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Life Changing Lunches

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45 hours. That’s a conservative estimate of how much time I spent making my children’s lunches each school year until 2011.  I used 15 minutes a day for my estimate, because I am not at my best in the early … Continue reading

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4 Ways to Make School more like CAMP

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My dream is for my kids to attend a school they love as much as they love camp. Two years ago, when my son started at a new school and was having a difficult time, I wrote Why Can’t School … Continue reading

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3 Life Lessons Learned on a Tow Rope

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The recreational sports we teach at camp include sailing, water skiing, rock climbing, and many more fun outdoor sports. But these are not the most important skills campers learn. We view the recreational skills we instruct as a means to … Continue reading

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It’s Not All Bullying

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  A few summers ago, a ten-year-old camper wrote a letter home telling his parents he was being bullied at camp. His irate mother called to let us know. I was very concerned, so I went to talk with the … Continue reading

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Focus on the “Do”s

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Next week 100 counselors arrive to spend 10 days learning to lead campers to have fun, make friends, and grow this summer. As I prepare our training sessions and line up guest speakers each spring, I reflect on how all parents should … Continue reading

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Should I Make my Kid go to Camp?

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I get asked this question frequently, so I’ve created a grid to help you make the decision. Just see what box you and your child fall in, the grid will tell you “yes,” or “no,” and your camp decision is … Continue reading

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3 Things to Teach Your Kids about Alcohol

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With proms and grad nights this month and kids heading to high school or college in the fall, this is a great time to talk about alcohol.  I originally wrote this in January, but the message is still urgently important, so … Continue reading

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Why Kids Flourish at Camp

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Campers often describe camp as their “happy place”” or “the best two weeks” of their year. And, from my own observation, I’ve seen that kids and the counselors who work with them are obviously happy at camp.  They smile a … Continue reading