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April 24, 2020

‘This Arowhon Life’ Episode #2 – Get a “Q-TIP”!

Episode 2 – Get a “Q-TIP”! Welcome back to the Camp Arowhon podcast. For those of you just joining us for the first time, each week, we’re bringing you a new story about Camp Arowhon, to help us feel connected, inspired, and supported by our beautiful wilderness home. We’ll feature past campers and staff, explore […]

April 22, 2020

Campfire on Zoom from April 16, 2020

If you missed the campfire… or you just need to hear White Pine, Silver Birch again… or Camp Arowhon We Always Will Remember… it’s at

April 17, 2020

‘This Arowhon Life’ Episode #1 – Collaborative Problem Solving

Episode 1 – Collaborative Problem Solving We’re excited to bring you the very first episode of the BRAND NEW Camp Arowhon pod-cast. Each week, we’re going to bring you a story about Camp Arowhon – the people, the place, the culture – to help us feel connected, inspired, and supported in this time of uncertainty […]

April 6, 2020

Uh oh, Am I (still) a helicopter mom?

A month ago ago I became a grandmother. It’s as exciting and wonderful as imagined. As they say, if I’d known how much fun being a grandparent is I’d have done that before I had my kids. On the day the baby was one week old, Eli, my six-year-old grand-niece from Montreal, came to stay […]

March 2, 2020

Building Character

All over North America there are thousands of summer camps that intentionally grow childrens’ commitment to their religion. Embedded in that religious acculturation there is always character building – simply because most religions speak to the question: What is a good person and what is a moral life? For the rest of us, this raises […]

February 4, 2020

Why Summer Camp?

“Hey Dad,” my teenage daughter beckons. “I was talking to my friend today. ” I interrupt her — “Hang on sweetie, were you actually talking to your friend?’ Her: “What do you mean?” Me: “I mean, was there sound coming out of your mouth, going into her ear and vice versa?” Her: “Duh, of course […]

February 3, 2020

Bad Kid in the Cabin?

This is the time of year when the phone calls start. They usually begin in one of two ways: “I’m not a helicopter mom, but….” Or “I know we’re not supposed to disrequest certain kids, but…” And now we camp directors know what’s coming next. There’s a kid, either a kid new to our camp […]

January 6, 2020

Triangle Teens

Triangle Teens There is so much we want our kids to be. For them. Okay – maybe a little bit for us. I confess to a certain amount of unseemly pride when I could mention (casually of course) that my son was at UCC and my daughter at UTS. I’m pretty base. Parents who are […]

December 2, 2019

More bad news on teens and vaping

Last post we talked about teens vaping and then it blew up around us. The government of British Columbia freaked out and dramatically increased the tax on vaping products. They also banned the kid-friendly flavours, capped nicotine levels, and restricted vape ads. Ontario, walking down both sides of the road at once, avoided pissing off […]

November 6, 2019

Teens and Vaping

  When you think it’s finally gotten easier, you’ve got it right, parenting throws another curve. It’s always like that. Hard. Just when we thought the nicotine monster was licked, here comes Juul. And not only does it come, but e-cigarettes are believed to be causing serious, sometimes fatal, lung diseases. And we thought we […]