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PHOTOS: Beam Camp in Strafford

  • From left: Gabriel Hirschhorn, 10, of Brooklyn, N.Y., plays with a set of hanging chimes as Stella Poxon, 10, of Oakland, Calif., Rebecca Ronning, 10, of New York City, N.Y., and camp counselor Seneca Gray of Albany, N.Y., watch on at Beam Camp in Strafford on Friday July 19, 2013. The Beam Project for the camp's first summer session was titled "Swingtones", an interactive installation of swings that controlled metal chimes in the forest. Pitched and designed by landscape architects based in New York City, the project was completed by the campers and counselors. "It's so cool because I never thought I would be able to help make something like this," Ronning, a first year camper, said about the project.

    From left: Gabriel Hirschhorn, 10, of Brooklyn, N.Y., plays with a set of hanging chimes as Stella Poxon, 10, of Oakland, Calif., Rebecca Ronning, 10, of New York City, N.Y., and camp counselor Seneca Gray of Albany, N.Y., watch on at Beam Camp in Strafford on Friday July 19, 2013. The Beam Project for the camp's first summer session was titled "Swingtones", an interactive installation of swings that controlled metal chimes in the forest. Pitched and designed by landscape architects based in New York City, the project was completed by the campers and counselors. "It's so cool because I never thought I would be able to help make something like this," Ronning, a first year camper, said about the project.

  • From left: Bodhi Becker, 10, and Dan Golban, 15, both of New York City, N.Y., work with a drill to build a part of a swing at Beam Camp in Strafford on Thursday, July 11, 2013. "I've always loved to build things," Becker said. "I like to interact with things that I like to build."

    From left: Bodhi Becker, 10, and Dan Golban, 15, both of New York City, N.Y., work with a drill to build a part of a swing at Beam Camp in Strafford on Thursday, July 11, 2013. "I've always loved to build things," Becker said. "I like to interact with things that I like to build."

  • Campers play a game of "Giants, Dwarves, Wizards" during an afternoon recreational period at Beam Camp in Strafford on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

    Campers play a game of "Giants, Dwarves, Wizards" during an afternoon recreational period at Beam Camp in Strafford on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

  • Campers play basketball during an afternoon recreational period at Beam Camp in Strafford on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Although the Beam Project is the main focus of the camp, many campers said they loved the amount of freedom they were given during the monthlong sleepaway camp.

    Campers play basketball during an afternoon recreational period at Beam Camp in Strafford on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Although the Beam Project is the main focus of the camp, many campers said they loved the amount of freedom they were given during the monthlong sleepaway camp.

  • Henry Kates, 12, of New York City, N.Y., applies primer on rings for a chime at Beam Camp in Strafford on Thursday, July 11, 2013. This year is Kates' fourth year attending Beam Camp. "It's a lot of fun seeing the diversity in the projects", Kates said.

    Henry Kates, 12, of New York City, N.Y., applies primer on rings for a chime at Beam Camp in Strafford on Thursday, July 11, 2013. This year is Kates' fourth year attending Beam Camp. "It's a lot of fun seeing the diversity in the projects", Kates said.

  • Zach Schurr, 13, of Brooklyn, N.Y., wears a crown made of salvaged pieces of phone chargers at Beam Camp in Strafford on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Schurr made the crown during Beam Camp's afternoon "Domain" sessions, in which campers can explore a range of personal interests such beat-boxing, diorama making, and audio journalism.

    Zach Schurr, 13, of Brooklyn, N.Y., wears a crown made of salvaged pieces of phone chargers at Beam Camp in Strafford on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Schurr made the crown during Beam Camp's afternoon "Domain" sessions, in which campers can explore a range of personal interests such beat-boxing, diorama making, and audio journalism.

  • Campers swim during an afternoon recreational period at Beam Camp in Strafford on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

    Campers swim during an afternoon recreational period at Beam Camp in Strafford on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

  • From left: Gabriel Hirschhorn, 10, of Brooklyn, N.Y., plays with a set of hanging chimes as Stella Poxon, 10, of Oakland, Calif., Rebecca Ronning, 10, of New York City, N.Y., and camp counselor Seneca Gray of Albany, N.Y., watch on at Beam Camp in Strafford on Friday July 19, 2013. The Beam Project for the camp's first summer session was titled "Swingtones", an interactive installation of swings that controlled metal chimes in the forest. Pitched and designed by landscape architects based in New York City, the project was completed by the campers and counselors. "It's so cool because I never thought I would be able to help make something like this," Ronning, a first year camper, said about the project.
  • From left: Bodhi Becker, 10, and Dan Golban, 15, both of New York City, N.Y., work with a drill to build a part of a swing at Beam Camp in Strafford on Thursday, July 11, 2013. "I've always loved to build things," Becker said. "I like to interact with things that I like to build."
  • Campers play a game of "Giants, Dwarves, Wizards" during an afternoon recreational period at Beam Camp in Strafford on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
  • Campers play basketball during an afternoon recreational period at Beam Camp in Strafford on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Although the Beam Project is the main focus of the camp, many campers said they loved the amount of freedom they were given during the monthlong sleepaway camp.
  • Henry Kates, 12, of New York City, N.Y., applies primer on rings for a chime at Beam Camp in Strafford on Thursday, July 11, 2013. This year is Kates' fourth year attending Beam Camp. "It's a lot of fun seeing the diversity in the projects", Kates said.
  • Zach Schurr, 13, of Brooklyn, N.Y., wears a crown made of salvaged pieces of phone chargers at Beam Camp in Strafford on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Schurr made the crown during Beam Camp's afternoon "Domain" sessions, in which campers can explore a range of personal interests such beat-boxing, diorama making, and audio journalism.
  • Campers swim during an afternoon recreational period at Beam Camp in Strafford on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Beam Camp, an innovative monthlong sleepaway camp, completed the first of its two summer sessions in Strafford on July 21, 2013.. Beyond the traditional summer camp activities, Beam Camp emphasizes teamwork and hands-on building as part of its experience. The highlight of each session is the “Beam Project,” an installation designed and proposed by architects, engineers and artists from around the world then built and installed by the campers and counselors. This year’s first session saw the construction of “Swingtones”: an interactive installation of wooden swings that controlled metal chimes hung from trees. The project was pitched by landscape architects at Supermass Studio and Sage and Coombe Architects based in New York City. The second session of Beam Camp runs until August 18, 2013.

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