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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.
5 Life Lessons that Can Be Learned at a Boys Summer Camp

5 Life Lessons that Can Be Learned at a Boys Summer Camp

  • 6/2/2018 3:00:00 PM
Memories of the sleep-away camp experience often include long, warm days filled with campfire songs, snacks that only taste good when roasted over an open flame, nights filled with laughter, and days packed with adventures and breathtaking views only nature can produce. Spending time at a boys summer camp can also be a great way to teach adolescents and teens many important lessons that can be applied later in life, like the ones discussed below.Relationship BuildingSummer camp teaches boys to meet and interact with other people in a way that's positive and productive. Many of the friendships forged while at camp translate into lifelong relationships because of the experiences shared together. The ability to find common ground with new people is a skill that can also come in handy in other situations.Self-ConfidenceThe first time starting a fire, rock climbing, fishing, or wakeboarding may cause some anxiety for campers. However, the encouragement provided by both counselors and fellow campers that often leads to successfully overcoming lingering doubts and doing things once thought to be difficult or impossible, can result in a boost in self-confidence. It's feelings like ...
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Dos and Don’ts When Preparing for Camp

Dos and Don’ts When Preparing for Camp

  • 5/21/2018 3:16:00 PM
Attending camp is an exciting time, it means that summer is here! Many boys wait the entire year for camp and are anxious for the fun to begin. There is a lot to do to prepare, including packing and communicating with camp, here is a checklist of a few dos and don’ts when preparing to attend New Hampshire summer camps.Dos Communication: It is important to communicate with your camp’s director, especially if your child is feeling reluctant to attend camp, apprehension, or worry. Camp counselors can help young campers ease into camp with a heads up that your child is nervous. Paperwork: Before arriving to camp, check to make sure that all registration and information forms have been filled out completely. These forms will provide camp with valuable and critical information about all campers attending camp. Orientation: If possible, attend a camp orientation or open house. This gives your child the opportunity to meet the staff and counselors, while learning more about camp, including the programs and activities that are available. This is your opportunity to ask questions about camp, what to expect and how communication is handled once your child arrives at camp. Connect:...
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What Happens When Homesickness Strikes

What Happens When Homesickness Strikes

  • 5/7/2018 3:13:00 PM
Many first-time camp parents ask camp directors and counselors the question, “What happens if my child gets homesick while at a summer camp for boys?” The good thing is, homesickness isn’t as common as many parents think. Many first-time campers never experience homesickness as they are having too much fun at camp to think about home and miss it.While homesickness is not that common, it is common for some to experience a few tears the first day as they are settling in and meeting their cabin mates. Children are more adaptable than we give them credit for, so there’s no need to spend time preparing your child for something that will probably not happen.It is recommended that unless your child brings up the issue, you avoid mentioning it at all. Most parents mean well and try to prepare their child for what to expect at camp and think that includes talking to them about the possibility of homesickness. In most cases, this only creates a problem where one doesn’t exist. A child who has been prompted to think about homesickness, may believe that they are in fact homesick when faced with something unfamiliar.If your child does talk about the possibility of ...
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How to Select the Right Summer Camp for Your Boy

How to Select the Right Summer Camp for Your Boy

  • 3/5/2018 2:22:00 PM
Summer is just around the corner, and you’re not sure what your son should do during his free time. Many parents consider camp at some point because the experience can be defining for their child. Take a look at how to select a summer camp for boys. The fun is infectious when you match your son to the proper program.Camping Type and Time CommitmentWhen deciding on a summer camp, consider your son’s personality and the time he is able to commit to camp. Generally, camps can be divided into three categories: day camps, overnight camps, and resident camps. Day camps are, as you probably gathered, only during the day. At a day camp, your child comes home and sleeps in his own bed every night. Overnight camps are short, usually between two and seven days, and allow boys to meets their age but without having to be away from home for too long. A resident camp is a summer camp for boys with an immersive program. These camps might go on for two, four, or more weeks, allowing boys to form lasting relationships and truly build independence.Pricing the ExperienceResidential camps will always cost more than day camps. The price includes all lodging, activities, supervision, and food...
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3 Benefits of Going to an Overnight Summer Camp

3 Benefits of Going to an Overnight Summer Camp

  • 2/19/2018 1:38:00 PM
Many parents want their children to engage with other kids and learn how to be social. For many decades, summer camps have been a great option to keep children entertained and active when they're on break from school. By spending time at one of the overnight camps in New England, your child can create new memories and grow as an individual. If you're considering putting your kids in an overnight summer camp, here are some of the benefits that it offers.IndependenceSummer camps can help children learn how to develop independence as they spend a significant amount of time away from home and their parents. They'll learn how to do activities on their own and develop more confidence. They can form new habits and routines while becoming more self-sufficient. As kids try new activities and begin to succeed, they'll become more courageous when it comes to getting outside of their box and breaking their normal routine.Healthy Social InteractionMany kids struggle with being overly shy or antisocial, which can make it challenging to make new friends. Spending time with other kids in a fun, flexible environment outside of the classroom can force them to learn how to become soci...
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3 Characteristics of a Great Summer Camp

3 Characteristics of a Great Summer Camp

  • 2/5/2018 1:30:00 PM
If you are a parent thinking about sending your child to summer camp for the first time, you may be overwhelmed by the many choices available. In fact, there are more than 5,000 options across the United States. Consider these guidelines when you set out to choose the best summer camp for your child.ActivitiesA camp should have many different activities available for your child to enjoy. Some camps have a specific focus like creative arts, computer science, cooking, or sports. Other camps have a more general focus, which allows the camper to explore many different activities during their stay. Since children often change their interests frequently, the best summer camps in New England offer a variety of activities, such as creative arts, sports, photography, and orienteering.LeadershipA summer camp is usually directed by a head administrator who hand-selects individuals to serve as counselors. Exploring the attitudes and beliefs of the director is a great way to get to know more about the camp. Most directors willingly talk to parents about what they see as the key values they think campers should take away from the camp. Reading the camp's mission statement and objectives can ...
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