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Teaching Good Manners Still Matters

Note to Readers: This blog from Cape Cod Sea Camps, a traditional New England summer camp and premier provider of summer education opportunities for children and young adults, is offered as a resource on youth development for families. One of the goals of the summer camp experience is to help children to live more independently and develop social skills.  Part of that process, just like at home, is internalizing values and manners – something many parents struggle to instill in their offspring.  In Raise a Kid Who Gets Invited Back, Teri Cetinna tackles this subject for Parenting.com.

Who Are You Calling a Mama’s Boy?

Note to Readers: This blog from Cape Cod Sea Camps, a traditional New England summer camp and premier provider of summer education opportunities for children and young adults, is offered as a resource on youth development for families. Father-son relationships are often discussed and debated. Yet, arguably, one of the most potent relationships a growing boy will have is with his mother.  Those relationships are not always easily understood or may be mis-perceived.  Kate Stone Lombardi discusses this topic in a Wall Street Journal article, Who Are You Calling a Mama’s Boy?

The Joys of Doing Nothing

Note to Readers: This blog from Cape Cod Sea Camps, a traditional New England summer camp and premier provider of summer education opportunities for children and young adults, is offered as a resource on youth development for families. At last month’s American Camp Association conference in Atlanta, GA there was continued discussion about new evidence supporting unstructured (not the same as unsupervised) play among children, including at summer camp!  The Joys of Doing Nothing, on Scholastic.com outlines some of what we know.

Keys to Quality Youth Development

Note to Readers: This blog from Cape Cod Sea Camps, a traditional New England summer camp and premier provider of summer education opportunities for children and young adults, is offered as a resource on youth development for families. Positive youth development is the name of the game.  In “Keys to Quality Youth Development,” the University of Michigan point to the work of Gisela Konopka and Karen Pittman in identifying eight critical elements essential to such development.  We think you’ll recognize a lot of them from camp!

Summer Camps Develop Competencies in the 3 Cs

Skills for the 21st Century – Daniella Garran Now, more than ever, America’s youth is being treated as adults-in-training rather than as children and teenagers. Parents are rightly concerned about preparing their children for college and a career but often forget to let their children enjoy childhood. In today’s schools, teachers are forced to focus on content mastery and standardized tests rather than on fostering creativity and curiosity among their students. However, being able to solve Calculus problems, recite the Preamble to the Constitution and achieve high standardized test scores does not necessarily mean that one is prepared socially, emotionally, or even intellectually for what lies ahead. Enter summer camps.   READ MORE

Summer Camps and Engaged Communities

Note to Readers: This blog from Cape Cod Sea Camps, a traditional New England summer camp and premier provider of summer education opportunities for children and young adults, is offered as a resource on youth development for families. According to the Search Institute, kids need engaged communities to fully experience success.  In many ways, summer camps define engaged communities.  They are also an important part of the larger fabric of positive influences in young people’s lives. Check out What Kids Need: An Engaged Community.

Campsick Campers Present Challenges at Home

Note to Readers: This blog from Cape Cod Sea Camps, a traditional New England summer camp and premier provider of summer education opportunities for children and young adults, is offered as a resource on youth development for families. Many parents struggle to understand their “camp sick” children who return home unhappy about being away from camp.  A new feature article in the current edition of Camping Magazine, Unpacking Summer, offers some insight and tips for camp directors to share with parents.

Campsick Campers Present Challenges at Home

Note to Readers: This blog from Cape Cod Sea Camps, a traditional New England summer camp and premier provider of summer education opportunities for children and young adults, is offered as a resource on youth development for families. Many parents struggle to understand their “camp sick” children who return home unhappy about being away from camp.  A new feature article in the current edition of Camping Magazine, Unpacking Summer, offers some insight and tips for camp directors to share with parents.

Parenting Teens on the Autism Spectrum

Note to Readers: This blog from Cape Cod Sea Camps, a traditional New England summer camp and premier provider of summer education opportunities for children and young adults, is offered as a resource on youth development for families. Parenting children and teens on the autism spectrum is a challenge facing many families.  A new “In the Parenthood” article from the Boston Globe and featured on Boston.com offers some insights.

Note to Readers: This blog from Cape Cod Sea Camps, a traditional New England summer camp and premier provider of summer education opportunities for children and young adults, is offered as a resource on youth development for families. Parenting children and teens on the autism spectrum is a challenge facing many families.  A new “In the Parenthood” article from the Boston Globe and featured on Boston.com offers some insights.