Category Archives: Oct 04

Back to Nature

As sure as the outdoors, that’s what camp has traditionally been about. But as times have changed, so have campers’ interests. The camp professionals we spoke with — from Oregon, Texas, California and the Midwest — all noted a trend back to outdoor enthusiasm. Related Article: Bucking The Trend Related Article: Confronting Bullying And it’s not just the “extreme” sports getting the campers’ attention these days. Back-to-basics wilderness tripping, backpacking and skills have made a comeback. “Interestingly enough, we put … Continue reading

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Confronting Bullying

The language kids are exposed to on sitcom re-runs every day at 5 p.m. would make the toughest camp director blush just 30 years ago (most kids did not talk like they do on That ’70s Show in the 1970s). And when kids pack for camp they bring that behavior with them. Related Article: Bucking The Trend Related Article: Back To Nature Perhaps the single biggest behavioral problem facing today’s camp is bullying. The factors that contribute are many, from … Continue reading

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Bucking the Trend

In a recent editorial in The Wall Street Journal, Tunku Varadarajan writes, “Today… camp is designed as a break for children from parents. As the latter tribe grows more insufferably aspirational with every generation, kids are getting pummeled by parental ambition. They’re overscheduled, over-tended and, frankly, over-parented. Camp, at least for a few weeks, helps them escape from it all.” Amen? Camps, particularly more traditional ones with programmatic variety, are biased about the value of the experience they offer in … Continue reading

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