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.

Camper Profiling

Wednesday, January 27, 2010/by Chuck Mills
A prospective parent wrote the other day, asking me to "briefly describe the profile of one of [our] campers." My response: "Which one?!" Because the Kabeyun program (philosophy, mission) focuses on the individual boy and the opportunity for him to expand his horizons - socially, personally, skill-wise - the benefits can be accessed in as many ways as there are people...
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Week One 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009/by Chuck Mills
It is Sunday morning, the first Sunday of the 86th summer at Kabeyun and the end of the first full week of camp. And what a full week it has been. Families of the boys have been calling and e-mailing with concerns about the weather. But what is to be done, and how does that help anything? Opening Day was a near-perfect summery day with sun and warmth. The gray descended until late in the...
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Does Kabeyun offer challenge enough?

Sunday, November 23, 2008/by Chuck Mills
A thoughtful parent writes, "...It makes me wonder if Kabeyun kids are challenged enough. Yes, going away, being away from parents and discovering oneself is challenging, especially for young kids. Doing new activities in a safe, nurturing environment is challenging. And maybe I'm trying to rush things; there is plenty of time for Tom to be challenged as he grows, to take on the...
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The value of camp counseling work

Wednesday, March 19, 2008/by Chuck Mills
This year more than any other I've felt the effects of the cultural phenomenon drawing young people into a career-, and resume-building mindset, and activities as they approach and move through their college years. I listen to the language of the age: "it will be good for my resume"; "I need to do this because it will be good for my career choice"; "I'd rather...
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The more things change...

Monday, February 11, 2008/by Chuck Mills
This fall I re-read Alvin Toffler's Future Shock, a book that is almost forty years old, but that in many ways still rings true. A lot of what Toffler talks about is the accelerated rate of change in our culture and its impact as a stressor on the human psyche. And of course, I thought about Kabeyun. If you read my appeal letter for the Annual Fund last fall you'll know that change has...
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Defining Our Terms

Tuesday, January 29, 2008/by Chuck Mills
We've been attending a number of camp fairs again this winter and I've been struck once again by the breadth, though not the depth, of summer opportunities out there for our kids. There are sports camps, e-magination camps (whatever that is), computer camps, performing arts camps, day camps, overnight camps, sports camps, travel programs that take kids to Peru and Africa, teen...
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