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Everyone has talents–some obvious, some hidden. At camp, it’s easy to see who the athletes are, somewhat harder to see who the artists are, and almost impossible to see who the intellectuals are. Because enhanced self-esteem is a cornerstone outcome of most camp programs, it is worth reflecting now–post season–about the ways in which your program identifies, cultivates, and showcases talents of all types. Self-esteem, after all, is grounded in feelings of competence. And feeling good about at least one … Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Dr. Christopher Thurber is out of the country this week. This is an archived Week-Ender blog that was first published last summer. When directors invite me to camp in July, they generally have one thing in mind: Helping staff avoid the fabled “mid-summer slump.” But instead of teaching the staff crazy songs or preaching to them about the importance of their work, I preserve their stamina by changing the way they think. This change in thinking is the … Continue reading
Sure, there are anatomical differences between boys and girls, but even that apparent binary is more confusing than you might think. Indeed, about 1 percent of the young people you work with at camp were probably born intersex. As Anne Fausto-Sterling, author of Sexing the Body, writes: “While male and female stand on the extreme ends of a biological continuum, there are many bodies [...] that evidently mix together anatomical components conventionally attributed to both males and females. The implications … Continue reading
This time of year, I’m in high gear. I’ll visit 22 camps in the 35 days between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The airport lounges, rental cars and stalled traffic get old fast, but the interaction with directors and staff is endlessly invigorating. Their questions force me to think. This year, more than in any of the previous 15 seasons, I’ve responded to questions about the waterfront. Should water skiers wear helmets like the wake boarders do? Should … Continue reading
Dr. Chris Thurber shares the 10 best ways to prevent homesickness and prepare for a wonderful summer at camp. If you have something you would like to share in a Camp Business Wordless Wednesday post, please send photos or videos to Web Editor Ann Norman at firstname.lastname@example.org.