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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.
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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Day Camp Vs. Overnight Camp

Day Camp Vs. Overnight Camp

  • 9/15/2018 4:11:00 PM
When looking at all your options for boys summer camp and which one will be the best fit for your son, one of the biggest factors you’ll have to consider is whether you want to send him to a day camp or an overnight camp. For some boys, the thought of staying away from home and sleeping in a strange place is terrifying, yet for others, it is an adventure they can’t wait to experience for themselves.When children spend a few days away from home at a summer camp with other kids around their age, they are placed in a major growing experience. Something about being away from home, family, and what they are comfortable with for an extended period of time creates an atmosphere in which they can begin to mature and develop a sense of independence, all while boosting their self-esteem.If you are trying to decide between sending your son to a day camp or an overnight camp, here are a few differences to take into consideration when making the decision.PriceWhen considering your options, it should come as no surprise that the cost of overnight camp is going to be substantially higher than day camp. Overnight camps also include the cost of room and board, meals, and overnight staff...
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Tips for Adjusting to Life After Summer Camp

Tips for Adjusting to Life After Summer Camp

  • 9/1/2018 4:01:00 PM
Regardless of how many times your child has attended a summer camp New Hampshire, adjusting back to life at home can be challenging. For first-timers, there is a plethora of information available online to help prepare for camp—what to pack, how to say goodbye, and tips for writing letters to your young camper. But what the transition back to home life? Here are a few tips to help both you and your camper adjust to life following summer camp.Campers May Not Be Quite as Happy to be Home as You ThoughtMost parents who send their child to an overnight camp for the first time will expect their child to be really excited to see them when they return home. But they may not be quite as excited as you envisioned. Yes, they will be excited to see you, but they may also be sad that camp is over. Don’t be surprised if your child is quiet or sheds a few tears when they first get back, this is likely because they have left friendships behind and may be experiencing conflicting emotions.ListenEach child is going to want to talk about their camp experience differently. Some children are more likely to give you a play-by-play of what they did every day, telling you stories, singing the...
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 Tips to Help an Anxious Child Prepare for Camp

Tips to Help an Anxious Child Prepare for Camp

  • 8/15/2018 3:52:00 PM
Attending one of the best summer camps in New England is a summer tradition for many families. It becomes something that both parents and children look forward to, counting down the days until camp starts. Once at camp, days are filled with hours of outdoor play, campfires, and making friends and life-long memories. While camp is a fun and anxiously anticipated event for many, what about children who are anxious about attending an overnight camp? Here are a few tips to help an anxious child enjoy their time at camp. Let your child establish a sense of ownership over their camp experience. Involve them in packing their clothes prior to leaving for camp. Familiarize them with the different events and activities that are available at camp so they will know what to expect and be able to start thinking about what activities they want to participate in. Get your child excited for camp. Take them shopping to purchase necessary items that they will need for camp. If they are involved in picking out their gear, they will be more excited and look forward to being able to use it at camp. Avoid talking about what makes your child anxious about camp. Ask open-ended questions to get them talking...
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Lasting Advantages of Summer Camp

Lasting Advantages of Summer Camp

  • 8/1/2018 3:38:00 PM
As summer is quickly coming to a close, New England summer camps are wrapping up and campers are returning home. But just because camps are over for the summer, doesn’t mean that campers can’t carry with them the fun and excitement they experienced at camp. Although there are many benefits that come from attending a summer camp, here are 4 kids keep with them even after their days at camp have ended.Builds a Unique InterestCamp provides campers with unique opportunities to learn and pursue different interests they can’t get in a classroom setting. These opportunities can include anything from photography to leadership, to wakeboarding, and so much more! Attending a camp that offers a wide range of activities to peak various campers’ interest will get them excited and anxious to learn more.Dive Deep into New SkillsEven if your camper attends a school where elective skills classes are offered, they only skim the surface. At camp, campers are able to dive deeper into the activities and interests of their choosing. Camp provides opportunities for campers to fully immerse themselves in a specific activity or sport, getting more chances to step out of their comfor...
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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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