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Using Music to Teach 21st Century Skills At Summer Camp

Posted by Jason Sebell on Jan 13, 2015 3:50:00 PM

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.

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Topics: 21st century skills, james manigley, coaches and teachers

This Hollowpallooza Was An Amazing Special Event!

Posted by Jason Sebell on Aug 3, 2014 3:31:00 AM

This Hollowpallooza was an amazing special event for everyone at our summer camp in NH

What a day to remember at Camp! This afternoon and evening our community came together for our 13th annual music festival called Hollowpallooza. Over the course of 5 hours our campers demonstrated every skill that we work on during the summer.  In performing in front of their friends they took healthy risks, showed off the skills that they had spent the summer honing, and received overwhelming support in response.  They were in charge of selecting their songs and arrangements, putting together their own bands, and flexing creative muscles that many didn’t even know they had.  In their band practices and on stage tonight we saw many of them take on meaningful leadership roles.  We also saw them learning how to collaborate in groups, and how to take in the opinions of others without compromising their artistic visions.  We also had 55 different acts where campers worked on a project over the course of five weeks, and saw it through with a glorious finish.  What an incredible event!

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Topics: Hollowpallooza, music festival, james manigley

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