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The Gift of Magic To My Son Away at Summer Camp

It’s Tech’s birthday. He’s 14 years old today. For those of you who read my blog regularly, you know, he’s not home. He’s at summer camp. I wasn’t planning to write today, but my sister-in-law happened to be at camp … Continue reading

Overnight Camp: A Kiss and Tell Account

Summer camp was the best gift my parents ever gave me. At overnight camp, everyone shared clothes, shaving cream, stationery, and secrets. There were no locks: only doors that creaked and banged to announce comings and goings. On Friday nights, … Continue reading

Write An Old-Fashioned Letter To My Kid At Camp

Last year, Tech went to overnight camp for a month. When he got home, he ate and slept. And then he complained that I hadn’t written enough. You guys, I wrote a lot of letters. Seriously, I wrote one every … Continue reading

Snacks For Summer Camp: A #Giveaway via @GoGoSqueez

When I went to overnight camp, we weren’t supposed to bring any food from home. Instead, we got to visit “canteen” once a week, where we could select two treats. I always selected one half-melted chocolate thing and a purple … Continue reading

Will You Write My Son While He Is At Overnight Camp?

Writing funny letters is important when your kid is at overnight camp. Continue reading

Put Sleep-Away Camp on the Must Try List

It happens each summer. People ask about our plans, and when certain folks learn that our child spends three solid weeks each summer at overnight camp, I am met with looks of incredulity and sometimes horror. Continue reading

Summer Camp Blues

Scenario: Your 11 year old daughter has been excited for many months about going away to overnight camp. She has gone to this same camp before and had a great time, but now you are receiving upsetting letters saying that she is homesick and would like to come home after two weeks, instead of three. You call the camp, talk to the assistant director who assures you that your daughter is having a good time. You see pictures on the camp website where it appears that she is having a good time. When you finally speak to your child, she says she just wants to come home. Simple as that. Nothing is really wrong, per se. She would just prefer to be home. Financially, you will lose $1000.

What would you do? Would you get your child and bring her home early? Or would you have her stay the final week? If so, what would you say to your child? Continue reading

The Secret Benefits of Being a Summer Camp Counselor

Most staff members at summer overnight camps would agree that moving from camper to staff is one of the most difficult transitions they have to make. One summer, they are the kids being entertained and – shazzam – the next, they are the adults in charge of making sure their own campers are safe and happy. And while being a counselor is one of the hardest, most exhausting jobs, it can be one of the most rewarding jobs they will ever have. Continue reading

Why Overnight Camp Rocks: Part II

As I mentioned in my last entry, there are definitely parents who buy into the whole ethos of sending one’s child to overnight camp. This entry is not written for them, as that would be preaching to the choir. Really, these pieces are for all the people who have ever looked at me sideways, gotten all judgmental on me, and wandered off whispering to a friend after I have proudly admitted that I send my son to summer camp. And yes, he has been going since he was 8 years old and, yes – eventually – instead of a mere 3 weeks, he will likely spend his entire summers there. Continue reading

Why Overnight Camp Is Nothing To Be Afraid Of

It happens each summer. People ask about our plans, and when certain folks learn that our child spends three solid weeks each summer at overnight camp, I am met with looks of incredulity and sometimes horror.

More often than not, people gasp and say things like: “I could never do that,” as if to imply that I somehow force my son to pack his trunk and duffel and get out of our house. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, if I didn’t let him go, he would consider that the biggest punishment – ever! Continue reading