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Kids Lives Matter

Here's a link to a recent op-ed piece in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by camp director Kevin Gordon detailing the importance of interaction among children of different backgrounds: Kids Lives Matter. ...

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4 Warning Signs Your Child Might Be Being Bullied

At  all times, and especially during Anti-Bullying Month, we should be aware of how our children are doing socially. At summer camps for kids, it can be easier to see if bullying behaviors are present.  The challenge can be at home, where much social behavior takes place away from families or online. Here are 4 useful warning signs that a child might be being bullied: Frequent headaches A drop in grades (even in just one subject) Being upset after social events Excessive concern about being popular A link to a full article from Tesh.com is here....

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7 Steps That Will Make You Happy All Day

When we're at our Midwest summer camp and playing GaGa, rock climbing, or just hanging out with friends, it's pretty easy to be happy.  After all, communing in nature, having fun, and having a great time in the sun are easy ways to create smiles.  When we're not at camp, we might need to be a little more focused to make those smiles last all day.  Below are some good scientifically-backed research tips on what you can do to get that good feeling all day.  Summary below (from the folks at Barking Up the Wrong Tree), with the whole article available at this link. Have something to look for...

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3 Scientifically-Based Ways to be More Assertive

At our multicultural summer camp near Chicago, we practice assertiveness techniques to help empower our campers and staff. A recent blog from Barking Up the Wrong Tree has a few useful tools.  Bullets are below, with the full blog available at this link.  Focus on controlling only your own behavior, i.e. not other people's If you want something, ask! Try to get people to change their behavior, not their personality. ...

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5 Fun Ways to Be More Successful

It may be easy to have fun and thrive at summer camp. Sometimes it might take a little more intentionality. Luckily, science has some ways to help us out regarding how we can be more successful in life. Below are some good scientifically-backed research tips on how you can do exactly that. Bullets below, with the whole article available at this link.   Happiness brings success (i.e. not the other way around, as is commonly misconstrued). See problems as challenges, not threats. Having more work means you need more social support. Also, it's better for to give support than to receive it...

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10 Things You Should Do Everyday to Feel Good

While it's relatively easy while at summer camp to do things that make you feel good, when not at camp, it might take a little more intention to do so. Below are some good scientifically-backed research tips on what you can do to maintain a good mood. Bullets below, with the whole article available at this link. Get out in nature Exercise Spend time with friends and family Express gratitude Meditate Get enough sleep Challenge yourself Laugh Touch someone Be optimistic  ...

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How To Never Have to Argue with Your Kids (Or Anyone)

At our summer camp in the Midwest, we work on conflict resolution techniques to help empower our campers and staff. A recent blog from the good folks at Barking Up the Wrong Tree, a blog offering cool life tips, emphasized a few ways that we can use to never have to argue with your kids (or anyone).  Bullets are below, with the full blog available at this link. Listen With Full Attention: Everyone needs to feel understood; kids are no different. Acknowledge Their Feelings: Paraphrase what they said. Don’t say you understand, show them you do. Give Their Feelings A Name: “Sounds ...

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Trusting Child Development Professionals to do Their Jobs

As parents, we seek the best for our children. What can sometimes be a challenge is recognizing that the best thing for our children is letting them navigate their own path, and sometimes letting them fail.Life's best lessons aren’t always learned through getting your way, or creating situations where your children get their way. For example, when parents confront coaches about playing time (or referees about perceived bad calls...or camp directors about experiences related to camp) for their kids, they send dueling bad messages: that the child deserves the time (or call) and that the child c...

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Kupugani Diary Cabin Day : July 31st (The day from the perspective of the camera girl)

Donuts and a later than normal morning circle after a night under the stars was perfect for the Kupu-campers this Sunday. I’m pretty sure I heard snoring 15 minutes into “The Lego Movie” last night. The morning was a little slow, but picked up very fast once the kids got into their songs and skits with their cabin. Several of them came running back eager to start the activity that their cabin agreed on. Since some campers chose the same activities, they were able to play games together which gave me some great photo opportunities! After a much needed La Tienda (eh eh eh) break, the kids ...

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Final Night of Blended Session

“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage.  The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” - William Ellery ChanningWe reflected on this quote in our morning circle.  It's always refreshing to hear the campers' perspective. For camptivities, we Crate Stacked, Tie Dyed, Swam,  and played 9 Square in the Air.  As part of campers' preparation for their departure tomorrow, we signed our Blended session 2016 Bench. These campers have definitely left their mark on camp.  The campers sang their appreciation to the kitchen after they enjoyed Tash’s famous Chicken Kiev. The campers t...

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