I am so fortunate to have so many memories from the ten summers (1977-1986) I worked as a Skogfjorden staff member. I was glad to “gå for ti”! I was fortunate to work under three charismatic, and enthusiastic deans - Sonja, Kristin, and Tove. Each village session reflected their dynamic personalities, affecting a positive influence on the evolution of the Skogfjorden program over those years.
Thanksgiving is past which means we can officially start preparing for jul (Christmas). Now is the perfect time of year* to whip up a batch of risengrynsgrøt to share with your family and your favorite nisse.
In 2017, Norway came out on top as the happiest country in the world. Factors considered are life expectancy, perceived corruption, economic strength, social support, generosity, and freedom of choice. Usually a narrow race between the Scandanavian countries, those following Norway include Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland.
When I made the decision to come to Skogfjorden, I had no idea what I got myself into. I had a friend of a friend of a friend introduce me to the possibility of spending a summer in the woods of Bemidji. I admit I was excited and looking forward to it, even though I didn’t know what “the woods of Bemidji” would be – all I’d heard of were the mosquitos.
Det var en gang… Once upon a time… there was a young girl, who was a very particular eater. While her parents often struggled to convince her to try new foods, they found it was quite easy to convince her to go off to summer camp. All they had to do was assure her that at Norwegian camp, “You’ll eat mostly fish and potatoes!”