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Positive Messages for a Homesick Camper

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For the most part, kids who come to summer camp adjust within a few days and overcome sad feelings of missing home. But there are some campers for whom the intensity of the homesickness is much stronger, and the discomfort … Continue reading

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5 Fun Ideas for Letters to Campers

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With children heading to summer camp in a matter of weeks, parents will soon have a new daily “to do”– write and send a letter or email to their campers! Because we’re not in the habit of writing letters to … Continue reading

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Countdown to Camp: 5 Things to do NOW

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School is ending and camp is right around the corner. Do you know where your packing list is? I suspected as much. In addition to being a camp director, I’m also a camp parent, so I am well aware of … Continue reading

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Secondary Homesickness: When Your Camper doesn’t want to go BACK to Camp

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Two or three times each year, I get a call from a returning camper’s parent who is baffled that their once-happy camper is now saying she doesn’t want to return to camp. From what the parent saw and heard last … Continue reading

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The Greatest Internship: 6 Critical Skills Counselors Develop at Camp

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This week I’m featuring a guest post by Alison “Bean” Moeschberger, an experienced camp director whose passion is training and guiding counselors to be outstanding at camp and in life. I still cringe every time I hear a counselor tell me that they’re … Continue reading

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Research finds Children Learn Social Skills at Camp

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Last summer, I conducted research on the impact camp experiences have on children’s social skills and happiness. This research was through the California State University, Fresno for my master’s degree thesis entitled, “The Perceived Impact of Camp Experiences on Youth Social Skills … Continue reading

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Study Finds Campers Really are Happy

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Camp is basically my happy place, and I love being here more than any other place in the world. -Camper, 2014 “Happy camper” is an expression used to describe anyone who’s feeling good about something in any circumstance. But just … Continue reading

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Three Character Traits Kids Develop at Camp

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While it’s easy to think of ways to teach our kids to do laundry or solve math problems, finding a way to instill important character traits isn’t so simple. The way we model traits we want our children to exhibit … Continue reading

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10 Social Skills Kids Learn at Camp

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At one of my son’s soccer games this fall, a mom on our team offered her son $50 for each goal he scored. He had the highest scoring game of his life, and his mom had to fork over enough … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Every Teen Should go to Summer Camp

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Being at camp gives me this sense of belonging that I’ve never felt anywhere else. I know that I can be myself and that my cabin mates will love me for who I am, and I’ve brought that to my … Continue reading