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Campfire traditions that create a deep sense of belonging and meaning

We know that entering a new community can be hard for even the most extroverted person. Campfires are one of our favorite ways to help welcome new campers and counselors join our extended camp family, and help make sure they know our community’s norms, values and traditions. This short video is a look into what […]

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How Emotional Vulnerability Can Foster Deeper, Lifelong Friendships

I recently saw a documentary that had some pretty profound thoughts about how people form and maintain deep friendships. In it, country singer Trey Hirsch was interviewed, and he bemoaned how much harder it is to make new and close friendships later in life. His analysis was that this was due to two important factors: […]

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How intentional summer camp rituals help combat homesickness

When you feel connected to the people around you life somehow feels easier. When you feel attached and supported by the institutions in your life, adapting to changes somehow becomes easier, more manageable. It’s even been reported in the Journal of Science that feeling disconnected from peers and social groups can be as detrimental to […]

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So what do you do at camp when it rains?

There are some characteristics that are ubiquitous to all quality summer camps. Every summer camp should help its campers make new friends. Any good overnight camp should give its children the chance to gain independence and improve at the activities that they are passionate about. That these qualities are considered crucial outcomes at our brother-sister summer camp in NH does […]

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Very Happy Campers | Summer Camp Rituals

It’s day two of the summer of 2014, and already we have some very happy campers It’s hard to not be a happy camper on a day like today. The weather was perfect — warm and sunny with beautiful blue skies all day long. Today was our second full day of the summer, and with […]

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