Sleepy Summer? No Way!

Sleepy Summer? No Way!
Suzanne Morrissey

Sure, summertime means some time off, enjoying the warmer temps, floating on the lake, and maybe lazing about with a tall icy lemonade. But at Brewster, summertime on campus is still buzzing with activity! It would almost be a crime to let our gorgeous lakeside location sit alone and empty through the summer months, so Brewster’s Summer Programs team makes sure almost every day is filled with events and programming—some private, some public—so that summer is just as busy as the school year.

Led by Summer Programs Coordinator Chris Brown ’87, who is also our Thai Scholar Program Director, and Jonathan Fouser, Dean of Innovation and Special Assistant to President, Brewster’s Summer Programs Office gets help from new team member Michaela Tewksbury, Administrative Assistant, who splits her time between the Advancement Office and Summer Programs.

And they don’t waste a second diving in once students have left campus. First, in early June, our Thai Scholars and their Teaching Assistants arrived, and began to acclimate to their new adventure in the United States. They’ll stay through the end of summer and spend their time learning and living together, making lots of new memories on excursions around the Lakes Region and New England. 

2022 Thai Scholars and Program Teaching Assistants

This year, Brewster is able to host some community events in the new Grayson Student Center and other spaces within the renovated Rogers building—and share Wolfeboro’s newest (and most modern) gathering space with our town neighbors. Brewster’s own Lynne Palmer has recently began serving as Wolfeboro’s Chamber of Commerce President, and hosted the Chamber’s monthly social for local businesses at the Rogers. 

One of the several meeting spaces in the renovated Rogers building

Many Summer Programs bring in revenue for Brewster from groups who rent our beautiful spaces and services, but we are often also enriched by their presence in other ways. The Walden School, for example, just ended its weeklong Creative Musicians Retreat here at Brewster, and our community certainly reaped the benefits by being invited to a series of free innovative concerts featuring works by their faculty and improvised works by the retreat’s participants—plus discussions moderated by composer-in-residence Lei Liang! Young athletes who spend time on campus for various sports camps may find themselves thinking of attending Brewster after seeing our lakeside location and dining in Estabrook. Fun-loving kids in grades 5-9 are heading our way in August for Camp Gottalikachallenge, where curiosity, enthusiasm for problem solving, and hands-on learning are all on the agenda—and we hope they, too, enjoy their Brewster experience in ways that make them curious about what their high school experience could be like here.

Credit: Camp Gottalikachallenge

Credit: Beautiful Game Soccer Academy

“Summer is a great time to showcase the campus and the town of Wolfeboro. Parents are thrilled with the location. Whether it is a Brewster-run program or a hosted camp, they know safety is a priority, and parents are comfortable with their children spending at least a few days away from home,” Brown says. “Many of our hosted programs have partnered with us for years, and the campers love coming to Brewster. They often return for more than one summer. Some love their experience so much, they send in an application to admissions!”

Brewster is also proud to host events and camps that foster leadership in young people. Our own faculty, led by science faculty member Michelle Rafalowski, are involved in the New Hampshire Student Leadership Program (NHSLP) on campus next week. NHSLP is a collaborative effort between independent and public school communities designed to nurture, develop, and guide the leadership potential of students who have limited access to a wide range of leadership development opportunities. The students are nominated by their teacher and other adults in their communities, and are invited free of charge to participate in the program starting in middle school and throughout their high school years.

Participants from the 2021 NHSLP pose for a picture at the summit of Mt. Major

As the warmer months roll on, we’ll see families holding weddings and milestone anniversary dinners on campus, enjoying the views of Wolfeboro Bay as the backdrop for their special days. Great Waters and Friends of Music concerts will fill the air with music. And DeWolf Field will be the location for arts and crafts fairs open to the public (coming up July 8-10 and August 12-14!). And who can forget July 4th, where hundreds of locals and visitors marvel at the fireworks from the grassy hills and fields of our campus. 

Summer Programs at Brewster require a great deal of coordination, scheduling, and prep work, but the reward is the joy that comes from sharing our lakeside location and facilities with meaningful programs throughout the months when our own students are home enjoying vacation.

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