Category Archives: Writers

Ain’t Misbehavin’–On Purpose

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

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Boys Will Be Girls…And Girls Will Be Boys

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

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Doubt It or Drill It?

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

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10 Tips To Get Ready For Camp

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

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Letter On Closing Day

Dear Mom and Dad, I know that I was nervous about camp when you dropped me off, but now I don’t want to leave. I’ve had the most amazing time here! I love this place! Could you please pay for me to stay a little longer, and pick me up at the end of the summer? That would be awesome! The thing I love most about camp is that I get to be myself here. At school and in our … Continue reading

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