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Quiet Noise at the Cape Cod Sea Camps

Reflections during an evening at camp by the Cape Cod Sea Camps swim head, Melissa St.John. We all hear something, even at the quiet times during a camp day.

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Counselors Help Parents Prepare Kids for Summer Camp

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 summer nears, parents sending their kids off to camp may be feeling a  bit anxious.  An article in Carolina Parent, Counselors Help Parents Prepare Kids for Summer Camp, may help them feel more comfortable.

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The Camp Counselor vs. The Intern

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. College students face tough choices when it comes to making summer plans.  Those who have attended, or worked at, a summer camp inevitably feel the pull to return for one more summer but may feel conflicted.  The Camp Counselor vs. the Intern from Adventures in Parenting in the New York Times captures this phenomenon.

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Homesick and Happy?

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 the academic year draws to a close and preparations for summer camp begin, many parents worry about whether their child will experience homesickness while away.  They might find some solace in Michael Thompson’s new book, Homesick and Happy – How Time Away From Parents Can Help Children Grow.  In this preview, Michael talks about the “magic” of summer camp.

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What Parents Want to Know that Camp Counselors Should Know

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. Each summer, parents across the country take a leap of faith by sending their child off to summer camp, thus entrusting their health and safety to people they may not even know.  This new, and timely, article from the May/June edition of Camping Magazine discusses the camp counselor’s role as a summer “parent” – or in loco parentis.

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Lessons on Leadership Embedded in Summer Camp Experience

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 has long believed that the summer camp experience offers significant opportunities to help children and young adults learn leadership skills that transfer well into other settings, such as school and athletics.  With our teen population in particular, we are quite intentional about demonstrating and encouraging leadership.  The new edition of Camping Magazine from the American Camp Association contains a feature article, Indifferent Spectators, on leadership that was co-written by three of our campers.

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Cyberbullying and Camp’s Role in Helping Girls Disengage from the Online World

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. In this space, we have posted a number of articles discussing the all-important issue of bullying.  As the summer camp season approaches, now is a good time to start thinking about how best to help children disconnect from social media.  In Cyberbullying and Camp’s Role in Helping Girls Disengage from the Online World, author Rachel Simmons discusses how girls in particular use the interned to engage in bullying behaviors and how camp can help them to stop.

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Mistakes Improve Children’s Learning

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. Kids tell us that camp is a place where they can “be themselves” without fear of failure or ridicule by adults or peers.  That is certainly the type of environment – and community – we strive to create each summer.  And that’s a good thing, because we now have a growing body of research and practice that suggests making mistakes is an essential component of learning for children.  Some of that work is discussed in Mistakes Improve Children’s Learning by Marilyn Price-Mitchell in Psychology Today.

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Get With the Program!

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. While there are many aspects of the summer camp experience that will influence a child’s enjoyment, one of the bigger pieces is the program offerings they choose.  A new article on our site advises parents as to what questions they might consider asking when choosing a camp! Here’s an excerpt: When parents leave their children at camp, they experience a multitude of concerns. Will they be homesick? Will they make friends? Will the counselors take care of them? And naturally, they wonder what their children will do all day. The camp’s program often proves to be one of the most significant aspects of a campers’ experience and can often be a determining factor when parents decide whether to send their children back the following summer. Read more …

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Camp Builds Self-Esteem and Confidence in Kids

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. While we’ve known anecdotally for generations that summer camp helps kids to feel better about themselves and more confident with others, recent research from the American Camp Association proves it!  Indeed, ACA REPORT- Directions: Youth Development Outcomes of the Camp Experience lists self-esteem and confidence among five benefits young people receive from time at camp.  The others are: social skills and making friends independence and leadership qualities willingness to try and adventurousness spiritual grwoth, especially at camps focused on spirituality. Of course, camp is only part of the answer.  There are many things parents can do to help with their child’s self-esteem and level of confidence.  An article from KidsHealth, Raising Confident Kids, discusses some of them.

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