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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
Thrillist

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 06.20.2014 | 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 06.20.2014 | 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 06.20.2014 | 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 06.18.2014 | 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 06.18.2014 | 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.

Summer Activities for Kids Are no Vacation for Their Parents

Laurie Levy | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Laurie Levy

Most children have parents who work. It is time we wake up to the realities of the 21st century and adopt a version of year-round schooling.

Should Healthy Camp Snacks Take a Summer Vacation?

Caron Gremont | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Caron Gremont

Fond memories of youth and happy times aren't reason enough to continue doing things that just aren't good for us. We learn more and we do better.

What Your Kids' Camp Counselors Want You To Know

Beth Woolsey | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Beth Woolsey

Dear Parents, Thank you for trusting us with your whole world, because we know that's what you've handed us -- your whole world, and your trust along with it, and we're grateful.

The Most Hilariously Gross Letter From Camp Ever Written

Liesl Testwuide | Posted 06.07.2014 | Parents
Liesl Testwuide

Last year my 8-year-old son went to summer camp. It was the first time he had been away from home for more than a night. As the days passed, I began to imagine what he might write to me.

Generation Camp

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

I wanted my son to have many of the same experiences I did back in my day. Camp, for me, was more than just playing sports during the day and sleeping in a cabin in the woods at night. Camp was a place where I grew into myself and in many ways, discovered who I was.

5 Ways Summer Camp Helps Your Child Prepare for Adulthood

Todd Kestin | Posted 05.30.2014 | 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.