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.
 
Boys Summer Camp: Tips for Worried Parents

Boys Summer Camp: Tips for Worried Parents

  • 4/24/2017 11:18:00 AM
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Summer time means freedom from school, endless sunny days, and a good deal of rough housing in your kitchen, living room, and hallways for months. Not to worry, there's a boys summer camp for that. But even as you get ready to ship them off to camp and regain some of your own sanity, it's natural to feel nervous. They're your kids, as crazy as they can be sometimes, you want what's best for them. However, much of your worrying will be ineffective at helping your boy have the experience of a lifetime, so relax! Here are some tips to handle preparing for camp: It's ok to pack light. We know you've got an ever-expanding mental list of things your child may need at camp, but let it go. Don't burden yourself or their growing bodies with pounds of unnecessary-but-possibly-helpful items. They'll be on the go most of the day, and anything they don't need is just going to clutter up their small cabin space. It's highly unlikely they will use or need everything you want to pack for them “just in case.”   Say no to obsessing. Though you may want to call camp each day while checking their website photo gallery for updates every couple of...
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How to Choose a Summer Camp for Boys

How to Choose a Summer Camp for Boys

  • 4/17/2017 12:06:00 PM
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Summer camp for boys is more than just goofing off around a camp fire and roasting various foods. Camps can give your boys extraordinary growing experiences that prove to be some of their favorite memories. Spending time away from home and electronic screens will help build independence, resilience, and social skills. But how can you be sure you're choosing the right camp for your child?Do Proper ResearchWhether you've decided to send your boys to an overnight camp or a day camp, or both depending on age and personality, it's highly recommended that you speak with the camp directors. Quality camps will be expecting you to contact them, and some may contact you if you're new to their program. Look for a camp that is proactive in their communication efforts and takes the time to answer all your questions and concerns. Ask for references and talk with other parents about their opinion of the camp and their child's experience. Make sure you choose a camp that matches your child's interests. Camps focused purely on athletic activities won't be very appealing to the artist in your family. If your child has all kinds of interests, find a summer camp for boys th...
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The best!

  • 4/3/2017 12:34:00 PM
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Summer time activities for boys ages 7-16 can range anywhere from sleeping past noon and video game marathons to playing around the neighborhood from dawn 'til dusk, though you never quite know where they are or if they're safe. At Camp Kabeyun, we solve these problems and then some.Camp Kabeyun is located on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and has been among the best boys summer camps in New England since 1924. Our pristine facilities allow boys of varying ages and interests to grow and explore each day in ways that encourage them to be themselves, while providing opportunities to pursue options they may have never considered before. Camp counselors provide a safe learning environment for the boys, whether they're new to a skill or seeking to perfect it.Our camp offers a unique array of experiences like no other. When most people think about camping, the activities that come to mind are mostly outdoorsy or athletic. Here at Camp Kabeyun, we are proud to honor the wide variety of interests each boy may possess. Our program rests on three main areas of focus: individual challenge sports, creative arts, and adventure trips. In all of our programs, the boys are encouraged ...
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As it is in Paddling

As it is in Paddling

With Paddling the challenge comes from within and the obstacles to be overcome are the water the wind and the weather rather than other participants. We paddle at our own pace while we explore the wild that is on the water. Paddling opens our eyes to the natural world and to the cycle of the earth and the earth's internal clock. We paddle open water, steep narrow creeks, shallow marshes, tidal rips, ocean waves, great white water rivers wide open lakes and the list continues. When paddling whitewater we learn to stay cool when things get tense, and when we get into too deep we learn how to get out of trouble. We learn that some days it is appropriate to challenge ourselves and that other days it is equally appropriate to walk away. When we paddle a distance on a canoe trail or collection of lakes we are thankful for the sound of the rhythm of our paddles in the water, for the late evening loon cry and the croak of the early morning bull frogs. We embrace the calm and the peace from our experiences. We paddle for life as there are so many ways to get on the water and so many adventures around the next river bend.Shawn Lupa is Kabeyun's head of trips, and ...
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Mother Nature Kicks in to Help Pre-Camp Work

Not only are Mark, Bruce, Bill, Jake and others continuing positive pre-camp work but so is Mother Nature.  The weather has been beautiful even if hot and dry these past days.  So we're all putting the pedal to the medal allowing a lot of progress early on.  The leaves are just beginning to blossom.  Here's a picture showing the greening of camp...pretty soon it will be difficult to see across camp as it all fills in and camp will look pretty much the way most remember last seeing it...
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Another Level of Kabeyun

Kabeyun exists on many levels. One of those levels is a 6 week program that happens at camp each spring called NELP which stands for New England Literature Program.  NELP has been coming here for decades and is comprised of 14 staff/teachers many of whom teach at the University of Michigan and 40 students from UM.   The students, mostly Juniors and Seniors, come here to study in depth the literary classic greats of New England like Frost and Thoreau.  They live in the cabins at camp without any access to modern day technology (computers, cell phones, TV, et. al.).  Some cabins are turned into classrooms, like the Stiff becomes the "Beehive" and the "Woodchucks" becomes their library  complete with wood stove, couches, and shelves filled with books to check out and read.   While here, they take 1, 2, and 3 day camping trips to the Whites and into Maine, canoeing trips, and visit historical sites like Mary Baker Eddy's home and the Shaker Village.  Some students go on a "solo" being sent into the woods to spend a solitary night and all, at one point or another, are taken in groups somewhere unbeknowst to them with instructions to find their way back to camp within the day (and they d...
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