We do a lot of intentional things to help children and teens make friends at camp…We start the intentional friend making as soon as campers arrive by getting them involved in games and activities on check-in day. Our returning campers are great about welcoming new campers, and we make an effort to bring them into the process. They all can remember what it feels like to be the new kid on the block at camp. Each day we also have “free time” for about a half hour before dinner, and all our counselors pay close attention to how the campers are interacting while we’re all outside together in a designated area. If any of them seem to be struggling to find a game to get involved in or campers to hang out with, a counselor might join in the game and gently coax the reluctant camper along. Meals are a prime time for campers to get to know each other, and we spend time in staff training coming up with conversation starters to use at meals to help this process go smoothly. Often we ask counselors to share some of those specific conversation starters with campers who seem to struggle with talking to people.
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In my last posting, I wrote about all the visual arts we offer at Maine Arts Camp. With more than 60 activities, we have many other types of activities as well. We provide high quality instruction in everything we offer, all in a non-competitive environment. And […]
With camp approaching soon, our campers are busy deciding which activities they’d like to take at camp. Ours is a completely elective schedule, and campers get 10 activities during each 2 week session. All of our 2012 activity choices are listed on the activity signup sheet, but I’ll start […]
In my last blog post, I wrote about how to know if your child is ready for overnight camp. Ready or not, many campers will experience homesickness, even if they’ve been to camp before. This usually happens in the first day or so, and in most cases it dissipates by the third day. […]
As usual for this time of year, we’ve been busy meeting with families who are interested in sending their children to Maine Arts Camp. Â Some of these have been brief interactionsÂ at camp fairs where we need to get the key messages across quickly, while the more meaningful ones have been […]
Weâve spent the fall assessing last summer, reviewing evaluations from camper families, revamping our website, designing new marketing materials, and getting in touch with staff and camp families. We value the feedback tremendously, utilizing it to make improvements each summer. The feedback also helps reinforce what makes our camp special for the children […]
I know it’s the holidays, and you might not be thinking about camp yet; but maybe you should be! If you start nice and early, you can take your time and shop around to find the right camp for your child. Read more for 10 questions to ask to get you started.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to learn what a caring community I live in. For families who struggle to put enough food on their tables, the holidays can be especially difficult. The Caring Kitchen in Delray Beach organizes a tremendous project, supported by churches and synagogues and other organizations in the community, to provide Thanksgiving meals to the needy.
One of the special aspects of being part of a small, nurturing camp community is that kids and teens feel special. They know they’re recognized and cared about, they know their voice is heard, and they know their feelings are respected. When you’re in a place where even the camp director knows your name, it feels good. It feels like a place where you belong and where friendships are yours for the taking.
It’s almost Thanksgiving, and that means time is flying by! By the time you’re done cleaning up from the holidays, summer will be here in the blink of an eye. Now is actually the perfect time to start shopping for summer camp. Either call us, or if you’re in the Boston area, please stop by our information sessions in Chestnut Hill or Danvers next weekend!
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