On Tuesdays we like to profile our summer camp’s talented coaches and teachers. During our 7-week program each summer they not only help our campers acquire new activity skills (e.g., learning to catch and throw a baseball; fashioning a dovetail in the wood shop; becoming a better point guard), but also help them further develop their non-cognitive/21st century skills. These skills include creativity, follow through, leadership, independence, effective communication, problem solving, and the ability to collaborate in groups. Our summer camp in New Hampshire focuses on teaching these skills because business leaders and researchers across the globe recognize them as the key character traits young people will need to become leaders and innovators in the 21st century.
So how exactly do we teach children to not give up on a task, and instead be resilient? What do our counselors do each day to help our campers learn to be creative thinkers and self-directed problem solvers? Over the past few months I have shared in this blog some of the teaching methods that our amazing specialty staff use to create these important outcomes.