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.
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 […]
We all know that character counts! I was inspired by reading about an effort by some leading educators to develop a character education and measurement system. It was no surprise that the key strengths are all qualities and skills we focus on at camp!
Now that we’re settling in back at home in Florida, we’re looking back on the summer and analyzing what worked best, and what might need improvement. We feel we had one of our best summers ever, and evidently our camper families and staff agree. We’re receiving wonderful feedback, and I wanted to share these with you.
Now that camp is over, we’re getting heartfelt feedback from campers and parents. After all the hard work, this is the time we get to say “that’s what it’s all about!” We’re so happy to be able to provide a positive summer experience for kids and teens. Please take a glimpse at this beautiful letter from one of our campers.
Tonight a new tradition was born at Maine Arts Camp. We now have a lobster and a moose character who will be bringing us tidbits of information on a regular basis. It all happened when our senior art director, Marilyn Barry happened upon some adorable character hats on a day off […]
Session 1 is drawing to a close at Maine Arts Camp, and so many wonderful things have been transpiring: new friendships, courage to try new things, beautiful artwork, talented and fun performances, and so much more. Please join me as I give you a glimpse of what’s been happening here and what your children have been up to!
As I am completely immersed in thoughts of camp, I find myself wondering what new adventures lie ahead for us this summer. Communicating with our staff on a more regular basis, I am feeling the excitement growing as we prepare to join each other at our summer “home.” While campers are busy shopping and packing, staff are doing and feeling many of the same things. Please join me as I fill you in on what happens at staff training, and how we come together to create the magic of camp!
Camp can truly change a child’s life. It’s amazing how the benefits last a lifetime. Read the stories and comments that we hear from our campers and their families. Camp is a place where kids can make new friends, try new activities, learn to take care of themselves, and gain huge amounts of self-esteem.
One of the biggest parts of my job as assistant camp director is talking to parents throughout the year. I hear from parents of returning campers as well as prospective campers, and I answer many questions and address many concerns.
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