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“We received five letters from Tom when he was at Kingswood. Each letter started with, “I am having the best time of my life.” What more could we ask for? We are so impressed with your family and the staff you have chosen at Kingswood. The young gentlemen in charge of Tom’s cabin were confident, respectful and genuine. What great role models for our young boys. As you know, this was Tom’s first camp experience, more difficult for us then him! We sensed a need for some independence, he jumped on it and ran! We could not have chosen a better experience for him or a greater comfort level for us anywhere else. Tom would love to return to Kingswood next summer and speaks of his desire to be a CIT in the future.” “I am sorry to report to you that my son Michael returned very disappointed from his second summer at Kingswood Camp. In fact, he was so disappointed in having to return home from another wonderful experience at Kingswood that I am going to have to work extra hard trying to create fun and excitement for him during the transition period! Please extend my thanks to everyone at Kingswood who helped make this an even better summer experience than last year. When I dropped Mike off this summer I was not sure if he could have as good a summer as he had his first year. So what is your secret??” “James is having such an awesome time! (And to think I worried a bit about him getting homesick)! He only writes when he has to since he is WAY too busy at his favorite place on earth!!! Thanks for providing camp the way it should be.” “Michael so enjoys his freedom at Kingswood–the chance to make his own schedule, indulge his own interests. (He can’t wait to lead a guitar clinic next summer.) He doesn’t favor conventional sports, but has a passion for the made-up games of Kingswood, from Frisbee golf on down. At the same time, there are structures in place, and a heartfelt sense of tradition, which provide a perfect framework. The mixing of the generations just feels like a completely natural thing, which is as it should be. We hear stories throughout the year about what Michael did, what he learned, who he met, the fun and pranks and everything else. So the delights of summer, of childhood, and of growing up are with us always. These are blessings for which we feel most grateful.” “Just a note of THANKS to say how much we enjoyed our weekend at Kingswood. You likely already know what a genuinely talented staff you have and clearly, you know what an awesome group of kids call Kingswood home for the summer (or part of it). We just wanted you to know how impressed we were with how the campers and counselors treated us and, particularly, how they treated one another. The respect and camaraderie they feel toward each other was constantly evident. Not once did I pass a young man who did not have a “How are you?” or “Can I help you find someone?” on their lips. You have done a great job. No wonder Thomas feels comfortable enough to go the distance. It is reassuring to be able to travel abroad knowing he is in such capable hands. Thanks!!” “I have to tell you Jeremy had a near to perfect camp experience. He says it is the best time he ever had. In fact he is talking about coming for 6 or 7 weeks. We will work on that part but you can definitely count him in as Kingwood Boy for life! What struck us most when we picked him up was how rested and calm he was. Almost mellow…not something you always see in 11 year old boys! And he continues to rave about the food and how good it was. You should also know he gained 3 pounds while at camp which was wonderful and THRILLED his doctors!! So perhaps I need to come up and learn how to be more like Kingswood.” “Thank you to Kingswood for the very good weeks that Jon had this summer. I really appreciate the wholesome experience Kingswood gave him, especially considering that, at 14, these boys find themselves at a crossroads, where every experience counts in a very long-lasting way. He came back happy, tanned, physically stronger and emotionally more mature.” “I would agree with your thoughts that Kingswood isn’t for everyone. As a parent, you have to accept that the pace is not frenetic – that the boys are given time to hang out and do what boys do best, have fun with each other. I think that the pace that these kids maintain during the year with school, sports, music and pressure from everyone and every direction is way more than we ever experienced when we were young a hundred years ago. When do they ever get to be kids? You mentioned something about back yard play and it rang so true watching the pick up soccer games and the Frisbee golf. It seemed that the only thing stopping the boys was the ensuing darkness. You and your family really “get” what boys are all about. I only wish the rest of our world would catch up with Kingswood and realize what a great gift it is to be a kid.” “You run a great camp and I can see from the plans you describe how much care and thought goes into every aspect of it. Patrick has already spoken several times of looking forward to being a guide next year, so count him in on Kingswood’s future.” Kingswood is the highlight of my kids’ lives: Not kidding, not exaggerating.
“Just wanted to write and let you know what a fabulous summer Jeff had at camp. We picked him up at the airport and he chatted all the way home about the past 4 weeks-got home and went up to his computer and I found him in his room crying as he looked at the Kingswood pictures from the past few weeks. He has been enormously down all afternoon and it is only the distracting excursions that we have thought up that are taking his mind off of camp. Thanks so much for the great summer–who would ever think that sending the kids home crying would be the ultimate compliment. See you next year!”

We looked forward to the daily updates to get an overall sense of what the day had brought, and responded well to the tone of those messages, videos, and photos: seriousness, discipline, lightness, humor, wit, wisdom, no nonsense, and fun– all in evidence and all in balance.