Simply Put, I Love Camp!

Simply put, I love camp…and I have since I’m three years old.  Some of my closest friends are my camp friends, I wrote my college admission essay about camp and now I get to “camp” all year long.   Big shout out and THANKS to my mother and father who sent me to camp and knew that it would shape me into the person I am today.   I am forever grateful for the experience.

Looking towards this summer…It finally feels like summer.  We’ve had a month of staff orientation, pre-camp events and the weather is beautiful.  This is the most highly anticipated week for me.  As you know from all my blog posts this year, our team has been working SO hard to get camp ready and WE ARE READY!

We cannot wait to see the buses roll in next week and see SMILEY, HAPPY, EXCITED faces get off those buses.  Let’s make summer 2018 the best one yet!

Why I Work at Camp for a Living

I work at camp for a living. I am lucky. The reason that I do it is because of the impact that my excellent day camp and sleepaway camp experiences had on me as a child. I am confident, I take risks and I’m not afraid to be myself in pretty much any situation that arises. Of course, my wonderful parents have to get some credit also, but camp has definitely played a huge part in allowing me to become the person I am today.

After 10 months of sitting in an office and working with the full time team to prepare everything for camp, it is now time to sit back and see the campers enjoy what we have planned for them.  We will smile as they make new friends, reach new heights (literally and figuratively), become excellent swimmers, improve their athletic skills, create cool projects and perform in front of others. We want them to come home and tell you what has peaked their interest and who they want to be like when they grow up.

Our outstanding staff of leaders and role models will lead the way and create a new generation of leaders and role models to follow. And in just 6 more days we can watch it all happen in front of us!

I’ve Been Here Since I Was 4 & I Still Can’t Wait for Each New Summer to Begin!

There are only 10 days left before camp begins and there is such a positive energy in the air as we are here working toward opening day.  We are working day and night getting ready for your children to arrive one week from Monday.

As always, it will be a spectacular summer of fun, laughter, new friends, personal achievements and yummy camp lunches.  I can’t wait for it to begin and I am sure your children feel the same way.  It’s definitely time for a break from school and for time spent in the great outdoors.  Yay, it’s almost CAMP TIME!!

I can’t wait to see those children!

What I Am Excited for This Summer

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Really?!? Only 12 days until camp? That is music to my ears.

In just over a week, we get to return to our Summer home – Shibley Day Camp. And I couldn’t be more PUMPED for my 25th year at Shibley. What still has me excited after so many years? The smiles of joy I get to see on a daily basis from our campers and staff does the trick every time. I love watching our campers try new activities, make new friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Equally, I love seeing Shibley’s staff work hard, have fun, and cultivate their professional skill sets.

This past weekend many of our veteran staff gathered on the campgrounds to welcome all the new staff for Summer 2018.  The training has begun, the campgrounds and facilities have never looked better, and the pieces we work on all year long are coming together to create magic.

Only 12 more days until we get to start making new friends, trying new things, and having the best Summer of our lives! As for me, I consider myself a very lucky lady…..because I will spend my summer with all of you!

I would love to hear what you are looking forward to for Summer 2018.  Please send me an email with your thoughts at!

Randi, Shibley staff

Facility Updates – All That’s Missing are the Campers!

Camp is less than one month away!  The trees are in full bloom and camp is GREEN.  Our incredible facilities team is putting the finishing touches on the property and camp looks awesome!!  For this month’s blog, I want everyone to get excited about the Field of Dreams, Fenway Park, new sandboxes AND our new Welcome to Shibley area in Junior Camp.

The fields are ready for some baseball, softball and kickball – check out how great they look!

And, we know how much everyone loves the sand at Shibley.  This year, we created boxes where the campers will be able to play in the sand.  (We also purchased some new shovels and pails, so we look forward to seeing our creative campers in action!)

Lastly, we have a brand new Welcome To Shibley Day Camp all set to welcome the buses on Day 1!

Please join me, once again, in thanking our ever expanding facility team – Billy, Mario, Carlos, Danny, Danny and Liam.

I always love to hear from families and staff.  Please reach out with any feedback or thoughts.  You can always reach me at

It’s really the countdown until Summer 2018…