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  • February 22, 2018

    Getting Through to Tough Boys

    An excerpt from Arowhon Head Counsellor Jonny Reed’s recent article on #Metoo and teenage boy culture. This perfectly reflects Jonny’s (and Arowhon’s) approach to mentoring young men. Worth a read for everyone with a boy in their life. “In the three months since the rise of #MeToo, I’ve seen an upswing in the conversation about […]

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  • May 11, 2016

    What We REALLY Learn from Activities at Camp

               By Jonathan Newman             In August of 2011, I stood in the middle of the Main Lodge and looked out at the crowd of around 500 campers and staff. My heart was pounding through my chest and my palms were drenched in sweat. It was […]

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  • May 5, 2016

    Homesick AND Happy

    Now is the moment of the great Canadian camp jitters. Kids who’ve signed up for camp for the first time are having their oh no, this is REAL moment. Their stomachs plummet like an elevator in free-fall, as the warm weather and the deluge of camp emails make the reality of camp sink in. Some […]

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  • November 11, 2015

    Defining “Bullying”

    By: Mara Kates, Assistant Director “Bully” has been the buzz word amongst parents and people who work with young people for the past few years now. And it’s great that we are so aware of our kids’ social and emotional well-being. And it’s great that we’re teaching kids that it’s ok to reach out and […]

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  • June 1, 2015

    Why is camp so good for kids?

    I love my iPhone. I fondle it. I can’t seem to tolerate a nano-second without its electronic stimulation, so in lineups (waiting to pay for almost anything) or even the most minuscule of downtimes, I’m on my cherished device. Sound familiar? And we’re immigrants to the internet. Imagine how much more addictive it is for […]

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  • November 5, 2014

    They Know What We Show

    One of the most common phrases you hear during Arowhon’s pre-camp staff training is “They know what we show.” You can tell a kid 19 times not to do something but if they see their beloved counsellor doing it you can be sure they’re going to want to try it. This has become a relatively […]

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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 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 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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  • January 31, 2014

    Keeping teens safe on-line

    There’s a lot of talk about how vulnerable teens are on-line, and as parents we tend to respond to our worries about that as per usual, with a lecture about the perils of the internet. But, also as per usual, the lectures are pretty much guaranteed to be ineffectual. This is for two reasons: One, […]

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