Tradition Time With Eliza!

Liza’s Tradition Time: Anniversary Night

Picture this: It’s a warm summer Friday night. We are all in the Apple O’ watching the talent show. At the end of this special evening, after we have heard a story and shared random acts of kindness, there is a bonus: anniversary night. 

On this night, we celebrate our returning campers and staff and highlight the number of years that they have been at camp. We give out a number of coveted Bryn Mawr items: 

  • 3-Year Water Bottle 
  • 4-Year Drawstring 
  • 5-Year Jacket (an all time favorite) 
  • 6-Year Blanket
  • 7-Year Watch
  • 8-Year Backpack 

As a staff member, one of the coolest parts about returning to camp year after year is getting to watch campers grow up. While the items are all great, the most special part of the night for me is seeing the girls proudly come to the stage to be recognized for their years at camp. On this night each year, I get to take a step back and reflect on the experiences that I have the opportunity of watching each summer. Without fail, there are campers that shock me — I simply can’t believe that they are in their 5th, 6th, or 7th summer because I remember them starting in the Manor House! I love watching how all of our campers grow up at camp and this night is a reminder of that. 

I am so excited for anniversary night 2021 (and every year beyond) to watch ALL OF YOU grow up at camp! Remember that when you get those special items — whether water bottles, drawstrings, jackets, blankets, watches or backpacks — they’re not just gifts. They are a reminder of how grateful we are to have YOU in our camp family.

How many years have you been at LBMC? Check out this list!

Love,
Eliza

Big News From Cabin Row

Take a Tour of Camp With Dan

What’s been going on up at camp? We have been busy making improvements in preparation for Summer 2021, and we couldn’t wait until June to show you! Join Dan (and his new assistant, Bryn!) on a video tour of some of the beautiful new updates you will find when you get to camp this summer.

Coming in 2021

Summer 2021 Drama Announcment

Are you ready to take center stage? Or are you looking forward to working behind the scenes? Whether you are an enthusiastic performer, a future producer, or simply looking forward to cheering on your friends, here’s Macy with the announcement you’ve been waiting for: What shows will we see on the Apple O’ stage this summer?!

Spring 2021 Staff Update

Who is coming back to camp? And who will the new counselors be? Jocelyn has an update for us from summer staff HQ!

Returning Staff

Chandra Obregon, Cooking Director
Michele Beus, Sundance Crafts

New Staff

Group Leaders:
Angelica Torres
Julia Moseman
Lauren Sciortino
Tiffany Buddy

Program Directors:
Ashley Clendenen (Arts & Crafts Assistant Director)
Isabelle Cooper (General Athletics Director)
Kaylee Argo (Basketball)
Madi Smith (Sewing)

LBMC Alumni Returning as Staff:
Ava Hammer, Gymnastics
Kate O’Keefe, Waterski
Lucy Blank, Waterski
Maddie Allen, Aquatics
Olivia Schwartz, Group Leader

Counselors:
Abigail Zachritz, Drama
Alyssa Knowlton, A&C
Annabelle Parrish, Cabin Specialist
Bronwen Richards, Adventure
Caitlynne Zelazny, Cabin Specialist
Camryn Lamontagne, Dance
Carolina Garcia Bonilla, Soccer
Claire Allan, Riding
Danielle Miller, Drama
Elena Rosario Diaz, Aquatics
Elisa Pandolfi, Aquatics
Fernanda Montes, Fitness
Isabella Baez, Video
Jemima Greenwood, Aquatics
Jordyn Trombley, Tennis
Juan Rivera, Adventure
Juliette Petersen, Riding
Kayla Nee, Lacrosse
Keely Watt, Aquatics
Kennedy Hanna, Lake
Kiara Sweat, Gymnastics
Logan Kemp, Tennis
Luis Hernandez, Adventure
Madison Cornelius, Drama
Madison Hall, Gymnastics
Ale de la Rosa, Photographer
Megan Ashton, Cabin Specialist
Megan Monteith, Gymnastics
Niambi Hawkins, Arts & Crafts
Olamide Olayiwola, Adventure
Sebastian Canino, Soccer
Susie Hall, Lake
Tabitha Brown, Aquatics
Tiarelei Cade, Tennis
Ximena Torres, Soccer
Zoe Gibbs, Riding
Zoe Stoner, Gymnastics

Camper News

Welcome to Camp!

We can’t wait to see all of you in June — let’s give a big Camp Bryn Mawr welcome to our newly-enrolled Angels!

Manor House: Taylor M.

Lodge: Layla G., Vivian K., Leah K.

Upper Juniors: Anais-Emmanuelle B., Zoey H.

Lower Seniors: Lillian K., Camryn M., Olivia S.

Upper Seniors: Mila B., Mirah M.

Summer 2021: Back and Better!

The countdown to Summer 2021 is ON, and we can’t wait to be back at camp together!

Although there will be some changes this summer, we want you to know that camp will still be camp! We will still have songs and spirit, we will still celebrate our favorite traditions, and we will make just as many unforgettable memories as ever. 

If there has ever been a time when we all REALLY needed a summer at camp, this is it! We have been working hard to plan for a “safe haven” where we can enjoy all the magic of a Bryn Mawr summer. Your parents will be getting details about these plans very soon.

In the past year, we have all gotten used to new ways of doing things. School, sports, activities, holidays — everything has been a little different (or sometimes a lot different). Throughout all of it, we have seen all of our Angels living the Angel Code values of Loyalty, Beauty, Merit and Comradeship by adapting to new routines, respecting new rules, and most of all, by being caring and compassionate toward others. Every change that you made, from wearing masks to distance learning, helps protect other people, and that’s an amazing way to live the Angel Code!

As we get ready to welcome everyone back to Bryn Mawr, we want to take a moment to talk about what this summer will be like. We always ask for honesty from our campers, so we want to be very honest ourselves: This summer at camp will be different from past summers. There will be new ways of doing things and changes to some of our regular routines. It will probably take all of us some time to get used to these new routines — even Jane and Dan! We will all learn and adapt together to keep doing what we have been doing since last year: looking out for others by staying safe and staying healthy!

No matter what, the Alma Mater reminds us that camp will always be camp — “if Bryn Mawr means as much to you as Bryn Mawr means to me!”

2021 Staff Update: Who’s Coming Back To Camp?

Jocelyn has been hard at work recruiting and hiring our staff for Summer 2021! We are thrilled to report that many of your favorite staff members will be returning this summer. Here’s a look at who’s coming back to camp, plus some of the new staff members who will be making their Bryn Mawr debut in 2021.

Parents, older sisters and alumni: Do you know someone who would make an amazing Bryn Mawr counselor? We would love to hear from them. Let them know that they can learn more and apply online today!

Returning Staff

Assistant Directors:
Bill Widman
Jocelyn Glantz
Maxine Matovic

Emily Tyler, Riding Camp Director

Liz Cozad, Dance Camp Director

Division Heads:
Meryl Heller
Lindsay Jarvis
Tanya Skinner
Eliza Kagan
Lacy Stanton

Group Leaders:
Shelby Buchanan
Merewether Lackey
Julie McCoy
Emily Benson

Program Directors:
Jeremy Burbrink (Pool)
Teshena Marshall (Arts & Crafts)
Gracyn Bird (Ceramics)
Emma Twigs (Dance)
Macy Earley (Drama/Music)
Bec Stafford (Gymnastics)
Sydney Ameluxen (Fitness)
Josh Gray (Soccer)
Rennie George (Tennis)
Amanda Jean Baptiste (Special Projects)
Cait Doyle (Videographer)

Counselors:
Lucia Costa
Megan Kinsey
Lizzy Frischling
Olivia Glantz
Jolie Smith
Jenna Luiere
Alexis Mladineo

Nurses:
Jenn O’Keefe
Christine Weis
Beth Ziegler
Maile Kalinowski

New Staff

Group Leaders:
Emily Duplantis
Alexis Millsaps

Program Directors:
Corinne Casazza (Lake)
Alec Hundley (Waterski)
Jordan Deaton (Softball)
Anna Holland (Tennis)
Anna McCurchy (Adventure)

Nurses:
Sam Gulick

Counselors:
Lauren Kennedy
Nicky Santos
Mikayla Rebecca
Katie Murphie
Natalia Facchinato-Sitija
Isabelle Blok
Megan Sefcik
Skye Bess
Sloan Pollom
Abby Hanlon
Kaila Sullivan
Kelsey Swaim
Alex Volkov
Sophie Sweeny
Alexa Runnels
Kylie Anderson
Megan Violet
Katey Fleming

Baking With Jane: Green & Gold Cookies

If you know Jane, you know how much she loves to bake! This recipe combines two of the things she loves most: being in the kitchen and being at camp! If you try this recipe for Green & Gold Cookies, be sure to let us know so we can share your photos on social media!

Ingredients:

1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
10 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup full-fat sour cream at room temperature

For the icing:

5 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted (measure before sifting)
7 Tbsp. whole milk, divided
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
Green and yellow food coloring

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. 
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine. 
  5. Reduce to low speed and add the dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with the sour cream. Beat everything on low until combined and no pockets of flour remain. The batter will be very thick!
  6. Using a greased 1/4-cup dry measuring cup, drop mounds of dough 4 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet. 
  7. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
  8. Make the icings: Whisk the confectioners’ sugar, 6 tablespoons of milk, the corn syrup, vanilla extract, and salt together in a medium bowl. 
  9. Transfer 1 cup to a separate bowl and add the tablespoon of milk and the green food coloring. Whisk until combined.  
  10. Mix the yellow food coloring with the remaining batter.
  11. Spread green icing onto half of the cookies– the flat side. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until set so that the icings do not bleed into each other. 
  12. Spread yellow icing onto the other side and allow the icing to set completely, about 1 hour, before serving.
Angel Spotlight

And Now, A Word From Najah

Is chilly winter weather getting you down? Najah to the rescue! Enjoy this burst of her trademark energy and enthusiasm anytime you need a little dose of camp sunshine. We bet you a dozen pizza bagels that this video will get you fired up for Summer 2021 at Bryn Mawr!

What other staff members would you like to see in Poplar Post videos? Send us an email and let us know!

Big News From Cabin Row

Why We Can’t Wait For Summer 2021

Our leadership staff is always happy to get back to camp — but this year, after such a long time apart, their excitement is through the roof! We asked them to share what they’re most looking forward to about returning to Bryn Mawr this summer. We bet you can relate to the anticipation that they are feeling!

Eliza:
“I just can’t wait to be back at camp – back at my favorite place! There is no other way to say it. I am looking forward to all of the camp traditions and being back with our camp family. I am always excited for camp, but this year, there are no words to describe that level of excitement!”

Tanya:
“I can’t wait to be back at camp hearing the cheering in the dining hall, the campers’ laughter down Cabin Row, and the serenity of the Alma Mater after evening activities. Summer 2021 will be something truly special and I’m excited to be back with my camp family enjoying the fresh mountain air!”

Joe:
“I’m looking forward to reuniting with so many friends and to hearing about all that has gone on in their lives in different parts of the country.”

Max:
“I am excited for camp this summer because I can’t wait to see how much our girls have GROWN UP since we saw them last.  And I can’t wait to hear all the exciting things they have been up to. I am excited for camp this summer because I love being with my LBMC family, and I have missed them so much.”

Emily:
“I’m excited because the farm is not the same without forty horses to greet me every morning.  I’m also excited to see the progress of all my Riding Camp and LBMC riders over the past year!”

Becky:
“I’m excited to have everyone see all the renovation projects around camp and get back to having fun in our favorite summer place!”

Meryl:
“Spirit and tradition. Seeing girls come together after being apart for so long.”

Bill:
“I am very excited to return to camp in the summer of 2021 so that I may finally witness Bunk One summer 2020 get the opportunity to graduate from camp at camp.”

Liz:
“I want all the fresh air and to get back to dancing at my second home! And of course, gimme all the s’mores.”

Peter:
“I am excited for camp more than ever this year because I miss all the campers so much and I cannot wait to see how much growth they had since 2019.”

Lacy:
“I am excited to be back at camp more than ever to celebrate my 16th summer with my summer family!”

Jocelyn:
“I miss being with our camp family. I can’t wait to be outside in the fresh air all day and hear girls cheering, bunk doors closing, announcements over the loudspeaker — my sounds of summer!”

What are you most looking forward to this summer? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram!