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The Magic of Summer Camp

Kelly Newsome | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Kelly Newsome

At summer camp, you will find children in search of counsellors as if they are godlike beings, capable of healing all wounds and bandaging all torn fr...

Camp Brave Trails: Healing Behind the Lens

Kyle Jarrett | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kyle Jarrett

It was a weekend of beautiful invitations, to dance, to hike, to talk and to prance across the dining hall in a lacy, blue tutu, hailed by shouts of "Go Kyle!" rather than "Oh God," or "You're so weird" or that awful silence.

Why Going To Camp Is The Most Important Thing I've Ever Done

Spencer Kaminsky | Posted 09.04.2015 | Teen
Spencer Kaminsky

Camp is this beautiful place where your victories are celebrated forever and your failures are forgotten. It is the land of infinite second chances.

Glitter in the Woods: A Week at 'Camp' Camp

Warren Hoffman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren Hoffman

No, Disney World hasn't set up a new outpost and no, it's not an Indigo Girls theme park. It's called 'Camp' Camp, a LGBT adult summer camp, and for nineteen years, folks from all over the world have been flocking to this Brigadoon-like place for a magical summer experience.

My Six Weeks at RYSA

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 08.31.2015 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

After our first field trip, the kids really bonded with me for only one reason really. I could pick them up. They all took turns on my shoulders as I ran around, or just piling on top of me to keep me from standing.

Control Detox

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Christine Nasserghodsi

I've learned that my role as a parent is changing. At work, I keep in mind the advice, "Know when to lead, when to follow, and when to get out of the way." This proves much harder and much more impactful in parenting.

Summertime Blues and the Working Mom

40 Percent and Rising | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
40 Percent and Rising

Summertime is supposed to be about slip-and-slides, pool parties and popsicles melting on tiny tongues. We all want our kids to have great summer memories, just like we did. For working moms, however, summertime can be a nightmare.

33 Ways to Bring the Beach Home With You This Summer

Hometalk | Posted 08.03.2015 | HuffPost Home

These simple and stylish projects will help you bring the beach back home with you, so that you can spend the whole season surrounded by shells, waves, and nautical goodness!

Dear Family Whisperer: What To Do About "Grandparent Detox" (or Summer Camp Re-Entry)

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Melinda Blau

I'm throwing caution to the wind and offering unsolicited advice to Rachel Toalson, author of a recent blog entitled, "Detoxing from the Grandparents Is Real. I Swear." I also suspect that other parents experience a similar phenomenon when kids come home from summer camp.

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.