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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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June 24, 2019

Saying Goodbye to Your Campers….

A Summer Camp Lesson: Good-bye, and Go Away, Thank You Very Much Dropping a kid off for camp can test a parent’s resolve. But standing back to let a child develop autonomy is one of the most important things a parent can do. by JESSICA LAHEY in The Atlantic Three years ago, when he was […]

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June 6, 2019

5 Tips for Surviving Your Child’s First Overnight Camp Experience

In our last post we talked about how seeing our kids’ anxiety triggers an anxious response in us that can be maladaptive for them if we follow through with our gut reaction: removing the trigger, thereby preventing our kids from developing the coping skills to deal with their situation. Sending a child away to overnight […]

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May 6, 2019

Is some anxiety ok?

I’ve been working on letting go of my own feelings of despair when either of my beloved offspring is not ok. This is so hard. Appallingly challenging. My urgent need to fix it is even more compelling.Whether these feelings are built into parental DNA, or just the product of our generation of parents for whom […]

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