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Transitioning from a child-care center to day camp

Gretchen Carlson
Parents are faced with countless options when it comes to planning summer activities for their families. The goal, of course, is to select activities that are fun and meaningful.  Camp presents a new series of opportunities for kids to stretch themselves by learning new skills, exploring the outdoors, and testing their independence. Starting summer camp means moving toward more consistently active and thoughtful kid-centered programming. Parents of young children need to decide...

It's okay to leave your friends at home

Rob & Bob Wipfler
Being home alone did not work out so well for Macaulay Culkin. He should have gone to camp alone instead. One of the greatest benefits of the camp experience is the opportunity for a child to make lasting friendships in a new and different environment. For children to take advantage, it is best if camp is not a gathering of friends from home, sharing the same cabins and choosing the same schedules. Going to camp with friends can prevent a child from fully acclimating to camp life...

How to make opening day at camp great

Carrie Kashawlic & Margaret Price
Summer camp is a wonderful adventure for campers. But sending kids to camp requires a leap of faith from parents who are leaving their child with camp counselors for two weeks. It is important to know that camp staff are screened and train extensively before campers arrive. Most camps require an application, references, interview, and criminal background check including a check of the sex-offender registry, and after that, a week, sometimes two, of on-site pre-camp training. Staff is...

The amazing ‘secret menu’ camps don’t advertise

Emily Golinsky
Camp directors work hard to portray the benefits their camp can provide to children. Camp offers the opportunity to make friends, to experience the outdoors, to “just be a kid” for a little while, to learn a hobby or sport…the list goes on and on. It’s printed on the brochure, posted on the website, talked about during introductory visits. But what stretches the list even further is the intangible and often unanticipated “gifts of learning” that...

Resilience, self-confidence and s’mores

Karen Provost & Melissa Mason
Independence, self-confidence and resilience are all hot topics in the world of child development today. According to research by the American Camp Association, a positive camp experience can help a child become more independent and responsible, develop greater confidence, and grow resilient in addition to learning leadership, social and communication skills, and all while having fun. What can parents do to ensure their child derives the maximum benefit from their camp experience? View...
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