Big News From Cabin Row

Welcome to the Poplar Posts!

After decades in publication, this year the Poplar Post is officially going digital!

This year has been challenging for all of us, but if there’s one thing that camp has taught us (besides the Angel Code, the value of friendship, and the words to countless songs and cheers), it’s that a tough challenge has the potential to bring out the best in each of us. We didn’t get to spend our summer together at camp this year, so we’re meeting that challenge with innovation! 

While we are socially distanced, we’re going to make even more of an effort to ensure that we stay socially connected. Taking the Poplar Post online means we can publish more often and include more fun elements, like this video from Jane and Dan:

Now here’s our challenge to you: Find one new way to stay connected to your camp friends this winter! Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Turn some of your favorite camp photos into postcards and mail them to your friends
  • Schedule an all-bunk afternoon “rest hour” videoconference
  • Meet up for a hike or other safe outdoor activity (remember to maintain distance and mask up!)
  • Coordinate a craft, book or friendship bracelet swap by mail (if you’re looking for inspiration, how cool is this rainbow craft swap?

Send your updates and post ideas to Eliza for inclusion in a future Poplar Post!

Be sure to add the Poplar Post blog to your bookmarks, and make sure your parents have their Campanion app notifications turned on so you’ll be the first to know when there’s new content to check out!

Camper News

Goodbye Bunk 22, Hello Swings!

It’s been a sunny and busy fall season at camp!

Every year, our year-round crew makes the most of the beautiful Poconos autumn to get as much work done as they can before winter sets in. This year has been no different! They have been busy this fall replacing exterior siding on Bunk 1, Bunk 2, the Lodge and the Manor House.

But the biggest change is happening in Junior Camp, where we have something exciting happening! Bunk 22 has been used over the years as an infirmary, a camper cabin, and staff housing, and after a long life, this fall it was torn down to make room for something we think you’ll really enjoy… a new swing set!

Next summer, the Lower Juniors’ area will have a fresh new look and a beautiful new play area to enjoy during free time. We can’t wait to see the smiles on your faces when you see this special new spot on Cabin Row! 

Birthdays

Today is Somebody’s FALL Birthday…

Happy birthday to all of our October and November Angels!

October:

Addison (Lower Seniors)
Brandi (Upper Juniors)
Charlotte (Bunk 1)
Elle (Upper Juniors)
Eloise (Manor House)
Emily (Upper Juniors)
Emma (Bunk 2)
Hannah (Upper Juniors)
Isabel (Upper Juniors)
Isabelle (Bunk 2)
Ivy (Lower Juniors)
Lila (Lower Juniors)
Liv (Manor House)
Lucy (Lower Juniors)
Maya (Upper Seniors)
Morgan (Bunk 2)
Olivia (Lower Seniors)
Olivia (Upper Juniors)
Shoshana (Manor House)
Zoey (Bunk 2)

November:

Abby (Bunk 2)
Aerin (Bunk 2)
Alexandra (Bunk 1)
Angelin (Upper Seniors)
Brooke (Lower Juniors)
Charlotte (Lower Juniors)
Dahlia (Manor House)
Elisabeth (Bunk 1)
Jessica (Bunk 2)
Julia (Upper Seniors)
Lucy (Bunk 1)
Natalya (Lower Seniors)
Sasha (Lower Juniors)
Shoshana (Bunk 1)
Sophie (Lower Juniors)

Tradition Time With Eliza!

Ice Cream Night

“I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!!!”

There’s no sweeter sound than hearing Bunk One start this chant that lets us all know it’s time for a surprise Ice Cream Night!

At camp, we enjoy a snack each night after evening activity. On a few exciting nights during the summer, we are treated to a special snack. One of these is Ice Cream Night.

Ice Cream Night is always a surprise, and it is always fun! We bring out a variety of flavors and toppings, and instead of going straight back to our cabins, all of camp goes to the Dining Hall together to enjoy sundaes.

Ice Cream Night is more than a special snack, though; it’s a special event all on its own. Once everyone has had their ice cream, our oldest campers in Bunk One will call up girls to sing for the whole camp. It is extremely special to see Angels from all age groups stand up in front of everyone and share their songs. There is truly magic in the Dining Hall on Ice Cream Night, and that’s why I love it.

Another reason I love Ice Cream Night: sprinkles. Many of you know that I love my ice cream with rainbow sprinkles on the top AND bottom… always. If you have never tried ordering your ice cream this way, that is your first task after reading this post. 

So — what is your favorite ice cream? Chocolate? Vanilla? Cookie Dough? Sorbet? Dairy-Free Ben & Jerrys? You’ll have to let me know!

Love,
Eliza

Freeform (no theme)

How to Practice Thanksgiving All Year Long

This is the time of year when we start to talk about thanks and thanksgiving (because, well… it’s time for Thanksgiving!). But the idea of “thanksgiving” is more than a holiday or a family celebration — and it’s something we can practice all year round.

What is gratitude?

“Gratitude” is more than just saying the words “thank you” (that’s just good manners). It means truly being grateful for the good things in your life and being willing to express that thankfulness. Even when times are hard, you probably have a lot to be thankful for — a warm home, a loving family, a great teacher, friends who care about you, experiences you’ve had, places you’ve been, special memories, things in the future to look forward to (like Summer 2021 at LBMC!).

Just like a muscle, gratitude gets stronger with practice! Get in the habit of expressing your appreciation, and soon you’ll find yourself spotting the good in almost any situation.

Why does gratitude matter?

Besides living out the Angel Code value of Beauty, gratitude has scientifically-proven benefits! Researchers have found that gratitude can lead to better physical and mental health, more friendships, even better sleep! 

A gratitude mindset also makes it easier to bounce back when you experience difficulties. (This is known as “resilience.”) When you focus on looking for the good, you’re building up emotional strength that helps make you more resilient so you can get through tough times.

And of course, when you express gratitude to other people, you’re making them feel good, too — so your gratitude mindset can have a positive ripple effect!

How do I practice gratitude?

Practice makes progress. That’s true of anything you want to get better at, from sports to school to music — and that includes gratitude! Try making gratitude a daily habit. If you keep a planner or diary, dedicate a little corner of each page to writing down something you’re thankful for. Or leave yourself a note on the bathroom mirror to remind you to think about what you’re grateful for while you brush your teeth. (Maybe you’ll even start brushing longer!)

Here are some more fun ideas to help strengthen your gratitude muscle:

Coming in 2021

Coming to LBMC in 2021…

Welcome to our newest Angels! We can’t wait to see you at camp in June.

Manor House: Addision G (Long Island), Dahlia S (New Jersey), Elle M (NYC), Eloise C (NYC), Haily K (NYC), Jordyn E (New Jersey), Lily H (Florida), Liv S (Westchester), Logan M (New Jersey), Mila M (Maryland), Shoshana W (Long Island), Sienna C (Westchester). Lodge: Alexis D (New Jersey), Alyssa K (New Jersey), Ava M (Philadelphia), Campbell R (NYC), Charlotte R (Westchester), Elle S (NYC), Grace P (Westchester), Hayley K (New Jersey), Juliet R (Westchester), Kate K (New Jersey), Maya M (Philadelphia), Nora C (NYC), Parker L (Westchester), Riley C (Connecticut), Zoe G (New Jersey), Gabriella H (NYC). Lower Juniors: Brooke M (Westchester)