First time for everything

After visiting Camp Linwood in August, Jerrie, Armani Rae and I were excited to plan a trip for our group to visit. We had set a date in October with the hopes of giving our group something active yet fun to do for Halloween. Everything was set, we were going to Camp Linwood on Saturday, October 29, for some zipline fun, rock wall climbing, low rope team building challenges, and smores by the fire pit. Then Mother Nature happened – it snowed! Camp Linwood got close to 14 inches of snow. Yeah, as a snowboarder, we should be jumping for joy, but its October! That marked the first time a Shred Love event had to be rescheduled.

Take two: Saturday, November 5th offered us the perfect conditions to take advantage of everything Camp Linwood had to offer – ziplines, rock wall climbing, low rope team building, smores, laughs, cheers of trumphet, and great people.

Yeah, your eyes are deceiving you, he ziplined upside down! Be sure to check out our Youtube channel to see the rest of the videos. Don’t forget to subscribe!

The biggest challenge was the rock wall climbing. Ask anyone, this wasn’t as easy as it looked.

Well some did the rock wall climbing, others enjoyed the playground. And believe it or not, there several kids there that had never seen a tire swing.

We finished the end of the day off with low rope team building challenges and smores. You can find the rest of the videos and pictures on our Facebook page. And if you haven’t already, add us as a friend.

We’re currently lining up some interesting events for the upcoming season. In addition to our Learn to Ride program at Windham Mountain, we’re going snowshoeing as a part of the 17th Annual Winter Trails, joining the fight against breast cancer, and having a Family Day at Hidden Valley Club. Here’s to another great year with Shred Love! Join our newsletter and take part in some of the fun we have lined up.


YMCA Camp Linwood Macdonald

The lake at Camp Linwood

On Sunday, August 21, I was invited to YMCA Camp Linwood Macdonald by Newark YMWCA’s CEO, Michael Bright. Michael felt Camp Linwood Macdonald would be perfect for our group since it offered outdoor activities in our off season. Located in Sandyston, New Jersey, Camp Linwood offers environmental education, team building games, and other activities, such as archery, canoeing, fishing, hiking, swimming, and a zipline that crosses a lake. Yes a zipline! Needless to say, it didn’t take much convincing that Camp Linwood was worth a visit.
When we arrived, we were given a tour around the campsite. As a snowboarder, I’m used to seeing snow covered hills and slopes, so this was definitely a switch. There were wild flowers, dragon flies, turtles (snappers!), a stocked lake, a pond with tadpoles, frogs, and more turtles, a rock climbing wall, lodging for overnight campers, the list goes on!
Because of a looming storm, we quickly had lunch so that everyone could get a turn on the zipline. On the first day of our snowboard season, we focus on courage and how it relates to snowboarding and everyday life. This day was no different. Some needed coaching to make it up the ladder, while others needed it to “jump off” and zip across the lake. But I think everyone would agree that the experience proved just how courageous we all are and how fun ziplining truly is! As Tyson would put it, “you get to zoom through the air!”.

My second go on the zipline!

After our zipline adventure, Armani Rae, Savion, and Tyson climbed the rock wall, while Jerrie and I took a hike around the camp site.
Savion was proud that he was able to conquer his fear of heights, similar to our rider Edward, and climb to the top of the wall. By the middle of the day, we were all convinced this would be a great experience for Shred Love’s participants. And if you need anymore convincing, just ask Jerrie and Armani Rae about the fire pit and the yummy smores!
We’re having a day trip to Camp Linwood on Saturday, October 29, 2011. The trip will include zipline, rock wall climbing, low rope team building activities, and smores by the fire pit. This event is open to all, however if you are only sending your kid, s/he must be at least 8 years old. For more information, please send us an email at
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