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October 30, 2014

Summer Camp Helps Push Kids through Growing Pains

Humorous author and valued conduit between teen and parent, Rachel Veil has written a witty and insightful column for the Washington Post on “Five Things Adults Get Wrong About Their Teenage Kids“. During the horrible moments of disrespect and selfishness, Veil reminds us that our kids won’t always be like this: “He is not simply his best self or his... Read More

October 17, 2014

Summer Camp Helps Teens Manage Anxiety

According to a recent article on Fox.com, teen anxiety from social and digital media is a growing concern as kids connect more and more through virtual portals. The article refers to two separate studies indicating that “social media can actually make you feel bad about yourself.” One study from the University of Michigan cites a correlation between the amount... Read More

September 6, 2014

Summer Camp Food: It’s More Than the Late-night S’mores

Wouldn’t it be revolutionary if your kids wanted to help with dinner (and could actually whip up more than spaghetti)? As our society becomes more food-conscious, summer camps around the country are acknowledging a tangible shift in priorities. A NY Times article cites a 2011 survey by the American Camp Association that 34% of its members have added gardening... Read More

August 29, 2014

The Debate over Summer Preparations: Sunny Side and Structured at Camp or Free Range

Summer pecking away at your sanity? Camp is not just for the kids Many parents want to offer kids an unstructured summer and more family time in lieu of a structured summer camp. One such parent is New York Times mom-blogger KJ Dell’Antonia, who published a debate with fellow columnist and summer camp advocate Bruce Feiler. Yet inevitably, sometime... Read More

August 15, 2014

How Summer Camps are Changing the World

At some point, a common thought has crossed the minds of all those who’ve spent a childhood summer at camp: the world would be a little brighter if life were a bit more like summer camp. Some organizations have taken this whimsical fancy to heart and are using summer camp as a vehicle for broader change in the world.... Read More

July 28, 2014

USNews.com Reports on How Summer Vacation can be a Time for Self Discovery

USNews.com published a June article emphasizing the importance of high schoolers using summer vacation as a time for self-discovery and pursuit of academic and professional interests. According to the article, summer offers a framework for low-stress exploration of activities, colleges, and careers through a couple of different avenues: Experts support educational camps and college prep programs as beneficial summer... Read More

June 19, 2014

New Studies Indicate that Kids Need More Sleep

NPR (National Public Radio) printed an article highlighting two studies regarding a correlation between sleep deprivation and depression in teens: “The teenage years are a tumultuous time, with about 11 percent developing depression by age 18. Lack of sleep may increase teenagers’ risk of depression, two studies say.” The two studies are from University of Texas Health Science Center... Read More

May 20, 2014

The Benefits of Science and and Technology Summer Camp

In February 2014, 60 Minutes hosted a special on three remarkable kids. This blog discusses one of them – Jack Andraka – and his incredible feats in the medical health profession. His success comes from a variety of support systems, many of which speak to the benefits of summer camp. Camp is Great for Scientific Exploration, but Support Starts... Read More

May 1, 2014

Contributions Parents Can Make Towards Their Children’s Well-Being

In part of her series on “Parenting for Success,” Forbes Magazine author Kathy Caprino recently published an article on nine key contributions parents can make towards their children’s personal and social well-being. The article itself is quite informative, and many of the values she outlines can be supported by the activities, staff, and environment unique to summer camp. Find... Read More

April 28, 2014

How Music Beneficially Correlates with Moods

A recent article posted on healthychildren.org details the many ways in which music beneficially correlates with moods. The article highlights examples like military marches to instill confidence and courage, shopping malls to pump up consumer enthusiasm, and setting lessons to song to encourage stress free memorization in the classroom. The Calming Influence of Music The article cites a series... Read More