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Teaching Happiness

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. We all want our children to be happy – whether at home, at school, or at camp.  But that may be easier said than accomplished. In a new Camping Magazine article, Christine Carter, PhD, who will be giving a keynote address at the 2012 ACA National Conference, explains why happiness is integral to success and how we can promote positive emotions in campers.

Teaching Happiness

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. We all want our children to be happy – whether at home, at school, or at camp.  But that may be easier said than accomplished. In a new Camping Magazine article, Christine Carter, PhD, who will be giving a keynote address at the 2012 ACA National Conference, explains why happiness is integral to success and how we can promote positive emotions in campers.

How to Save a Life – The Link Between Bullying and Youth Suicide

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. The subject of bullying occupies the minds of educators, including camp professionals, 24 x 7 as we look for new ways to understand its causality and its effect on young lives. A recent opinion editorial, How to Save a Life, from the Center for Adolescent Research and Education at Susquehanna University points to a disturbing nexus between bullying behavior and youth suicide.

Monitoring the Future Releases 2011 Report

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. Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults.  It recently released its 2011 report, detailing a rise in marijuana use among youth and young adults, concurrent with a decline in alcohol use and use of other illicit drugs.

Why Day Camp 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. CCSC is proud to offer both overnight programs and day programs for campers, with varying lengths of stay and even some brief overnight options at our day camp.  In the most recent edition of Camping Magazine, Andy Kimmelman, the camp director at Tumbleweed Day Camp in Los Angeles, California, offers an interesting take on “Why Day Camp Matters.”

Early Childhood Education: Building Blocks

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. This recent article from the New York Times gives new life, and a new look, to the value of building blocks as an important part of early childhood education.

Beating Bullying

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. Conflict is an inevitable part of childhood, and not all conflict is harmful or bad.  Constructive conflict helps children to learn, grow, and change for the better.  Destructive conflict, on the other hand, damages relationships, creates bad feelings, and leads to other problems.  Bullying behaviors fall into this second category because conflict is expressed in ways not intended to find resolution.  Bullying, both direct and indirect, neagtively affects the entire camp, school, or community.  Dr. Joel Haber, a frequent contributor to American Camp Association conferences, offers some great perspectives and advice on bullying on his website, RespectU.com.

INTERVIEW: Dr. David Elkind and the Power of Play

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. As is the case with most educational enterprises, the industry of camp, through the American Camp Association, has measured the “proven effective” outcomes of the summer camp experience. They are: Self-esteem Peer relationships Independence Adventure and exploration Leadership Environmental awareness Friendship skills Values and decisions Social comfort Spirituality All good things!  But in our rush to measure, we ought not to lose sight of the simple power of play, something developmental psychologist and author, David Elkind reminds us in a revealing interview.

Kids Need More Than Sports for Positive Growth

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. Most of us are familiar with the role that sports can play in healthy youth development.  But a study from Tufts University professor Richard Lerner points out that they are not enough.  An article from US News.com tells us why!

Why the World Needs Summer Camp: An Essay to Parents

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. Parents sometimes struggle with the decision as to whether or not they should send their child to camp.  Factors such as a child’s ability to adjust to a new environment, a parent’s separation anxiety, and potential other family plans may play a role. It’s the job of a camp professional to accurately highlight the many lasting benefits of the summer camp experience so mom or dad has all of the information they need to make an informed decision.  The new edition of Camping Magazine features a number of articles focusing on exactly what those benefits are likely to be.  One in particular stands out:  Why the World Needs Summer Camp:  An Essay to Parents.