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Camp – It’s For Parents Too

I meet a lot of parents at camp and they ask a lot of questions. For the most part, they are exceedingly good parents who care deeply about their kids. Some care so much about their kids that they have pretty much given up taking care of themselves. It is especially for these good parents, and all current and potential camp parents, that I wrote this article. Camp – It’s For Parents Too The great majority of my time is spent educating parents about the benefits of camp for kids. However, there’s a vital benefit I don’t speak that much Read more…

Gregg Parker at Wazi with Parents

Summer Camp – How Long to Send My Child?

Once parents have decided on a summer camp, which isn’t always an easy task, they are faced with a new question: How long should my child attend? How many weeks is the right amount of time for camp? As times have changed in the 150 year history of New England summer camps, kids have become more scheduled and parents have become more involved in their children’s schedules. There are more demands than ever on a child’s time, including school, sports, and travel, and of course, more demands on parents (see my article “Camp. It’s for Parents Too). As a result, Read more…

Mom with questions

Why Summer Camp? So Many Reasons and a Few You Can’t Ignore

When I discuss camp with parents, many don’t know why a sleep-away summer camp is so valuable for kids. Some suggest that their children have their own summer camp at home, meaning they go to a lake house or have lots of fun stuff to do. That’s great for their kids, but they are missing the essential reasons for sleep-away summer camp – reasons that have to do with your child’s development. If you’ve ever asked “Why camp?” here’s the long and short of it. Sleep-away summer camps have been a tradition in the North East for as long as Read more…

Staff and Kids

Homesickness – The Do’s and Don’ts

Homesickness is a natural worry for parents and kids alike who are about to embark on a sleep-away camp experience. While it may be scary to imagine your child being away from home and while it may scare him or her as well, with a little preparation there are many ways to understand, alleviate, and overcome homesickness. And here’s the most important part to remember: Getting over homesickness can be one of the most empowering experiences for kids at camp, and it has lasting positive benefits. First and foremost, parents should understand that homesickness is normal. Regular homesickness is a Read more…

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