There is a lot of magic at summer camp. Doesn’t matter if its day camp or overnight, a few days or seven weeks, summer camp provides our kids a chance to unplug, drop their defenses, and truly be themselves.
As parents, we all want to prepare out kids to be good, productive, well-adjusted humans. And, it’s hard. No one told us exactly what to do and how to raise such different kids. Thankfully, Audrey Monke, a long time camp director and parenting coach, has written a book for all of us: Happy Campers.
True friendship takes at least two ingredients: the chance to be your true self and at least one other person who can connect with you to something larger than one person. Lifelong, indelible friendships are built at summer camps all over the world because they create communities in which these two ingredients are available with abundance.
Tech is invading our homes in some good and some not-so-good ways. Summer camp focuses on building connection and community without much use of tech. Let’s look at a few ways we can help make our homes a little more tech-free!
Action is more important than words or feelings. Yes, I want to have a more grateful outlook on life but my actions will show me and everyone else what I truly believe. Jerry Sternin said something about this: It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking, than think your way into a new way of acting.
We need to stop just writing our thoughts down in a gratitude journal but start acting them out as well.
Building confident kids takes commitment, curiosity and grit. It also takes a supportive environment in which kids an explore, fail, and use those failures as supportive learning. But the key is to commit first. Camp can help with all of those attributes.