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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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Welcome To Our House: Support

Welcome To Our House: Support

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.   When you buy a house, you always check the…

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Welcome To Our House: Foundations

Welcome To Our House: Foundations

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. Let’s jump in!   Think of the most beautiful house…

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What We Can Learn From A Six-Year Old

What We Can Learn From A Six-Year Old

Six-year old Alex caught the attention of the nation when he wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to bring a young bombing victim to his suburban home. Alex assures the President that, “we’ll be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother.” We all could learn a thing or two from Alex. A recent survey by Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Project reports “a large…

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What’s Your Role in the Routine of Responsibility?

What’s Your Role in the Routine of Responsibility?

When school is out for the summer, teachers and administrators warn about summer learning loss and tactics to prevent it. However, have you considered what you can do to prevent camp learning loss? At summer camp, kids fall into a routine of responsibility (asset #30). They are in charge of their daily chores, making their beds, preparing themselves for the day ahead, remembering their schedule, packing necessary items for their activities, and more. Without mom and dad, but with the…

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So Long, Sweet Summer!

So Long, Sweet Summer!

Summer is winding down and fall is quickly approaching. As we head into a new season and all of the activity it brings, here are some handy resources and tips for jumping into a fantastic fall!   If your camper is trying to decide between fall sports leagues…. Read “Gotta Play Them All!” to learn what skills your camper is really building on during practice and how playing multiple sports does more than keep your son or daughter active. If your camper…

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Getting Back To the Grind with Camp in Mind

Getting Back To the Grind with Camp in Mind

Getting into the swing of the school year can be hard. Waking up early and following a morning routine doesn’t always happen naturally! If your camper (and you!) are already dragging after the first few days of school, here are some things your camper did this summer that can make back-to-school mornings a little easier: Preparing as much as possible the night before. Laying out the next day’s clothes and helping your camper pack their backpack can cut out early…

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How Camp Tells You Who You Are

How Camp Tells You Who You Are

Discovering one’s self-identity is an important part of growing up. Through the challenges and triumphs that children face, they begin to learn who they are, what they love and what they stand for. Your camper will develop a lot of their self identity during his or her time at camp. Children begin to learn who they are at a very early age. First, they learn that they are an individual, and not just a unit composed of mom, dad, and…

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