Why camp, now more than ever?
The radius of play for young people has shrunk to 500 feet. They are spending 5 1/2 hours a day in front of screens, and their outside time has reduced by 25% over the last 20 years…. None of which matters – unless you believe that children need the outdoors, they need direct interpersonal […]Continue
Preparing kids for college? Does camp help?
What’s Needed to Prepare Your Child for the Future? The Answer May Surprise You…. from the Huffington Post by Todd Kestin Since Junior’s birth, you’ve been socking away savings from every paycheck to ensure he has money for college. After all, that’s what responsible parents do, right? Making sure he has the education to prepare […]Continue
Kids and Friends: Who Gets to Choose?
I sent my daughter to UTS so she would hang out with smart kids and not do drugs, drink or have sex. I sent my son to Upper Canada College so he would be influenced towards better work habits and the pursuit of excellence. My daughter managed the trifecta (and then some) and my son […]Continue
Letter from a camper mom
Hi Joanne, Somehow I missed opening up one of our recent envelopes from Camp A until last evening…. out tumbled a swimming badge, some awards and an extraordinary letter from Adam Ruzzo. We know that Elliot (Schrider) is very musical and, although he only started playing guitar at the end of January, his progress has […]Continue
Why we don’t let campers sneak out at night
I’ve had a few parents calling me in the past week about campers sneaking out of their cabins at night at other camps. Apparently it’s the cool thing to do at some camps. Which makes me sad. I know what kids do when they sneak out to visit the opposite sex in the middle of […]Continue
Letter from a new 2013 Arowhon parent
BTW, one other note for Joanne and all the staff. We rented a cottage in August and each night Adam (AGE 9!!!!) built the camp fire based on what he learned at Camp Arowhon. On top of that, he also went kayaking with me for about an hour a day in separate kayaks and we […]Continue
Extra Curriculars: Whose Choice?
There was a period, during each of my children’s early adolescence, when I fantasized that they would go to Harvard. This bit of maternal foolishness was a way of expressing two things: Wow! My kids are so smart! I’m so proud of having smart kids. Yes, it does reflect on me (despite my protestations to […]Continue
A camp director’s thoughts on sexting
Sexting is bad. Our kids know – because we’ve told them – that any image they transmit over the internet will take on an uncontrollable life of its own, may go viral, and could do them irreparable and lasting harm. This is old news – so old that we need to figure out another way […]Continue
The Main Lodge is down
and the good news is…. that camp really DOES change children’s lives for the better. A new study from the University of Waterloo found as follows: WATERLOO, ON – The positive development that children and youth experience at summer camp results in sustained behavioural changes at home, school and in the community, says a new […]Continue
CBC Radio interviews Arowhon director Joanne Kates
CBC Radio did a show yesterday on the impacts of summer camp, and they interviewed me about how our campers are changed by camp. We talked about how people turn into their best selves at camp – hear the interview at www.cbc.ca/freshair But what we didn’t talk about was the sheer fun of it all. The ear-splitting yelling and cheering, […]Continue