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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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How To Read Your Camper’s Mind

How To Read Your Camper’s Mind

There’s no catch-all instruction manual given out when you have kids. Every child is different. Parents can tell you this with certainty. What one child likes, the other may despise. What works as an incentive for your oldest daughter, may not work for your son or your younger daughter. The possibilities for parenting styles are endless and so is the parenting section at any bookstore. There are many great resources that offer aid from teeter-tottering toddler years to empty-nester college…

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Are You A “Jaws” Parent? Or Are You A “Toy Story” Parent?

Are You A “Jaws” Parent? Or Are You A “Toy Story” Parent?

What is your  “background music” when it comes to your child?[1] Music can have a powerful influence on how we feel and even on how we behave.  It can make us nostalgic, rev us up for fun, or relax us.   Likewise, our own memories, beliefs, self-talk, and feelings can create a sort of background music that influences our internal state and our outward behavior.  My co-author, Dr. Dan Siegel, refers to this concept as “shark music”.  Here’s how he…

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Asset of the Month: Personal Power

Asset of the Month: Personal Power

A few summers ago, an Adventurer boy came to camp; just likehe had many summers before. He greeted old friends, met his counselors and was ready for the all-camp meeting at three o’clock. He had done this before; he knew the routine of Opening Day. What he couldn’t wait to do was to make his schedule. He knew which counselors he wanted for Field Sports and Sailing and he knew you never schedule a class on the Waterfront right after…

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Asset of the Month: Achievement Motivation

Asset of the Month: Achievement Motivation

The new year is here and so are the resolutions! Whatever your resolution may be—hitting the gym, making time to appreciate the little things in life, reading more, etc.—sticking with it is going to require some motivation. Do you know someone that is continually motivated in everything they do? Do you know a student that is always motivated to do their best in school? Were you always motivated to do your best in school? Research shows young people who try…

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Asset of the Month: Positive Peer Influence

Asset of the Month: Positive Peer Influence

For more than 20 years, the Search Institute has been researching and identifying what it takes to help kids succeed. They have developed a framework of 40 external and internal developmental assets that “identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults”. We incorporate these assets throughout our programming and train our counselors extensively on the benefits of assets and how to use them in activities, cabins and around camp. Each…

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Asset of the Month: Interpersonal Competence

Asset of the Month: Interpersonal Competence

For more than 20 years, theSearch Institute has been researching and identifying what it takes to help kids succeed. They have developed a framework of40 external and internal developmental assets that “identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults”. We incorporate these assets throughout our programming and train our counselors extensively on the benefits of assets and how to use them in activities, cabins and around camp. Each month, we…

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Asset of the Month: Caring Neighborhood

Asset of the Month: Caring Neighborhood

For more than 20 years, the Search Institute has been researching and identifying what it takes to help kids succeed. They have developed a framework of 40 external and internal developmental assets that “identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults”. We incorporate these assets throughout our programming and train our counselors extensively on the benefits of assets and how to use them in activities, cabins and around…

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Revising Our Maps

Revising Our Maps

I was recently interviewed about how I attempt to balance my personal and professional life.  At first I found this to be a challenging question because I often feel unbalanced. But as I started talking, what I kept finding myself saying in many ways, in different words, was that I’m constantly “revising my map.” What I meant by that is that I have a sense of direction of what works, how to get where I need to go, and how…

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