Outpouring of Love

“A roller coaster of emotions” hardly describes our feelings since Friday’s announcement to cancel this summer. It is more accurately a typhoon or a super cyclone of emotions. We know you all can relate, after hearing from many of our families and their response to the news. If you “took to the bed” on Friday, … Continued

Staff Picks!

While we all continue to adjust to the “new normal”, something that has made us feel grounded and encouraged is hearing from camp families, campers, and staff. Last week we reached out to our staff members to check in and see how they were spending their time in quarantine. We asked them to share some … Continued


We had a Zoom gathering last night with some lifelong friends who we had taken a sailing trip with in January.  One of their sons and daughter-in-law had led the trip and are now quarantined on their boat in St. John.  They joined us each in our separate settings for a sunset Zoom.  After initial … Continued

Easter Greetings

Happy Easter Weekend, Illahee family.  It’s been a beautiful week at camp and at times felt strangely normal around here.  Yesterday we took a break from our activity area cleaning spree and had our own egg hunt on the soccer field.  Gardner raided the costume room to find an assortment of 1980’s era bridesmaid’s dresses … Continued

Peace Be With You

I’ve been spending more time in my living room re-reading  Jesus Calling and  Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, my “go to” devotional guides.  Built in 1947,our big picture window overlooks the canoe lake, the red barn and the empty green pastures.  At this time of year our neighbors use the area as their … Continued

What a Week!

What a week!  When  I watched Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show Home Edition, I could relate to his opening: “Welcome to day 83 of quarantine.” His wife interrupted with-“day six of quarantine.”  I’ve been experiencing what a socially distanced extrovert can do via Iphone catching up with friends and family in the evenings and joining Lindsey … Continued

Camp Friends…

Is that hometown buddy a necessity for a great summer at camp?  Some parents worry about their daughter coming to camp without a friend from home.  While walking into a new cabin group might feel intimidating, having the opportunity to make brand new friends is one of the best parts of camp! A summer at … Continued

Welcome 2020- A New Year!

Camp Illahee celebrated its 99th birthday with the arrival of the New Year!  We will be celebrating 100 years of camp with a reunion of alumnae in 2021 and look forward to unrolling plans for that celebration after this camp season. After a holiday vacation with our families, we started our year with a camp … Continued

Bucket List Trip and Milestones

Earlier this month, Gordon and I embarked on my “dream trip”- a journey to Kenya and Tanzania with fellow camp directors, Ann and Grant Bullard.  We spent ten days in platform tents, waking before sunrise to explore different corners of the Serengeti.  Expansive sunsets, varieties of birds and being close to herds of elephants, families … Continued

From Bell-Ringing to Leaf-Blowing!

How has it already been eight weeks since we lowered the cabin flaps, deflated the lone swim-lake tube, and cleared out the last box of salty snacks?! Other than a few furry four-legged barn animals, Jasper and Dahlia, the final members to leave the camp community for the season were nurses Mary and Denise. They … Continued