Category Archives for Camp

Why do parents send their kids to summer camp?

Camp-Related Posts/Podcast Episodes Happy Campers Interview Series with Camp Directors 100 Questions About Summer Camp Ep. 74: Why Summer Camp? 5 Essential Summer Camp Packing Tips Every Parent Should Know 5 Fun Ideas for Letters to Campers What’s the Best Age for Camp? Ep. 32: Benefits of Summer Camp for Teens 10 Messages for a…

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100 Questions About Summer Camp

Over my three decades as a summer camp director, I’ve been asked thousands of questions about camp from parents, campers, and young adult counselors. Much of my research, writing, podcast topics, and speaking has emerged from these questions. Do you have a question about summer camp? Send me an email message, comment on this post,…

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Ep. 52: 9 Ways to Help Kids Process Summer Camp and Other Experiences

In Episode 52, Sara Kuljis and I chat about ways to help our kids process experiences. The ideas work for post-summer camp debriefing but also for our kids’ other adventures and experiences. Sara is a 20-year veteran camp director and parenting trainer who has great insights and ideas about parenting and counseling kids. Sara, with her…

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Ep. 47: Experienced Campers Talk about their Camp Experiences

For this episode of the Podcast, I talked with five 17-year-old Junior Counselors who’ve been going to camp for a long time: Will (10th year); Jackson (7th year); Caroline (7th year); Blake (6th year); and Quinn (3rd year). Below are some quotes from our talk. How have you changed or grown because of your time…

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Ep. 46: #CampKindnessDay with Tom Rosenberg

Camp is a place where we can be very positive and very intentional about teaching kindness and why it matters. -Tom Rosenberg In Episode 46, I chat with Tom Rosenberg, CEO of the American Camp Association about summer camp, accreditation, and #CampKindnessDay (July 24, 2018). Tom’s Bio Tom Rosenberg has a distinguished career in the…

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Why Summer Camp May be the Secret to a Longer Life

Last week, during my training with camp staff about friendship skills, I showed them this video: I then asked our staff to share what similarities they found between summer camp and the small village in Sardinia Pinker describes in her TED Talk.  They came up with these ideas: We live together in close quarters, sharing…

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Ep. 39: How to Handle Your Camper’s Homesickness

In Episode 39, Sara Kuljis (of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp) and I continue our conversations and advice for parents new to the overnight camp experience. In Episode 37, we talked about how to prepare yourself and your camper for overnight summer camp. In this episode, we talk about preventing homesickness…

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Ep. 37: How to Prepare for Overnight Summer Camp

You can watch us on video if you’d prefer to see our video chat instead of listening to the podcast: In Episode 37, Sara Kuljis (of Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp and Emerald Cove Day Camp), and I share tips and ideas for parents sending kids to overnight camp for the first time. Camp Preparation Topics…

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Ep. 32: 10 Benefits of Summer Camp for Teens

It’s those deep relationships that are formed at summer camp that really have a dramatic influence on them. -Stephen Gray Wallace In Episode 32, I’m talking with Stephen Gray Wallace about his recent article for Teen Life : 10 Reasons Why High School Students Will Get a Lot from Summer Camp. Adolescents’ Three Primary Developmental Tasks Forming an…

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