ACA’s Youth Impact Study

ACA’s Youth Impact Study

The American Camp Association is currently in the process of conducting a 5-year research project on the long-term impact of summer camps on children. Read on for information and findings on the Exploratory Phase of their study or click here to view the article on the ACA website. "The purpose of the Exploratory Phase, or Phase 1 of the Impact Study, was to identify distinct and transferable outcomes of the camp experience among emerging adults who attended camp as a child. Specifically, the research team explored the outcomes of camp that are distinct from other developmental contexts, such as school and sports, how camp participants use those outcomes to navigate work and school, and what happened at camp to facilitate outcome development. Informed by these themes, the research team is…
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Empowered Girls Empower Girls: How Summer Camp Can Build Resilience in your Daughter

Empowered Girls Empower Girls: How Summer Camp Can Build Resilience in your Daughter

Lonehollow’s four core values of growth, empowerment, adventure, and resilience are the driving force behind everything we do. We want every camper who comes through our gates to walk away feeling stronger, more empowered, and ready to conquer any challenge she may face. And research shows that we might be on to something. In a recent study published in Camping Magazine Anja Whittington and Jeffrey Aspelmeier surveyed 476 adolescent girls from six different residential camps to study the effects of the summer camp experience on girls’ resilience (one of our core values!) Below is a sample item of the scale the authors used. The results of the study indicated that girls who attend summer camp reported increased resilience after their participation. Whittington and Aspelmeier measure resilience on a set of…
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12 Ways to Make the Most of Winter Break

12 Ways to Make the Most of Winter Break

It’s the most wonderful (and possibly the most stressful?) time of the year! You’ve got a million errands to run, your Amazon package still hasn’t shipped, and your kids are about to come home for two weeks. We know how crazy the holiday season can get, which why we’ve come up with 12 easy ways for you and your family to enjoy your time together and get the most out of winter break while building some assets along the way! 1. GET OUTSIDE Without school and recess to burn up some of their energy, your campers might be bouncing off the walls by their third day freedom. Get them outside by doing something fun like running a silly 5k! Sign up for one with a theme the whole family can…
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Goodbye, Work Crew!

Goodbye, Work Crew!

For most teenagers, high school is an uphill battle. From the first day of freshman year, kids are fighting the clock to get in as many service hours, good deeds, and straight A’s as possible before their four years are up. Every volunteer event, every good (or bad) grade, every office held in every club counts when it comes to college applications and kids are always on the lookout for any opportunity to better themselves –and impress the college admissions board in the process. It’s exhausting trying to keep up with your kids as they rush to keep up with their classmates, but if everything counts as an opportunity for your child to grow and display his/her leadership skills, then why can’t summer camp count, too? Back in September we…
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Quality v. Quantity: How to Manage an Overflow of Extracurriculars

Quality v. Quantity: How to Manage an Overflow of Extracurriculars

“Don’t forget,” your 12-year-old yells over his shoulder as he jumps out of the car and heads toward the school building. “We have a mandatory dress rehearsal tonight. Oh and we’re hosting team dinner tomorrow. Oh and I told a few friends we could give them a ride home after school.” You sigh as you make a mental note to add “team dinner” to your ever-growing to-do list. Like any good parent, you want your kids to be involved! You want them to be well-rounded and active and a part of a team. But you also want them to keep their grades up, to focus on school, and to have some free time to just be kids. We get it. At Lonehollow, we encourage every camper to own their experience…
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Gearing Up for Today: Finding a Schedule that Works for You and Your Family

Gearing Up for Today: Finding a Schedule that Works for You and Your Family

At Lonehollow, we have the best schedule in the world. Our days are filled with kayak races and archery shootouts and our nights are filled with dance parties and carnivals. From breakfast to dinner, first period to sixth period, reveille to taps, each day is a whirlwind of playtime, laughter, and learning. And while we always strive for a little bit of spontaneity, the truth of matter is, almost everything that happens at camp is planned out from beginning to end. Why so scheduled? Because research shows that consistency matters – a lot. There’s a link between stable routines and your child’s social-emotional health. In an article titled “Why Routines Matter and How to Improve Them,” child development and family specialist Merete L. Kropp says that family routines “are important…
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Meet Our Second Term Staff!

Meet Our Second Term Staff!

Abbey Hahnel is from San Antonio and she is studying nursing at UT Health- San Antonio. Alyssa Tannous is from Cypress, TX. She graduated from the University of Houston where she majored in early childhood education. Amy Hillard is from the UK where she is majoring in childhood studies at Sheffield Hallan University. Amy Simmons is from Stephenville, TX, and she studies animal science at Tarleton State University. Alexa Gutierrez studies biomedical science at Texas A&M University. Analise Gutierrez is from San Antonio, Texas, and she studies biology at Texas A&M University. Adam Menia is from London and he studies sports science at the University of Hertfordshire. Alex Greenshields is from the UK and he studies chemical engineering at Sheffield University. Christina DeForest is from San Angelo, TX, and she studies…
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Bringing Camp Home

Bringing Camp Home

As camp comes to a close, your campers will return home with priceless memories of fun experiences, and with skills and manners applicable to everyday life. Here are some of the skills your children can continue practicing once they return home from camp. They will know how to: Keep their personal spaces organized and tidy. Keep their dirty clothes and laundry separate from clean clothing. Make their beds in the morning. Use “please” and “thank you” more often. Exhibit mealtime etiquette: Wash their hands before meals. Set the table for meals. Pass food around to the left. Try a little bit of everything before saying, “No, thank you.” Close their plates when they’re finished eating (all utensils facing 3 o’clock). Introduce themselves to new people. Write letters. Be more responsible…
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How to Respond to a Homesick Letter

How to Respond to a Homesick Letter

Overnight camp is a chance for your child to have a fun and unforgettable learning experience. You want them to write about how amazing camp has been so far, but sometimes you get a homesick letter instead. It can be difficult to console to your child in writing, but here are some tips you can use to combat this weighty feeling. First things foremost, acknowledge their feelings. Let them know you are glad they are expressing their feelings to you. Vocalizing and accepting your emotions allows you to take the proper steps to move forward from it. It’s also very beneficial that you encourage your child to speak to their cabin counselor. Counselors are a resource your child can depend on. They will listen and support your camper not only…
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Meet Our First Term Staff!

Meet Our First Term Staff!

Abbey Hahnel is from San Antonio and she is studying nursing at UT Health- San Antonio.             Alyssa Tannous is from Cypress, TX. She graduated from the University of Houston where she majored in early childhood education.             Amy Hilliard is from the UK where she is majoring in childhood studies at Sheffield Hallan University.             Amy Simmons is from Stephenville, TX, and she studies animal science at Tarleton State University.             Austin Long is from Harper, TX, and he studies history with a minor in political science at Angelo State University.             Casey O'Gorman is from Leeds, England, where he studies sport business management.…
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