the clean, crisp mountain air. It didn’t matter if we were sitting in the rain, we would take this moment of reflection to absorb everything around us, because I think we all knew we were going to be back in a classroom pretty quickly. These trips were all special in their own way and thats what made them a tradition. You could be hiking the tallest mountain in the North East or white water canoeing down a river in Canada. Every camp has traditions but Keewaydin’s tradition was with out doubt tripping. This tradition has created endless friendships, stories, and long lasting memories. So, the next time you are participating in a tradition remember to think about has this tradition was started and respects that and don’t forget, It’s the memories made from traditions that are remembered.