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What’s the Best Age for Camp?

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You probably want a number here.  If you’re only going to read these first two sentences, then I’ll pick the age of nine. But my real answer is a bit more complex. When to start sending your child to sleep-away … Continue reading

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Happiness Habits

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“Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. … Continue reading

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4 Parenting Challenges and How Camp Can Help

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In today’s digital, fast-moving, ultra-competitive world, raising kids who grow into happy, independent adults has become more challenging for parents. Quality summer camp programs offer an experience that many parents have found to benefit their child’s development of important life skills.  … Continue reading

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Parking Your Helicopter

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“The study, released Feb. 12, found that behaviors associated with helicopter parenting have a negative impact on the college-aged adult’s feelings of autonomy, competency, and their relationship with their parents. Conventional wisdom in the field of psychology suggests that these … Continue reading

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Good Gifts

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The best thing you can give your children, next to good habits, are good memories. -Sydney Harris Our home is overrun with more electronic gadgets than there are people.  And, with our kids beyond the age where they ask for … Continue reading

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Why Can’t School be More Like Camp?

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Yesterday, my fourth grade son came home from school downcast.  It’s his third week at a new school, and I had encouraged him to find a friend or two to invite over to swim.   He had asked two boys for … Continue reading

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Grateful Campers are Happy Campers

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“Each day comes bearing it’s own gifts.  Untie the ribbons.” -Ruth Ann Schaback grat•i•tude:  a feeling of thankful appreciation for favors or benefits received; thankfulness             Our theme for summer, 2012, is gratitude.  All campers and staff will practice being … Continue reading

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Sharing our Highs, Lows, and Buffaloes

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What do kids choose to share with their parents about their camp experience, or, for that matter, about any experience? Most kids immediately share about their accomplishments (“I got up on water skis!”), the fun, and the new friends they … Continue reading

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Homesickness Help

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Homesickness is an emotion that most campers feel to some degree at camp.   Fortunately, in most cases, the fun and excitement of camp far outweigh any sad feelings.   If this is your child’s first experience away from you for a … Continue reading

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“Kidsickness”: Help for First Time Camp Parents

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Who’s REALLY not ready for camp?   Usually, parents say it’s their kid who’s not ready, but in my experience, the kids are raring to go, and it’s the parents who aren’t ready.   After spending the last three decades at camp … Continue reading