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Camp is officially underway!

Y’all. Opening Day has come and gone just like that. Can you believe it!? Opening Ceremonies brought new Shawnees and Pawnees into their tribes, causing sisterhoods to cultivate and grow! The past couple days have been wonderful having the girls back at camp! The hills are alive with tribe love, the sun shines a tad bit brighter, and camp FINALLY …

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Camper-Staff ratio: Why is it important?

Here at Heart we like to keep our camper-staff ratio in our cabins rather small and with good reason. We want each girl to get to know one another, their counselor and vice versa. These are the people they are going to be sharing most of their time with and we feel that it is uber important for them to …

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Why every kid should go to camp

There’s only a couple of short months to go until those gates open to summer 2017 and excitement is brimming over yet another summer of magical fun at The Heart. If camp isn’t at the forefront of your mind yet – it sure should be! Speaking as someone who was (unfortunately) never a camper but (fortunately) found my place at camp …

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We’re 100 days away!!

Well y’all, we’re 100 days from camp!! That’s right, 100 DAYS! Can you believe it? Here in the office we are giddy with excitement, we just can’t contain ourselves! With camp being this close we are in hyper speed getting everything ready for Opening Day. From Carnival, Field Days, Vespers, hiring our last few counselors, and making sure that everything …

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Why counselors are the hardest working people

After spending the last week having the most fun whilst recruiting staff for this summer, y’all can bet the main thing on my mind right now: counselors. Without these members of staff, camp wouldn’t be the same, which is why I like to think of them as the ‘heart strings’ of The Heart! When opening day of camp hits, parents …

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Life in a Teen Cabin

Teens are our oldest division here at The Heart. They are 15 and 16 years old. In my four years of being at The Heart, I had Teen tepees both terms last year, and let me say to you that it was an amazing experience! But what is it like? It is like living with girls that are your little …

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Dear Camp, Love A First Time Counselor

Dear Camp, Well the two months of camp have passed and guess what? I did it, camp is over and it’s a bittersweet moment. At the beginning I almost thought that I was going to hate this place, but I soon grew to love it and call it a second home. The time was well spent here and I could …

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Gym-what?

Gymkhana. Jim-kah-nuh. Say it with me. Gymkhana! Okay, so now that we can all say it without butchering the pronunciation of it, what is it? The actual dictionary translation is; a field day held for equestrians (fancy word for “horsey people”), consisting of exhibitions of horsemanship (fancy word for a good rider), and much pageantry. Only that still doesn’t mean a …

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25 Things That Summer Camp Taught Me

When I think about all the things that summer camp has taught me, a million things flood to mind. From my first year as a shy college kid to now a woman with a degree and full-time camp life, many lessons were learned. Although I could go for days on end about the all things that camp has taught me, …

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Pickleball at The Heart

Being the daughter of a retired History teacher of 40+ years (way to go, daddy), I have learned hundreds of lessons about my country, other civilizations, and way more about the Civil War than I would prefer (no offense, dad). However, there is one lesson he did not give in any of his classes: Pickleball. This lesson comes from Dick …