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Dare To Dream Big

Dare To Dream Big

What did you want to be when you were five years old? Did you play pretend with your friends and argue over who got to be the main character? Are you now gainfully employed as your favorite childhood role? Maybe, maybe not. To those parents who dreamed of being a firefighter or a chef or beyond, you’re literally living your dreams!  To everyone who didn’t become The Hulk or a fairy princess, it’s ok. Your dream just changed and you’ve…

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Full-Circle, Full Fun

Full-Circle, Full Fun

Every now and then, it’s good to remind yourself why summer is for camp. At Lonehollow, our mission is to provide a remarkable experience for everyone to discover, empower, and inspire their greatest self and we do this through our full-circle philosophy. We believe in teaching skills from beginning to end, so campers learn more than just how to execute a skill. They learn how to plan ahead, overcome challenges, and what to do in case things don’t go the…

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Share The Love

Share The Love

The Beatles said “All you need is love”. However, there are so many different types of love. Sanskrit has 96 different words for love, Persian has 80, Greek has three, but, in English, there is only one. With just one word, there are so many ways to show our love.   Here are some ways you can spread the love this month when love reigns supreme!   LOVE FOR OTHERS   Random Acts of Kindness: Have your camper create Valentine’s and hand…

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Create, Build, Discover

Create, Build, Discover

by: Cade Bradshaw, guest blogger At camp, people spontaneously burst into song, your name tag is your most valuable commodity, and dreams are shared around the campfire. Always creative and always fun, camp magic (what psychologists sometimes call “free play”) is real. Camp magic is about novel activities where new ideas, games, or products are created rather than consumed. This type of play might not have an end goal, like practicing an instrument or reading a book, but it is…

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Take A Look, It’s In A Book

Take A Look, It’s In A Book

Nothing is better than curling up with a good book, especially when the weather is chilly (or really at any time)! During the summer, many of our campers use the Lonehollow library to curl up with a good book during rest period or travel to new adventures without leaving their chair during Summer Reading. We know there are many academic benefits to reading, it can also develop assets like Reading For Pleasure (asset #25), Time At Home (asset #20), and…

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New Week, New Year

New Week, New Year

The end of the year brings a huge wave of nostalgia. We scroll through old photos and reflect on the highlights and happenings of the past twelve months. We might even think back to the resolutions we set at the beginning of the year. Were we successful? Or did we write our resolutions off before the ball even dropped?   Research from the University of Scranton found that over half of New Year’s resolutions last less than six months, the…

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Gimme vs. Giving

Gimme vs. Giving

How many years in a row have we built our holiday shopping list based on who will be giving us something in return? Parents, children, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors, friends…the list can go on and on. Cue the days of endless shopping and searching for something, anything, to get them. Is this really the purpose of our holidays? Are we making the best use of our time and resources? We don’t think so. Practice selfless giving with your family…

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Giving Thanks and Building Assets

Giving Thanks and Building Assets

Holidays and family go hand-in-hand. Grandparents come to visit, cousins start backyard football games, and everyone seems to congregate in the kitchen. Besides the obvious benefits, spending time together as a family can actually help build assets in your camper! A little background info: After 20 years of research, the Search Institute assembled a list of 40 internal and external developmental assets. Researchers found that the more assets a child possesses, the more successful and well-adjusted they will be as…

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We’re Thankful for Family & Fun!

We’re Thankful for Family & Fun!

Some things just make sense together: peanut butter and jelly, hot chocolate and marshmallows, cookies and ice cream. For many families, this list also includes Thanksgiving and football. There are some great family traditions rooted in watching parades and sporting events together, it definitely can be quality time! Just in case your family is looking for something to do during halftime or so your family’s eyes don’t glaze over, here are some family fun alternatives:   Stuff The Turkey. Make…

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Welcome To Our House: Community

Welcome To Our House: Community

There’s a lot going on in the month of October. It is finally beginning to feel like fall, school is in full swing, and everything is pumpkin spiced. The start of October also kicks off National Bullying Prevention month which we would like to shine more light on. Each week, we’ll cover a new area of Bullying Prevention and how you and your family can share in helping us #StopTheBullying. Check out the first posts here.   “It takes a…

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