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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

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10 Parenting Tips from Camp Counselors

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At one time in their lives, many of the parents I know were camp counselors. Those same people have told me that their time spent as counselors was great training ground for parenting. Among other things, they learned to comfort, … Continue reading

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Top 3 Posts of 2014

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Dear Sunshine Parenting Reader, Thank you for reading my posts this year! In 2007, I read a book called Writing to the Change the World. I decided that if something I share helps one person, then writing is a worthwhile way to … Continue reading

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Best Gifts of 2014

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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