Camp and Ski Week

Campers arriving in bus, Camp Abena, Maine, June 1915.
Students sunbathe on the beach at Camp Monomoy
Campers in uniform at Camp Kineowatha
Student participates in “campcraft” activity
Before leaving for sailing lesson
Camper swan dives into the lake at Camp Kineowatha
Can-can line performs during the camp show at Camp Monomoy
Two campers act out a dramatic dance sequence at Camp Abeda

 

Learning Outside of the Classroom

Every student attended camp for two summers. After school concluded in May, Bouvé moved to the country for four weeks. Students attended to learn outdoor summer sports and camping skills, and they gained a greater sense of community. Classes, activities, and studying filled these four weeks, but campers still found time to relax despite their regimented schedules. Whether escaping to the beach to sunbathe or preparing for the annual camp show, they took full advantage of the opportunity to bond with their classmates and teachers.

Every winter, students participated in Ski Week, when instructors taught classes in winter sports and recreation. In addition to skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing were regular courses, and students occasionally gathered for a game of ice hockey. Like camp, an atmosphere of frolic prevailed. Between classes, students rode horses, drove sleds, and played in the snow. Unlike camp, students focused on technique and achieving basic competency, not on preparing for a comprehensive exam.

With the drops in temperature also came house party weekends in the mountains, where students tested their skills honed during Ski Week. New Hampshire and Vermont were both popular destinations.

Tyrolean skit for the camp show at Camp Monomoy
Downhill skiing class
Students prepare to snowshoe down Mt. Wilbur at Cedar Hill
Students ride a horse during winter house party weekend at Cedar Hill