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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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June 19, 2013

Why French Kids Don’t Have ADHD

A provocative article on the Psychology Today blog investigates why in France, there is almost no ADHD. Read the article HERE

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June 14, 2013

Failure: The New Success

 by Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character Kids need a combination of autonomy and support, and it’s often difficult for them to get this at home or at school. It’s a hard balance to strike for any parent or any teacher. Parents are sometimes so wrapped […]

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June 7, 2013

Kids and Guns

 Guns ‘n’ Kids by Joanne Kates In May, in Virginia, two Grade Two boys were suspended from school for making shooting noises while pointing pencils at each other. This they think will stop gun violence in America. The teacher knew the boys were play fighting, and identified their play as pernicious because they have a zero […]

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May 28, 2013

A different perspective on bullying

by Joanne Kates The media are all over the Rehteah Parsons tragedy, but it’s a conversation utterly lacking in depth. The proposed legislation – against transmitting intimate images – is a lousy little band-aid on a festering sore. Rehteah Parsons died because of bullying. The Internet does not create bullying. It just makes the cruelty […]

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May 2, 2013

Girl Power Arowhon Style

Before being a camp director, I was a journalist for 20 years. During that time, as well as being restaurant critic for The Globe and Mail, I wrote columns reflecting on life… I wrote the Hers column for the New York Times and years ago wrote a regular personal column for The Globe and Mail. […]

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