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 […]
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 […]
When you are a part of our summer camp community, your camp friends are everywhere! No matter where you go there’s a good chance you’ll see a friend you made during your 7 weeks at our brother-sister summer camp in NH.
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 […]
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 […]
Dr. Michael Thompson, consulting child psychologist at our brother/sister summer camp in New Hampshire, recently shared this excellent piece in the New York Times titled “Seven Ways Parents Can Help 13-Year-Olds Start Their Social Media Lives Right”. This information is incredibly important, since, according to the Pew Research Center, 57% of 13- and 14-year olds […]
The other day Scott forwarded me an article about a group of teenagers in London who intentionally unplugged from the world of mobile phones and apps for a week. The results were incredibly telling.
Over the past few years Scott and I have written a lot about how our summer camp in NH is an amazing place for children to develop their 21st century skills. It’s a core component of what we teach during our 7-week camp season. Like all summer camps we want our children to have fun and […]
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 […]
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 […]
I’ve written more than once this summer that at its core our overnight camp in NH is about helping our campers be their best selves. That was evident in just about every moment of today. This was our 5th Saturday of the summer, which is when we host our annual music festival called Hollowpallooza. It’s one […]
Let’s be real: winning is usually more fun than losing. Our campers participate in a whole lot of traveling team sports tournaments during the summer, and it would be great if they won every single game and match, but that’s not particularly realistic. We often play in tournaments with seven or eight camps, and one […]
I spent a lot of my day asking campers questions about their summers. It helps give me lots of individual data points about life here, and also helps me gets a sense of how the entire community feels about life at our brother-sister overnight camp. This year one of the responses I have heard most […]
On this 4th Saturday of the summer our brother-sister summer camps slept in. We like to let our campers and counselors recharge their batteries on the weekend, so everyone slept an hour late.