Now that writing camps are over it’s much quieter here at The Cabin. Branches of the “Poe-tree” stand empty, our sidewalk chalk art is washed away by sprinklers, the fridge shelves are no longer filled to the brim with Cabin water bottles. It’s sad to see this summer go but we had a fantastic time hosting more campers than ever: 432 eager young minds came through our doors, and this record enrollment allowed us to open more classes, hire additional teachers and offer a more diverse range of opportunities for learning and growing with words.
We received very helpful feedback surveys from parents, including some great suggestions for future improvement as well as many glowing responses. Here are a few of those parent testimonials that made us smile.
“My son Jay loved this camp more than any other he has ever taken! We are now writing stories and poems together as a family activity. I am SO IMPRESSED with the impact this camp has had on Jay. Please give a special thanks to Adrian. As a teacher, I appreciate his novel approaches to inspire students.” –John Rosato
“We always find the Log Cabin writing camps motivate our daughter to write, and this carries through the summer. It really inspires her imagination and gives her confidence to write short stories and poetry on her own after camp has been completed!...Log Cabin writing camp gives her the reason, and re-awakens the desire to write. Thank you for having such a great program, with great instructors, who give students the tools to open up that treasure chest of dreams and images, analogies and pretend creatures that oftentimes get locked away or shoved on a shelf at this age!” –Jennifer Brizee
“Ava has been more confident, expressive and passionate since this camp. She actually performed her poem (memorized) at a party the evening after camp was final. She didn’t tell us she was doing it – just jumped on the microphone and started to deliver her poem. It was so great!” –Gina Roberts-Wagner
“My daughter Quinn is still inspired and elated after taking a week long camp. I wouldn't change a thing. She loved every minute and said it is her favorite camp she has ever done.” –Darla McRoberts
“My daughter, who has typically been “afraid” to write, blossomed in the camp. Both instructors were talented and empowering in getting the creative juices flowing and creating a fun, exploratory, and safe environment for the students to experience and articulate thoughts and feelings in a most creative way. Addison was excited to write and share her stories each night after class. She was having so much fun with writing. One of the teachers, (Malia) had them hula during their break times and this had a most positive effect on their learning. It was better than I had imagined and I know that Addison will carry this new confidence and enjoyment of writing into her schoolwork this fall.” –Shelly Halling