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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 To Help Your Anxious Son Prepare for Summer Camp

How To Help Your Anxious Son Prepare for Summer Camp

  • 1/15/2019 4:09:00 PM
Parents who attended overnight camps in New England as a child often can’t wait for their own children to experience camp themselves. Camp is a great time for kids to learn and try new things. It is also the optimal opportunity to make new friends and develop life-long skills. Camp is also full of fun activities that your child will get to pick and choose from, including canoeing, crafts, swimming, and so more.If at any point in the months, weeks, or days leading up to your child’s sleep away camp, you begin to notice that you are more excited camp then they are, take a step back and check in with your child. Here are a few tactics you can use to help your child open up so you can help them manage their anxiety.Make an Observation About Their FeelingsDepending on how in-tune your child is with their feelings and how open they are to share them, you may want to start with a simple observation. An observation leaves the conversation open-ended, allowing them to share as much or as little as they want. Try saying something like: “From the look on your face, I wonder if you are a little nervous about going to camp.”Listen to Their ReplyStay connected, offer comf...
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5 Qualities That Make a Good Camp Counselor

5 Qualities That Make a Good Camp Counselor

  • 12/15/2018 9:09:00 AM
One key factor parents should consider when researching overnight camps in New England, is the qualifications of camp counselors and directors. This is important because these individuals will be responsible for your child while they are at camp. So, what makes a good camp counselor? Here are 5 qualities of a good camp counselor.InitiativeIt is crucial that counselors take initiative in every aspect of their job, not waiting around for someone to tell them or ask them or even remind them of the things they are responsible for doing as part of their job as a camp counselor. Good camp counselors will take their initiative to the next level by doing the little things, such as helping someone when they notice they need help, picking up stray items, and generally being a good contributor to the success of the camp.SelflessnessWhile this might appear to be self-explanatory to most, it is worth stating the obvious that campers come first while at camp. It is important for camp counselors to have this mentality when they come to camp, and strive to maintain it throughout the duration of summer camps. Although campers do come first, good camp counselors will still know when to take a few mi...
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7 Mistakes Parents Make When Selecting a Summer Camp

7 Mistakes Parents Make When Selecting a Summer Camp

  • 12/1/2018 9:18:00 AM
For many parents, the idea of sending their sons away to boys summer camps in New Hampshire is a tradition that extends from their childhood. For others, it is a good way to get their son out of the house and active for a part of their summer break. And yet, for others, a camp is a good way for their sons to make new friends, discover new interests, and grow in ways they can’t at home. Despite the reason for sending your child to a summer camp, it is important to find the right camp where your child can grow, develop, and make lasting friendships. Unfortunately, some parents lose sight of this and look for a camp they want, rather than a camp that’s best for their child. Here are some of the most common mistakes parents make when selecting a summer camp.Letting Kids Stay in their Comfort ZoneMost people, especially younger kids, are notorious for resisting and fighting change. While having a routine and sticking to their comfort zone feels nice, children grow best when they are challenged, which requires being pushed outside of their comfort zone. This can be achieved by sending them to the right summer camp that allows them to experience new things.Not Keeping the...
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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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