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Holiday 2016

The Newsletter for Alumni & Parents

Welcome to our New Camp Directors! Familar Faces Lead Lanakila & Aloha Camps KATHY PLUNKETT INTERVEWS SARAH GORDON LITTLEFIELD & BRYAN PARTRIDGE KATHY: A*93-96,98,LP93-96,98,*96,98-01,H*05-16 BRYAN: L87-91,*92-99,01-03,05-16 SARAH: A83-85,*86-88,92-96,02-10,13-16 DP09-10,13-14,LP13-16

Leadership transition at the Alohas occurs infrequently. At Aloha Camp, Mother and Father Gulick guided young women for 45 years. At Lanakila, Carol Hulbert was at the helm for over half its 95 years. At Hive, Helen Shaw directed for three decades. So 2016 is exceptional in that both Aloha Camp and Lanakila welcomed new directors: Sarah “Gordo” Littlefield and Bryan “Ridge” Partridge. Sarah and Bryan’s connections with the Aloha Camps stretch back to their camper days in the 1980s. Both credit Aloha values with shaping who they are today. To learn more, Hive’s Kathy Plunkett recently asked them a few fun and serious questions.

Basket making on Lake Fairlee - Hive 2016

KATHY: What does the responsibility of becoming director mean to you? BRYAN: Lanakila has filled the hearts of young boys and men for 95 years. It has taught multiple generations of campers what it means to treat someone with respect—that there are many ways to define masculinity—that our best selves lie within us but need to be fostered and nurtured by a diverse community of positive role models. Following in the footsteps of Barnes is a major undertaking. But the responsibility of being director is more than just one figure, as Barnes himself has taught us. It is living the mission and values of who we are as an organization. It is helping create fine people. It is ensuring alumni can come “home” fifty years from now and revisit important childhood memories, teachings, and milestones. During our 95th reunion, I was able to see the smiles and hear the ways Lanakila has impacted hundreds of alumni across the globe. These experiences further reinforce the power and wonderment of our small community in the hills of Vermont—and make me excited for the future. Continued on Page 4

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Barnes Boffey Saluting a Leader and a Friend This summer was Barnes’s last as Director of Lanakila. Barnes has touched many lives in his 55 years at Aloha and has played an instrumental role in fostering Aloha’s educational philosophy and mission. We take this moment to honor Barnes for the legacy he is leaving us and the generations who will follow us. We thank him for the love and care he has invested in Aloha over most of his lifetime. And we do so with our own voices, in our own words here. When future years take measure of your service here, your wisdom and love, What they’ll discover we already see: Our lives will be your legacy. -Barnes’ Song

In the MonthsAhead... Our honoring of BARNES BOFFEY will continue to unfold.

Barnes brought wonderfully informed wisdom about the social-emotional development of boys to everything that he shaped at Lanakila. I love that every child walks through an entrance-arch at the swimming docks that reads, “There are many ways to be a man.” This message permeates the camps and Barnes’ wisdom as a life-long educator positively enriches the culture, and makes the camp a uniquely safe place for all types of children. I know that camp leaders will continue his legacy of being on the forefront of success counseling and providing transformational summers. One gesture that particularly touched me as a parent were Barnes’ letters to his campers leading up to Opening Day. Our son felt so welcomed and acknowledged by letters that were addressed to him and not to his parents, and kept them in his room with his important papers. As a parent, I appreciated that he addressed both a child’s anticipation and excitement, as well as doubts. Assuring every boy that they will find friends (new and old) and be welcomed is wonderful, whether he is coming for the 1st time, or returning! Lastly, as an alum of Hive and Aloha, it is wonderful to see how thoughtfully Barnes has handed off his leadership role to Bryan, particularly with all the richness that came from sharing the Directorship last summer. Wisdom is shared and handed down so readily, and that is how the Camps sustain their strong traditions! JODY YOUNG LLEWLYNN H82-83,A85-87,*88,90,LP16

Barnes leads “Green Grows” singing in the barn - Lanakila 2016

Wisdom is shared and handed down so readily, and that is how the Camps sustain their strong traditions!

Lanakila's 95th Reunion... Check out page 11 for pictures and stories!

Lanakila surprises Barnes with a new song in his honor at Banquet - Lanakila 2016

Lanakilans sailing -Lanakila 2016

Friendship Circle Sing-A-Long, Aloha Hive 2

Despite growing up at Hive and Aloha, Barnes seemed an ever present figure in my camp experience. Perhaps that testifies to the true “one foundation” aspect of our community, or perhaps it’s just because we all squeeze into a barn two times a summer and revel in the shared joy of singing, with Barnes’ taking the lead on the Happy Wanderer. In 2013, however, an interaction with Barnes changed not only my picture of camp but also my sense of self at camp. I had just graduated college and didn’t know where camp would fit into my future world, but had been asked by MJ, the former director, to help Barnes with a success counseling video towards the latter half of the summer. Sitting across from Barnes, talking about the power of success counseling, I found myself embracing a new sense of self-assuredness as a public speaker, but even more than that, I found myself indubitably convinced of the power of Aloha and the importance of camp in this world and in my own life journey. I’m still not sure where that power came from, but I think a lot of it had to do with that man sitting across from me.

I first met Barnes as a 14 year old Lakesider, 37 short years ago. Over that time, my relationship with Barnes evolved from awestruck teenager to counselor; from assistant director to great friend. Along the way I learned a lot of life lessons from Barnes, including how to be a responsible, caring counselor and, most importantly, how to better appreciate the value in the diversity of people at large. A lot has changed since I was 14, but not Barnes’ caring, consistent presence in my life. His dedication to teaching people how to improve their lives and those around them has been unwavering. It is because of his dedication that I am excited about seeing his legacy continue for the benefit of generations yet to come--generations of campers, counselors, and all the lives they in turn will touch. CHARLIE PUGHE L78-79,*80-87,93-95,LP11-16,HP11-12,AP13-15

Songs may be sung and bells may be rung In praise of your years of giving - Carol’s Song

LOUISA SAVAGE H01-03,A04-07,A*09-10,13-16,HOC*15

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KATHY: Pre-camp is a time to gather your staff and create your community. What would you want a brand new counselor to remember from precamp? BRYAN: I want counselors to experience what being part of a powerful community is. Whether sitting through a session on success counseling, raking leaves along the brook, putting in the white posts, singing in the barn, or playing an evening game of softball, each counselor discovers what it means to be a good friend, a helping hand, an independent voice, and an amazing role model for children. Members of Club 2010 share a story at Wedding Ring - Aloha 2016

Welcome to our New Camp Directors! CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 SARAH: This amazing community called Aloha Camp…it is my heart’s home. It is the experience that defined me as a person more than any other place, challenge, or accomplishment. Being called to serve as Director of Aloha in a time of need was an honor in itself; being appointed to the permanent position was nothing shy of humbling. We have the privilege of working with girls and young women--and a few special men--as they discover how to become more truly themselves. And the work we do is full of such intentionality and joy that we all become stronger, more resilient individuals because of our part in the process. Aloha isn’t something that happens just for the summer; the transformative nature of what we do together takes shape over the course of years and lifetimes. Not only do I get to participate in the journey my own children make every day on this earth, but I am allowed to share in, and even facilitate, the self-discovery of hundreds of other young people as they learn and grow and strive to become their best selves. I believe I must have the most fulfilling job in the world. KATHY:

Do you prefer living in a tent or cabin?

A tent! The drumming of rain on tent flaps is hands down one of my favorite sounds in the world. And I love the feel of the breeze wafting in throughout the day. SARAH:

BRYAN: I have to go with a tent, too. During a Lakeside summer, I was in Tent Eight which gets the nice breeze off the lake and offers an indescribable view of the bonfire on the 4th of July. But having a tent or cabin was unimportant to me as a camper. As long as I was on Lake Morey, all was right with the world.

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SARAH: Those eight days together before campers arrive are crucial for building community. We learn new skills, sing a boatload of songs (of course!), dream, plan, and craft an amazing experience for the young women entrusted to our care. Pre-camp really sets the stage for Opening Day and the summer ahead. KATHY: Chicken patties or grilled cheese and tomato soup? BRYAN: Obviously grilled cheese and tomato soup. It is good on rainy days, humid days, days when you are not even that hungry. SARAH: Such a tough choice here. I’m going to go with grilled cheese and tomato soup, too. But the tater-tots that often accompany chicken patties are so calling my name. KATHY: We each feel a special sense of place at Aloha. Do you have a favorite spot? SARAH: I love so many places at camp. Wishing Fire because of the smells, and the view, and the symbolism of the ceremony we do at the beginning of each summer. Father Gulick’s Ravine is special for its peace and seclusion. Sunday evenings at Wedding Ring is when I gaze at the sky through the opening in the trees and look out at the entire camp sitting together side-by-side. The Bluff... every time I step out onto that rock my breath catches in my throat. The Woodchuck Hole…so many trips planned and fires built there over the summers. And the Art Barn is where I see and feel Aloha’s history in planks and beams. BRYAN: I might have two favorite spots: Council Fire and Emmerson Chapel. Council Fire is steeped in the traditions and values that make Lanakila so special. Listening to the stories around the blazing fire allowed me to discover the brilliance of telling a magnificent story and the power of quiet moments in the woods. Chapel is where I go to seek answers to the questions that arise in my life. Sometimes these questions are easy, sometimes they are quite challenging. But sitting amidst the trees provides quiet reflection unmatched anywhere else in the world.

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Best Selves. Because of You.

Swim lessons at Hive in 2016

Climbers on the Aloha climb tower - Aloha 2016

Remember moments from Lanakila, Aloha

Puppet making in the barn - Ohana 2016

and Hive with a full color photo book!

Summer 2016 PhotoAlbums! Order your soft cover summer 2016 photo album with over 250 pictures at:

Woodsiders hide from counselor Angus Davidson - Lanakila 2016

Aloha Maiden Olivia Wheeler H95-00, A01-04 *A05,07,09 helped redesign this season’s Reveille! Olivia is a teacher and graphic designer in Jackson, Wyoming. We are thrilled to have her on board.

Reveille gets a Make-Over ! Most photographs shot and edited by our very own Director of Photography at Lanakila, and professional photographer, Jenn Grossman *L07-16.

Friendship Circle Sing

Stories + News From... Home at Horizons

Horizons performs Alice in Wonderland in 2016

ERIN RENNINGER D*03-04,09-16,O*15,DP14

I can’t begin to express the gratitude I feel to be a part of the Horizons family. My children are able to experience activities they cannot find at home- archery, sailing, all camp capture the flag, to name a few. More importantly, though, are how they’ve developed as individuals. I witnessed my tentative boy grow into a kind, thoughtful leader. He takes pride in helping new campers learn the routine and feel more comfortable. Empathy is so difficult to teach, but I can see he authentically experiences it. He sees Horizons as his home, a place where he can take risks, try new things, and make good friends, friends he talks about for the rest of the year.

Summer Will Last Longer at Horizons! Introducing 1 week August sessions in 2017

AUGUST 7-11 & AUGUST 14-18 For Kindergarten through 4th grade graduates

Aloha Family Camp Lets Alumni Share the Magic CATHERINE BLEAKLY H*06-11, 14-16

Bleakley Family at Aloha Family Camp

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“I brought my family from Australia to Hulbert’s family camp at Aloha because, after 8 years at Hive, I wanted them to experience the magic of camp. They packed their bags and flew for nearly 24 hours to join me for a week of tent living. The travel time was worth it. Not only did we enjoy the activities, but my parents could finally feel the magic that keeps me coming back. The counselors were outstanding-energetic, thoughtful, and skilled. The sense of community and family formed in just a few days is difficult to put into words, but is easily felt as my family joined with others in creating connections that would last. I’m so grateful we could experience this together.”

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Ohana family participating in a “bailer battle” in 2016

Ohana Camp LARA RAMSEY H85,A86-89,*90,95-97,99,01-08

There is a freedom at Ohana that doesn’t exist in the rest of our life. Every day after we wake up, we get to decide as a family what our day should look like. Sometimes we go to the art barn; other days we pack up and find a mountain to hike. Sometimes we scale the climbing wall at Aloha; other days we just wander, finding berries. When our 3½ year old runs off to play beyond our reach, we aren’t worried. He loves that, and we love that. Growing up at camp, we talked regularly about how to bring our “best self ” home—how to be, all year round, the person we loved being at camp. As counselors we talked about how to spread the Aloha spirit with the world. As parents, Kristin and I talk about how to cultivate that spirit in our children. Those are all works in progress and probably

always will (and should) be, but I know I’m closer to figuring it out if I can visit the well and fill up every summer. I’m so grateful I can bring my family to Ohana, too. It may be one of the most important choices we can make individually and as a team. We look forward to next summer when we can reconnect with old friends and meet new one.

Ramsey-Mina family at Ohana Family Camp in 2016

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Caroline Hough does a balancing act at Horizons in 2016

Military Campership Military Families Find a Home at Aloha

Campbell Hough enjoys tent living at Hive in 2016

Jeremy Hough (L87-90,*91-98,H*14, HP1516,DP15-16) and Kelly Hough (H8889,*96-99,01-03,14-16,HP15-16,DP15-16)

always knew they would send their children to camp. What they didn’t realize was the role camp would play in their family’s life. “We’ve moved three times in nine years, and Jeremy just finished his 11th deployment,” Kelly explained. “Hive is a place we come home to every summer. A place where our girls Caroline (above) and Campbell (left), receive stability often missing in our ever-changing lives.” Because of their unique family situations, military children—especially those with a connection to Aloha—can benefit from relationships with our diverse and inspiring role models. And can feel they have a home to return to, summer after summer. So, could Aloha expand the transformative camp experience beyond our offerings through the Vermont National Guard Family Camp at Ohana and National Guard Camp at Hulbert Outdoor Center? An ad hoc military fam-

ily working group of alumni and staff asked themselves this question back in March. To answer it, they decided we should make the effort and see. So on Opening Day our first military family campership recipient was greeted in front of Aloha Camp to warm counselor cheers. A few weeks later she wrote a letter to Ohana’s Vanessa Riegler. Here’s an excerpt: “I love it here at Aloha. I love all of the singing and how close everyone is. I’m learning to play the guitar which I am excited for. So far, I loved going for a bike trip from Thetford Academy to Norwich (It was very pretty) and today I went for a 2 mile run down to Lanakila. I haven’t done anything that wasn’t fun….I could write forever about how awesome this place is but I’m sure you have things to do. Thanks so much for writing to me and for the cards. I hope you are having as much fun as I am this summer.”

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UPDATES Jane Dickie McGregor: 2016 has been a year filled with travel for me. I fulfilled a decades-long dream of seeing Macchu Pichu. We visited Greece with Beth and Michael Jacobides for Greek Orthodox Easter, Cape Cod with Caroline, Beth, Kevin, and grandson Will for the holidays-which included a brief visit by my brother Bob Dickie and nephew Tommy Dickie. We are looking forward to next year’s adventures! Composer Gwynneth Walker continues to divide her time between her childhood home town of New Canaan, CT and her composing studio in Randolph, VT. She visits camp often, both during the summer “camp time” and in the quiet “off season”. Margaretta Mitchell I had an exhibition at a local photo gallery of my work on the 20 x24 polaroid camera in the 1980’s. I also published a small book of this work. I also turned 80! Kathy Winter wrote in to let us know her Mother, Susan L. Winter, treasures her summer memories. They were able to take a trip to Aloha several years ago, and enjoyed seeing Susan’s name on the name boards.

Grandparents are Jeff and Betsy Brewster. Aunt is Meg Brewster Sodano uncle is Peter Brewster. To Lora and Mason Roulston, a son, Jackson James born August 21, 2015. Jackson joins big brother Carter, proud great grandmother Lois Roulston, grandfather Tom Roulston III, and aunts Elizabeth and Grace Roulston.

Alumni News & Updates Aloha News & Updates is going digital! For more news from friends please visit:


We look forward to reading your stories! WEDDINGS Lizzy Schulzinger to Amit Shelawala August 27th,2016 Ohana Camp. (BELOW)

IN MEMORIAM Nancy Hall Denio (H*49,50,52on August 1st, 2016. She was the mother of Anne S. (Denio) Wiley. Stina (Brita Kristina Reed) Moehrke (H49-53, A54-57*60, 78, AP*78) on June 1, 2016. She was mother to Kristin Oulton, aunt to Brita Mutti and Carl G. Reed. Mary (“Molly”) Chase Wiellette (H50-52, A53-56, H*58-59, 62)on January 18th, 2016. She was sister to Amy Chase, and mother to Christina and Elizabeth Wiellette. Christine Purves (A*39,41,6160,A*41,45-47,66)

Ann Johnson to Sarah Booker on January 9, 2016 in the Lanakila Barn. (BELOW)

62,64-65,AP61-62,*65, AGP*85-87,8990,92,HGP85-90, LGPLP89-90). Christine

BIRTHS Elisabeth Barone O’Neal and Ian O’Neal are proud to announce that George Douglas O’Neal was born on December 13th, 2015. Aunt is Caroline Barone. (ABOVE) Emily Brewster Cathcart and Justin Cathcart welcomed their newest little one this past Spring. Ellie Jean Cathcart arrived April 18th, 2016.

was mother to Mary Liecthy, Margaret Holt, and Jean Lehman. She was grandmother to Gretchen Liechty Lynch, Karl Liechty, Adele Liechty, and great grandmother to Rachel Warehime. Olivia “Libby”Meek (A42-

48;LP66-71, 75-77, *81-82, HGP96-97,0001,03,04,AGP98-01,05-08 wife of the late

Dudley H. Meek, Jr.. Mother of John Meek, Geoffrey Meek, and James D. Meek. Grandmother to Hannah, Katherine, and Lindsey Meek.

Melissa McFadden married Ian Harris on Saturday June 4th, 2016 at Wishing Fire at Aloha. Kara Klenk to Jared Logan June 6th, 2015 at Wishing Fire. (BOTTOM LEFT) Brian Maggiotto married Gabriela Torres in Manchester VT August 6th, 2016. (BOTTOM RIGHT)

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A Letter from the Executive Director BY CHRIS OVERTREE

Hive and Aloha campers reconnect at the 4th of July Carnival at Lanakila in 2016

Learning kayak rolls at Aloha in 2016

I hope you feel proud of the Aloha we have shared in the pages of our new Reveille. These voices reflect the multifaceted organization we have become over the last 111 years. They shoulder the melody in the rich harmony that represents our present and our future. And like any harmony, we sound best when everyone embraces their parts and sings loudly! These words speak to impact—that of our people, our places and our programs. They speak to our potential to broaden our reach. They speak to our depth. The Aloha Foundation remains an organization that grows by embracing our history while also translating our vision for the present. As you have read here, old friends become new leaders. Transformative experiences impact new people—and new populations. Cherished ideals are applied in novel ways and we challenge ourselves to identify the active ingredients that make Aloha what it is today. Aloha is more important now than ever before. We live in an age where the very definition of ourselves and our communities is challenged by societal and cultural changes. Technology unlocks speed without depth. Excessive information seems to contribute to feeling more insignificant than empowered. Aloha exists to bring people to a place where we develop relationships through personal contact. Where we process information at a pace that allows for absorption. Where we are reminded about ways we can be powerful in our lives and in the world. Thank you for entrusting this legacy to us. CHRIS OVERTREE L87-88,*89-05,DP16,F*15-PRESENT

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T hank You. For all you do.

The Pennells and the Baines brothers share stories at the waterfront during the 95th Reunion

Tommy Dickie teaches Viking Philip Silva’s daughter archery at the 95th Reunion

Lanakila’s 95th Reunion a Success! DOUG PILCHER L87-93,*94-01,*03-16

“And there were many more.” That was Mrs. Carol’s opening line in the newsletter regarding Lanakila’s first reunion celebration: the 50th. That weekend in the early 1970’s, Lanakila welcomed a then-unprecedented 300-plus alumni. Nearly half a century later, a record of more than 400 converged on Lake Morey. During our 95th Reunion planning, one challenge emerged: how to feed a record crowd if the dining room’s capacity is 270? Then we asked ourselves a different question: “Is the dining room critical to achieving a true Lanakila experience?” We found our decision: being together is more important than being in one specific place. Reunions are an opportunity to hear a story about how a long ago summer profoundly affected a life. To sense how the Lanakila experience extends across space and time. To witness the current staff’s dedication to stewardship, the intentionality of all we do, and how our actions are in line with the visions of Carol, Dave, Paul, and Barnes. As stewards of this place, we current staff hold Lanakila in trust for all who had the privilege of experi-

encing a Lanakila summer, and for those who will have that experience in the years to come. No doubt Mrs. Carol was smiling down on our late summer weekend, beaming with pride. We are that union of good and strong men and women, all Lanakilans. That, indeed, is coaching. TO SEE ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE REUNION, PLEASE VISIT ALOHAFOUNDATION.ORG/REUNIONS

Council Fire at the 95th Reunion

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Hivers run up Aloha Hill at Hive in 2016




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