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December 15, 2014

Experience Summer Camp in the Wild West

All across America’s Wild West, soccer moms of the Great Plains and the blustery Northeast become fewer and farther between as rodeo moms fill the competition ring stands. As a NY Times journalist visited Utah this fall and talked to quite a few rodeo parents who firmly assert that “Riding and Wrangling Beat Virtual Adventures.” Real rewards come in... Read More

December 5, 2014

Things to Consider When Choosing an Academic Camp

Author: Audrey Van Norman works for iD Tech Camps and iD Teen Academies. When choosing an academic summer camp for your child, there are a range of factors to consider. Think about the following points, and use the questions to start a discussion with your child – after all, it’s their summer experience, and involving them in the decision... Read More

November 26, 2014

Summer Camps for the Academic Achiever

Language Summer Camps They say that learning languages staves off degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. They also say that it is much easier to learn languages as a youth than it is as an adult. No one has ever been able to figure out exactly who “they” are, but the consensus is clear – language education is intellectually and socially... Read More

November 11, 2014

What to Look for in a Kids Camp

Author: Hank Birdsong has more than 25 years of experience working with children at summer camps and with outdoor programs such as Outward Bound and Discovery. Hank provides camp with a rich background of knowledge and technical skill. Hank has served on the National Accreditation Council for the Association for Experiential Education and is an Assistant Scout Master for... Read More

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 30, 2014

Special Needs Adventure Camps: Providing Therapy in the Great Outdoors

While most summer camps are dedicated to sending their campers home with macaroni artwork and a pocketful of childhood memories, some kids need a bit more “umph” from their summer camp experience. That’s why there are intensive summer programs that offer a reality check; a support group; a test of character. Wilderness therapy programs are becoming an increasingly popular... 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