“Doughnuts with Ditter”

Our friend Bob Ditter , a child and family therapist from Boston and frequent speaker and contributor to the American Camping Association   has been visiting camp this week.  I first met Bob in 1986 when I was teaching at a girls’ boarding school in New Jersey.   Since then we have stayed connected through professional circles and … Continued

An Attitude of Gratitude

Camper thank you note

Yesterday I was opening the mail that had piled up last week while we were all away at the American Camp Association Conference in New Orleans.   I opened a hand drawn Illahee pine branch with Thank You on the front.  The letter from our 5th grade camper began,  Dear Camp Illahee Staff…..Thank you…. Every day at … Continued

Orientation Begins!

Camp Illahee counselors holding hands during orientation, keeping a yellow balloon in the air.

The beginning of orientation is always the culmination of a tremendous amount of planning, and feels a little like Christmas for us year rounders at Illahee. The guys have put the finishing touches on the facility and it sparkles and shines…Gretchen and Laurie eagerly anticipate the arrival of all of the GREAT Illahee girls they … Continued

Increasing Our Margin of Safety

Camp Illahee hosted Bob Ditter last week at Pinecrest when he came into town to lead a day long NCYCA (North Carolina Youth Camp Association) workshop for camp directors at Kanuga Conference center.  Bob to travelled down from Boston to lead the day-long training for North Carolina camp directors.  A child and family therapist, Bob … Continued