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How Summer Camp Helped A Camper to Never Say "I Can't"

At our multicultural summer camp near Chicago, we recognize the power of a good camp experience to transform campers' lives, and the impact of positive psychology.

8 Good Tips on How to Be an Intentional Parent

At our multicultural summer camp near Chicago, we strive to be intentionally challenging, intentionally empowering, and intentionally fun. The concept of intentionality appeals to many of our parents, who are also quite intentional in the values and character development they wish for their children.

Defining Camp as an Ultimate 21st Century Skills Learning Environment

At our summer camp outside of Chicago, Illinois, we recognize the critical piece that a summer camp experience can play in the development of children and young adults.

10 Great Ways to Prepare for Camp

Even though winter is fully upon is in the Midwest, we are busy preparing for this summer's great versions of our girls-only and boys-only camp programs! As we've been visiting with potential camp families at camp fairs, a common question is how they should prepare for a first-time camp experience.

To help your child maximize a camp experience, here are ten ways to help that happen!

Should we focus on achievement or caring?...Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise children to be kind


At our multicultural summer camp, we try to be intentional to foster an environment encouraging children to be their best selves to and with each other. You'd think that most parents would share that goal right?  Unfortunately, a recent study shows otherwise--that children believe their parents are more concerned with the kids' achievement than whether they cared for others.

5 Ways to Emphasize Why Your Child Can (and Should?) Go to Camp for the First Time on Their Own

Parents, especially those of first-time campers, often tell me that their child is looking forward to attending camp, but that they're comfortable doing so only if they go with a friend. At first blush, this seems like a good idea—what better way than to enjoy a fantastic new camp experience than to do so with a good buddy? However, often what that child might really be saying is that they're not sure of what to expect from their camp experience, and, like a security blanket, the friend will offer them comfort and security.

Why Parents Appreciate Summer Camp

As the new year picks up pace, resolution makers ponder how to come through on the self-promises made. As parents resolving to enhance the experiences of their children and themselves in the coming year, finding a great summer camp program offers many great growth opportunities. In a recent blog article, camp directors Stephanie and Mitch Reiter explore what children develop at summer camp and how families and parents appreciate those developments.

Good Family Dinner Table Conversation Starters

As the new year gets underway, it's a good time to start new family habits or reinforce good ones that you're already doing. At our dinner table, it can sometimes help to have some tricks up our sleeve to facilitate easy conversations and bonding with our child. A recent article by Casey Seidenberg has some good additional ideas—some highlighted below—to add to your go-to list!


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First Time Camper Discount

First time campers can receive a discount when they register for girls or boys sessions!