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May 1, 2014

How Parenting Changes Us!

When we talk about parenting – which of course we parents do ad nauseum – we talk about the kids. When we do talk about ourselves – which is rare – it’s pretty much always about us only insofar as we bounce off them, for better or for worse. They did this, so I…. But […]

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April 22, 2014

What do DisneyWorld, Zappos and Camp Arowhon have in common?

I heard a radio documentary about training incredible staff. They talked about the superb staff at DisneyWorld, and how Disney’s staff training is the best there is – Every single staff comes out of that training living the Disney ideals (like that or not). They also talked about Zappos, the internet clothes and shoes giant. […]

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April 16, 2014

How do Bunk Notes Work?

Ever wondered how Bunk Notes work? Find out from Camp Director Joanne Kates HERE

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April 8, 2014

10 Reasons Why Businesses Should Hire Former Camp Counselors

From the American Camp Association, by Anne Archer Yetsko: When I speak with friends who work in other industries, I always tell them that if you have an applicant who has been a camp counselor and has a positive reference from that camp, they should move to the top of that pile of applications that […]

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February 13, 2014

Why tell camp the hard stuff about your child?

As a mother, I always shrunk from telling people what’s challenging or difficult about my children. Even now that they’re young adults, I desperately want everyone to see them as positively as I do. That’s normal for parents. Which can make filling out the camp forms tough. Do you REALLY have to tell camp about […]

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February 11, 2014

The magic of listening

I had a meeting with this kid the other day. I say kid because he’s 17 and he goes to high school. But out of this kid’s mouth came wisdom that I wish to hear from grownups. We were meeting because I interview all our returning staff every winter, to celebrate their successes and agree […]

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December 20, 2013

How can parents grow resourceful children? The role of failure is….

Sometimes kids allow their fear of failure to prevent them from taking on challenges… Some wise words on helping kids get through/past their fear of failure are here

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November 28, 2013

Letter from a Camp Arowhon staff

  There’s something special about Arowhon that’s really hard to put into words until you experience it. The summer I chose to come to Arowhon I had a few different job options to consider, but I picked Arowhon. I had an incredible summer, and each one following has been even better. Clearly, I love the […]

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November 7, 2013

In Homesick and Happy, Michael Thompson writes about a study where people were asked about their happiest childhood memory; more than 80 percent name a parent-free moment.

My Daughter Went Away to Camp and Changed By John Dickerson Children in summer camp can be their essential selves, not worrying about how their parents might react. Photo by Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images When I look at my phone, I see my daughter leaving for camp on my home screen. She stands at the bottom […]

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October 16, 2013

How to choose a summer camp

The American Camp Association has great advice on it. See http://www.campparents.org/campvisits

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