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 […]Continue
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 […]Continue
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 hereContinue
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 […]Continue
Life in nature….
“Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing.” ~ Henry David ThoreauContinue
Camp is a place where girls find their strength
Rachel Simmons, author of The Curse of the Good Girl and co-founder of Girls Leadership Institute, gave an interview to Camping Magazine about the opportunity for camps to grow girls’ leadership, self-confidence and voice. CLICK HERE for the interview.Continue
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 […]Continue
New-school leadership can be summed up as LBSA: Leadership By Serving Around
A former Arowhon Program Director – who grew up at camp and grew into being a great leader, emailed me the link to this Globe and Mail article on leadership, with the comment: “We were doing this at camp in 2001, Glad it’s caught on.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/leadership-lab/old-school-leadership-is-out/article15398192/Continue
The tallest tree in camp goes down
We regret to announce that camp’s sole remaining first growth white pine tree died this year. Yesterday we took it down. (It had to come down, for safety.) This year we saw the passing of two important symbols of Camp Arowhon – the tallest tree and the Main Lodge – and we are sad to […]Continue
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 […]Continue