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Why Parents Are Thankful For Summer Camp!

Mitch and Stephanie Reiter | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Mitch and Stephanie Reiter

If you are a new parent considering camp for the first time, or nervous about whether your child is really ready, we wanted to share some of the changes you can expect after just one summer away from home!

Russell Brand Impersonates Noam Chomsky

Democracy Now! | Posted 11.14.2014 | Comedy
Democracy Now!

British comedian and actor Russell Brand sat down with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! for an extended interview about his new book.

How Summer Camp Taught Me to Never Say "I Can't"

Blake Boles | Posted 11.13.2014 | Education
Blake Boles

Years later, as a returning camper and instructor, I would come to relish the memory of my first "night walk," a rite of passage that no one tells you about until it's upon you.

What Happened When I Found Photos Of My Father's Lover

Katie Tandy | Posted 12.16.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

I open the envelope, the glossy pictures sticking to my fingers and to one another. The first one I don't recognize -- it's somewhere in the woods, but not my woods. The second one I don't recognize either -- it's cliffs and water, yellow flowers. Confusion crawls over me.

Spending a Summer as a Camp Counselor Could Be the Best Decision You Make in College

Caroline Davis | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Caroline Davis

Camp counselors are given numerous opportunities to teach, listen, support, mediate, aid, lead, and make critical decisions. There is no career that doesn't implement these skills, meaning there is no person who would be wasting their time by spending a summer at camp.

For This Pretty Tame Bad Girl, Camp Taught Me How to Cope

TueNight | Posted 11.02.2014 | Women
TueNight

The atmosphere can be simultaneously congenial and competitive, intimate and exclusionary. In a space the size of typical two-car garage, a variety of personality types are thrust together, forced to navigate an often-complicated jumble of events and emotions. And, if you were like I was years ago, you loved it.

My Son Is a Little Different Now That Camp Is Over

TueNight | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
TueNight

As a mom, I'm so proud to see him grow into the young man I've always hoped and knew he could be. And at the same time, it's impossible to keep from tearing up when I think about how soon he'll be packing up to leave to blaze his own trail.

25 Ways To Keep The Summer Camp Dream Alive For Your Kids This Fall

Jenny Isenman | Posted 10.28.2014 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

Start by taking all of their electronics and tech items. If they want to text a friend, they'll have to write a letter. They'll complain a little, but deep down, they love to be disconnected.

Time to Rethink Technology at Summer Camp?

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 10.22.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Tech gadgets would certainly compete with the immersive experience that sleep away camp creates for the young people. But does technology have no place whatsoever in the lives of campers?

Fostering Independence at Home, Using Lessons from Camp

Mitch and Stephanie Reiter | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Mitch and Stephanie Reiter

As many children head back-to-school, how can we continue to nurture self-confidence, independence and grit from the home front?

My Son Taught Me How To Swim... Again

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 10.19.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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 10.11.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 09.30.2014 | Travel
Roadtrippers

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 09.21.2014 | 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 09.14.2014 | 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 09.13.2014 | 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 09.13.2014 | 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 09.10.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | 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 09.06.2014 | Parents
Allison Carmen

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