This is a post I should have made during the summer when Karsten got back from camp but other things kept popping up. Now we are about to host an Open House for the camp on February 8th so I thought I'd post some photos to here to share. If you are interested in learning more about French Woods in New York, let me know. We'd love to have more friends from Seattle attend with Karsten.
The camp was three weeks. Yes, three weeks. It was a long time for Karsten to be gone but last night he asked if he could go for a LONGER time. I had heard about this camp on NPR a few years ago and then it turned up in a book I was reading. Karsten and I watched the two minute video on the French Woods website and he begged me to go after that. It took us a few years of thinking about it before we actually sent him, but by the time he hit 12 we knew we needed to do something big for him that he could feel proud that he did on his own. He loved it. He came back with a lot of new skills to show us. He made new friends -- boys and GIRLS. He feels comfortable in Photoshop and has tried putting some finishing touches on his Project Pond video game. I think he would live there if he could -- even with the camp's "No electronics" policy, which is a big one for him.
The camp was huge and basically had everything, so here are just a few samples of what I saw on my visit.