Camp Love Letters

Camp Love Letters

Dear Greg and Laura...

"…Ok. What did you do with Declan? The Declan that came home yesterday made his bed this morning without me asking, beat me in tennis 6-2, 6-2, is more mature and independent, doesn't care about electronics, etc etc. He's not happy to be home and wants to go back to camp "right now." I love it! Thank you and everyone up there for an incredible summer! Early bird registration complete. 314 days til Summer 2015. Yes, he's counting!!" - Kimberly Cozza Collins ~ Hopkinton, MA
"I wanted to thank you, both, for another amazing Birchmont summer for Emily. This one was extraordinary in many ways and Emily came home an inch taller, sun-kissed and glowing from the joys of a summer very well spent. Camp was and is still a HUGE part of my core. Those BIG victories (like color war Lieutenant and winning the "B") and all of the equally if not more important smaller ones are the foundation of my confidence in the world and in my relationships. Personally and professionally, the lessons of a summer at Birchmont have made all of the difference and my life is richer for it. To know that my kids will have the benefit of all of their summers spent in Wolfeboro is the very best feeling. So, thank you… for carrying on the tradition in the dynamic and graceful way that you do; for offering Emily the opportunity to fuel her passions and to continue to develop as a friend and a leader; and for giving her (and Michael before her) a second place to call HOME." - Stacy Waldman-Bass ~ Westport, Connecticut
"To put into words a thank you to others for helping to "develop" your children is difficult for me. This thank you is so heartfelt. Our daughter's Birchmont Experience this past summer is certainly a plateau in her childhood that neither she nor her parents will ever forget. We feel she absolutely blossomed at Birchmont… It was her first sleep away experience and your special staff and program enabled it to happen…" - The Baletti Family~ Essex Falls, New Jersey
"…Emily told me that if someone would tell her that she could have anything in the world like a trip to anywhere she would pick another summer at Pierce Camp Birchmont…" - The Bates-Carter Family ~ Brentwood, California

Birchmont love letters

"…I don't know who had more fun last summer - Christopher or the rest of the family who enjoyed his camp experience vicariously. He came back to us taller in stature and self confidence… and with newly acquired skills in tennis and swimming…" - Joan C. Green ~ Boca Raton, Florida
"Thank you so very much for being there for Gillian and myself. The comfort that you give to both of us is greatly appreciated. I know this is your business and what you do, but I know you have gone the extra distance for my family and I can't express in words the peace of mind that has given to all of us. On so many levels I know Birchmont is the only place for my family. I was also amazed at how quickly you really knew and understood the inner workings of my daughter; you and your staff have been kind enough to give her the perfect environment to succeed in. Once again from the bottom of my heart I thank you." - Debbie Schechter ~ Marchant Park, New York
"All three of my kids are very much looking forward to see everyone again. I am very happy to have them in your hands during the summer. It is because of Camp Birchmont that they all have a very positive attitude towards the U.S., their people and their values." - Christoph Bulfon ~ Munich, Germany
"I just wanted to take a moment of your time to say hello and thank you for making Luke's summer so successful. He had a tremendous time at Birchmont and I know he was sad to leave such a blissful haven. I truly recognize all the small and large "things" that you all do behind the scenes to make it all work. Lastly, please thank the camp photographer. Her pictures were a huge high for me each day and helped me get through 2 sessions." - Dr. Anne Angiolillo ~ Bethesda, Maryland
"We just wanted to send you a note of extra thanks. It sounds so simple, but after our phone call this weekend and comparing our call to those of our friends at other camps, we know that we picked the right place for our son. Just the fact that there was no timer sitting in front of our nine year old led to an amazing call. Obviously there are many other reasons we know Birchmont was the place for Jack and he loves it there. Sometimes it is the little things that make parents a little more comfortable. Thank you again for providing our son the opportunity to have an amazing summer! - Cara and Mike Behar ~ Short Hills, New Jersey
"I hope all is well with you. Lisa and I took a couple of days to ourselves so we were not able to see you at the camp reunion. I asked Paige how the "Winter Reunion" was and she had the most amazing response. She said "If I put all the happiness in a bag I would not be able to pick it up." Thanks for everything you have done for Paige. - Dr. Lind ~ Roslyn, New York
"From our very first visit up to Wolfeboro, Avery knew she would be happy at Birchmont. Greg Howes gave us a golf cart tour and the rest is history. Matthew wanted to start immediately too, but we let Avery enjoy her first few summers solo. Birchmont is the place where Avery and Matthew gained independence and developed life-long friendships. They found role models in several counselors as well as older campers. We know that their experiences at Birchmont will live with them forever. For Avery along with many great summer memories the opportunity to work at Pierce Country Day Camp when her camper days were done was a perfect entrée to the working world. For Matthew, his camp friends were a wonderful mix of smart, athletic and considerate. He developed and maintains special bonds with fellow water skiers and runners. Matthew's love of the mountains as well as Birchmont's whitewater trips seem to have wet his appetite for further adventures. Jim and I can't thank you enough for keeping our children safe (especially the attention you paid to Matthew's food allergies), happy and thriving in such a beautiful setting each summer. We love New York City, but it's been heaven for Matthew and Avery to experience summers in New Hampshire." - Simi and Jim Matera ~ New York, New York

 

Birchmont love letters

"I would like to thank you for my first year at Birchmont. I had an amazing time this summer! It was my first time going swimming in a lake and it was super fun! I've done so many new and amazing things at Birchmont! I learned how to water ski, I improved in horseback riding and swimming and I made many new friends!" - Molly; First Year Camper ~ Brookville, New York
"Both of you are my heroes and I trust you with my most precious possession, my only child Willie, anytime, anywhere. Thank you so much Greg and Laura, for always being cool, calm, collected and for always putting the children first and getting the job done. Willie tells me he is having the best summer yet. Thank you again for making his wishes, and mine, come true." - Betsy Landsman ~ East Hills, New York
"I wanted to personally thank you for having us up to your camp. In my capacity as a "Lacrosse Specialist" I have had the opportunity to visit several camps over the last ten years. I truly love the atmosphere you have created for your campers. Everything that happens at your camp is a direct result of how much you care about every camper and your leadership style. You are caring people that campers and staff love and respect … That's the way it should be. Any staff I spoke to had nothing but kind words to say about you. I enjoyed every moment of our time at Birchmont and would love to show my wife and 2 kids Birchmont, so they can join Birchmont as campers." - Jesse Sorenson ~ Visiting Lacrosse Coach