We have worked to maintain the integrity of the camp experience for the boys by avoiding the coming and going created by lots of session lengths and choices. Most of the boys, regardless of age, come to Kabeyun for one of the two four-week sessions. The whole community starts and departs at the same time, assuring the boys of the chance to connect with everyone at camp - we all get to know each other very well, and very fast.
Typically, about 20% of the boys stay through the changeover, for the Extended Stay or The Summer sessions. Therefore, we begin again at the start of Half Summer II with all the same group bonding and orientation activities as the start of Half Summer I. Boys who attend Half Summer II only do not come into an already-established camp community.
The two-week Introductory session is available to first-time campers, 7 and 8 years old, for their first summer only. "The Cubs" is a unique Kabeyun experience, designed to prepare boys for the following summer when they'll attend for four or even eight weeks. They live together, choose activities together, and are guided through the session by a dedicated group of veteran counselors whose sole focus is on ensuring a fantastic, successful two weeks.
Visit the Director's Blog in the Resources section and read the "How Many Weeks?" entry for a full discussion of the session lengths at Kabeyun.
The counseling internship program at Kabeyun is a wonderful opportunity for older campers to expand their involvement with camp and to prepare for the challenges they will face if, in the future, they join the Kabeyun staff. The intern program is vastly different from the summers participants have experienced in the past. There is a focused and specific curriculum, concentrated on developing leadership, teaching, and group management skills. Interns work closely with counselors in activities and in the cabin, observing and being observed, teaching and co-teaching. These experiences are enhanced through regular group meetings, workshops, and individual feedback conferences. And, while graduates of the program are invariably more prepared for the challenges of camp counseling work than they would otherwise be, participation in and completion of the intern program in no way guarantees future employment on Kabeyun’s staff.
Learn more about the Counseling Internship program.