Archive for June, 2016

Every Summer Has Its Story June 30, 2016

Every summer has its own story: a rich tapestry of traditions, songs, pictures and games joined together with campers, counselors and camp staff. This summer, Hi-Hills has a remarkable story to tell! 2016 marks our golden anniversary: 50 years of providing summertime fun and making memories that remain in the hearts and minds of our campers.

Hi-Hills began in 1966 in the mountains of Watchung, then moved to the fields of Bernardsville and today makes its home on the beautiful 208-acre campus of Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone. With each change in venue, Hi-Hills has grown. Today, we offer an incredible range of activities and programs in academics, outdoor exploration, performing arts, sports and traditional day camp.

Hi-Hills Camp is so excited to be celebrating 50 years and to mark this exciting milestone with our campers and families.

Camp pride is evident at Hi-Hills. Our campers love to return each summer, and many of them go on to become counselors and activity specialists, returning to summers at Hi-Hills as teenagers and young adults. Over the course of 50 years, we have seen time and again as camp pride evolves into staff pride. Our counselors are the best ambassadors, passing on the wisdom and traditions of Hi-Hills.

There are several staff members who can trace their origins with Hi-Hills back to Marv and Bunny Goldberg, the founders of the camp. Em Foster marks his 32nd summer with Hi-Hills. Having served as a counselor, bus driver and the athletics director, Em is now the camp’s fishing specialist.

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Auggie Lorrio, the division coordinator for swimming and water safety at Hi-Hills, has been a major force in Hi-Hills aquatics for 21 years.

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Additionally, Jenn Monto is celebrating her 11th summer at Hi-Hills. She has the unique perspective of having been a camper, counselor and camp parent. Perhaps one day we will welcome her children, who attend camp alongside her now, among the next generation of counselors. Monto has served as a counselor, special events division head, spirit coordinator, and is now the director of the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program.

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Join the celebration for a day, a week or the rest of the summer and set your sights on a memorable journey alongside our amazing staff.