Category Archives: Columns & Features

This Is A Real Job, These Aren’t Pretend Kids

Validate and elevate the way staff members view their job.

Why is it still that I am leery to tell my relatives that I have chosen a career in camping? I presented my many summers at camp to them as a way to let loose and be silly between college semesters, a chance to live on a lake and make great friends. All of these things are true, but we need to validate and recognize the work and the importance that makes a summer camp counselor different from the ride attendant … Continue reading

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Role Reversal

Students find themselves at camp.

As soon as I discovered my school was taking a three-day camping field trip, I signed up as chaperone. Never mind that I knew very few of the kids attending and that I hadn’t been a cabin counselor in at least 15 years. This was camp. The worst day of camp is always better than the best day of school, and I took it as my mission to instill this value into my very energetic group of 11- and 12-year-olds. On … Continue reading

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Standing Out


My 9-year-old son, Sava, took a field trip to the State House in Concord, New Hampshire, with his class on Monday. Like any good parent, I asked him what he learned. “I’m the only kid without a smartphone” was his reply. Interesting civics lesson. Sava went on to describe the one-hour bus ride from Exeter to the state capital. “Everyone pulled out their smartphones and started playing games. All I had was the iPod Shuffle that Grandma gave me.” (What … Continue reading

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10 Summer Camp Professionals to Follow On Twitter


In my last piece for the Week-Ender, I provided a basic guide to maximizing your Twitter time. Now, to expand your Twitter social circle, this post features ten popular, camp-related Twitter accounts to follow. Consider checking out their followers as well–the real value of Twitter is the multiple channels and opportunities for interaction. @CampBusiness The Twitter account of Camp Business magazine, updated daily with links to articles and blog posts covering the business of summer camps and all it encompasses. … Continue reading

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Mindful Practice

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“Practice makes progress” has replaced the phrase “practice makes perfect” in the lexicon of most teachers, coaches, and camp staff members. Maybe this is a reflection of the 21st-century emphasis on authoritative parenting. Or perhaps youth leaders have become neurotic about not making youngsters themselves neurotic. It’s also possible that we are more informed than ever about what contributes to success. Rather than attaining perfection, we now understand that striving for perfection is the key to meaningful achievement in life. … Continue reading

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