“I have the conviction that a few weeks spent in a well-organized summer camp may be of more value educationally than a whole year of formal schoolwork. (Camp is) America’s most important contribution to the field of education.”
~ Charles Eliot, President of Harvard University in the early 20th century
KBIA by the numbers
What a summer! Our 107th season at KBIA felt like our best season yet, and with 664 participants throughout the summer, it was impossible to not have the most fun ever.
Weekly we offered more than 55 various programs, and we also hosted a MIRC sailing competition, our 26th annual 5K/1K road race and the eighth annual Reid Sacco Family Regatta, plus weekly sold-out movie nights, bonfires on the beach, teen and tween nights, a swim meet, family pool day, and two celebratory awards/barbecues.
Thank you for the memories!
Extend the gift of “summer”
Please help us keep the spirit of summer alive for children who are unable to attend KBIA without assistance. For every $500 donated to the KBIA scholarship fund, we are able to invite a child to attend KBIA for a four week scholarship! The impact of a summer spent swimming, sailing, and just “being a kid” has a lasting impression. All donations — large, small and/or online
are greatly appreciated.
At the Helm
New Board Members
KBIA is fortunate to have the tireless dedication of its volunteer Board of Directors working behind the scenes and meeting quarterly to help steer the organization. At the August annual membership meeting our Board of directors welcomed new members Louisa Husband, Heidi Ayotte, and John Houston. Thank you all!
David Sweetser, President
Pierre Monaghan, Vice President
John Bauman, Vice President
David Keating, Treasurer
Kirsten Oppenheimer, Secretary
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Julie Wolfson Stockman
Leigh Griswold Boudreau
In Honor of Maureen McEnaney
We are honored to present a new award this year in rememberance of Maureen McEnaney. Maureen joined the KBIA staff in 2011 as our CIT Coordinator, transforming the CIT program, and hosting many fun Tween Nights. Her fun loving and good natured presence was a gift to KBIA. May her legacy live on in the hundreds of children she taught here at KBIA 2011-2016.
The Maureen McEnaney Award was given to Abby Houston, an outstanding CIT who embodied the values Maureen lived and taught her counselors in training: inclusion, integrity, friendliness, perseverance, reliability, honesty and hope.
Congratulations to our August award-winners
Always a bittersweet ending to a season, we concluded our 2017 season with KBIA’s biannual BBQ & Awards ceremony on August 19. All children received participation ribbons, some received KBIA “wedges” or plaques for those who exemplify the KBIA spirit in attitude and accomplishment, while a select few earned their way into KBIA history. For these top honors, names are engraved on our traditional “silver ware,” which are on display in the office for all to see. Those winners were:
Hartley Lord Cup for Seamanship: Ethan Robbins
Eagle Rock Yacht Club Officer’s Cup: Shoshana Polivy
Eagle Rock Yacht Club Hartley Lord Cup: Harry Stevenson
Eagle Rock Yacht Club Friendship Cup: Maizie Wilner
Sisters Gerold and Vincent Art Award: Jane Wong
Feldman Art Award: Sofia Aresco
Keepers of the Cove: Wyatt Lament
Jane Wydra Award: Bailey Eveleth and Will Scire
The President’s Cup: John Dugan
Maureen McEnaney Award: Abby Houston
Griswold Tray: Nick Turnbull
Cornelia Smith Swimming Award: Grace Rayer
Waterhouse Cup: Katie Wheeler
The Calder Cup: Susan Strachan
Sacco Memorial Scholarship: Emma Trenchard and Julianne Puckette
Coming soon to KBIA members!
“Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold”
When thinking of KBIA, these song lyrics ring true in all our hearts…it is a special community where you make new friends each year, while reuniting with friends made in summers past. We come from all over the country, all over the world and join together during summers at KBIA. To help us keep in touch year-round, we publish a Membership Directory every fall with families’ names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mails. Following tradition, it also includes a listing of winners’ names from our July and August awards ceremonies. Members will receive the booklet in the mail as soon as it is available.
Lost and found items that have been kindly washed, dried, and folded by the front desk staff, still remain in bins on the porch of Strong Cottage. These items will wait for their owners through Labor Day weekend, after which they will be given to Goodwill. Come and get ’em!
Thoughts? Comments? Questions?
We want to hear from you!
As we often do, at the end of every spectacular season at KBIA – each one seemingly better than the last – we like to reflect on our time down at the beach. And we want to hear about your reflections as well! What did you and your family like most at KBIA? What can we improve on next year? In the spirit of open dialogue, we want to know how we may serve our members even better in the future. We invite you to gather your thoughts and send them to Executive Director Martin Lodish