I saw this really interesting article on Today.com earlier this week. It was written by Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University. For more than a decade she watched incredibly bright, accomplished young people arrive utterly unprepared for life outside of their nurturing homes. She saw some of our best former high school students go on to completely fail at college because of their lack of independence, resilience, and other 21st century skills. Based on her breadth of experience, she suggested that there are 8 life skills that all young people should have as they leave home and enter college:
As I wrote in Monday's blog, January seems to be a time when our brother-sister summer camp community has reunions big and small. This coming Saturday we will be hosting a massive camp reunion at Chelsea Piers in Stamford, CT from 5:00-7:00pm, and two weeks ago over 100 campers and counselors joined us for a weekend in the snow up at our campus in NH. There was also a huge camp counselor gathering in UK last week, and a smaller one in Ireland. K&E camp friends get together all over the world!
No matter who you are or what your age, when you join a summer camp community you hope to make friendships that will last a lifetime. Beyond the activities, the campfires, and even the s'mores, you hope that you will meet some great people whom you can trust, share your interests, and make you laugh so hard that your in jokes have in jokes.
Camp Kenwood for Boys and Camp Evergreen for Girls are brother-sister overnight camps in Wilmot, NH. We invite you to learn how we teach children vital 21st century skills through our innovative program we call Structured Choice.
Our summer camp community really loves being together. The friendships made at our brother-sister summer camp run deep, and seem to last forever.
Actually, it's not just exciting news for campers -- it's exciting for just about anyone who has a peanut allergy, or loves someone with this medical condition! A team of reserachers may have developed an effective treatment for peanut allergy in the form of a wearable patch, and it has just been approved for stage III of its clinic trial.
It's almost time for our annual camp reunion in the NY, NJ, CT and PA area. We invite any child (and parents) who was a camper at our sleepway camp in NH in 2015. This special event will be in the same location as last year, though at an earlier time.
One of the things that I love most about our brother-sister summer camp is how dedicated our counselors are to our kids and the community. During each summer they work long days for one purpose: to help our campers grow and make as many friendships as possible. They are wonderful role models to our campers, and honor us by returning in large numbers year after year. Our camp counselors really are one of the best parts of our community.
Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and that includes our annual Winter Weekend event up at our summer camp. As I wrote about in a previous blog, for 16 years we have brought more than 100 campers and counselors up to our overnight camp in NH for a special weekend in the snow. This is always our favorite weekend of the year, and yet for some reason this one felt extra special.
The best weekend of the entire year has begun! As is tradition at our brother-sister summer camp in NH, the first weekend in January is when we host our annual Senior Camp Winter Weekend Adventure. Campers and counselors from around the world converge on our campus in New Hampshire for a weekend of snow, fun, camp friends, and making incredible memories.
I love when a Camp contest heats up! Throughout the year we run something called "Where Your Camp Shirt". It's a way for campers to show their camp spirit by being photographed on trips around the globe wearing a piece of camp clothing.
When we ask our campers and counselors at our brother-sister summer camp what their favorite thing is about our summer camp community the first response we always get it "my camp friends!" During our 7 week together each summer our friendships grow incredibly strong -- so strong, in fact, that our campers and counselors (and even alumni and parents) spend a great deal of their time during the winter months making sure they see their camp friends as much as possible.