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Summer Camps

What I Hope My Grandkids Remember Most From Their Time With Me

Melissa Reed | Posted 08.19.2016 | Fifty
Melissa Reed

Each June, a flood of children from all over the country arrive in our small town for the beginning of day camp near their grandparents. Their parents drop them off with instructions that come with codicils, quickly departing to allow us one-on-one time with the children.

You're A Grown-Ass Adult

Marion Leary | Posted 06.29.2016 | Parents
Marion Leary

Ahh summer! A magical time when parents get a well-needed break from their children, and children from their parents. Or so I have heard. I never went to summer camp as a child, so I can only imagine the bliss; see mother wouldn't allow it, as "bad things could happen", and my child refuses to go. Go figure!

Safety Concerns Shouldn't Trump Students' Global Adventures

Jane Swift | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Jane Swift

For parents with students hoping to study or travel abroad next year, the recent horrific terrorist attack in Paris is a nightmare scenario. With three daughters myself, I understand the impulse to keep the kids in the house for, I don't know, the next decade or so. However, isolationism is not an option for me.

Into the (Shakespearean) Woods

Joanne Rendell | Posted 07.20.2016 | Arts
Joanne Rendell

In Shakespeare, as in myths and stories throughout the ages, forests are magical and transformative places. Weavers grow ass-heads in Shakespeare's woods. Lovers elope. They write reams of passionate letters and fall in and out of love there.

I Want To Go To Summer Camp Too

Shannon Wrzesinski | Posted 06.30.2016 | 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.

Top 5 Things to Look for in a Summer Camp

Tara Chklovski | Posted 05.26.2016 | Education
Tara Chklovski

In an information age where some predictions say that knowledge will double every 12 months and soon every 12 hours, the skills that we need to develop in our children don't look like the skills we developed in school.

Prevent Kids From 'Sliding' Over the Summer

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Just the other day my neighbor casually mentioned an upcoming camp registration deadline for her kids. For next summer! I was completely caught off gu...

Camp Aranu'tiq: A Safe Haven for Transgender Kids

Mary J. Moss | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mary J. Moss

I met several wonderful parents and one thing we all had in common were the huge smiles on our faces. Our kids would be happy for one beautiful week. Our kids would be accepted and called by their correct pronoun. Our kids wouldn't be bullied or harassed for being who they are. Our kids would be safe.

Summer Camp for a Child With Special Needs: Learning New Things, Meeting New Friends and Trying Something You Never Tried!

Marla Murasko | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Marla Murasko

A lot of camps may encourage inclusion for children with special needs to take part in their camp activities with their typical peers.

5 Ways Camp Helped Me Get Over My Fears

Jasmine Han | Posted 08.10.2014 | Teen
Jasmine Han

The lessons I ended up learning at camp could not have been taught within the confines of the traditional American classroom. Through camp sessions, I quickly picked up skills necessary to emerge as a leader among my peers.

5 Ways Summer Camp Helps Your Child Prepare for Adulthood

Todd Kestin | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Todd Kestin

When your child attends summer camp, he learns how to work with others, build meaningful relationships, accept guidance and develop decision-making skills. All of these life skills create a foundation that will serve him and that he'll stand and grow from for the rest of his life.

What's Needed to Prepare Your Child for the Future? The Answer May Surprise You...

Todd Kestin | Posted 10.20.2013 | Parents
Todd Kestin

There's more to preparing for adulthood than academic education. I believe if kids spent their summers in camp, they'd be better prepared for later decisions like whether to go to college, and how to make the best life for who they are.

A Boy's Summer of Self-Discovery

Pam Didner | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Pam Didner

I wanted to tell my boy, "I told you so," but I also wanted to tell my boy that it's fantastic that he figured out some important life lessons at such an early stage of his life.

The Case Against Summer Camp

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.04.2013 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Self-sufficiency isn't something most kids are born with. The school year, with its rigorous after-school sports and activity schedules, doesn't offer this sort of platform for learning how to be alone, or for knowing how to create their own fun -- a skill that's not only a good thing but also essential.

Tips to Prepare Your Child for Summer Sleep-Away Camp

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

For those with children who may be attending sleep-away camp for the first time, there are some things parents can do ahead of time to ensure the child has a fun, enjoyable experience.

The Promise I Vow To Keep For My Family This Summer

Carissa K | Posted 07.27.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

The truth is that summer is special just by being summer. Special can't be orchestrated or planned. Special just is. I can take the pressure off myself and enjoy it, whatever shape and form summer takes.

Parenting Lessons From Nature's Creepy Crawlers

John McCormick | Posted 07.08.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

I watched my sons carefully to see if they were buying into mom's passionate ode to nature. The boys seemed to be warming up to the cicadas swarming around them when several flew up and landed on Connor. "Dad!" he yelled. "Get them off me!"

Why Summer Camp Isn't As Safe As You Think

Hilary Levey Friedman | Posted 10.09.2011 | Parents
Hilary Levey Friedman

Top-notch camp counselors are sought out for these specialty camps so that "the best" can teach kids how to be "the best." But just who are these camp counselors, and how qualified are they to be working with young kids?

How To Avoid A Hellish Summer

Susan Pease Gadoua | Posted 07.30.2011 | Divorce
Susan Pease Gadoua

I recently discovered that many mothers and fathers actually dread summer for the mere fact that, without the structure of school for their children, ...

Rescuing Kids With Happiness

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Randy Susan Meyers

Even the most benign neglect -- like being a latchkey kid -- can foster loneliness. If it hadn't been for the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, I doubt my sister and I could have ended up strong.