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The Blog of the West Wind

The Blog of the West Wind

Offseason musings from the Director and other voices regarding Kabeyun’s philosophy and the role of camp in developing strong, confident, and caring boys.
How Do You Know if Your Child is Ready for an Overnight Camp?

How Do You Know if Your Child is Ready for an Overnight Camp?

  • 11/1/2018 10:21:00 AM
Some kids are going to be ready to attend an overnight camp at an earlier age than others. There are factors that will affect when a child is ready. To many kids, the idea of an overnight camp at one of the best summer camps in New England sounds like the best way to spend the summer. While your child might think he is ready to spend a few weeks away from mom and dad, there are a few things that you can consider to determine if he is really ready or not.How Independent Are They?You may have sent your child to spend a night or two at a grandparent’s house, but going to camp is different. It isn’t always easy to predict how they are going to react to being away from home and parents for an extended period of time. Chances are, if they do well staying at a grandparent or friend’s house, they will adjust to staying at an overnight camp.Prepare Your Camper for a Unique Learning ExperienceAttending a sleepaway camp is often the first time a child spends the night away from their family. Being able to successfully handle the situation is a big achievement. Camp provides a unique learning experience in which kids are able to learn how to solve problems and work collaborat...
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FAQ’s About Summer Camp: Asked by Kids

FAQ’s About Summer Camp: Asked by Kids

  • 10/15/2018 4:21:00 PM
Getting to attend a summer camp for boys is an exciting and highly-anticipated event for many youngsters. Although many look forward to the experience of being away from home for a few weeks, many still have a few questions, especially if it is their first-time attending camp. Here are some of the most frequently asked question that camp directors and counselors receive from prospective campers.  What is the best part of camp?Everything! There is so much to do at camp that many campers have a hard time deciding on just one thing that is their favorite. For some, the best part is meeting and making new friends, for others, it is trying new activities that you might not normally try. And for many, it's just living at camp, in a safe, welcoming, and caring environment. There are so many fun things to see and do at camp that we think camp is the best way to spend your summer.What will I do every day while at camp?There is so much to do while at camp! Activities may include anything from swimming, fishing, and tennis to pottery, archery, and woodworking. The best part is that you get to decide what you want to do each day; you are in complete control of your schedule.What if I ...
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A Brief Overview of Different Types of Summer Camps

A Brief Overview of Different Types of Summer Camps

  • 10/1/2018 4:17:00 PM
With so many overnight camps in New England to choose from, how do you begin to narrow it down and find the right camp? One of the first things you can do is to determine what type of camp is going to be right for you and your child.If you have an older, more mature child who is ready for some independence, an overnight camp might be the perfect solution. For kids who aren’t quite ready for a night away from home or mom and dad, there are plenty of other options available. Here is a brief overview of the different types of summer camps that are available for kids to enjoy all summer long.Overnight CampsAt an overnight camp, campers stay away from home for a predetermined period of time. At camp, campers stay in cabins with anywhere from 4-12 other campers. Aside from having other campers in their cabin, there are camp counselors who provide guidance and supervision throughout camp. Overnight camps offer a wide range of activities that allow campers to learn and explore new interests in a fun and safe environment.Sports CampsA sports camp is ideal for kids who are interested in playing sports. In addition to getting to play and learn more about their favorite sport, a sports c...
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Day Camp Vs. Overnight Camp

Day Camp Vs. Overnight Camp

  • 9/15/2018 4:11:00 PM
When looking at all your options for boys summer camp and which one will be the best fit for your son, one of the biggest factors you’ll have to consider is whether you want to send him to a day camp or an overnight camp. For some boys, the thought of staying away from home and sleeping in a strange place is terrifying, yet for others, it is an adventure they can’t wait to experience for themselves.When children spend a few days away from home at a summer camp with other kids around their age, they are placed in a major growing experience. Something about being away from home, family, and what they are comfortable with for an extended period of time creates an atmosphere in which they can begin to mature and develop a sense of independence, all while boosting their self-esteem.If you are trying to decide between sending your son to a day camp or an overnight camp, here are a few differences to take into consideration when making the decision.PriceWhen considering your options, it should come as no surprise that the cost of overnight camp is going to be substantially higher than day camp. Overnight camps also include the cost of room and board, meals, and overnight staff...
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Tips for Adjusting to Life After Summer Camp

Tips for Adjusting to Life After Summer Camp

  • 9/1/2018 4:01:00 PM
Regardless of how many times your child has attended a summer camp New Hampshire, adjusting back to life at home can be challenging. For first-timers, there is a plethora of information available online to help prepare for camp—what to pack, how to say goodbye, and tips for writing letters to your young camper. But what the transition back to home life? Here are a few tips to help both you and your camper adjust to life following summer camp.Campers May Not Be Quite as Happy to be Home as You ThoughtMost parents who send their child to an overnight camp for the first time will expect their child to be really excited to see them when they return home. But they may not be quite as excited as you envisioned. Yes, they will be excited to see you, but they may also be sad that camp is over. Don’t be surprised if your child is quiet or sheds a few tears when they first get back, this is likely because they have left friendships behind and may be experiencing conflicting emotions.ListenEach child is going to want to talk about their camp experience differently. Some children are more likely to give you a play-by-play of what they did every day, telling you stories, singing the...
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 Tips to Help an Anxious Child Prepare for Camp

Tips to Help an Anxious Child Prepare for Camp

  • 8/15/2018 3:52:00 PM
Attending one of the best summer camps in New England is a summer tradition for many families. It becomes something that both parents and children look forward to, counting down the days until camp starts. Once at camp, days are filled with hours of outdoor play, campfires, and making friends and life-long memories. While camp is a fun and anxiously anticipated event for many, what about children who are anxious about attending an overnight camp? Here are a few tips to help an anxious child enjoy their time at camp. Let your child establish a sense of ownership over their camp experience. Involve them in packing their clothes prior to leaving for camp. Familiarize them with the different events and activities that are available at camp so they will know what to expect and be able to start thinking about what activities they want to participate in. Get your child excited for camp. Take them shopping to purchase necessary items that they will need for camp. If they are involved in picking out their gear, they will be more excited and look forward to being able to use it at camp. Avoid talking about what makes your child anxious about camp. Ask open-ended questions to get them talking...
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