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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.
10 Reasons Why Camp is Great for Kids

10 Reasons Why Camp is Great for Kids

  • 7/20/2018 3:24:00 PM
Anyone who has attended a summer camp themselves will know first-hand just how rewarding and exciting New Hampshire summer camps can be. Having had the experience yourself, as a parent it is only natural that you want your child to have those same experiences. But parents who did not attend camp as a child might not realize just how important of a role camp can play. Here are 10 of the top reasons why attending a summer camp is great for your child. Increased Physical Activity. Nowadays, children spend the majority of their time inside, sitting down. Camp provides campers with the opportunity to get outside and to get active. Whether it be running, hiking, swimming, biking, jumping or any other physical activity, there are numerous activities that will get your child outside and moving.   Increase Their Confidence. During the school year, children are exposed to academic, athletic, and social competition. At camp, much of that competition is removed and children are able to build their self-confidence and self-esteem. All the activities that campers can participate in at camp are non-competitive and are focused on the individual boy and his goals and abilities.   Gain Res...
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7 Things Parents Should Know Before Sending Their Son to Summer Camp

7 Things Parents Should Know Before Sending Their Son to Summer Camp

  • 7/6/2018 3:13:00 PM
Summer is the perfect time to send your son to a sleep-away summer camp. Whether you elect to attend a camp close to home or one that is a further away, it is a great experience for young boys. Sending their child to a summer camp for boys is one that many parents look forward to, as it reminds them of summers when they were young. But, attending camp yourself and sending your child to camp are very different. Here are 7 things parents should know before they send their son to camp. Pack Light. While at camp, your child will have limited space to keep all their things. The more you pack for them, the messier they will be. Additionally, children likely won’t wear half the clothes you pack for them. Don’t pack them extra clothes that they’ll need to keep track of while at camp.   Don’t Obsess. As a parent, sending your son off to an overnight camp is a bittersweet moment. Try not to obsess about how they are doing or what they are doing at camp. Take a step back and take some time to focus on yourself. Choose a camp that you trust and you won’t have anything to worry about.   Keep it Simple. When you pack your child’s clothes for camp, ma...
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6 Tips for Selecting the Right Overnight Camp

6 Tips for Selecting the Right Overnight Camp

  • 6/29/2018 3:03:00 PM
You have many options when it comes to deciding on which summer camps you should send your child to for the summer. With so many options, how do you know which one is going to be right for your child? Here are a few tips to help you select the right day or overnight camps in New England! Learn Your Child’s Expectations Because there are so many options available, it is a good idea to start narrowing down your options by first discovering what it is that your child wants out of their camp experience. By knowing what kind of activities they are interested in participating in, what skills they want to learn, and if they want to go to a camp where they will know some of the other campers or not. By knowing this information, you’ll be able to narrow down your focus and find camps that cater to your child’s specific expectations for camp.   Decide on Either a Day Camp or Overnight Camp Depending on your child’s age and camp rules, this decision might already be made for you. Most camps generally don’t allow children under the age of seven to attend overnight camps. No worries. If your child isn’t old enough or chooses not to attend an overnight ca...
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Preparing Your Child to Attend Summer Camp

Preparing Your Child to Attend Summer Camp

  • 6/15/2018 2:53:00 PM
One of the ways to ensure that your child has a positive experience at camp is to prepare them before they leave home. Everything from working through their pre-camp jitters to ensuring that everything on the packing list makes it inside their bag. Doing a little bit of preparation prior to departure can make their camp experience start off on a positive note!Aside from checking off everything on your camp packing list, it is recommended that parents do a few additional things to help prepare their sons for camp. Here are a few steps that you can do to help make sure that your child is completely prepared for a fun-filled summer at the best of summer camps in New England—Camp Kabeyun! Take some time to review the camp’s website or brochure, if possible attend a camp open house so that your child has a better idea of what camp is going to be like and what they can expect.   Learn about the different facilities offered at camp. Children who are from urban areas may not be accustomed to total darkness, which means they won’t have experience using flashlights to find their way to the bathroom at night. If possible, take a trip as a family out into nature and allo...
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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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