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How to Respond to a Homesick Letter from Your Camper

The Sad Letter You’re anticipating with much excitement your camper’s first letter from camp. It finally arrives, and this is what it says… “I want to come home!” “It’s awful here.” “I hate everything.” “This is worse than prison.” Your Options Option #1:  Hop in your car and drive to rescue your child immediately. Option…

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Homesickness Dos & Don’ts

Resources/Related Messages for an Anxious Camper 10 Messages for a Homesick Camper Ep. 37: Tips for First-Time Camp Parents Ep. 39: How to Handle Your Camper’s Homesickness Ep. 10: Homesick & Happy with Michael Thompson Homesick & Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow, Michael Thompson Homesickness Do’s & Don’ts Do… 1.…

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The Blessing of the Least Favorite Activity

Wendy Mogel’s best selling book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, resonated with me. I can relate much of her message to camp and to my own family.   I heard Dr. Mogel speak at a camp conference several years ago, and she continues to be active in the camp community.  Many of our camp parents…

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Happy Campers: Gold Arrow Camp (Huntington Lake, CA)

Gold Arrow Camp “This year our [camp] theme is “Filling Buckets,” which I’m pretty excited about. It comes from a great children book. But the gist of it is that we all have this invisible bucket and we all have the power to fill each other’s buckets or empty each other’s buckets. And you fill…

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Happy Campers: Wilderness Adventures (U.S. & Abroad)

Wilderness Adventures “We want all of our students walking away with a sense of accomplishment. Not only from the trail, but from making new friends, from taking on new challenges, from doing things their laundry by themselves.” (Tom Holland) Tom and Catherine Holland Video of the Wilderness Adventures interview with Tom Holland Wilderness Adventures

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Happy Campers: Kennolyn Camps (Santa Cruz, CA)

Kennolyn Camps “We do have a philosophical belief that kids actually, and humans in general, have good friend making skills. What they need is coaching and practice.” (Andrew Townsend) Andrew Townsend (right) Video of the Kennolyn Camps interview with Andrew Townsend Kennolyn Camps

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Happy Campers: Camp Granite Lake (Golden, CO)

Camp Granite Lake “Our mission, our goal, is to be intrinsic to someone’s lifelong growth through their connections with nature and each other.” (Tommy Feldman) Tommy Feldman & Family Video of the Camp Granite Lake interview with Tommy Feldman Camp Granite Lake Camp Granite Lake Snowy Day Snowy day at camp! Take a look as…

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Happy Campers: Camp Deerhorn (Rhinelander, WI)

Camp Deerhorn “Every Sunday we have a ‘words of wisdom.’ It’s non-denominational, it’s just a very short talk that one of our counselors gives about something that is meaningful in their life.” (Amy Broadbridge) Amy Broadbridge & Family Video of the Camp Deerhorn interview with Amy Broadbridge Camp Deerhorn

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