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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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April 7, 2014

Regulating Emotions – a Life Skill our kids need

Regulating emotions is a dry expression used by psychological professionals to describe being able to calm down and not freak out for too long when you’re upset. It’s the difference between a five minute cry over a boo-boo (physical or emotional) and an hour-long drama. Nobody likes the latter. When grownups do it, it’s appalling […]

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April 3, 2014

Sharing Arowhon’s Social Safety Tool Kit With Other Camps

Hi Joanne, I hope you are great. I wanted to share with you that last week while attending a meeting of my colleagues from the other Reform camps, we were asked to share one ‘big idea’ from our camp for a friendly ‘big ideas competition’. I chose to share the Sociogram and the system we […]

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March 31, 2014

New research on perils of protective parenting

Do we over-protect our kids – at great cost to them? The Atlantic magazine has a superb new article on how over-protecting our kids actually harms them. The article is HERE

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March 3, 2014

What Parents Need Most: Optimism!

Optimism is the prime directive of parenting. The late Gilda Radner said it better: “Motherhood is still the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary – it’s an act of infinite optimism.” It’s kind of like being Torontonian in March. We know the crocuses will bloom. We […]

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February 24, 2014

Girl Power Grows at Camp

Girls and Leadership, an interview with Rachel Simmons Simmons is author of The Curse of the Good Girl and co-founder of Girls Leadership Institute, recently wrote an opinion piece for CNN.com about the reluctance many girls feel toward leadership roles. She argues that in order to take advantage of the access they now have to […]

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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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February 5, 2014

Note from a former Arowhon staff

Hey Jo, I am currently at a training conference for new managers at KPMG and just wanted to share a few things with you. I am sure that Pre camp and the training you do has evolved since I left, but I am just blown away by how well prepared I am for the sessions […]

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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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December 5, 2013

Working at Camp IS a Real Job

10 Reasons Why Businesses Should Hire Former Camp Counselors By: Anne Archer  Yetsko, Associate Director of Camp Merri-Mac in Black Mountain, North Carolina A good communicator: Camp counselors have to be able to communicate well with children, parents, coworkers, and superiors. This is different from any other job because parents leave the most valuable thing in […]

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