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Happy Campers:
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

Happy Campers Book, Audrey Monke

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Showcases Amazing Benefits Of Camp Life

"The amazing benefits of camp can be nurtured beyond the summer months. This wonderful book puts it right in your hands."

Brooke Cheley-Klebe, Owner/Director of Cheley Colorado Camps

Happy Campers Book Reviews
5.0
2019-03-25T12:44:28-07:00

Brooke Cheley-Klebe, Owner/Director of Cheley Colorado Camps

"The amazing benefits of camp can be nurtured beyond the summer months. This wonderful book puts it right in your hands."

Parents Can Learn So Much From Audrey’s Thoughtful Counsel

"Audrey Monke has spent decades refining the art of growing happy campers.  All her experiences tell her that what kids learn at camp translates into successful lives and futures.  In this book, she backs up her anecdotal information with research. Children are transformed by camp, and parents can learn so much from Audrey’s thoughtful counsel on how to translate camp to home—how to encourage positive transformation all year round.  Happy Campers is a must read for all parents—those who send their children to camp and those who should."

Harriet Lowe, Editor-in-Chief of Camping Magazine

Happy Campers Book Reviews
5.0
2019-03-25T12:46:33-07:00

Harriet Lowe, Editor-in-Chief of Camping Magazine

"Audrey Monke has spent decades refining the art of growing happy campers.  All her experiences tell her that what kids learn at camp translates into successful lives and futures.  In this book, she backs up her anecdotal information with research. Children are transformed by camp, and parents can learn so much from Audrey’s thoughtful counsel on how to translate camp to home—how to encourage positive transformation all year round.  Happy Campers is a must read for all parents—those who send their children to camp and those who should."

Practical And Easy To Apply Techniques For Parents

"Combining personal parenting experience with over thirty years of owning and operating a top-notch sleep-away summer camp. Audrey has come up with practical and easy to apply techniques for parents to bring the beauties of the sleep-away camp experience into their own families. Presenting 9 secrets to successful parenting with specific examples of what works and what doesn't makes this an invaluable tool for any family that will help in the raising of happy and healthy adults. As a long-time camp owner/director myself, I found Audrey's book an easy to read and use resource for anyone working with young people, either in a job or as a parent. I thought I knew a lot about parenting and raising young people, but Audrey opened my eyes to many new and useful ideas."

Steve Proulx, Co-Owner/Director, Carmel Valley Tennis Camp

Happy Campers Book Reviews
5.0
2019-03-25T12:48:12-07:00

Steve Proulx, Co-Owner/Director, Carmel Valley Tennis Camp

"Combining personal parenting experience with over thirty years of owning and operating a top-notch sleep-away summer camp. Audrey has come up with practical and easy to apply techniques for parents to bring the beauties of the sleep-away camp experience into their own families. Presenting 9 secrets to successful parenting with specific examples of what works and what doesn't makes this an invaluable tool for any family that will help in the raising of happy and healthy adults. As a long-time camp owner/director myself, I found Audrey's book an easy to read and use resource for anyone working with young people, either in a job or as a parent. I thought I knew a lot about parenting and raising young people, but Audrey opened my eyes to many new and useful ideas."

Very Practical And Impactful Lessons

"Audrey has taken her many years of experience as an educator, researcher, camp owner, and parent and distilled what she has learned into some very practical and impactful lessons that parents can use to create happier, stronger children and families. I have taken lessons from Happy Campers and applied them to my camp and my parenting."

Jeff Gamble, Owner/Director of Jefunira Camp

Happy Campers Book Reviews
5.0
2019-03-25T12:49:47-07:00

Jeff Gamble, Owner/Director of Jefunira Camp

"Audrey has taken her many years of experience as an educator, researcher, camp owner, and parent and distilled what she has learned into some very practical and impactful lessons that parents can use to create happier, stronger children and families. I have taken lessons from Happy Campers and applied them to my camp and my parenting."

A treasure chest of experience and wisdom

“In Happy Campers, Audrey amplifies her own significant ‘dent in the universe’ by not only highlighting the positive life-shaping impact of the quality summer camp experience, but also providing parents with a treasure chest of tools to bring that growth into their own homes. Drawing on her extensive experience and wisdom, as well as that of other youth development professionals, Audrey offers counsel and activities to cultivate greater connection and competence in our children.”

-Sara Kuljis, Owner/Director, Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp & Emerald Cove Day Camp

Happy Campers Book Reviews
5.0
2019-03-25T12:35:51-07:00

-Sara Kuljis, Owner/Director, Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp & Emerald Cove Day Camp

“In Happy Campers, Audrey amplifies her own significant ‘dent in the universe’ by not only highlighting the positive life-shaping impact of the quality summer camp experience, but also providing parents with a treasure chest of tools to bring that growth into their own homes. Drawing on her extensive experience and wisdom, as well as that of other youth development professionals, Audrey offers counsel and activities to cultivate greater connection and competence in our children.”
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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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