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Fun Start to Summer 2017

  What an exciting past few days! We would like to officially welcome our first international staff of the season (picture from left to right). Laura is from a tiny town called Walla-Walla, in Australia. She enjoys archery, and is looking forward to teaching Kupugani campers her impressive skills. Daniel is also from Australia. Back home, he resides in a town called Yass. His favorite color is yellow. Lee is a returning staff member; he is from Durham, England. He likes to travel, and plans on being in the Canadian mountains in the winter. Debbie, from Chicago, USA, stopped by this week ...

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10 Powerful Things You Can Say To Your Kids

At our Chicago area summer camp, we're aware of the importance of empowering children.  When the Pew Research Center showed parents across America a list of 10 skills and asked, “Which of these skills is most important for a child to get ahead in the world today?”, the winner, by a landslide, was communication.  Not only was it chosen as the most important, but it beat out such traditional favorites as reading, writing, teamwork and logic. Communication for kids starts with their parents and it is important to make sure that our kids have not only a direct line of communication with us, ...

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How to Talk to Kids About Scary News

While driving down the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, with a view of the Manhattan skyline gleaming outside the car windows, my 5-year-old daughter suddenly piped up from the backseat, "Did you know people flew planes into the Twin Towers?" It was like someone had knocked the wind of my chest, and my husband had to tighten his grip on the steering wheel. I collected myself enough to respond as casually as I could, despite reeling on the inside. "Um, yes," I said. "How do you know that?" "We learned about it in school," my daughter said, matter-of-factly. "It's really sad." "Yes, yes, it is," I replied. U...

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6 Summer Camp Benefits

For generations, children have spent their summers at day and sleepaway camps, trying new activities such as swimming, hiking, and various sports. But what many families may not realize is that camp provides children with different opportunities to develop important life skills that are difficult to achieve in any other environment. Below are just a few of the many benefits your children will gain from the summer camp experience. 1) Campers obtain the life skills needed to become successful adults. At camp, children gain valuable life skills. In fact, an organization called The Partnership f...

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Taking on Back Talk

Last week, I reread the family diary I kept faithfully years ago when my first two children were little. The entries stop rather abruptly after my third child entered the picture. For ten years, I haven’t had time to look at these notes. Most amusing: examples of the back talk problem I used to have with my middle child. Here are things my daughter actually said to me:   “Mom, I very ’pointed in you!” “Mom, I put you in storage!” “Mom, no YOU be quiet!” She was two years old at the time. Let’s just say, the back talk got worse after that. For about 12 years. I’m sti...

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How To Establish Clear Policies For Your Teen’s Tech Use

Technology has transformed our world so thoroughly that our kids cannot imagine life without gadgets. They expect to have access to these devices 24/7, but their expectations aren’t always realistic. Computers, the Internet and smartphone apps can be tremendous assets to learning, but they can also be significant detractors unless parents establish clear policies for their use. If gadgets are interfering with your child’s schoolwork, try these easy solutions: Establish a daily period free of electronics. When your child returns from school, allow screen access to the computer, cell phon...

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5 Ways to Get Your Family Around the Dinner Table

Have you ever stopped to think about how much "family time" you get on a weekly basis? I'm not talking about watching baseball practice or hosting a sleepover for your daughter. I mean hanging out with just the family—no friends tagging along or focusing on extracurricular activities. For many of us, quality time together is minimal because we're busy. Although many of us regret not setting aside time to spend with our loved ones, a world of convenience and instant everything pushes us along at such a fast pace. As a result, we become sleep-deprived overachievers and overeaters. Research shows ...

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4 Ways to Create an Awesome Kid

When we’re at our girls-only, boys-only, and blended summer camps near Chicago, we see quite a few awesome kids, and do our best at creating an environment to maximize their development. Below are some good tips on how to help your child be the most awesome s/he can be! stay stress-free. Summary below (from the folks at Barking Up the Wrong Tree), with the whole article available at this link.  Work on yourself: Increasing your own happiness and reducing your stress have big effects on your kids. Autonomy: Want them to be successful adults? Make sure they have a say in what they do —...

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4 Ways to Be Stress-Free

When we’re at our summer camp near Chicago. It's pretty easy to be stress-free while enjoying the beautiful land, playing games, or just hanging out with friends. When we’re not at camp, we might need to be a little more intentional about limiting stress in our lives. Below are some good scientifically-backed research tips on how to stay stress-free. Summary below (from the folks at Barking Up the Wrong Tree), with the whole article available at this link. Clench your facial muscles and relax them Take slow, deep breaths Splash your face with cold water Play some music and do a li...

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Are You Culturally Competent?

Especially in today's social climate, it is increasingly important to be mindful and respectful of people of a variety of backgrounds. It can be all too easy to demonize and denigrate someone who you classify as "other".  If you think you've got what it takes, check out our fun, informative quiz to see if you are culturally competent. ...

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