Earth Day, Every Day at Camp

Camp is many things, like making new friends, having fun at activities and learning new skills. But at its core, going to camp is a return to nature. It is a simpler life, unplugged but connected to the wonders all around us. Smell the pines! Breathe in fresh mountain air! Listen to the sound of crickets at night! Feel the warmth of the sun on your shoulders. Happy Earth Day from Greeley, PA!

Here’s a short Earth Day quiz, Greeley edition!

What is the Pennsylvania state flower that can be found throughout our beautiful camp, just beginning to bud during this time of year?
Answer: The Mountain Laurel

What environmentally important site is located in Milford, Pennsylvania, one of the closest towns to camp?
Answer: Grey Towers in Milford is the original 1900 site of the Yale School of Forestry Summer Camp!

Who lived at Grey Towers, Milford and is known as the “Father of American Conservation”?
Answer: Gifford Pinchot

Every summer, campers canoe the Delaware and Lackawaxen rivers. The two rivers converge in Lackawaxen Pennsylvania, a beautiful spot very close to camp. What famous American bird do campers frequently see there, soaring high above them?
Answer: The American Bald Eagle. Lackawaxen is home to 200 bald eagles!

Camp is located in Pike County, named after Zebulon Motgomery Pike. What famous mountain did he discover and where is it located?
Answer: Pike’s Peak, Colorado

Bonus Question!
Our camp was one of the first camps in American to win the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Award. Which of these things didn’t we do to earn it?
1) Change all light bulbs to LED
2) Cover the pools with special pool covers to preserve heat and lower use of energy
3) Recycle waste
4) Change from disposable dishes to reusable dishware
5) Hang underwear from the flagpole

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Unofficial Counselor Packing List

Welcome, new CTT counselors! We’re SO excited to have you on board and hope you’re getting excited for the best summer of your lives. Camp will be here before we know it (79 days until the campers arrive!), so it’s not too early to start thinking about packing! To supplement your regular packing list, we asked our returning counselors what they wish they had during their first summers as camp staff. It may seem like a lot, but many of these optional items can be purchased during our organized trip to Wal-Mart after you arrive in Greeley.

Egg crate/mattress pad
Crazy Creek chair or something similar to sit on
Patriotic clothes for July 4th – prepare to represent your country with pride!
Red, yellow, green and blue shirts for color war!
Inexpensive waterproof watch
Extra bug spray and sunscreen
Flip flops for the shower
Extra socks
Long sleeve shirts and long pants for nighttime – it can get very cold!
Crazy hats/fun dress-up clothes for theme days – you’ll wear them more than you think!
Wellies or rain boots
Small clock
Jokes, songs and cheers to teach your campers
A fun playlist of songs for the bunk
And most importantly, a good sense of humor and a positive attitude!

If you’re a returning counselor and have anything to add, please comment below or post in our official staff Facebook group!

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Fun Facts for New Families

We can’t believe there are less than 100 days until camp!  We want our new families and campers to be as comfortable and as prepared as possible in the days leading up to camp, so we’re going to share some facts to keep you “in the know!”

Camp Timber Tops is full of tradition, rituals and special names.  Each one is very meaningful to both our campers and our staff.

“The Alma Mater”: This is a song the whole camp sings together every night before bed.

As time goes by like a river, and people alter their ways
We will always remember, the joys of Timber Tops days.
The friends we’ve made through the summer will be our lasting delight,
And the joys and the tears that we’ve known here are the joys of the red and the white.

Camp Colors: Red and White

Olympic and Pioneer Days
: Our version of “Color War,” Olympics during the first half of the summer, Pioneer Days during the second half of the summer.
Campers are split into four colorsRed, Yellow, Green, Blue

Many of camp’s fields, courts and venues are named after camp’s founding family as well as many old-timers.

“Hughie Field”- The Upper Field. Hughie and Selma were the founders of camp!

“Mitchell’s Creek”
–  The beautiful creek on the way into camp. It’s especially great for creek stomping! Mitchell or “Mickey” is Anna’s dad!

“The Anna Summer Black Swimming Pool (or ASB)”– Named after our co-director Anna, built the year she was born.

“Lake Selma”- Our very own, beloved lake named for one of the camp’s founders.

“Ted and Sue’s Dance Studio”
 Named after our long-time directors emeritus, Ted and Sue Weinstein.

“Missy’s Gathering Deck”- 
Named after our co-director, Missy Ruddick in celebration of her 20th summer.

The “Winding Road”
– Our beautiful drive into camp often referenced in songs, cheers and memories of Timber Tops girls.

Bunk Names

The bunks at camp are named after trees! Some you’ve heard of, some we bet you haven’t!

Ten Year Tree

This old tree proudly displays plaques of the names of all campers and staff that have gone to camp for 10 years or more. It’s a huge honor to be on the tree!

Hopefully this list will help our new families feel even more a part of our Timber Tops family as we count down to welcome everyone this summer. See you in Greeley in 50 days!

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Camp Counselor: More Than an Internship

This guest blog post was written by all-star former Camp Timber Tops counselor and year round Staff Coordinator, Elly Wallace.

Many people will tell you that the key to a successful future in the workplace is a solid internship related to your field of (potential) expertise.  While that may be true for a lot of people and a lot of careers, a job as a camp counselor can give you the skills to succeed in not only the workplace, but in all aspects of your life.  We’ve come up with three major things a summer camp job has the potential to provide, but like anything else, you get out what you put in.


One of summer camp’s greatest qualities is its appreciation for individuality.  The most notable counselors are the ones who sing the loudest, dress the craziest, and are willing to participate in any and all activities that his or her campers come up with.  At camp, it’s hard to feel embarrassed.  It is surprisingly easy to step out of your comfort zone and into the uninhibited summer camp lifestyle.


While being a camp counselor can give you a great deal of self-understanding and important life skills, the most successful counselors are those who are not at camp for themselves, but for the campers.  Camp teaches you how to put the needs of your campers, or of any group, above your own.  In order to deal with confrontations, homesickness, shower hour, and anything else that comes your way in the bunk, you have to know how to prioritize.  As camp counselor, you are truly a surrogate parent for your campers and, while their problems may seem small to you, to them they are big and should be treated accordingly.

Leadership Ability

At camp, campers do not judge your ability to show them how to kick a soccer ball, make a friendship bracelet, or ride a zip line.  We find that campers instantly idolize a counselor’s ability to do anything, giving you a solid platform to develop and transform your leadership skills from the get-go.  You’ve been hired as a camp counselor and specialist in a specific activity; your accountability is already there.  This gives you the time to focus on building your character, integrity, commitment, enthusiasm, and open-mindedness.

Interested in working at CTT? Check out our website!

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

At Timber Tops, there’s a corner reminding us to be kind: The Kindness Corner! But it shouldn’t take a corner or a special day during the year for us to look out for each other and constantly strive to display random acts of kindness with our summer sisters, our friends at home, our family or the world! The are so many ways we can randomly show acts of kindness today and every day, in every season. Some ideas we have today are: open a door for someone and make her day; pick up trash on your street or at the playground and help the earth; offer to carry some groceries in with your parents and spare them an extra trip to the car; sit next to someone who is alone to remind him or her that we’re all in this together! The BEST thing about camp is the people, you. Tell us how you’re celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Day today and every day!

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2017 Optional Activities!

Registration for our 2017 Optional Activities is officially open! Click here to sign up!

Highlights include:

Superstar Tennis: Private and group tennis lessons, USTA tournament play, individualized stroke analysis and strategy sessions.

Personal Fitness Training: One-on-one personal training with a certified pro, including a take-home, year round exercise plan.

TOP Cooks: Farm-to-table experiences, gourmet cooking classes with professional chefs, trip to the Culinary Institute of America.

Superstar Golf: Private lessons with PGA pro, weekly golf outing to beautiful private courses, USGA membership.

Professional Tutoring: SAT, English, Math, Bar and Bat Mitzvah. Individualized plan, hourly rates with experienced educators.

TOP Ranch Riding: Small group riding lessons, grooming and competition on our beautiful private 250-acre ranch. Beginner to advanced.

TOP Basketball: 4-day intensive program for campers interested in taking their skills to a new level.

Private Gymnastics Lessons: One-on-one lessons with skilled instructors for all ages and skill levels.

Senior Trips!
7th Grade: The Adirondacks
July 26-27, 2017
Highlights include: Six Flags Great Escape, dinner on Lake George, Cooperstown, Baseball Hall of Fame, Howe Caverns.

8th Grade: Vermont
July 26-27, 2017
Highlights include: Church Street Marketplace, Bromley Mountain Adventure Park, Ben & Jerry’s Factory, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
New additions for 2017 to follow!

9th Grade: New England
July 25-27, 2017
Highlights include: Historic Boston, Fenway Park, Old Orchard Beach and Palace Playground, Portland, Maine and Newport, Rhode Island.
New additions for 2017 to follow!

10th Grade: Montreal
July 25-27, 2017
Highlights include: Jet boating on the Lachine Rapids, Laser Quest, La Ronde amusement park, Lake Placid Olympic Sports Complex.

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What Your Daughter Will Get Out of Camp

In addition to practicing a back handspring and perfecting the butterfly, the intangible lessons of camp know no bounds. In fact, it’s these more abstract takeaways that make the biggest impact on our campers. When we talk to families about camp in their living rooms, when we walk touring families around our grounds, we tend to focus on schedules and special programs; the most important thing about camp, though, is its people, the community, and the gifts we take from it.

We often say that camp teaches you to be the best version of yourself, but that doesn’t always come easily. Nothing great does! It takes work to practice living away from your parents! It takes work to live with people from different neighborhoods or even countries who might have different views! It’s not easy to have face-to-face conversations instead of sending a text or email in camp’s tech-free zone!

So, what will your child get out of camp? We hope team-sport skills are perfected and yoga is given a real chance, but it’s so much bigger that. Your child will come home more confident for having stood up for a friend, happier for having spontaneously burst into song and cheer, more comfortable in her skin for having navigated both big and small tasks independently. Oh, and she’ll have a group of friends and community for life that are sacred, that are all her own, that she can always come back to and rely upon.

Camp takes a sense of adventure and grit and stick-to-it-ness and empathy and goofiness and a zest for life that we all wish for our kids! Those are the true gifts of camp, and what gifts could be more important?

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New Camper Events: Recap!

Our weekend full of new camper parties was awesome! In the Philadelphia area, we had 18 first-time campers gather together to bowl, meet new friends and even learn last year’s camp song and dance! Special shout out to the 5 moms at the event who are CTT alums! At Chelsea Piers in NYC, we had 30 first-time Timber Tops campers in attendance! THIRTY! They had a blast jumping, bouncing and climbing with their future bunkmates!

Thanks to all new campers, parents, and our amazing CTT staff and campers who made the weekend such a success! These girls are ready for camp!

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Explorers Registration is Open!

Enrollment for our 2017 Explorers Program is now open! Is your daughter interested in camp but not ready to commit to a long stretch away from home? Send her up for a fun-filled Explorer Weekend or action-packed Play Day! She will have the chance to participate in exciting camp activities (think sailing, gymnastics, yoga, zip lining and more!) with other prospective campers while camp is in session, the whole time being supervised by our amazing staff. While she is enjoying Explorer Camp, parents can tour Camp Timber Tops and meet with our directors!

For more information or to sign up, check out our Explorers page:

As always, feel free to call the camp office at (267) 639-2488 with any questions and spread the word! The more, the merrier!

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CTT Cares

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day yesterday, we encouraged our camp families to let us know what they were doing out in their communities. We are so proud of the tremendous response we got from our Timber Tops families.

Below are some of the wonderful ways they served their communities this past week:
-Making cards for soldiers and sick children
-Making toys for dogs living in shelters
-Making brownies and lasagna to feed 200 people at 2 food shelters
-Re-building houses in New Orleans

Let’s keep spreading love all year round!
















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