Like many Westporters, Sam Gusick had a great camp experience growing up.
Starting at 8 years old he went to Kenwood & Evergreen, brother-sister camps in New Hampshire.
Like many former campers, the 2019 Staples high School graduate dreamed of the day he could return as a counselor. His dream came true. He worked there for 2 years, and expected to be a counselor again last summer. But COVID canceled camp.
This year, he planned to return. But — now a computer engineering student at the University of Vermont — is spending this summer in Burlington. He’s got an offer to be a tech intern, and is also doing food prep in a restaurant.
But he cooked up a surprise.
His sister Sydney (a rising Staples senior) and brother Cooper (Bedford Middle School 8th grader) are at Kenwood & Evergreen.
In early July, Sam started plotting. With the help of camp staff, he planned to work as a counselor for 9 days.
Sure, it’s not the whole summer. But it was enough to thrill his siblings.
Last week, Sam took the Vermonter train. By early afternoon, he was at camp.
The brother-and-sister camp is still his happy place. And — judging from the photo and video below — his brother and sister were just as happy too.