9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults
“HAPPY CAMPERS–full of practical and powerful tools that parents can immediately put into practice–lights a path to help parents nurture a culture of connection in our homes…to help our children become their best selves.”
—Tina Payne Bryson, Ph. D., LCSW, and New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole-Brain Child and The Yes Brain
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-Jon Gordon, best selling author of The Energy Bus and The Power of a Positive Team
-Steve Baskin, Owner/Director of Camp Champions, Psychology Today writer, and TEDx Speaker
-Signe Whitson, Author and International Educator on Bullying Prevention
-Tom Rosenberg, President/CEO, American Camp Association
-Mike Endres, Director Camp Chippewa Foundation and Educator, M.Ed.
-Catherine Pearlman, PhD, LCSW and author of Ignore It!: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction
-Shasta Nelson, Author of Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness
-Amy Broadbridge, Director, Camp Deerhorn
Brooke Cheley-Klebe, Owner/Director of Cheley Colorado Camps
Harriet Lowe, Editor-in-Chief of Camping Magazine
Steve Proulx, Co-Owner/Director, Carmel Valley Tennis Camp
Jeff Gamble, Owner/Director of Jefunira Camp
-Sara Kuljis, Owner/Director, Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp & Emerald Cove Day Camp
about the book
Why are kids more optimistic, resilient, independent, and competent
after just a few weeks at summer camp?
Why do they feel less depressed, anxious, and disconnected at camp than they do anywhere else?
Why are so many campers heartbroken when it’s time to go home?
Veteran summer camp director Audrey “Sunshine” Monke, psychologist and parenting expert, shares what she’s learned from three decades of creating a summer camp that kids call their “happy place” and “second home,” a culture where research has proven kids become happier while gaining important social and emotional skills in just two weeks.
Based on thousands of interactions with campers, camp counselors, and parents, and on academic research in positive psychology, Happy Campers introduces a framework of intentional strategies to help parents create the same kind of transformational culture that kids experience at camp. Instead of raising a generation of kids who are overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and unable to function as independent and responsible adults, parents can create an environment at home that promotes the growth of important character traits and social skills that kids need in order to have meaningful and successful lives. Complete with specific ideas to implement these summer camp secrets at home, Happy Campers is a one-of-a-kind resource for parents wanting to raise happy, socially intelligent, successful kids.
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