Viewing posts from: June 2010

The Snooper Chalet

by stanfordsierra

06 30, 2010 | Posted in Meeting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Our talented maintenance crew led by Bruce Campodonico built the Snooper Chalet a couple of years ago.  The Snoopers, our group of 5-6 year olds during our summer family camp, use the lodge as their home base for adventures around Camp.

The stairs leading up to the Snooper Chalet

The Snooper Chalet

The Snoopers have a fun, busy schedule during their week at Camp.  They visit the Fallen Leaf fire house, take pontoon boat cruises across the lake, and go on make-believe adventures to learn about the environment.

The Snooper version of Camp

The Chalet has an expansive deck with views of Fallen Leaf Lake. A great place for some quiet time.  After all those adventures, the Snoopers need to rest!

The view of Fallen Leaf Lake from the Snooper Chalet

The Snoopers are a nice group of kids, and they're happy to share the Chalet with others during summer camp.  Our talented yoga instructor leads classes daily on the deck.  It's somewhat secluded, so a quiet, serene setting for the calming effects of yoga.  During conference season, the Snooper Chalet is a great spot for some private time or breakout sessions.

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Witch’s Pond – A Secret Hideaway

by stanfordsierra

06 21, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Over our 20-acres of lakefront property on Fallen Leaf Lake, we have some  unique locations many guests never find.  Witch's Pond, a quiet, secluded spot to get away to read, meditate or have a private conversation is one of our hidden treasures.

Look for the trailhead sign just before the parking lot

Once you find the trail head, it's a short uphill walk to the pond.

The trail to Witch's Pond

It will only take you about a minute to get to the pond.

The view of Witch's Pond as you exit the wooded trail

There are a couple of benches to sit on, or we have a dock and normally set a couple of chairs on the dock. If you need help finding the pond, ask at the office, our friendly staff will be happy to help you.  Set some time aside to visit Witch's Pond and enjoy the serenity, fresh mountain air, crystal clear blue skies and inspiring view of Cathedral peak overhead.

Cathedral Peak

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It’s Not All Work and No Play for Spring Conference Staff

by stanfordsierra

06 12, 2010 | Posted in Employment | 1 comments

Jenny Banville saw the posting to be all-purpose staff for our spring conference season on a short-term adventure job site.  Jenny submitted an application and was a shoe-in for the job with her customer service and summer camp experience coupled with her friendliness and positive attitude.  She packed up her gear and hiking boots and headed west from Boston, MA to the mountains of California!

Jenny on an early spring hike into Desolation Wilderness

After a few days of orientation, Jenny jumped into work and realized the breadth of duties involved in "all purpose".  Washing dishes after meals (commonly referred to as a "Hobart" shift) quickly became one of Jenny's favorites.  On a Hobart shift, the staff working together often collaborate on costumes.  Jenny likes the fun and creativity of working in costume, plus the fast pace and challenge of turning piles of dirty dishes, pots and pans into a clean, organized kitchen with everything in its proper place.

Laine, Halie & Jenny sport their best 80s garb for Hobart

From washing dishes one day to crawdad fishing the next.  Jenny put her seven summers as a camp counselor to use during a few conferences who brought families along for kids' programming.  Jenny lead the kids for crawdad fishing, crafts, nature walks and even wrapping Jenny in tape. Crawdad fishing from the floating dockMutiny in the kids' groups! During free time, Jenny gets out on the hiking trails with friends and uses the paddle boards and kayaks at our boat dock on Fallen Leaf Lake.  Jenny is passionate about photography and some of her favorite spots in the area are the upper falls and Kiva beach.

Jenny discovered this squirrel (probably eating a stolen cookie)

Jenny is considering returning for the fall conference season as about half of each conference season's staff normally do.  But the real world is calling with an offer from a charter school to head up their marketing and public relations right in her hometown of Salem, MA.  With her passion for work, friendly attitude and ever present smile, we hope to see Jenny back in the fall!

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