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Summer Camp

My Son Taught Me How To Swim... Again

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

I intentionally relate with my son in a way I can't quite seem to figure out while at the dinner table, bedtime, walk, playground... you name it. It's the perfect mix of a fear for his safety and the impossibility of bringing my digital addictions into the water.

To The Summer Camp Director Who Excluded A Child With Special Needs

Laurie Levy | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Laurie Levy

Please don't bring Olivia back tomorrow, the person in charge stated. We need the helper to manage the behavior of other children in the class as well. Olivia just doesn't fit in because she needs too much of the helper's time.

Camp Aranu'tiq: A Safe Haven for Transgender Kids

Mary J. Moss | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay 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.

Why Mama Was Jealous of Camp Dada

Denise Henry | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Denise Henry

When my husband told me about the adventures he and our oldest son had planned for Camp Dada, I immediately felt the seeds of jealousy growing in my gut. I quickly pushed those feelings aside and praised him for his great ideas.

Kim Bellware

Here's Proof That No One Rocks Harder Than Little Girls | Kim Bellware | Posted 08.08.2014 | Parents

Summer camp is the place where millions of kids learn the skills -- survival, problem-solving, making out -- that will serve them through life. But fo...

Visit the Fictional Summer Camps You Always Wished You Could Attend

Roadtrippers | Posted 07.31.2014 | Travel

I may be too old to attend as a camper, but at least you can never be too old to relive these classic summer camp movies by visiting the filming locations.

Why Parents Like Me Hate Camp

Malia McKinnon Frame | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Malia McKinnon Frame

Please explain to me why I would pay someone to tell me that I cannot call or speak to my daughter for two weeks?

Did I Miss the Summer Camp Junk Food Consent Form?

Caron Gremont | Posted 07.15.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

It's time our summer camps, like our schools, step up and be part of the solution, not the problem, and support the efforts of families to give our children a strong and healthy start to life.

Another Open Letter to My Daughter, The Returning Camper

Scott Shamberg | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Scott Shamberg

Rather than writing you another letter full of fatherly advice that at this point you would probably ignore anyway, I thought I'd tell you what I'm going to miss while you're gone this summer.

Soured on Summer Camp Snacks: What I Did About It

Katie Morford | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Katie Morford

I understand there may be limitations on what kind of food the camp can purchase and keep in storage, and this may not be a simple issue. But providing wholesome fuel for the kids seems in keeping with the wholesome kind of fun you offer on the field.

The 5 Biggest Life Lessons I Learned At Summer Camp

Justina Sharp | Posted 07.11.2014 | Teen
Justina Sharp

4-H camp is a very special place. While the lanyards might eventually snap off, and the smell of sunscreen and sunburn medication fades away, the things we learned from each other will stick around forever.

7 Reasons Why I Love Sending My Son to Sleepaway Camp

Mommy Nearest | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I truly believe that sleepaway camp is one of the best gifts you can give your child -- and here's why.

National No Bra Day: Celebrate Without Restraint

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Bonni Brodnick

"Dear Mom, Hi. How are you and Dad? Does Patsy [my dog] miss me? Oh, and can you send me a trainer bra? Everyone in my tent wears bras and everyone is making fun of my undershirts. I also think a bra will make it easier for me in sports."

5 Dreadful Things That Happened to My Daughters at Summer Camp

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

I did something that totally pissed my kids off. I sent them to summer sports camp so I could work and try to make money to pay for their braces and college. That's right, I'm an a**hole.

Letters From Sleepaway Camp

Allison Carmen | Posted 07.07.2014 | Parents
Allison Carmen

As parents, how are we supposed to handle this sometimes cryptic, sometimes heartbreaking information -- and not feel stressed and worried?

9 Summer Camps For Adults

Thrillist | Posted 07.02.2014 | Travel

By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller Credit: Camp Wandawega Ah, Summer camp: that first whiff of freedom, that first graze of a girl's boob, that first B...

My Love-Hate Relationship With Summer Camp

Samantha McGarry | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

I hate camp songs. Sure, they are cute at first. But when your kids sing them over and over, morning and evening and all weekend -- especially those "repeat after me" songs -- it's enough to drive me loony.

Softball Camp Hits Home Run, Pairs Amputee Military Members With Kids Who've Lost Limbs

Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.30.2014 | Good News

Softball practice, cool field trips and excited kids: These seem like the ingredients to any typical summer camp. But this inspiring softball camp i...

Hang Up the Phone and Camp

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 06.27.2014 | Parents
Nancy Davis Kho

These little one week and two week intervals in which a child gets to operate wholly independently of Mom and Dad offer something priceless: a glimmer that not only might independence be manageable, it might even be desirable.

The REAL Lessons I Hope my Kids Learn at Camp

Courtney Fitzgerald | Posted 06.23.2014 | Parents
Courtney Fitzgerald

As I drove home, I thought about all of the skills I taught you in order to prepare you for this day. Sure, at 7 and 9, you know how to get dressed, make your bed, brush your teeth, read and eat. However, those are NOT ALL of the skills you need to be successful this week.

Camp Crazy

Luise Meyer | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Luise Meyer

It all begins in January, when a trickle of emails for summer camp registration starts popping up in my inbox, always perfectly-timed it seems, with the height of my post-Christmas fatigue.

5 Things to Expect When You Send Your Kids to Overnight Camp

Tracy Morrison | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Tracy Morrison

Sure, they seem like clean beings at home. They shower daily, wash their faces and brush their teeth... but until their camp counselors actually physically force them into the shower, they will not shower. Just assume a few good swims in the lake will suffice.

I Have No Plans for My Kids This Summer

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Come September, my kids will be the sunburned ones with dirt under their fingernails who are a bit stupider than everybody else. Unless they are going to be judged by their ability to recite SpongeBob episodes and shoot water pistols, in which case they will totally shine.

6 Summer Camps That Should Exist Outside Of My Fantasies

Scary Mommy | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Scary Mommy

As much as I'd like my kids to be well-rounded and culturally enriched, I have to wonder: Where are the programs that might benefit me?

What If Life Was Like Summer Camp? The No Tech Agreement

Beth Feldman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Beth Feldman

Maybe it's time that we all start living in the moment. Take a tech break for a day, a week or even a month if you can.