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A Healthy Dose of Winning

A Healthy Dose of Winning

Lonehollow campers are familiar with the term “competition.” From Crew Challenge to Field Day, your campers are pushing themselves to do better for their team, their crew and for themselves. But how do you know if you’re encouraging a healthy amount of competition?

Dr. Timothy Gunn, a pediatric neuropsychologist, says that competition is more about teaching children the importance of hard work and dedication than it is about winning. Campers know that practicing and committing to an activity may give them the chance to represent their crew on Field Day. It’s that commitment that they will need later in life, whether for a spot in their first choice college or for a position at their dream company.

But is there such a thing as too much competition? Yes, but Dr. David Johnson of the University of Minnesota  has a solution. Encourage children not just to win, but to support and engage with their teammates. This creates an atmosphere where a child has support when losing while also developing important social skills; lessening the pressure to win and encouraging the reason anyone starts competing in the first place…to have fun!

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Competition is a fun way to teach important life lessons, like how to lose gracefully and accept disappointment. There are a lot of opportunities for a child to learn these lessons: school sports teams, extracurricular activities, after-school programs like Girl or Boy Scots, and, of course, summer camp!

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Gotta Play Them All!

Gotta Play Them All!

Sports and summer camp go together like marshmallows and chocolate in a s’more. It’s just meant to be! A child who learns to play a sport learns so much more than just the rules. He or she develops responsibility (asset #30), integrity for the rules (asset #28) and a sense of purpose on a team (asset #39).

Lonehollow offers over 20 different sports for campers to choose from. Campers can test their accuracy in archery in the morning and their endurance in cross country after lunch (asset #21), while still practicing teamwork skills in the evening during soccer (asset #39). According to sports author Fred Bowen, having a balanced blend of activities is important for children who play only one sport during the school year.

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But what if your camper already plays sports? There are a few different reasons as to why specializing in one sport at a young age is not recommended, but most researchers agree that it leads to an increase in injuries and children are more likely to lose interest in the sport.

Encourage your campers to step outside of their comfort zone and try new activities! If they usually compete in tennis during the school year, encourage them to give flag football a chance at camp. Or if they prefer baseball, ask them if they would consider trying rock climbing. We have everything they might need to try something new, and you never know, maybe they’ll find their new passion!

How Do We Handle Health Concerns?

How Do We Handle Health Concerns?

Though injuries are rare at camp, accidents do happen. For those occasional bumps and bruises, we have a fantastic team to handle whatever comes our way.

If a camper does receive any kind of injury or illness, parents are updated throughout the process.  All health concerns at camp are assessed by our camp nurse, who has over 15 years experience in the ER. We also have a licensed physician assistant visit three times a week. If necessary, we can transport campers to town for treatment.

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If injuries interfere with your camper’s activity schedule, we sit down with him or her to choose new classes. Lonehollow offers over 25 different activities that are less adventurous. These include creative classes like Drama or Painting to more hands on activities like Leisure Sports or Mad Science.

Camp is a place for children to learn, grow and adapt, but it’s also fun! Any bumps and bruises that might interrupt that fun are handled promptly and efficiently and with as little intrusion into the camp experience as possible.

Staying Connected

Staying Connected

Being a temporary empty nester can be hard. Here are ways to feel connected while your camper is having fun in the sun at Lonehollow!

  1. Facebook– Like Camp Lonehollow on Facebook for daily camp happenings, live video events, reminders about Opening and Closing Days, and easy links to need-to-know information!
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  2. Twitter– Follow @lonehollow on Twitter for real-time news from camp!
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  3. Instagram– Follow @lonehollow on Instagram for fun photos and videos from camp events and daily life!
  4. GearedToLive blog– You’re already here reading our blog…GO YOU! Check back throughout the summer for tips on how to build assets, character development and more! We’ll also post links to new blogs on Facebook, in case you miss something!
  5. Letters and E-mails– Campers love mail of any kind. Please send all camper mail to 1010 Cooley Lane, Vanderpool, TX 78885! To send your camper an email, log into your Lonehollow account and click on “One Way Email”. Campers aren’t able to respond electronically during their screen-free time at camp. E-mails are printed at noon daily and are an easy way to let them know you are thinking of them! You can also add a photo to your e-mail!
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  6. Daily Pictures– Every evening our photographers upload tons of pictures from the day onto CampMinder. These are easily accessible and available for purchase through logging into your Lonehollow account!
  7. Meg is on Facebook!– Connect with our director, Meg Clark on Facebook! During the summer, she’s a pretty busy lady, but she would love to connect with you!
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  8. News From Camp—Each day, we upload articles written by campers and staff from The Daily Gear, Lonehollow’s daily newsletter. The Daily Gear is available under the News section when you log into your Lonehollow account!
  9. Care Packages– We repeat, campers LOVE mail! Just a reminder, Lonehollow only accepts care packages in padded envelopes…no boxes! Click here for package guidelines or head over to the Lonehollow Outfitter to order a care package from our camp store (saving you shopping time and shipping costs!).

 

Meet Our Summer 2016 Staff!

Meet Our Summer 2016 Staff!

We would like to introduce you to our wonderful camp staff. Our staff attend universities all across the country and even on different continents. Bunk lists are available on CampMinder under news items from June 7th. Log in here.

Jacob Delgado

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Jacob attends Angelo State University and is studying kinesiology

Stephen Igbinosa

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Stephen is from Sherman, Texas, and attends Austin College where he studies international economics and finance.

Masyn Upchurch

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Masyn is from San Marcos and attends Texas State University where she studies therapeutic recreation.

Beth Thompson

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Beth is from Houston and attends Texas A&M where she studies psychology.

Charlotte Affolter

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Charlotte is from Boise, Idaho, and attends Boise State University where she studies environmental studies.

Michael Adeyemo

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Michael is from San Angelo, Texas and attends Angelo State University where he studies coaching, sport, recreation and fitness administration.

Maddy Rock

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Maddy Rock attends the University of Texas at Austin where she studies business.

Michaela Johnson

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Michaela is from San Angelo, TX and attends Angelo State University where she studies nursing.

Margaret Curtis

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Margaret is from Fort Worth, Texas, and attends Arlington Heights High School.

Sarah Egan

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Sarah is from Austin, TX.

Kali Sorrells

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Kali attends Stephen F. Austin University where she studies nursing.

Julia Gassiot

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Julia is from Denton and attends the University of North Texas where she studies psychology.

Carly Greenbaum

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Carly is from New Orleans, LA and attends Tulane University where she studies early childhood education and psychology.

Haley LaMontagne

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Haley is from Spring, Texas, and attends Baylor University where she studies biology and Spanish.

Hailey Hutson

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Hailey is from Friendswood, TX and will attend Texas Christian University where she studies speech pathology.

Ximena Alvarez

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Ximena attends the University of Texas at Austin where she studies theatre and dance.

Alyssa Tannous

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Alyssa attends the University of Houston where she studies education.

Christina Bryson

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Christina Bryson graduated from Allegheny College where she studied English and Journalism.

Olivia Lasater

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Olivia is from Georgetown, Texas and attends Southwestern University where she studies biology.

Daniel Gustafson

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Daniel attends the University of Texas where he studies government.

Matthew Burks

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Matthew attended the University of North Texas and has a degree in hospitality management.

Thomas Heathcock

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Thomas is from Sugarland, TX and attended the University of Houston where he studied sports administration.

Nikki Dwyer

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Nikki attends the University of North Texas where she is majoring in integrated studies.

Jordan Peoples

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Jordan is from Houston and is a fourth grade teacher.

Parker Brissette

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Parker is from College Station, TX and attends Texas A&M University where she studies human resource development.

Jake Hart

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Jake attends Leeds Beckett University where he studies sport and exercise science.

Jake Reiff

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Jake attends the University of Texas at Dallas where he studies mechanical engineering.

Paige Lauri

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Paige is from Nashville, Tennessee, and attends Belmont University where she studies social entrepreneurship.

T.C. Richards

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T.C. is from Keller, Texas, and attends Texas Tech University where he studies Arabic.

Phoebe Brook

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Phoebe is from Coventry, England, and attends the University of Nottingham where she studies nursing.

Kristiana Llanos

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Kristiana is from New Orleans, LA and attends Loyola University New Orleans where she is studying for her master’s in mental health counseling.

Hannah Kearney

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Hannah is from Denton, Texas, and is an event coordinator with JP Morgan.

Collin Gillen

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Collin is from Baton Rouge, LA and is a mechanical engineer.

Addie Proctor

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Addie attends Texas A&M University where she studies agricultural leadership and communication.

Kirsten Gilroy

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Kirsten attends the University of Kansas where she studies strategic communications.

Cameron Huch

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Cameron is from Leander, Texas.

Luke Stodghill

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Luke attends the University of Texas at Austin where he studies acting.

Mary Salotto

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Mary has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dallas and a master’s from Widener University in clinical psychology.

Joey Mannetti

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Joey is from Houston and attends Texas A&M University where he is studying business.

Jaqui Pace

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Jaqui is from Willis, Texas, and attends the University of Houston where she studies music education and American Sign Language interpretation.

Lissie Butler

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Lissie attends Dallas Baptist University where she studies camp/sport leadership.

Bryson Overton

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Bryson is from San Angelo, TX and attends Angelo State University where he studies child and family studies.

Sarah Marris

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Sarah is from Newmarket in the United Kingdom.

Kelsey Largent

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Kelsey attends Texas A&M at Corpus Christi where she studies political science.

Rae Canton

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Rae attends the University of Colorado where she studies English.

Connor Alcock

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Connor is from Crewe in the United Kingdom.

Ben Contant

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Ben attends the University of Houston where he studies finance.

Ben Berry

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Ben attends the University of Central Missouri where he studies drafting and design.

Rose Powell

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Rose is from Hayward, CA and attends California State University East Bay where she studies recreational management.

Andrea Allen

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Andrea is from Clarksville, TN and attends Austin Peay State University where she studies mass communication with a specialization in internet technology.

Maria Andrade

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Maria attends the University of Texas at Austin where she studies public relations.

Ashley Richards

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Ashley attends Southampton Solent University where she studies psychology.

Toby Hussey

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Toby is from Southampton, England, and studies sport and physical education.

Brandon Ardoin

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Brandon attends Santa Fe University where he studies business management.

Job Cook

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Job is from London, England and attends Hertfordshire University where he majors in sports studies.

Townes Pressler III

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Townes attends the University of Southern California where he studies business administration.

Peter Nyberg

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Peter is from Claremont, CA and attends Pomona College where he studies politics, philosophy and economics.

Michael Noteboom

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Michael attends the University of Texas at Austin where he studies economics.

Quentin Mathes

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Quentin is from Canyon, TX and attends West Texas A&M University where he studies education and history.

Hannah Smith

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Hannah attends Texas A&M University Corpus Christi where she studies psychology.

Valerie Donohoe

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Valerie attends Texas A&M University where she studies education.

Abby Schmittgens

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Abby is from St. Louis, MO and attends St. Charles Community College where she studies psychology.

Darragh Mangan

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Darragh attends University College Cork in Ireland where he studies nutritional sciences.

Madison Farmer

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Madison is from Graham, TX and attends Texas A&M University where she studies biomedical science.

Lauren Smajstrla

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Lauren is from Round Rock, TX and attends the University of Houston where she studies marketing and public relations.

Emilie Stagoski

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Emilie attends Missouri State University where she studies global studies.

Aline Ngo

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Aline is from Houston, TX and attends Baylor University where she studies nursing.

Thomas Callaghan

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Thomas is from Galway City, Ireland. He attends the National University of Ireland in Galway where he studies human rights and English.

Casey O’Gorman

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Casey is from London, England and attends Leeds Beckett University where he studies sports business management.

Astrid Alvarez

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Astrid is from McPherson and is studying elementary education.

Lyndsey Dannon

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Lyndsey is from Culpepper, VA and is a fifth grade teacher.

Rod Padruno

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Rod attends Texas A&M University where he studies supply chain management.

Emily Mullins

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Emily attends Texas State University where she studies education.

Tom Richards

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Tom attends the University of the West of England where he studies fine arts.

James Colbeck

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James is from Norwhich, England where he is a P.E. teacher and soccer coach.

Sunny Campbell

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Sunny is from Houston, Texas.

Will Lawton

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Will attends the University of Leeds where he studies music.

Karson Karaff

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Karson attends Texas A&M University where he studies recreation, parks and tourism sciences.

Tom Day

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Tom attends the University of Essex where he studies veterinary physiotherapy.

Austin Long

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Austin is from Harper, TX and attends Angelo State university where he studies history.

Bella Granato

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Bella attends Oklahoma State University where she studies acting and music therapy.

Marcus Parkes

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Marcus attends Royal Holloway, University of London, where he studies economics.

Jay Arredondo

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Jay graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in geography.

Rachel Williams

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Rachel attends the University of Tennessee where she studies accounting and human resources.

Halle Purdom

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Halle is from Friendswood, TX and attends Brown University where she studies physics.

Bayleigh Cluett

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Bayleigh is from Vista, CA and attends Grand Canyon University where she studies elementary and special education.

Angela Snow

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Angela attends Angelo State University where she studies coaching, sport, recreation and fitness administration.

Maddie Noteboom

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Maddie attends the University of Texas at Austin where she studies advertising.

Jessie Atkins

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Jessie attends Texas A&M University where she studies recreation, park and tourism sciences.

Nathan Monger

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Nathan attends Texas A&M University where he studies marketing.

Ian Hons

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Ian is from Jourdanton, TX and attends Texas Lutheran University where he studies information systems.

Anthony Didion

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Anthony is from La Porte, IN and attends Belmont University where he studies management and marketing.

Adair Appleton

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Adair is from Hunt, TX and attends Texas A&M where she studies international studies.

Bailey Havis

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Bailey is from Kerrville, TX and attends Tivy High School.

Lauren Wolff

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Lauren is from Wimberley, TX and attends Central Texas College where she studies nursing.

Helena Oseguera

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Helena attends the Houston Ballet Academy and is a ballerina.

Randy Cessna

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Randy is from College Station, TX and attends Blinn College where he studies education.

Tristen Stephenson

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Tristen attends West Texas A&M University where he studies biology.

Sean Henke

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Sean attends Texas A&M University where he studies industrial distribution.

Jimmy Davies

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Jimmy attends Edinburgh University where he studies economics.

Nick Zavala

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Nick attends Angelo State University where he studies physical therapy.

Keith Owen

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Keith attends Texas A&M University where he studies English.

Anthony Creed

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Anthony attends University College Cork in Ireland where he studies business information systems.

Emily Cook

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Emily is from Fayetteville, AR and attends the University of Arkansas where she studies marketing and journalism.

Stephen Buley

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Stephen is from San Antonio, TX and attends Baylor University where he studies music performance.

Clementine Berranger

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Clementine is from Houston, TX and attends the University of Houston where she studies education.

Lexi Lauri

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Lexi is from Tonganoxie, KS and attends Tonganoxie High School.

Mia Purdom

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Mia attends Brown University where she studies computer science.

Brandon Johnson

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Brand is from Huntsville, TX and attends Sam Houston University where he studies mass communications.

Sheridan Miller

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Sheridan is from Spring, TX and is a high school agriculture teacher.

Liz Jones

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Liz is from Utopia, TX.

Rowan Cooper

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Rowan attends Texas A&M University where she studies Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences.

Melanie Florez

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Melanie attends Texas State University where she studies pre-veterinary medicine.

Maddie Brock

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Maddie attends the University of Texas at Austin where she studies English literature.

Katie Story

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Katie attends Texas A&M University where she studies animal science.

Darbi Dowell

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Darbi is from Port Lavaca, TX and attends Sam Houston University where she studies wildlife recreational entrepreneurship.

Zach Taylor

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Zach is from Richardson, TX and attends the University of North Texas where he studies media arts.

Amelia Mueller

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Amelia is from Keller, TX and attends the University of North Texas where she is studying public relations.

Sara Sherman

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Sara is from Denton, TX and attends the University of North Texas where she studies journalism.

Bethanie James

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Bethanie is from Denton, TX and attends the University of North Texas where she studies journalism and education.

Brady Duncum

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Brady attends Texas Tech University where he is studying education.

Diana Parsley

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Diana attends Rhodes College where she studies international relations.

Bo Porter

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Bo is from Abilene, TX and attends McMurry University where he studies history.

Fernando Padruno

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Fernando is from Houston, TX and attends the University of Houston where he studies supply chain management.

 

 

 

Hand Your Wallet To Your Camper

Hand Your Wallet To Your Camper

Raising children can be scary. One of the scariest moments can be handing over a “for emergencies only” credit card to your newly independent 18 year old and holding your breath.

Teaching your kids to be responsible (Asset #30) with money can start at an early age. Here are some fun exercises and strategies on teaching responsible spending at any age.

 

Elementary Aged

Use a clear jar to save. As cute as the classic piggy bank is, visuals are easier to understand than concepts. In a clear jar, kids can see their savings physically growing. They’ll exercise their counting and addition skills by tallying how many of each coin and bill is in the jar and totaling it all!

Set an example. Model responsible spending for your kids (Asset #14). Create a grocery list and buy only what is on the list. When you’re running errands, only purchase what you originally went to get. If you pick a certain item based on price, explain why.

Show them that things costs money. Not just pointing out the price, but having your child bring out his/her jar, count out the money, and see the physical difference when money is spent.

Tweens

Talk about budgeting. For example, our campers have a set amount of money in the camp store, the Lonehollow Outfitter. Parents can add more money to their camper’s account, but talk to your campers about budgeting. Remind them that not only will their Outfitter purchases be charged to that account, but also other things like laundry and materials for craft classes.

Show opportunity cost. That’s just another way of saying, “If you buy this, then you won’t have the money to buy that.” Help your kids weigh decisions and realize each decision has a consequence. For example, buying 10 whoopie cushions in the Lonehollow Outfitter means there isn’t enough left in your camper’s account for one of our brand new dri-fit t-shirts!

Pay them on commission. While kids are great, no one gets paid for doing nothing. Pay them a commission based on helping around the house; taking out the trash, folding the laundry, etc. Maybe the commission is a little more if you didn’t have to ask for help! Not only is it extra help for you, but your kids will learn money is earned and not handed out.

Stress the importance of giving. Once they start making a little money, teach them about giving. Have them pick an organization, a research foundation, or a charity…anyone who could use a little help. Discuss selfless giving, caring for others (Asset #26), why it’s important, and how it makes them feel.

Teenagers

Give them the responsibility of a bank account. By the time your kid hit the teen years, you should be able to set them up with a simple bank account. This takes responsible spending to the next level, especially if mom and dad can monitor the account activity!

Help them find a job. Not only will some work experience benefit them in the long run, it’s a glimpse into life after college, but with training wheels. (Psst…we hear being Work Crew, a CIT, or a Camp Counselor is the best job ever!)

Teach them to be cautious of credit cards. Before the candles on the cake have been blown out, freshly 18 year old teens are bombarded with credit card solicitations. Teach them how to responsibly build credit and to avoid debt as much as possible.

 

Here’s to responsible sons and daughters with great money management skills who will take care of us when we retire!

 

 

For these tips and more, check out more information from Dave Ramsey!

Top Ten Ways You Can Tell Summer Is Coming

Top Ten Ways You Can Tell Summer Is Coming

  1. Warmer weather is creeping up. There may be a slight chill in the morning, but by mid-afternoon, it is HOT!
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  2. Bare feet. This time of year, keeping shoes on a kid is as hard as bathing a cat.
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  3. You’re buying all new shorts. The kids have grown six inches and nothing from last summer fits. (Also know as the constant struggle of being a parent!)
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  4. Tuition is paid. You’ve officially logged into your Lonehollow account, paid the last of what you owe, and the account balance reads $0.00!
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  5. Forms are all filled out. Under ‘Forms & Documents’ in your Lonehollow account, there is ‘complete’ next to all forms!
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  6. Travel plans are set. You know your camper is either riding the bus or you’re dropping him/her off at the front gate. Check!
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  7. Activity preferences are done. Your camper has logged into your Lonehollow account and picked the top 15 classes he/she would like to take, ranked from “absolutely-gotta-have-it” to “wouldn’t-mind-trying-it-out”.
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  8. Your camper will take any chance available to wear a camp t-shirt. Every day is #LHtshirtTuesday at your house.
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  9. You’re already buying your camper things for camp. This includes anything on the packing list, extra sunscreen, animal t-shirts, costume pieces for Theme Nights, any and everything in your camper’s crew color, etc.
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  10. Keeping your family inside is impossible. No one can resist the warm sunshine, fresh Hill Country air, green grass and overflowing lakes at camp!
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Bonus: The crew point your camper earned at this year’s camp party is already packed in his/her duffel bag!

Camper See, Camper Do

Camper See, Camper Do

Everything you do around your child role models behavior. We’ve all heard that clichéd expression “monkey see, monkey do”, but it really applies in this case. Your actions, from your patience on the morning drive to school to how you take care of yourself, set an example for your child and can even help build assets in them. That’s a heavy feeling.

Here are some easy and effortless ways to build assets in your camper!

  1. Creative Activities (asset #17)—When you go to a play, take the kiddos along for the matinee. Try your hand at poetry and leave a funny acrostic poem on the napkin in their lunch. Take an improv class as a family.
  2. Reading For Pleasure (asset #25)—Do you read before bed? Switch up your routine and read on the couch around your kids. Take them to the library or book store with you. Talk about your favorite books as a kid and read them together. Have a family competition to see who can read the most books in a week. Read a book together, then see the movie version and discuss the differences and who liked which version better!
  3. Time At Home (asset #20)—Yes, you read that correctly. You can hang out as a family at home and it will build an asset! Play a board game, listen to music and just relax together.
  4. Be Mindful—Mindfulness isn’t exactly an asset, but practicing and modeling self-care is especially beneficial for kids. Practice focusing your awareness on the present moment. Calmly acknowledge and accept your feelings, thoughts and how your body feels. Recognize them and take time for some “joy breaks”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need a joy break? Check out Camp Connect, a weekend camp for women! Ignite your youthful spirit, recharge your energy, and reconnect you to YOU!

Q.T. With The K.I.D.

Q.T. With The K.I.D.

Think about your daily schedule. You wake up and hit the ground running to get yourself and your kids fed, dressed and fully prepared for the day ahead. Your day is slammed with things to do.

Think about your child’s daily schedule. Early to rise, a full school day, extracurricular activities that stretch from afternoon into evening, homework and a small stretch of time to eat before falling into bed. Kids today are really K.I.D.s.

K.I.D. stands for Kids In Demand. If it isn’t school demanding their time, then it’s sports or clubs or community service. If it isn’t an outside activity, then it’s friends demanding time. If it isn’t friends, then it’s chores or helping around the house. There is always something!

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Spring Break is here. Now is the perfect time for some Q.T. with your K.I.D.; quality time with your kid in demand. It’s a whole week to take a breather and spend quality time as a family. It’s your chance to have a family dinner where no one is running off to practice and to kick it old school with board games like Monopoly or Scrabble. No screens allowed!

Not only is the week of Spring Break a much needed brain vacation, but also a time that can build assets like quality time at home (asset #20), family support (asset #1) and positive family communication (asset #1). How easy and effortless is that?!

Enjoy your Spring Break breather as a family and spend your Q.T. with your K.I.D.

What Will You Pack Your Camper? A Clock Or A Compass?

What Will You Pack Your Camper? A Clock Or A Compass?

There are two types of people; those that live their life by the clock and those who live by the compass. Clocks have a vision of 12 hours. Clocks are focused on the short game; what is happening in the immediate future. A compass points infinitely in one direction. A compass gives guidance and a point of reference should you stray from the course.

Sometimes we are so focused on clock events, like grades, tournaments, and tasks, that we lose sight of the compass goals like confidence, resilience, and joy. Doing well in school and extracurricular activities is great, but failure is a fact of life and part of the road map to success.

So, what direction is your camper’s compass heading? What path are they on? At the end of this year, what do they want to be able to say? At high school graduation, what do they want to have accomplished?

Discuss with your camper how to stick to their compass.  Find out what makes them feel successful and how they define success. It will help you understand how to praise them when they do well or encourage them when they experience failure. Help them focus on what they can control and to be solution focused when things beyond their control don’t go according to plan.

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Remind them being themselves is enough! Kids can feel pressured to be the best at everything; the sports star, the smartest, the most popular. Remind them to take some time to relax and just be themselves. They can be all of those things, but it’s also enough that they try their hardest and do as well as they can.

What will your camper bring to camp this summer? A clock or a compass?