The tennis program at Robin Hood Camp seems to get better and better every year, and the 2019 season is no exception as we welcome elite tennis coach Clark Corey to our team!A native of Columbus, Ohio, Clark has been teaching tennis to some of the best around the world for more than 35 years. He has been the director of tennis at top resorts throughout North America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East, including the five-star Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai and most recently at the JW Marriott Desert Springs resort in Palm Desert, Calif.
He has been a PBI Elite Tennis Professional since 1985 and was named PBI Professional of the Year in 1988. He has also served as a tennis commentator for SBC TV.
We’re beyond thrilled that Clark will direct our tennis program this summer alongside long-time Robin Hood Tennis Director Arpan Trivedi of India.
Speaking of Arpan, he has been earning accolades himself this year for his outstanding tennis work. He was recently selected to the Australian Academy of Tennis Coaches, the leading tennis organization on that continent for more than 25 years. Within his own home country, Arpan has also earned the prestigious PTR India President’s Award. Congratulations Arpan! This summer will mark Arpan’s 13th year at Robin Hood Camp.
Arpan and Clark can’t wait to meet this season’s new campers at Robin Hood. Experienced tennis players are reminded that the intensive Robin Hood Tennis Academy is the best way to sharpen your skills and take your tennis talents to the next level. The Robin Hood Tennis Academy will be held in weeks one (June 23-29), two (June 30 – July 6), three (July 7-13), four (July 14-20) and six (July 28 – August 3).
Robin Hood Camp is proud to offer once again specialty academies for dedicated athletes looking to improve their skills in Golf, Tennis, Soccer, Squash and Wakeboarding, Waterskiing and Wakesurfing. Joining us for the 2019 summer season will be among the world’s very best.
This academy will be led by World Wakeboard Champion Dean Lavelle (Week 7).
Robin Hood Camp’s Gold Academy will be led by PGA Golf Pro Dave De Heras (USA).
This academy will be led by elite soccer coach Bruce Groshong (USA).
The Squash Academy at Robin Hood will be led by Hameed Ahmed (Sweden), Assistant Harvard University Squash Coach.
This academy will be led by Head Pro Arpan Trivedi (India) and Clark Corey (USA), a 30-year USPTA Elite Professional coach and PBI Pro of the Year award winner.
Personal trainer and fourth-year counsel Calvin Pattinson (UK) will launch our newest academy.
STAFF NEWSFLASH: We are excited about the talented counselors and special programs that will be offered this summer. We have literally “searched the world over” to assemble our high-caliber, experienced staff.
The program will be led by slalom champion Alejandro Arango (Colombia) and fifth-year counselor Tom Gerrett (UK) as well as a team of talented counselors who have international competitive, trick ski, and wakeboard experience. Six-time Brazilian
wakesurf champion Anne Prochaska returns for the month of July and World Wakeboard Champion Dean Lavelle returns for Week 7 (August 4-11).
Joining us for the first time is gymnastics coach Christina Gutierrez (Mexico), who has competed for her national team.
Popular counselor Tomas Urrutia (Colombia) returns to teach shelter building, fire-starting, and much more.
Parkour coach Charlie Morales (Mexico) returns to help more campers learn how to negotiate obstacles by running, jumping and climbing. Charlie is also an avid guitar player and is excited as well to teach budding Robin Hood Camp musicians.
Our most popular activity in camp will continue under the inspired leadership of the popular champion Nghia Tran (Australia) for the 19th year in a row!
Chess coach Bernard Chan (Malaysia), 1st Place National Chess Junior Chess Champion, will share his skills with Robin Hood campers this summer.
Sailing champion Anthony Minder (Monaco) will lead the lake sailing program, which is enhanced by two new RS Quest 15 foot sailboats — terrific training boats. Anthony’s brother, international racer Alex Minder (Monaco), will run the ocean sailing program.
Two PADI Scuba Certification classes are offered at Robin Hood Camp this summer. Session 1 will be held during Week 3 (Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12) while Session 2 runs during Week 5 (Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26).
In making your decision about PADI Scuba Certification class, please consider the following:
Please contact Robin Hood Camp at (831) 659-9143 to reserve a spot for your camper as soon as possible as classes fill up fast. A $100 non-refundable deposit, charged to the credit card on file in your Camp-in-Touch account, is required to reserve a space. The remaining $475 will be charged to your end-of-camp expenses.
Upon successful completion of the class, your camper will receive a PADI certification which is a lifetime certification recognized throughout the world. The program has been growing in popularity with the introduction of the online work prior to the class instruction at camp. It quickens the pace of the class and minimizes the study time during camp.
Happy Birthday to our campers who have birthdays in March, April and May 2019!
|Name||Birthday Day||Camper Age|
|Olivia de Dampierre||2||15|
|Thelma Chermat Rumilly||12||9|
|Gabrielle Burrus Bustamante||29||15|
|Name||Birthday Day||Camper Age|
|Eddy Albada Jelgersma||4||14|
|Clara Fernandez de Araoz||14||15|
|Luis Otavio Saad||15||11|
|Winslow Van Vacas||16||12|
|Leonardo Bigi de Lima||25||14|
|Sarah Mojica Arango||30||15|
|Name||Birthday Day||Camper Age|
|Gabriel de la Rica||2||16|
|Cristy Mojica Arango||3||12|
|Domenico Carabba Tettamanti||7||13|
|Sam Al Sayeh||10||16|
|Jules De Jesus||12||15|
|Balthazar De Luze||17||13|
|Maria Garcia Friginal||20||10|
|Matteo Di Mauro||25||13|
|Bernardo Alvarez Calderon||26||14|
Improving Robin Hood every year is a personal obsession carefully considered each fall and winter. What can be done to further enhance our already dynamic program? What new and meaningful challenges can we add to inspire campers to further reach outside their comfort zones? Read about our exciting additions so far for 2019:
Two weeks | July 7- July 20
Optional Week 3 PADI Scuba Certification Course | July 21-28
We are pleased to announce an Learn to Ocean Sail Course and Cruise, with cruising among the hundreds of islands and harbors along the coast of Maine.
-Two weeks cruising aboard a 40’ sailboat sailing among the islands and Harbors of Penobscot Bay Maine
-Learn to ocean sail or expand your sailing skills
-Learn to navigate using charts & electronics
-Earn a Ocean Sailing Level 1 Certification
-Cruise Penobscot Bay to Camden, Stonington, Belfast, Rockland, Monhegan Island, Isle Au Haut, Swan’s Island, North Haven & Vinalhaven, Northeast Harbor, Bar Harbor
-Optional PADI scuba certification course July 21-28
-Limited to 6 participants, ages 15-18
Tuition for the 2 Week Ocean Sailing Certification is $5500, plus a $500 registration fee.
Tuition for optional 3rd Week PADI Scuba Certification course, plus access to Robin Hood sports and activities is an additional $1300.
For high school students looking to prepare themselves as best as they can for the challenging and confusing college admissions process to U.S. colleges, we are offering a 21-day College Bound Prep Program, providing intensive SAT/ACT standardized testing course, elite college counseling, and an expansive Five Day College Tour of the Boston area, Connecticut, and New York City.
-SAT or ACT test prep tutoring five hours each day for 14 days SAT or ACT Practice testing every four days starting with baseline testing Day 2
-Supplemental Math and English tutoring as needed
-Five Day New England and New York College Tour, including stops at Boston University, Boston College, Tufts, Northeastern, Bentley, Harvard, MIT Trinity, Connecticut College, Yale, NYU, Columbia and Parsons Institute
Sample daily schedule:
9:00 am – 11:00 am SAT or ACT prep tutoring
11:15 am – 2:30 pm Lunch and sports activities (Tennis, Soccer, Swimming, Waterski/Wakeboard/Wakesurf, Sailing, Paddleboarding, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Table Tennis and more)
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm SAT or ACT prep tutoring and testing
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Afternoon Activities in and out of Robin Hood property
6:00 pm Dinner
Fifteen-year -old participants live with 15-year-olds in other RH programs and may go out at night with CITS if they wish. Sixteen and 17-year-old participants live with similar age Robin Hooders and may go out at night with CITs or JCs.
Tuition for the 3 Week College Bound program is $7400, plus a $500 registration fee.
Other options for age 15: The Camper in Transition (CIT) program or our new Learn to Ocean Sail Course and Cruise
Other options for ages 16 & 17: The Post Grad program (formerly called the 2nd Year CIT program) or our new Learn to Ocean Sail Course and Cruise
After being introduced to and playing Pickleball over Thanksgiving at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs I am enthusiastic to announce we will be adding Pickleball to our afternoon activities and campfire program in 2019. Easy to learn, quick to set up and tremendously fun, there is no doubt Pickleball will become a popular addition at Robin Hood in a hurry. This paddle sport is a cross between Tennis and Paddle Ball. Three Pickleball courts can fit on one Tennis court.
You asked and we listened – your camper questionnaires revealed many requests for a larger program. This Fall we will be kicking off a talent search for more Circus counselors to accommodate the program’s popularity.
Trainer Calvin Patterson is eager to not only run two Intensive Training Academies in 2019, but to also re–locate the Fitness closer to the Squash & Fencing Pavillion. Exact dates and details to come.
The Outpost used to be the absolute favorite camper cabin to live in and we are close to receiving a formal permit from our town to help enhance the Outpost experience. We are planning to install a bathroom inside the Outpost and install a separate septic field after 20 plus years of trying to get approval. The Outpost will also have their own ping-pong table, foosball table, and a more direct path to the lake leading to the Wakeboard dock to enjoy swimming at night off the dock.
We have purchased a second 13’ Boston Whaler Dauntless sailing chase boat, named “Sputter” to help sailing teaching. We will also will be adding a new fleet of sail boats at the suggestion of Monaco Sailing Champion Anthony Minder. We also be purchasing two RS Quest lake sailing boats. They are at terrific training boat that also has a spinnaker. Sailing was extremely popular at camp last summer– did you know campers earned a total of over 200 stripes in Sailing?
Happy Birthday to the following campers who have birthdays in November and December!
|Name||Birthday Day||Camper Age|
|Gabriela Esquerdo Par||8||13|
|Judith Van Dusen||9||14|
|Tess Ceratti de Carvalho||14||14|
|Juan Andres Carbonell||14||13|
|Ignacio Rey de Castro||14||16|
|Juan Garcia Friginal||15||14|
|Spencer Van Vacas||19||16|
|Name||Birthday Day||Camper Age|
|Nicolas Esquerdo Par||10||17|
|Teresa Huete de la Puerta||27||11|
We kicked off our world reunion party season tour Sunday, November 11 in New York City and hosted a lively Miami Bowling and Sushi Reunion on December 2. Next up: NYC Camper’s Council Reunion, NYC Annual Skating Party, and planned Camper Reunions in Bogota, Sao Paulo, London, Paris, Gstaad, Monaco, and Madrid!
I wish to thank the following campers and staff for making the NYC Bowling Reunion party especially fun: Jon Pelz, Pablo Navarro, James Danziger, Malachy Guzman, Teddy Nelson, Sebastian Finger, Xander Ferguson, Somers Harvey, Gabby Ostad, Cole and Luke Lehman, William Leon, Carlos & Sebastian Lopez, Nick Aston, and Declan Hart-Syed. I hope I didn’t leave anybody out! It was awesome to see RH white hoodies on Somers, Malachy, Teddy, James, Pablo, Carlos and Sebastian. Even better I was proud to see the warm and welcoming greetings many veteran campers extended to the new campers.
In 85 degree Miami heat and humidity on December 2, Ale Elwaw masterfully bowled his way to victory in a tight battle with Andres Alvarez to win a lobster dinner. Cami Alzetta, Olivia Torres, Ricky and Felix Oriol all wore RH uniform hoodies and earned lobster dinners this summer. Ricky Alzetta earned special recognition for his impressive display of sushi eating skills! I have never seen any person eat so much sushi so quickly in my lifetime. For Ricky’s remarkable performance he will be taken for a special Sushi dinner at Shimbashi in Ellsworth this summer.
Thank you also to Lucas Velarde, Juan Felipe de Fex, Thomas and Nicholas Avellan, and Jake Meyer who all made the effort to attend the reunion. I also had the pleasure to see the famously talkative Jack Dodds at his house in Coral Gables. Ricky and Felix Oriol won the Long Distance (and Persistence) Award for driving the farthest for the reunion and earned lobsters for their efforts.
Happy Birthday to the following campers who have celebrated recent birthdays!
|Pietro||Poss di Verbania||22||13|
|Fer||de la Puente||12||16|
Topping the list of memorable moments of RH 2018 has to be the morning roundup marriage proposal by Jon Pelz to Hayley Sperring. The camp erupted as it became clear what Jon was up to. Congratulations to Jon & Hayley. I will also remember the inspiring singing performances of Alva and Arthur Fink, Carlos “Santana” Morales’ behind the head guitar riffs, the voices of Mitch Hunt, Tabitha Ley-Smith and Hayley Morgan, Leland Fraser’s legendary hair flip at the dances, 200 campers completing the 8.2 miles Around the Lake Challenge, 32 campers completing the grueling 13 hour Bagaduce River Canoe Challenge, more than 125 completing the Across the Lake Swim, 10 campers completing the Biathlon Across the Lake Swim and Around the Lake Run. Etched in my mind are the presence of World Champion Brazilian Wakesurfer Anne Prochaska, Champion Nghia Tran, Harvard Squash Coach Hameed Ahmed, World Champion Wakeboarder Dean Lavelle, Tennis Pro Arpan Trivedi, Soccer Coach Bruce Groshong, the inspiring energy of Archery champion Paulina Vazquez, and the photography and videography talents Dani Valle and Harvey Woods. My apologies to the other 450 people not mentioned.
Now on to 2019! Almost 200 campers are already enrolled. Come join them!