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Year after year, on opening day of camp, we see parents take on that far-off look and reminisce out loud about their own summer camp days. They remember the friendships and the traditions that connected them to the camp family comprising many generations of kids (grown-ups now, too) from all over the Bay Area.
These parents talk about that camp family spirit from a distance, but we are committed to carrying on that spirit every day here, with each new group and each new generation of campers. Age-old traditions are still very much a part of our culture, and it doesn’t have to stay in the past—for anyone. In fact, merging the power of camp traditions with your family’s own may be the doorway to some of your best family gatherings yet. Why not host your next family reunion or birthday party at Kennolyn, inspiring all the children-at-heart to come out and play just like in all of their far-off memories?
Outside of the summer months, we’re like a camp for all ages. Our event coordinators have helped Bay Area families plan bar and bat mitzvahs, big retirement parties, weddings, anniversaries, vow renewal celebrations, and plenty more. Here are some out-of-the-box ways that your regular family get-togethers might fit perfectly with summer camp themes and activities:
The San Francisco Bay Area is the perfect hub for your in- and out-of-town family to gather and bring your memories to life again even as you make new ones. Just like at our annual Family Camp weekend, your whole family can stay at the Stone Creek Village with lodging and meals and wide-open spaces for your creative activities included—like these ideas:
Family reunions don’t necessarily happen every year, but the excitement and buildup between events make them even richer, especially when you have an immersive family retreat to look forward to.
Sweet sixteens, quinceaneras, bat and bar mitzvahs, and graduations are all rites of passage for young adults. Through these transitions, it’s extra important that they have generous family support and guidance from the older generations, and a family gathering is a great time to extend that support. Rituals and ceremonies here at Kennolyn turn out to be so special because our venues have such timeless beauty among the redwoods and views of the Monterey Bay. Here are some specific ways you can celebrate your young adult and make them feel special, too, as you honor their accomplishments and their uniqueness:
Summer camp is like a regular rite of passage from one year into the next, and it’s the perfect setting for the whole family to celebrate another symbolic milestone of your young adult’s growth.
Just as our camp traditions connect us with past generations each time we head out for Outpost at the end of the camp session or we sing the same songs that thousands of kids have for seventy years, Mothers’ and Fathers’ holidays are times to honor the generations of family leaders present and past. Holding a spring celebration of Mother’s or Father’s Day—or a joint celebration—could be a way to deepen the meaning of these traditions for the whole family. Here are a couple of activity ideas for your get-together:
Here at Kennolyn, our coordinators and staff are always fully involved in the setup, service, and breakdown of your event, so you can relax knowing that the necessary elements will be covered as you let go and enjoy being a guest of honor.
At camp, kids don’t just hear about traditions—they experience them and they help to strengthen them firsthand. Just as the camp family needs consistent care and energy to stay bright and resilient, so does your family. We’re always evolving individually and collectively, and we need opportunities to stay connected and nurture those changing relationships. Traditions serve as wonderful containers for that living evolution, and they are worth celebrating!
Come celebrate with us at Kennolyn where tradition is our natural way of being. There is no limit to the types of events we can create together, so get in touch and we’ll start planning.