Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Review of 2015 Summer Session

A Recap of Trefoil Academy presents Hogwarts: The Summer Session 2015

Behind the Scenes: From the Staff's POV

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2015 Evaluations-At-A-Glance


While I am still planning up a formal review of the camp to be posted, here is a quick summary of the 2015 camper evaluations.

1) Overall Rating of the Camp
Goal #1: Skyline Council tells camp directors to strive for a 90% rating of "Pretty Good."

This year . . .
Love It: 90%
Pretty Good: 9% 

Its Okay: 1%
 

Please note that NOT a single person marked it is "not so good" on their evaluation.

2) Interest In Returning To Camp
Goal #2: American Camp Association (ACA)'s standard recommend 60% or higher of campers wishing to return

This year . . 100% of the campers indicated an interest or a willingness to return to camp.   


3) Interest In Returning to Their House
Goal #3: 80% will wish to return to their houses

This year, 99%* expressed a strong desire of returning to their house.


* One indicated an interest of trying all the houses.
 
4) Approval of Activities
Goal #4: All Activities Will Receive An Approval Rating of 85% or higher.

This year, all activities rated at 95% approval or higher


5) Camper Recommendations For 2015
87% of the camp felt it was perfect. However, 18 campers provided feedback that will be considered for next year.



  • Have more classes, 1 hour long (1)
    We tried that two years ago and it was a majority vote that students were wanting more time within their classes.

  • Hot Chocolate At Breakfast/Cereal Boxes (3)
    As you may or may not know, we do our bulk purchasing at Sam's Club. They change their suppliers so we had to adjust with them. We will most certainly try for next year though.
     
  • Wands by Year Groups Rather Than Houses (1)
    We will consider it. What cause the shift this year was because majority of the camp was over the age of 11 so it became a logistics issue of getting everyone through wands.  
  • Mailboxes for the Kitchen Staff  (1)
    Done.
  • Fewer repeat classes (1)
    This is part of the growing pains of switching over to a design-your-own schedule. I will clarify the directions on the survey for next year. I also have a few ideas to simplify the length of the survey.
  • More time set aside for the mystery (1)
    Done.
  • More time to interact with the other house's year groups  and our own year group (2)
    Done
  • Class Recommendations (3)
    As long as I am able to find professors, they have been added to the elective offering for 2016 though.
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Mischief Managed - 6th Birthday

    Happy birthday, Trefoil Academy, and many more! 
     

    Greetings, Trefoil Academy!   Today is October 23, 2014.   HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

    Most of the time, it is very hard to remember what life was like before Trefoil Academy and its gleeful Cheshire Cat whirlwind.  However, today, it feels like it was only yesterday that the invitational e-mail showed up in my mailbox.  The story of Trefoil Academy is the story of a little project that got out hand.

    Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."    It is very true.  What started as a small and one-time archery camp has evolved into a full fledged movement that is discovering its voice.  Trefoil Academy is dedicated to providing a safe environment where youth are able to discover what they are passionate about without the fear of negativity from their peers.  It is offers the rare sanctuary in today's world where imagination, resourcefulness and creativity reign.  With each passing year, our impact continues to grow ever further.  We have and continue to make a difference in the lives around us.

    This difference is the direct result of the wonderful support from our camp family.   I would like to thank our dedicated camp parents for their unwavering support.   I would also like to thank our wonderful campers who continue to remind us each passing day why we volunteer.  May their enthusiasm never waver.   Most of all, a very heart felt thank you goes out to the amazing volunteer staff of Trefoil Academy.  When I first started working in the camp industry, I was told that you can have a great camp in a parking lot if you have great counselors.   The passion, hard-work, dedication and innovative spirit of our staff never ceases to amaze me and is the reason that we are here today.  

    The magic of this story is its journey and the impact that it has had on all of us.  We will never know where it may eventually take us or who we will meet along the way.  What is known is that we continue to design, develop and determine our destiny, and what a destiny it will be.  Our legacy is change, and the future is ours.

    [Birthday present coming soon]

    Thank you for your continuous support.

     Love,

    Ash


    Previous birthday posts
    5th birthday

    4th birthday

    3rd birthday

    2nd birthday

    1st birthday

    The start of the journey

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    2014 Evaluations-At-A-Glance


    While I am still planning up a formal review of the camp to be posted, here is a quick summary of the 2014 camper evaluations.

    1) Overall Rating of the Camp
    Goal #1: Skyline Council tells camp directors to strive for a 90% rating of "Pretty Good."

    This year . . .
    Love It: 92%
    Pretty Good: 6% 

    Its Okay: 2%

    Overall, we have actually gone up from last year which is impressive.  Please note that NOT a single person marked it is "not so good" on their evaluation.

    2) Interest In Returning To Camp
    Goal #2: American Camp Association (ACA)'s standard recommend 60% or higher of campers wishing to return

    This year . . 100% of the campers indicated an interest or a willingness to return to camp.   


    3) Interest In Returning to Their House
    Goal #3: 80% will wish to return to their houses

    This year, 100% expressed a strong desire of returning to their house.

     
    4) Approval of Activities
    Goal #4: All Activities Will Receive An Approval Rating of 85% or higher.

    This year, all activities rated at 92% approval or higher


    5) Camper Recommendations For 2014
    82% of the camp felt it was perfect. However, 18 campers provided feedback that will be considered for next year.



  • Make it longer (8)
    It is an issue of being able to pay the real life bills.  If I had my way, this would be a summer long overnight camp.  
  • Hot Chocolate At Breakfast (2)
    We had some unexpected problems plaguing the kitchen involving Sam's Club.  We will most certainly try for next year though.
  • More overnight camping (adv. SFF) (1)
    I will be talking to the others about that,  and we will see what we can do.
  • More student awards  (1)
    Done.
  • More house activities (2)
    Done.
  • More space for wand-at-the-ready (2)
    Duly noted for set up of next year.
  • More involvement with the antagonist (1)
    Absolutely.
  • Runology II (1)
  • A note has been made to include that when the 2015 program has been developed.

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    From Moon: Let's All Refer to the End of Camp as "Taking a Break"

    Hello all! Ash's post-camp reports will be forthcoming, when she has a chance to recover from the labor-intensive but magical experience that we call camp, as well as compile said reports.

    I heard from a number of campers and counselors during our goodbyes yesterday saying that leaving is more like taking a break than saying goodbye. Some also said "see you soon," or "see you later." From our perspective, this could not be truer. We're always, constantly talking about the next chance we'll get to have camp, or about summer session.

    Trefoil Academy is this magical place that we sometimes get to visit, where we get to be with our camp family and have all sorts of magical adventures and fun together. When we are not there, it feels like it waits in the wings for us. Just when we think we can't wait any longer, all of a sudden the castle stands again and then we find ourselves battling death eaters, dementors and hunting down villains as we always do.

    And this year? We did so much more than ever before! Defense against the Dark Arts became our archery class, so that we could gain Abjuration - our martial arts class. History of Magic, once a popular elective, became a core class so that everyone can enjoy it. We built robots! Liam taught a few of our talented mages the art of Technomancy, in which students learned how to build and code a functioning robot (that then proceeded to chase people around :P ). Paws held Victiorian tea time, and taught us some refinement.

    Wednesday was certainly an eventful day. We got to teach more magizoology this year, adding to our advanced care of magic creatures course advanced magizoology. We took some of our junior magizoologists on an adventure to a muggle park called Mill Mountain Zoo.That evening, professor Laura paid us a visit and helped with our first advanced surviving the forbidden forest course in which some of our resourceful mages went out camping.

    Ash taught us gemology, and some of the magical properties that gems and stones can have. Cloud led our first official choir. We also had our first band class. We had our own rad powder battle on the quidditch field, where 150 people ran around throwing "floo powder" at everyone in order to travel back in time. Goose taught our crafty mages bookbinding while Ranger led our first parkour class. Rhine taught us how to tell stories in illusionology while Sneaky Giant taught us about mythology in legends and lore. Stringbean taught us to tap dance in kinetics while Kestrel led our handy mages in color guard in our air evocation class. Ember taught our first yoga course.

    And the above is only mentioning our relatively new activities! That's all in addition to our returning courses like the ever popular quidditch, quadpot, wandlore, divination, runology, witch stitchery, muggle studies, enchanting, flying, dueling club, and ready set spells. And those are just the electives! We still have charms class, wonders of the black lake, transfiguration, herbology, care of magical creatures, potions, and surviving the forbidden forest.

    Yes, this is all in one week! How do we manage it? Magic! So after all of that you can imagine that we might need a little break. But rest assured, it will not be for long, nor for forever. Our wonderful campers (aka mages or witches) have a very special place in our hearts. We do all this for you. And if we could manage to keep you for longer, believe me, we would. Alas, we are but volunteers, and have school to attend or bills to pay. You all are the best, which is why we keep coming back to do all of these wonderful programs - for you. So have a great year, and we will see you very soon!  - Love Moon


    Monday, May 26, 2014

    From Moon: A Legacy of Change

    What is Trefoil Academy? Can I just say that when I talk about our camp with people, that is one of my favorite questions to answer. Why? There are a number of reasons. One that is pretty high up there is the fact that we are always doing something different.

    Greetings friends, families, and prospects. My name is Moon, and this year will mark my fourth summer session (only one more til I get my five year pin, woo!)

    Our returning and previous campers will tell you to expect the unexpected during our camps. We absolutely love throwing curve balls, and trying new ideas wherever we can. It's fun for us, and hopefully fun for you! We love change. It's how we got to try out this springs Parallel Universes camp. You ladies (the campers) told us what you're passionate about, and what you'd like to do at camp. We listened. And it just so happens that we share many of those passions with you! (And can I just say that it was great being able to talk someone else's ear off about Doctor Who? ;P )

    Did you all know that our tradition of implementing change can also be found outside of camp as well? As counselors, we will never stop learning. Our constant goal of wanting to make camp better for our families drives us to find better ways of doing everything. This includes how we prepare for camp, training, how we communicate with one another, how we organize information, how we reward our successes, the theme of each year's staff retreat, and so on. The list goes on. Have you noticed also that our website also has a habit of changing and evolving over the years? Even our logo and our t-shirts change! Each year we also find new crafts and wares to put up in the camp store (look out, fun stuff is coming!). And you know what? I love it all.

    Every time we talk about doing something new at camp, it makes me look forward to summer session that much more. There are so many, many, many ideas that we have for camp. Last summer following camp we had the thought, "Gosh, if we only had time to do all that.." So what did we do? We made time, revamping the daily schedule for this year's summer session to accommodate for all of the new things that we wanted to do! That is why you may have noticed the new format for signing up for activities for registration. And I can't wait to see how you all enjoy it.

    What else is changing? As always, we are opening Trefoil Academy's family to new staff members! Some of them you may have met already, such as M, Cypher, Red and Valkyrie. But we have so many more that you all can look forward to meeting! I cannot tell you about all of them alas, because some of them are so excited for camp that they have not decided on their characters yet. Rest assured, however, that they are looking forward to seeing all of the campers that we are constantly bragging about!

    I hope you can hold on for just a little bit longer, campers. July is just around the corner! So do well on your exams, SOLs, and any goals you are striving for between now and camp. We'll have so much fun planned for you as a reward. ;)        - Moon