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Why I Chose Summer Camp

Caroline Catlin | Posted 07.23.2015 | College
Caroline Catlin

They've taught me about choosing joy over hardship, about embracing my own silliness, about how to work on things I needed to work on to in order to become the person I want to be. And most of all, perhaps, they've taught me to treasure the magic of small moments.

Empowering Youth in Child Welfare and Foster Care Through the Gift of Sleep-Away Camp

Bill Baccaglini | Posted 07.23.2015 | New York
Bill Baccaglini

Many readers have experienced the magic of summer camp--days spent basking in the sun, swimming and splashing around the pool or lake, playing sports,...

When My Son Went to Camp

Louise Chapman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Parents
Louise Chapman

As soon as we dropped off our oldest son at his first-time camp experience, I felt uneasy. Did we make the right decision encouraging him to go? Why didn't we ask a friend to go with him? Would he tell someone if he was lonely? What if he needed me?

Why You Should Go to Camp for as Long as You Can

Jilly Rolnick | Posted 07.15.2015 | Teen
Jilly Rolnick

I know a lot of my friends will be doing internships this summer, working odd jobs, going to summer school, or doing community service. They probably think I'm a little too old to be going away to summer camp to dress up in funny costumes and make friendship bracelets... again.

Children's Grief Camp: Sharing Grief, Finding Hope

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Fredda Wasserman

The growth and transformation witnessed in these 48 hours is a testament to the value of having a safe place where grief is not taboo. As the campers performed their "grief skits" in front of their family members on Sunday afternoon, a sense of gratitude and understanding abounded.

Prepping For Summer Camp: Packing Tips and Lunch Ideas

Anjali Varma | Posted 07.10.2015 | Parents
Anjali Varma

Summer time means summer camp! Often times the prep for summer camp differs from the day to day school routine. In this video I share tips on what to pack, how to get your kids out the door on time, and fun and creative ideas for packing snacks and lunch for summer camp.

Sleepaway Camp Is Good For Kids and Parents

Erica Diamond | Posted 07.08.2015 | Parents
Erica Diamond

Last week, I sent my boys off to sleepaway camp, together, for the first time. The people I have bumped into have asked me, "So? How does it feel to have both your kids gone for the first time?" My answer? "On a scale of 1-10... 1,000,000!"

You Can't Argue Love... Can You?

Tammy Letherer | Posted 07.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tammy Letherer

Driving away from a secluded summer camp deep in Michigan's Huron Forest, I am seized by fear. I just dropped my 10-year-old daughter off for two week...

A Teen Parent's Spiritual Take Away From Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Ingrid Peschke

Inside Out makes it clear that there are a lot of mixed emotions children feel, not all of them easily sorted out. As a parent, the movie's message to me was how important my job is to listen to my kids, guide them, acknowledge their feelings, and, above all, honor their spiritual understanding that they can always "come home" to.

I Want To Go To Summer Camp Too

Shannon Wrzesinski | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Shannon Wrzesinski

I have been on all ends of the summer camping experience. A camper at Girl Scout camps growing up, a camp counselor at two YMCA camps during college, and now a parent sending my own sons off to camp.

The Power of the Camp Song

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

My mother's camp songs were my lullabies. I could sing about the green and white teams and the canoes on Lake Thompson before I even knew the words to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."

Children Should Create Before They Code

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

Raise your hand if you've received at least one email advertising a coding camp for your child. Keep it up if you have considered it. I have.

Time to Send Your Child to Sleepaway Camp? How to Choose a Camp and Prepare Your Child

Ingrid Prueher | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
Ingrid Prueher

Sleepaway camp can offer incredible growth opportunities for children--they can gain independence and self-confidence, adjust to new, real-life situations, experience new environments and activities, and make new friends.

Summer: A Time for Fun and Learning!

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

Lazy days of summer should be filled with LOTS of relaxation, exploring and conversations as well as some reading, writing, math and projects. Always keeping in mind to value freedom and less structure for your children.

We're Not Doing Anything This Summer -- And I'm Totally OK With That

Lori Ferraro | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Lori Ferraro

We are one week into summer vacation, and I've joined forces with a few other working moms who have semi-flexible schedules to give our kids one of those old-school, no-agenda, bike-riding, running-through-sprinklers, free-for-all, popsicle-eating-'til-there's-a-ring-of-red-around-your-mouth summer vacations.

Off To Camp

Adina Ciment | Posted 06.11.2015 | Parents
Adina Ciment

I can prepare her all I want, but once she's out there, well, there's no telling what she'll do. And that's OK. Because even though I'm creating this guise of concern for her hygiene and education, I'm actually much more interested in seeing a smile on her face.

How To Choose The Right Summer Camp

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 06.11.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Summer vacation has started for many schools, and others will be ending soon. It's not too late to sign your child up for summer camp!

34 Life Lessons You Learn At Jewish Summer Camp

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion

Cult classic "Wet Hot American Summer" gets a few things about Jewish summer camp gloriously wrong: Campers are generally not left to drown in the lak...

Camp Is For Life!

Mitch and Stephanie Reiter | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Mitch and Stephanie Reiter

Camp is the one place that prepares you for the real world, even though it may seemingly be nestled in the woods, tucked away from reality.

Hebrew Hoops Mixes Judaism and Basketball

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 05.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Though there aren't any Jewish starters in the upcoming NBA finals between the Warriors and the Cavaliers, that doesn't mean Jews don't love basketball. One of those is a recent Jewish USC graduate, a true superstar, Sam Fein.

The Critical Life Skill Kids Should Learn at Camp

Diana K. Rice | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Diana K. Rice

So with all of the current focus on child and adult obesity and the many harmful effects of diet- and lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, why shouldn't we should be thinking more about how the camp setting can help children develop healthy, lifelong habits that are known to slow or prevent these ills?

Camp Counselor as Modern-Day Superhero: Summer Camps that Change the World

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.28.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Being a camp counselor gave me confidence and taught me to be grounded, kind, firm, graceful, and faithful. I got to grow into these characteristics at camp. It was a serious business, but because it was camp, no one was allowed to take him or herself too seriously.

'Who Will Do This For You At Camp?'

Mitch and Stephanie Reiter | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Mitch and Stephanie Reiter

Maybe their hair will be a little messy in the photos you see online, but what you didn't see is how fast they tied their shoes and were the first down to lineup.

Surviving Your Kid's First Summer at Sleepaway Camp

Abby King | Posted 06.19.2015 | Parents
Abby King

Sleepaway camp can be a rite of passage, and the decision to send your child away is a big one. The first summer, (and the preceding months) is especially big. Kids learn responsibility without a parent rushing to solve every crisis.

A Young Pear Tree Brings Comfort to Grieving Children

Neil Willenson | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
Neil Willenson

While this small tree will not singularly take grieving children from a place of sadness to healing, I do believe that it serves a reminder to the children that brighter days are ahead.