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The first 5 episodes of our Counselor Conversations for new families

Posted by Jason Sebell on Dec 31, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Five weeks ago we debuted a new webseries called "Counselor Conversations". We asked four of the most experienced camp counselors at our brother-sister summer camp in NH to sit down and answer some questions about our community. Specifically, we wanted them to help new camp families better understand our rituals, how our program schedule works, and the thoughtful, intentional, and subtle ways that our entire staff works to help ensure that each of our campers has the best summer possible.

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Topics: camp videos, counselor conversations

The many outdoor adventures and amazing trips our campers take

Posted by Jason Sebell on Dec 17, 2015 9:30:00 AM

When I am visiting prospective camp families in their homes one of the most common questions I am asked is do K&E campers go on any amazing trips or outdoor adventures? The short answer is YES, and every age group goes on exciting day and overnight trips, including to beaches, caves, climbing mountains and canoeing to islands. These amazing trips are an important component of our brother/sister camp program which also includes team and individual sports, visual and performing arts, and tons of fun on our private lake. 

Take a look at our innovative Structured Choice schedule

Rather than writing more about the incredibly fun times that our campers have on these day and overnight trips, I thought I'd ask some of our most experienced counselors to tell you about where we go, and how they help make these adventures so exciting for our campers. 

Each week in our #CounselorConversations video series we gather four of our most experienced, talented camp counselors and ask them questions about life at our brother/sister camp in New Hampshire. And then we let the video camera roll. No script, no editing, and we don't even share what the questions are ahead of time. We just have them talk about the intentionality that they use to help our campers have such incredible summers. These are their thoughts on why being a part of our summer camp community is so powerful, and the many intentional ways we help our campers make friends, have fun, and grow.

Take a look at our amazing outdoor trips and adventures

We hope that you enjoy getting to know Courtney, Josh, Sean and Rachael in this fifth episode of #CounselorConversations. As you can imagine, smart, kind, thoughtful, commited camp staff can make a huge difference in a child's first experience away from home, and these guys are just a small sample of our 200+ talented camp staff.

The video is just over 9 minutes long and should tell you a lot about our brother/sister summer camp. If you retweet it please use the hashtag #counselorconversations. 

Watch How We Train Our Staff

Here are links to previous episodes of Counselor Conversations if you missed them!

Episode 1 - Helping new campers have a great first day!

Episode 2 - Ways we help our campers overcome homesickness!

Episode 3 - The bedtime rituals our camp counselors use to help our children sleep soundly each night

Episode 4- Our camp counselors talk about the importance of free time for kids

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Topics: trips and tournaments, counselor conversations episode 5, amazing outdoor adventures, counselor conversations

Our camp counselors talk about the importance of free time for kids

Posted by Jason Sebell on Dec 10, 2015 9:18:00 AM

A trend we have spotted at our brother/sister summer camp is that many of our new campers don't quite know what to do with themselves when they have free time. Their lives are so incredibly programmed, and when they have down time at home they know that they can always watch TV, turn on the Playstation, or tune out the world with the latest cool app. This isn't the case in our camp community, as we require our campers to spend their summers unplugged.

RELATED: Research overwhelmingly supports the need for summers unplugged

Over the years we have also learned that when we ask our campers to give something up we have to replace it with another equally compelling idea. This is why we train our camp counselors on how to help our campers learn how to best navigate their free time. 

While our summer camp's activity schedule is fairly structured, each day does have regular periods of free time. Our counselors use those moments to bond with our campers, create a sense of belonging, get to know them better, and help teach them new hard and soft skills. Would you like hear from our counselors about how they help our campers get the most out of their free time? 

Take a look at our innovative Structured Choice schedule

Each week we gather four of our most experienced, talented camp counselors and ask them questions about life at our brother/sister camp in New Hampshire. And then we let the video camera roll. No script, no editing, and we don't even share what the questions are ahead of time. We just have them talk about the intentionality that they use to help our campers have such incredible summers. These are their thoughts on why being a part of our summer camp community is so powerful, and the many intentional ways we help our campers make friends, have fun, and grow.

In this week's episode of Counselor Conversations Courtney, Josh, Sean and Rachael talk about the importance of free time for kids, including:

  • The crucial camper/counselor conversations that take place walking to and from activities
  • How campers pursue their sports and arts passions during the free play hour after dinner
  • Why being open and approachable is a vital trait all of our camp counselors must have

There's also a ridiculously funny Josh and Sean moment that starts around 6:45 in the video. You don't want to miss it!

We hope that you enjoy getting to know Courtney, Josh, Sean and Rachael in this fourth episode of #CounselorConversations. As you can imagine, smart, kind, thoughtful, commited camp staff can make a huge difference in a child's first experience away from home, and these guys are just a small sample of our 200+ talented camp staff.

The video is just over 8 minutes long and should tell you a lot about our brother/sister summer camp. If you retweet it please use the hashtag #counselorconversations. 

Watch How We Train Our Staff

Here are links to previous episodes of Counselor Conversations if you missed them!

Episode 1 - Helping new campers have a great first day!

Episode 2 - Ways we help our campers overcome homesickness!

Episode 3 - The bedtime rituals our camp counselors use to help our children sleep soundly each night

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Topics: free time, counselor conversations, free time for kids, counselor conversations episode 4

Camp counselors talk about bedtime at our brother/sister summer camp

Posted by Jason Sebell on Dec 3, 2015 9:10:00 AM

One of the best ways to know what a summer camp community is like is to get to know its camp counselors. They are the adults who interact day in and day out with the campers, and who have the greatest impact on your child's experience while away from home for the summer. With that in mind, we welcome you to episode 3 in our video series called "Counselor Conversations". 

Each week we gather four of our most experienced, talented camp counselors and ask them questions about life at our brother/sister camp in New Hampshire. And then we let the video camera roll. No script, no editing, and we don't even share what the questions are ahead of time. We just have them talk about the intentionality that they use to help our campers have such incredible summers. These are their thoughts on why being a part of our summer camp community is so powerful, and the many intentional ways we help our campers make friends, have fun, and grow.

Learn more about the crucial skills our summer camp teaches young people

This week we asked our talented camp counselors to talk about bedtime at our sleepaway camp, including:

  • Is there a set bedtime for our campers (hint: there isn't)?
  • Is bedtime different in our summer camp for boys or summer camp for girls?
  • What are the bedtime rituals that we have designed to help every camper feel safe, cared for, and ready to go to sleep?
  • What is the special question that our counselors ask their campers every night of the summer (and why is it so important)? 

We hope that you enjoy getting to know Courtney, Josh, Sean and Rachael in this third episode of #CounselorConversations. As you can imagine, smart, kind, thoughtful, commited camp staff can make a huge difference in a child's first experience away from home, and these guys are just a small sample of our 200+ talented camp staff.

The video is just 7 minutes long and should tell you a lot about our brother/sister camp. If you retweet it please use the hashtag #counselorconversations. 

Watch How We Train Our Staff

Here are some of the recent blogs written by the camp counselors in this video:

A counselor pays it forward at our brother/sister summer camp in NH by Josh Williams

Life lessons learned at our summer camp for girls by Courtney Chaloff

Why a middle school teacher loves working at our summer camp for girls by Rachael Silver

The power of making deep, lasting camp friendships as a camper or staff member by Sean Atkinson 

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Topics: bedtime rituals, counselor conversations

Counselors at our summer camp for kids talk about homesickness

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 26, 2015 9:15:00 AM

It seems that just about every new camper and parent has concerns about homesickness. Would you like to see and hear how some of our most talented camp counselors not only help our campers through it, but leave them feeling more resilient and more confident? 

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Topics: the first day of summer camp, opening day, bus ride to camp, counselor conversations, first day of camp

Our brother/sister camp counselors talk about the first day of camp

Posted by Jason Sebell on Nov 19, 2015 9:09:00 AM

To truly understand a summer camp community you need to know its camp counselors, so we want to introduce you to some of ours!

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Topics: the first day of summer camp, opening day, bus ride to camp, counselor conversations, first day of camp

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