Resilience

Resilience

re·sil·ience | rəˈzilyəns | noun | 1.the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Camp has this incredible way of impacting so many people in so many different ways. When campers think they are spending the summer simply having fun, they often…

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The Value of Communal Living at a Young Age

The Value of Communal Living at a Young Age

We’ve all heard horror stories of not-so-great college roommates; the ones who are dirty, irresponsible, rude or have no self-awareness. It raises the question, if these people would have been exposed to more communal living experiences growing up, would they be better…

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That’s So Camp!

That’s So Camp!

According to the American Camp Association, there are about 8,400 overnight camps in the United States. With that many camps, there are obviously numerous differences between one camp and the next. Some camps have lakes while others have a pool; there are full…

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Being Kinder Than Necessary at Camp

Being Kinder Than Necessary at Camp

Being nice to others; such a simple act, yet many struggle with it. How often do you hold the door for a stranger, do a favor for someone without a prompt, or give out a compliment just to make a person’s day?…

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Learning to Lead

Learning to Lead

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others” – John Quincy Adams From the moment you wake up at camp until the moment you fall asleep, you have countless opportunities to inspire, encourage, support,…

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The Beauty of Camp

The Beauty of Camp

Chelsea takes the subway to school every morning. Justin spends his weekends hanging out downtown with his buddies. Evan can walk to movie theaters, restaurants and museums from the apartment where he lives. These city kids spend most of their year surrounded…

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The Impact of Camp Friends

The Impact of Camp Friends

Salmon Rushdie once said “Friendships are the family we make – not the ones we inherit.” Mr. Rushdie must have been a camper because no quote better epitomizes the relationship between camp friends. As anyone who went to camp knows, camp friends…

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I Return to Camp Because…

I Return to Camp Because…

My older brother started going to camp when he was younger, and I remember picking him up at the end of each summer and being so excited to hear all about his experience. I was beyond excited when it was finally my…

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