Remaining in Maine into mid-September, for the first time in many years, has allowed Robin and I opportunities to enjoy and appreciate Robin Hood in unique ways. It feels odd to experience a Boston Whaler boat excursion to Camden Harbor without 10 campers aboard to share time together over lobster dinners. Downtown camp is an eerie ghost town without the vibrancy of hundreds of campers and counselors to bring it alive. There are no campers to play ping pong, tennis, golf, or chess with. But it is peaceful beyond words and serenely beautiful.
Even the loons seem to miss the liveliness Robin Hood creates on the lake for two months. Three curious loons surfaced next to our Hobie Cat sailboat and followed us to shore two days in a row as if to ask “where did everyone go?”
The irony is that late August and early September, after camp has closed, is the best time to be in Maine. Absolutely no mosquitos are buzzing, temperatures are in the 70’s and almost no rain. Nights can be brisk fall evenings.
It has been fun to have all the Robin Hood toys and lake to ourselves and friends. Now is time for reflection to review this past season and to re-calibrate to create plans for next summer. The next blog will announce what we are planning new for next summer.
Wish you were in Maine to share RH in it’s fall glory with us! Best of luck with school and your ambitions. Think of us from time to time. Only 283 days until Opening Day 2018! –Rick Littlefield
London’s Camper Reunion, held Saturday, February 25, wins the award for being the best-attended reunion bowling party of the season! It was special to see Lorenzo and Edoardo Usai, Pietro Pignatti, and Carlo Masoni arrive wearing RH white hoodies. Loved it! Thanks also for joining us: Anya and Armand Nedungadi, new camper Laura Logan, Omala and Ela Snyder, Gabriela Horn Montoya, Zoe Smith, Lauren Shillabeer, Alessia Ascolani, Evelyn Walsh (and her alumnus Dad Matt Walsh), Pauline Brandenburg, and India Campbell who brought good friend Ayisha Durbar, and younger brother Adam Durbar (top score bowler and future camper). Plus, a big thank you to 16-year Robin Hood veteran and popular Program Director Jon Pelz and to Matt Powley who both helped run the event. Adding to the excitement of the party was a fire alarm evacuation that briefly interrupted the fun but created a perfect group photo opportunity taken by Laura Logan’s mom. –Rick Littlefield
Rick Littlefield will once again be on the road next week to meet new and current campers and their families. Next stop—Europe!
His itinerary so far appears below. If you would like him to drop by to say hello or meet your friends who are interested in learning more about Robin Hood, please send us an email to email@example.com.
February 23-27 London
February 28-March 2 Paris
March 3-4 Rome
March 5-6 Florence
March 7 Milan
March 8 Geneva
March 9 Gstaad
March 10-12 Madrid
March 13 Monaco/Monte Carlo
Perhaps our best skating party reunion ever! Twenty-five enthusiastic campers, four staffers, and many parents braved cold weather, and tricky travel conditions to skate and network at Trump Arena in Central Park Sunday morning. Many true loyalists appeared wearing RH uniform clothing. Once again Alistair won the “Best Dressed Award” wearing a complete uniform of RH sweat pants, T-shirt, and white hoodie. Anna Hoernig won the “Long Distance Award” for traveling from Washington DC and I was impressed by how many drove or trained in from Connecticut and New Jersey. Both Alistair and Anna earned a lobster or steak dinner this summer! Great to see: Sebastian Wood, James Danzinger, Gunnar Overstrom, Malachy Guzman, Anna, Alistair, and Arthur Schnieders, Lyla and Ella Miller, Marcus and Benjamin Matitia, Ley and Zachary Ziemba, William Leon, Lucia and Santiago Simonian, Alexandra and Sofia McGoey, Alice, Sophie and Thea von Seidel, William Riley, and Anna Hoernig. Alex and Veronica Moreno dropped by at the end to say hello. Congrats Veronica on getting into Boston College and Alex on getting into the University of Miami. Thank you very much to 15 year RHers Chris and Jon Pelz for your much-appreciated help in running the event. Welcome back from the University of Edinburgh! Sorry if I missed any other camper’s names. Next Reunion up will be the Bowling Party Reunion in London February 25.
Congratulations to the following camper families. They are just some of the families who have enrolled under the December/January tuition discounts. Each family has received TWO of our new RH magnetic bumper stickers, and each camper received two adhesive RH stickers!
Sarah Mojica Arango
Philippa von Selchow
Camilla, Caprina & Lola Fiorenza
Alexander & Daisy Sheikh
Christian & Eleanor Graziano
Alya Ben Youssef
Elizabeth & Wesley Tarbell
Lucas, Alice & Felipe Zelmanovits
Enroll today and earn prizes for your family!
Remember… Our December/January Enrollment Incentive Plan is happening now through January 31– the last tuition discounts of the year! Enroll by January 31 and receive a discount up to $600 if both the registration fee and tuition are paid in full. All funds paid in advance are 100% refundable until April 1, 2017, if you withdraw for any reason. See our Dates and Rates page for details.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions! We can’t wait to see you in Maine this summer!
The last opportunity to take advantage of our enrollment tuition discounts begins Dec. 1 and ends Jan. 31. In order to guarantee a place for your camper and avoid the possibility of being wait-listed, we strongly encourage December and January enrollment. December/January Rates will be posted on website on December 1.
Two financial options to consider:
The first 25 campers to enroll under the New Year Discounts win TWO of our new RH magnetic bumper stickers!
Great news! Harvard Men’s & Women’s Squash Coach Hameed Ahmed has officially signed on to run our 3rd season of Squash Academy for two weeks July 2- July 15. Harvard won both Men’s (2014) and Women’s (2015) National Championship as well as three Ivy League titles. Hameed has coached more than 20 All American college Squash players in his career.
As a player, Hameed was seven-time National Champion of Finland, held a #8 European Ranking, and was #18 in the world. Most important, Hameed is among the greatest role models, superior coaches, and nicest people I have had the pleasure to work with in my career. In Hameed’s spare time he is working on his MBA degree at Harvard. We are blessed to have him with us. -Rick Littlefield
Congratulations to the following campers, whose friends have interviewed with Rick Littlefield so far this Fall. All the campers below have either a RH backpack OR a Sleep In this summer for their cabin plus personalize RH pillowcase.
Thank you for the recommendations! Robin Hood remains strong because loyal campers and families recommend other new camp families.
Construction is underway on a new girls’ cabin to be completed by the end of the year with luck. Nella will be our roomiest and best girls’ cabin ever built at Robin Hood. It will be two feet wider than any other girls’ cabin so it should be, and feel, more spacious and also have more floor space down the center aisle. The bathroom will be completely tiled and have sinks and power outlets both inside and outside the bathroom. The windows will be slightly bigger, and the exterior walls will have log cabin siding installed.
We will accept the same number of girl campers as last summer so the new cabin will help to alleviate overcrowding during peak weeks.
We promise to send you progress photos as construction continues. As you will see from the drone aerial photograph the cabin location is just above Inpost and across from Thames.
Congratulations to Pablo Navarro, Anna Schnieders, and Teddy Nelson for winning lobster or steak dinners this summer for their bowling scores at the New York Camper Bowling Reunion Sunday November 6! Alistair Schnieders also earned a loyalty award of a lobster or steak dinner by appearing in full RH uniform complete with shorts (impressive in November), t-shirt and hoodie. Thanks also go to Arthur Schnieders, Malachy Guzman, and Xander Ferguson who showed up proudly wearing their RH hoodies; Teddy Nelson, who wore six green and red RH wrist bands; alumnus Robyn Assile Ziemba (one of the very first girls to attend RH as a camper), who arrived with daughter Leyla and son Zachary, and husband John; and future camper Christian Anderson, who earned the long distance award for taking the train in from Princeton, NJ. Also great to see squash star Toby Goldston. The NYC Marathon suppressed our Upper East side and CT camper attendance due to major street closings but those who came made up for this with their enthusiasm. Thanks for coming!
The new Moomba is here!
Take a look at the pictures of our shiny, sparkly brand new Wakeboard/ Wakesurf boat that arrived at camp last week looking eager to hit the water in June 2017. The Moomba is specially rigged for use with Wakesurfing, the fastest growing water sport.
Sending warm wishes to the following returning campers with September, October and November birthdays!
|Birth Date||Age||Full Name|
|9/6/00||16||Nepomuk Von Mylius|
|9/7/02||14||Luis Fernando Paul|
|9/16/01||15||Gabriela Horn Montoya|
|9/18/01||15||Claire de La Rochefoucauld|
|9/18/01||15||Virginia Tronchetti Provera|
|9/20/01||15||Jose Alavaro Santos|
|9/22/03||13||Gilberto degli Azzoni Avogadro Carradori|
|9/24/02||14||Alejandra De Leon|
|Birth Date||Age||Full Name|
|10/1/03||13||Beno Garcia Murciano|
|10/8/02||14||Irene Fonseca Lean|
|10/14/05||11||Angela Amat G-Cereceda|
|10/31/01||15||Pedro Alegret Font|
|Birth Date||Age||Full Name|
|11/9/04||12||Judith Van Dusen|
|11/9/07||9||Luis Ignacio Arvelo|
|11/10/00||6||Jean Augustin Touton|
|11/14/02||14||Ignacio Rey De Castro|
|11/14/04||12||Alex Haegler Scherr|
|11/18/02||14||Jose Manuel Pardo|
|11/19/02||14||Spencer Van Vacas|
|11/27/02||14||Adriana Carlota Leyba|
No sooner does camp end that we begin plotting and scheming to improve RH for next year. These are some of the projects we are committed to:
-Two boys’ cabins and one girls’ cabin have already been re-roofed.
-The dining room floor is in the process of being completely re-tiled.
-We have purchased a 2016 Moomba Wakeboard/Wakesurf boat.
-A new boys’ shower house will be built ON THE HILL by next summer.
-The girls’ shower house is being made bigger.
-A new girls’ cabin to be named “Nella” begins construction in October! (FYI: In Robin Hood lore, Nella is the sherrif’s daughter and the woman Will Stutely is in love with.)
-New and additional shelving is being added to two to three more girls’ cabins.
We’ll keep you in the loop as these plans progress and as exciting program ideas evolve! -Rick Littlefield
With another spectacular summer on the lake and by the sea behind us, the following highlights immediately come to mind:
-Watching campers on stilts joyfully racing across the ballfield
-Seeing 26 exhausted but proud paddlers complete the 12+ hour grueling Bagaduce River Canoe Challenge
-Watching 225 campers complete the 8.2 mile Around the Lake Challenge and 150+ campers complete the Across the Lake 3 mile swim Challenge. Witnessing challenge by choice: never have so many campers reached deep within them selves to discover the determination to take on and conquer major physical challenges. Seeing their proud faces of deep self-satisfaction after taking on challenges was priceless
-Starting the day on a positive note with the many creative and funny Outpost cabin chants inspired by Mitch Hunt
-Enjoying weekly memorable talent show performances by brave campers and counselors
-Posting our first truly viral videos– “We Can’t Stop This Robin Hood Feeling” and “A Day in the Life at Robin Hood” conceived and created by the Daniel Valle Magana, Harvey Woods and Lukas Wiegmann (Click here for link to videos.)
-Launching our first Waterski & Wakeboard Academies
-Seeing record participation in the Golf, Tennis, Soccer, and Squash Academies
It was a memorable 89th season full of countless highlights and are looking forward to an outstanding 90th season in 2017! -Rick Littlefield
Refer a boy camper, win a personalized white hoodie AND our new RH socks!
We expect to be in Wait List status for many of our boy age groups with the next two weeks and we want to make space for all interested boy campers as soon as possible!
We offer a special incentive for current families and campers who recommend and help us enroll boy campers. For every new male camper who enrolls we will give them, and the camper who recommends them, a personalized white hoodie plus a special edition pair of our new RH socks. If you already have a white hoodie, you receive another one! If your referral enrolls and comes to camp, you also earn a $150 recruiting bonus!
Hope to hear from you!
We are proud to announce that 6 time World Wakeboard Champion Dean Lavelle will lead Robin Hood’s Wakeboard & Waterski Academy, August 7-August 14. With over 21 years of coaching experience, Dean has coached all over the world and now owns and runs the LTS Wakeboard/Waterski/Wakesurf School in Pompano Beach, Florida. Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to receive one-on-one coaching with a world champion!
Dean’s biography: In 1990, Dean started his professional water-sports career at Sea World in Orlando, Florida. The following year he started his pro wakeboard career. He won the World Championship in 1993 and reigned as one of the world’s best into the millenium. With his experience and knowledge of wakeboarding, he began coaching around the world and eventually started his own wakeboard and waterski school, LTS., in 2000.
Learn more.. check out his video biography!
Dean will be teaching not only wakeboarding and waterskiing, but will also offer instruction in wakesurfing– the fastest growing watersport in the world!
If you are not yet enrolled, we suggest submitting your online application as soon as possible to reserve a spot as we anticipate closing enrollment during this week very soon. If you are currently enrolled and wish to change your dates in order to work with Dean, please contact us immediately!
Sending warm wishes to the following returning campers with October and November birthdays! (more…)
Robin Hood remains strong through its tradition of family-family referrals. We encourage you to be part of this network and share your good experience with others! We offer the following special thank you gifts for simply introducing us to other families and rewards for those campers who enroll.
If you recommend Robin Hood to a friend, classmate or family member and they schedule an interview with Rick Littlefield (in person or Skype) by December 31, 2015, you will receive a thank you gift–the gift of sleep! Check Rick’s travel calendar (see our blog article) to see when he is coming to your town. Send us your friend’s name in the Refer a Friend link under the Enrolled Families tab on our website or Email us at email@example.com. If an in-person meeting cannot be arranged, we can set up a Skype interview.
For each referral who interviews, you will get
…and we will add a Personalized RH Pillowcase!
Don’t forget: if you are enrolled for 2016, you also receive a:
Earn $150 reward for every camper you recruit and who comes to camp! We hope to hear from you!
Director Rick Littlefield will be on the road to meet new and current campers and their families. If you would like him to drop by to say hello or meet your friends who are interested in learning more about Robin Hood, please Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hameed Ahmed, Harvard University Men’s and Women’s Assistant coach, will lead the Robin Hood Camp Squash Academy this summer.
During Ahmed’s two seasons at Harvard, the team captured both Men’s (2014) and Women’s (2015) National Team Championships as well as three Ivy League titles. At the University of Rochester, as a coach for two seasons, Hameed coached six players to All-American honors.
As a collegiate player, Hameed earned three All-American selections and served as team captain for three seasons.
Hameed represented Finland at six European Team Championships and three World Team Championships. Other accomplishments include winning seven Finnish Junior Championships as well as three European Junior Grand Prix titles. While coaching at Harvard, Hameed is currently pursuing his Harvard master’s degree.
We look forward to Hameed leading the Robin Hood Squash Academy and feel fortunate to have him join our team.
The second half of my 2015 Europe trip brought many more great meetings with campers. In Barcelona I was honored to join Erik Sevillano and his dad Victor to celebrate Erik’s mother Christina’s 39th birthday. This will be Erik’s 6th season Daniel’s 5th summer, and Mikey’s 7th summer.
In Madrid I was very pleased to visit with Jaime and Juan Garcia Larriu, and Pilar Garcia Friginal at their home. Ines Gomez Recio, the always cheerful and smiling tennis star stopped by my hotel along with her older brother Javier who will be a counselor with us this summer for the first time. Thank you to the Lopez Garayalde family, who hosted a wonderful luncheon party for me that included Lucia, Maria, Javier and Pablo Lopez Garayalde, all part of a long time RH family. Also Javier Herrero and family surprised me with their appearance along with Paula Acuesta. The incredibly enthusiastic bothers Fernando and Juan Llovet also stopped by to say hello.
The highlight of my year, outside of camp season, is seeing campers in their homes. What a pleasure it was to begin my London trip with seeing Alexander and India Campbell in London!
In Paris, I was fortunate to see famous Chess Master Andres Blanco who is bringing brother Roman to camp. Showing up at Clement Cretien’s home and seeing him proudly wearing his white RH hoodie put a big smile on my face. I look forward to handing Clement his five year red hoodie this summer! Seeing Jonas Sadock and meeting with his brother Mathias was a pleasure as was seeing the increasingly taller and freckle-faced Raphael Saltiel.
In Zermatt, two days of skiing the spectacular slopes in perfect spring skiing conditions was an enjoyable respite from my travel schedule. Check out the picture of my new canine best friend Hugo, a St. Bernard Mountain Rescue Dog.
Announcing two PADI Scuba certification classes this summer! Session 1 will the week of July 5, and Session 2, the week of July 19. The class is four full days and campers must be 12 years old by the class date to participate. Please email us at email@example.com if you are interested. PADI classes have become more popular in recent years, and we expect to have full enrollment (maximum 8 students) for each session. Contacting us sooner rather than later is recommended if your child is truly interested in becoming PADI certified at camp!
Robin Hood is proud to announce intensive specialty sports academies for Golf, Tennis, Soccer and Squash for dedicated athletes looking to improve their skills in these specific sports.
Golf Academy Week 2 (June 28-July 4) and Week 6 (July 26-August 1)
• Intensive seven-day golf instruction
• Five rounds of instructed on-course play
• Daily driving range instruction
Tennis Academy Week 1 (June 21-June 27), Week 3 (July 5-July 11) and Week 7 (August 2-August 9)
• Intensive seven-day Tennis training
• Minimum commitment of 3 hours daily
• Up to six hours on-court if desired
• Private and semi-private lessons each day for Academy players
• Footwork and conditioning training
Soccer Academy Week 3 (July 5-July 11) and Week 6 (July 26-August 1)
• Intensive seven-day Soccer training
• Minimum three hours of training plus match play daily
• Intensive skill development training daily
• Speed, quickness, and conditioning training daily
• Participants must bring soccer cleats and shin pads
Squash Academy Week 1 (June 21-June 27) and Week 4 (July 12-July 11)
• Intensive seven-day squash skills training on-court
• Minimum two hours with possible training up to four hours a day
• Join our afternoon running club for boys and girls of all ages and abilities looking to get in shape for track, cross-country, or any sport requiring conditioning. No sign needed. Practice for our 5K and Around-the-Lake road races.
We are proud to announce that for the first time in our 88-year history Robin Hood will accept an equal number of girls and boys campers! Twenty-six summers ago we accepted our first 20 female campers. There were 180 boys and 20 girls attending during our first co-ed season. Imagine how brave and adventurous those first 20 girl campers had to be. I admired their spirit and fearlessness. A remarkable 90% of the first group of female campers returned and we expanded the program to accept 40 girls for the second summer and 60 girls the third year. We knew after the third season Robin Hood would always be a coed experience for campers. The 2015 camp season Robin Hood will truly be an equally co-ed experience.