People often ask us, "What do you do at CGC when we're not doing camp?". Perhaps a more appropriate question would be, "What don't we do?". For one, we've been busy all winter working with groups that want to host programs on our site.
This post is the first in a series highlighting Common Ground Center community members--many of whom you can get to know better at family camp! Carole Blane recently had the opportunity to catch up with the busy-bee Calia Marshall. Enjoy!
Well, we've made it through the solstice, the hectic holidays, and the end of 2012! In the last few weeks of December, our gorgeous site transformed from a grassy meadow complete with a rainbow to a snowy winter wonderland! We've been sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing since the snow started flying.
To say that Common Ground Center had a busy year in the rental department would be putting it mildly. We’ve had unprecedented traffic from such varied groups of people, and by the looks of it, 2013 will be even busier! Twenty-four different groups came to see the beauty of our site, some of them for multiple trips!
Common Ground Center has recently had the pleasure of hosting two of our favorite school groups: The Schoolhouse in South Burlington and Robinson Elementary in Starksboro. Energetic students from The Schoolhouse spent the day playing on the playground, blowing bubbles, and using the tennis courts, basketball courts, and ping pong table.
Energy independence has been a topic of conversation a lot lately in Vermont because of news that a federal judge blo
This May 19 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Common Ground Center is hosting a Family Fun Volunteer Day! Volunteers of all ages will help out with trail maintenance, plant our vegetable garden, and play on our 700 acres of protected wilderness. We'll also be giving tours, so this is a great opportunity for new families to explore all that our site has to offer.
Common Ground Center has always been a place that honors people’s creativity and cultivates community involvement, and that culture is largely rooted in Jim’s vision for CGC to be cooperatively run. In fact, I met Jim at the Vermont Cooperative Summit and we bonded over having been members of student-owned housing cooperatives.
I have been working in the summer camp business for a couple of years now and most people seem to have an appreciation of how hectic the summer can be, but they tend to think my winter months are spent lounging around or perfecting my fantasy hockey picks.
Today's blog post comes to us from our very own resident green guru, Peg Kamens. She offers up some great suggestions on how to be green this holiday season:
I've always looked forward to winter and find myself getting gleeful, unlike most of my friends, at the first snowfall or brisk day. Perhaps it's because I grew up in rural Vermont or because I was born in January. Whatever the reason, I know winter is coming whether I like it or not, and so I choose to embrace it rather than “survive” it. If not, I’d have a miserable eight months!
Barefoot running is all the rage, especially around our camp community. Peg and Sequana introduced Common Ground to the toe shoes two summers ago, and since then we’ve started to read about the benefits of wearing them (and running in them) everywhere (check out Jason Robillards’ blog).
Our daughter MollyRose had one of those long college weekends off, the kind that make you wonder why the short academic year costs so much. But whatever, she had time to visit her brother Jake to see how he was faring out at Slide Ranch, and we tagged along.
At Common Ground Center we’ve been thinking a lot about stuff these days. I recently downsized from a two-story house in New Jersey to an apartment in New York City. Connor and Neily came on board as office staffers – creating major shuffling of stuff and space in the office.
When I first met Joan Plisko and she told me what she does for a living I was so interested and finally got to sit down and talk with her for a newsletter article last year.
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