Entries by Ezekiel Cochrane


The Majesty of Sunsets at Camp

One of my favorite daily rituals here at camp is rounding the corner on my way back to the office after Evening Program has wrapped up and seeing the sun set over the Gatehouse Green. The front range of the Blue Ridge Mountains dazzle with how many different hazy blues they can take on.  Scarlets, […]

A Culminating Camp Experience – Young Leaders

During my time as Assistant Director of Older Programs, working with our Young Leaders for the first time has been a definite highlight of my career. As the newest program at camp– we ran our first YL session in 2017– Young Leaders has undergone the most significant change of any of our programs at camp […]

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Welcoming New Directors

Greetings from Gwynn Valley! We’re excited to announce two new faces joining our Director Team for this summer, Heather Chalmers and Dr. David Adams! Heather started attending Gwynn Valley as a camper back in 2006. She will be stepping into the role of Assistant Director of Main Camp, having served as the Head Counselor of […]


Returning Staff – Connecting Camp and Careers

We spend a lot of the off-season reading applications and interviewing prospective candidates. Finding folks who are passionate about nurturing and teaching children in the outdoors is one of the most important things we do. And one of the most exciting parts of this work for our year-round staff is getting to hear from our […]


Camp – A Place to Learn and Grow

Camp has always been a place for our campers to grow. Away from the comfortability of home our campers cultivate both resilience and independence. Campers are free at camp to choose what they wish to pursue and our non-competitive program builds a community around them to support them in the endeavor. From trying new things […]

Tajar Tales with Andy

We hope that our wonderful camp community is faring well all across the globe.  Today we want to share a little treat that comes to us all the way from New Zealand.  Please enjoy this rendition of the Tajar Tale “A Noise in the Kitchen” read to you all by our very dear friend Andy […]

Tajar Tales with Daniel and Lauren

Today we are sharing two Tajar Tales read to you by our friends Lauren and Daniel who have worked at Gwynn Valley for many years and grew up as campers here before that. You might recognize them as the 2019 Head Counselors of Hillside and Brookside. For those who haven’t met the Tajar, well he’s […]

Gwynn Valley Coloring Pages

Do any of our camper families out there have a case of the Mondays? I don’t know about ya’ll, but one of the simple joys that never fails to brighten up our day is… coloring! Attached are some photos taken from iconic locations around camp and then rendered into color-ins with a free to use […]