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8 Ways to Help Children Become Better Problem-Solvers

In this podcast, sociologist Christiner Carter discusses how to encourage creativity and help kids become good problem-solvers. To do so, we should foster creativity, which is the number one skill needed for success.

Some other takeaways from the podcast:

5 Reasons Camp Makes the Perfect Gift for the Holidays

It's never too early to think about gifts that can enrich children's lives.  If you're a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, big sister, big brother, cousin, or family friend, looking to find just the right holiday gift for the children in your life, camp makes a perfect gift-and here are five reasons why! Perfect Present

3 Tips to Help Manage Stress During the Holiday Season

As we approach winter and the holiday season, amidst commitments that can sometimes tax families and parents, a blog by sociologist Christine Carter has some good tips on how to minimize the stresses.

Limiting Smartphone Use Can Enhance Social Intelligence

At our intentionally empowering summer camp near Chicago, we have always recognized the importance of unplugging. Because the whole point of our camp is to enjoy nature, facilitate communication, and empower children by developing those skills, we don't allow cell phones or Ipods, which diminish interpersonal interaction.

Can We Compliment Each Other without Bringing Beauty into It?

I recently read a blog post by Chicago Tribune staffer Heidi Stevens, emphasizing some of what we try to do at our girls summer camp to focus on character development. Please see below for excerpts from her piece “Can we compliment each other without bringing beauty into it?”

-"Your hair looks beautiful and so do you," reads the first Facebook comment beneath a photo [a friend] posted of herself at the Roman Colosseum.

Achieving Legitimacy as a Parent or Child Development Professional (aka Why Authoritarian Punishment Doesn't Work)

I recently finished reading Malcolm Gladwell's recent David and Goliath. One facet of the book centered on the limits of authority and how the efficacy of authoritarianism is not as high as many people think.

Why People Don't Believe That I'm Shy (Compensation Learning) and Why We Are Sure to Help Our Campers Challenge Themselves

I'm shy. Although most non-shy people don't believe me when I tell them that. True, as a director of a summer camp, I'm aware that most people in similar positions are innately comfortable with speaking in front of groups and/or interacting with new and different people. And yet, I'm shy. shy camp director

Why Camp Counselors Make Great Leaders

A recent blog by Stanley Bergman, CEO of Henry Schein, Inc, a Fortune 500 company, underscores the skills and character of camp counselors.


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