We spotted two interesting articles online this week, one in OutsideOnline.com and PSmag.com, both on the importance of unplugging from our wonderful world of electronics. It certainly has been conventional wisdom for quite some time that our children need to disconnect more regularly from their TV screens. New research conducted in the United States and Japan seems to suggest that unplugging ourselves from our gadgets can have a profound impact on our brain’s ability to process information, think creatively, manage stress levels, form appropriate social attachments, and more effectively problem solve. I can recall being five or six years old and hearing my mother regularly ask “why don’t you stop watching cartoons and go outside?” This rhetorical question was typically followed by her belief that so much TV watching would “rot my brain”. It now appears that there may have been solid scientific reasoning behind what she was saying.
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We have a tremendous amount of fun each summer at Kenwood & Evergreen. Every day our campers participate in ceramics, musical theater, photography, rustic furniture building, movie making, rock bands, dance, and all of the interesting things one can create in traditional summer camp arts & crafts. And yet there seem to be so many other fun and creative outlets at Kenwood & Evergreen. A big part of this stems from our counselors, who are always looking for novel and exciting ways to help our campers express themselves. For the past few years our head of Film Making Gabe Frieshas rewritten some of our classic Camp songs or cheers and turned them into full musical compositions. One was a calypso-style tune and another was a kind of Ska-pop song with a full horn section and back up singers. This year he and his friends embarked on their most ambitious project yet: they "remixed" a song that we use to welcome new members of the community into a great tune and created a hysterical music video to go with it. As you will see, this silly video amazingly involved every single member of the Camps Kenwood & Evergreen Summer 2012 community!
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where I will board a reserved train car with campers and counselors from around the Tri-State and Mid-Atlantic regions. From there we will meet up with Scott, Deena, and many more campers and staff from the Great Boston and Rhode Island areas, and board buses for the travel north. Phyllis will even be making an airport run to pick up campers who needed to travel by plane!