The first summer you send your kids off to the most amazing adventure they will hold close to their hearts forever will bring many emotions. As much joy as this can bring you and them, it also brings feelings of nervousness and anxiety.
The Boston Globe recently spoke with some camp directors, their insight is spot on. They talk about how camp is a terrific, safe place for kids to try out new things. “Risk taking is what promotes growth, whether in business or in life,” says Bud Copeland, director of membership and engagement at the American Camp Association’s New England chapter.
The American Camp Association is constantly working with camp directors and their staff on improving the quality of their camp. At their latest staff training conference, they discussed friendship skills (one of our favorite topics). Their findings were amazing. The similarities that experts say is the secret to a longer life is what CAMP gives. Just to name a few:
We share so many articles that help parents and campers get ready for camp, but what about preparing to leave camp? For many campers it’s a huge transition leaving their “Happy Place” and coming home. “Camp Sick” is real! Our friends at Scary Mommy wrote an article and nailed it! We couldn’t agree more.
Camp is a magical place kids go to for the summer. They may try new adventures, meet new friends, and explore the outdoors. But the campers also go to “unplug”. Yes, the campers actually look forward to putting their phones down for the week or the entire summer.
Most overnight camps, even the ones that offer STEM or Math programs, do not allow campers to have cell phones. Same rules apply for most counselors, no phones in the bunks or on camp.
We spoke to some campers and they say they don’t even miss their phones and actually look forward to “the phone break”. It’s the parents that have a harder time not being able to communicate with their kids at any time of the day. Allowing our kids to “unplug” forces them to make new friends, enjoy their surroundings, and communicate with each other.
It’s refreshing to hear the campers welcome the “No Phone” rule and look forward to it. Read more HERE.
We have over 500 ways we can help your child “unplug. Contact The Camp Lady today!
Our friends over at Scary Mommy have written amazing articles about CAMP. From being a first-time camp parent to analyzing those daily camp photos. They recently shared tips on how to welcome home your camper and they are right on point! This article is Camp Lady APPROVED.
YES, we have all been in that “over-analyzing” state when scrolling the camp pictures at least once. Ok, maybe more than once. Today, we are sharing Meredith Gordon thoughts as she has summed up the feeling pretty well and how to overcome it.
Several times a year we read articles written by educators and health care professionals about the power of camp. We found an article that suggests that overnight camps could be better for your kids than SAT prep classes! Kids that go away to camp are away from the city, technology, and academic pressures. These kids can grow in creativity, independence and other qualities of successful people. Read the entire article HERE
We love to share camp experiences from parents that have once been campers or who are experiencing camp for the first time through their kids. Whatever their camp story, this time is truly special, you’re saying “goodbye for 7 weeks… hello memories for life”. We had to share Melissa’s story, from her own camp story to experiencing it as a parent, we couldn’t agree with her thoughts more. Check it out here. As do our campers, we truly live 10 for 2!
This is a great time of year to take advantage of the events your camp might be hosting. Most camps offer get-togethers and new camper events throughout the year so campers can get to know each other. We know everyone has busy schedules but it’s important to make the time and go. Your child doesn’t have to have a best friend right away, but having a familiar face for the bus ride can really help.
Get in touch with your camp owners and directors, they are the best resource for finding local families with new or existing campers to connect with. They are more than happy to give you the contact information. If you have a child that loves to form close relationships with adults, give your camp owner a call and they’ll come to your house. They can chat, hang out, get to know your family better, show pictures and tell camp stories. This is what they do best so let them do the work!
…this is a must read! We share so many articles that help parents and campers get ready for camp, but what about preparing to leave camp? Posted in the Huffington Post by Shira Taylor Gura, creator of the S.T.U.C.K method, she shows us how our campers feel leaving their “Happy Place”, camp! Click here to read the full article.
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