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What Colleges Want In An Applicant, And How Overnight Camp Can Help!

There was a very interesting New York Times article last week that has been making the rounds amongst our leadership team. It’s titled “What Colleges Want In An Applicant (Everything)”. It details the many frustrations of parents and high achieving students as they try to navigate the college admissions process, especially considering how hard it […]

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Super Fun Camp Evening Activities Teach Important 21st Century Skills

As a community our mission is to enrich our campers’ summers with experiences that go beyond just having fun. We try to help them learn to be more creative, more effective leaders, better problem solvers and better at working through adversity. Tonight, during our evening activities, this was on full display.

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But really, how DO you teach a group of kids to be nice to each other?

There are times when I’m talking about our summer camp community that people give me a look that says “but realistically, could your campers really that nice to each other?” Sometimes they even come out and say “just because you tell them to care about the other members of the community doesn’t mean they actually do […]

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21st century skills matter when getting a real job in the real world

It occurred to me that I didn’t write that much about this year’s staff training. It being the cornerstone of how we create summers of fun and learning for our campers, I thought that I might want to remedy this. Starting June 12th each of our coaches, teachers, activity heads and group leaders arrived for […]

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Fun at overnight camp leads to gaining crucial 21st century skills

So here’s my favorite story of the day: At breakfast this morning one of our newest, youngest campers from Westchester, NY turned to his counselor and said “I just want to go home”. The counselor was completely caught off guard by this, and with a sinking feeling in his chest gingerly asked “what do you […]

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Experts recognize summer camps help kids develop 21st century skills

Almost 10 years ago, Scott Brody, the owner/director of our brother-sister summer camp in NH, spotted a growing national trend: some of our education leaders and the heads Fortune 500 companies were starting to speak publicly about a massive skills gap in our young people. In what was a surprise to many, the issue wasn’t about our young […]

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Why Overnight Camp Is So Incredible At Helping Children Grow

Every now and then I read an article and say to myself “why did I not think to write that?!” Today was one of those days. In today’s Boston Parents Paper Lucy Norvell published a piece called “Here’s why you can sleep soundly while your kid’s at a sleepaway camp”. As I read each paragraph […]

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The crucial 8 life skills that our summer camp in NH teaches you!

I saw this really interesting article on Today.com earlier this week. It was written by Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University. For more than a decade she watched incredibly bright, accomplished young people arrive utterly unprepared for life outside of their nurturing homes. She saw some of our best former high school students go […]

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A camp counselor’s grilling clinic teaches 21st century skills at camp

Being away from home and at summer camp for 7 weeks teaches you a lot of life skills. Simply by being away from your parent(s) you become more independent, more resilient, and more responsible for your own life. One of our long-time camp counselors recently wrote this essay about how he uses something as simple […]

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Our brother-sister summer camp’s fabulous Color War

You may have noticed that there was no blog yesterday. Sadly, as Color War broke out for each of our brother-sister summer camps I was starting to not feel very well. I ended up needing to recoup for a while. Thankfully, I’m back and on my way to 100%. I also have two videos to post today. I […]

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When it rains our camp counselors host a raging dance party

Earlier in the summer I used our blog to answer an important question: so what do you guys do at your overnight camp when it rains? The short answer is that in the absence of thunder and lightning we play outside, and it’s fabulous fun. But there are moments in the summer when the sky rumbles off in […]

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