Camp Arowhon

Parenting

September 23, 2013

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 […]

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September 19, 2013

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 […]

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September 11, 2013

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 […]

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September 5, 2013

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 […]

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August 26, 2013

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, […]

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August 21, 2013

Camp is silent…. almost

They say the two happiest days of a camp director’s year are the day camp starts and the day it ends. My deepest happiness yesterday – as every year on that day – is from the simple fact of sending everyone home in one piece. That they grew and learned and had a ton of […]

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August 18, 2013

What is the true meaning of summer camp?

Just before 7 this morning I was on a swim dock to test a small group of style swimmers for their Arowhon A. How important is the Arowhon A at camp? Here’s one way to know: I have my Arowhon A framed on my office wall – in Toronto. My daughter has hers on her […]

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August 9, 2013

Nova Scotia charges two teens with cyber bullying

It’s a step forward that yesterday the Nova Scotia police charged two teenage boys with cyber bullying in the tragic case of Rehteah Parsons, who died from a suicide attempt after she was horribly bullied on-line. These arrests are a start – but only a start. The media are all over the Rehteah parsons tragedy, but […]

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July 31, 2013

Letter from a Dad to a 1st time camper

Open Letter to My Daughter, the Camper, by Scott Shamberg Dear Daughter, Tomorrow you leave for overnight camp, the first time you will be away from home for more than a night and/or not under the supervision of a loving grandparent. Overnight camp is one of the true gifts of your young life — a reward, […]

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July 16, 2013

Why camp?

from the American Camp Association: http://blog.campeasy.com/post/55567098869/camp-a-19th-century-solution-to-21st-century

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