American author Mitch Albom has noted, “The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” Community is a big part of camping and is a core… Read more »
Tag: summer camp 2010
Camp: The Most Fun and Biggest Extended Family You’ll Find!
Before setting off for camp, some campers and their parents wonder about how they will fit in, since it’s natural to try and imagine new experiences ahead of time. However, like most adventures, camp often turns out to be wonderful in ways that can’t be completely anticipated! If you’re still wondering about going to camp,… Read more »
What’s happening at camp right now?
How would you describe the essential elements of a summer camp? Do the adventures of spending days with peers, learning new skills, trying new activities, bonfires and skits, great counselors—all the fun of the whole experience—first come to mind? These are definitely important elements of summer camp from a camper’s perspective, but there are a… Read more »
Camp Mom — Woman of Wonder and Grace
The official end of summer has passed and kids all over the nation are back at school and I can easily imagine the hallways are still bursting over with stories of summer camp and all of its amazing experiences. Let me tell you about College Days! The fireworks over the lake on the last night!… Read more »
Everything I Learned Outside. . .
In Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv retells a moment in a restaurant when his son asked, “Dad, how come it was more fun when you were a kid?” Louv had been telling his 10-year old about how he caught crawdads by stringing bits of liver across a creek. When asked to explain, the… Read more »
Summer Camp and Child Development
“The organized summer camp is the most important step in education that America has given the world.” Charles W. Eliot, former president of Harvard University, 1922 If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that we’ve focused a lot on how much fun kids have at camp — learning new sports; spending… Read more »
If I could go back to camp. . .
Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. Wish I may, wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight. If you’re a summer camp alum, and you had some extra wishes lying around, would you use one to go back to summer camp? If you could go back today, what would you do?… Read more »
Camp Traditions Make Summers Extraordinary
Every day at summer camp is exciting and busy, but every camper can’t help but look forward to those special camp events and traditions that are unique to each camp. I still have vivid memories of our camp talent show and the wonderful skit our staff put together using a sheet, a bright flash light… Read more »
What We Learned from Camp
The shorter season camps have come to an end, and we asked parents and kids to share with us some of the lessons they learned from their first foray into summer camp. Martha and Jaden Martha was born and raised in Peru, and had no childhood experience summer camps. Last year, a family friend sent… Read more »
Bringing Tradition To Today: Making Summers Extraordinary
Every day at summer camp is exciting and busy, but every camper looks forward to those special camp events and traditions that are unique to each camp. I still have vivid memories of our camp talent show and the wonderful skit our staff put together using a sheet, a bright flash light and their own… Read more »