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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.
3 Characteristics of a Great Summer Camp

3 Characteristics of a Great Summer Camp

  • 2/5/2018 1:30:00 PM
If you are a parent thinking about sending your child to summer camp for the first time, you may be overwhelmed by the many choices available. In fact, there are more than 5,000 options across the United States. Consider these guidelines when you set out to choose the best summer camp for your child.ActivitiesA camp should have many different activities available for your child to enjoy. Some camps have a specific focus like creative arts, computer science, cooking, or sports. Other camps have a more general focus, which allows the camper to explore many different activities during their stay. Since children often change their interests frequently, the best summer camps in New England offer a variety of activities, such as creative arts, sports, photography, and orienteering.LeadershipA summer camp is usually directed by a head administrator who hand-selects individuals to serve as counselors. Exploring the attitudes and beliefs of the director is a great way to get to know more about the camp. Most directors willingly talk to parents about what they see as the key values they think campers should take away from the camp. Reading the camp's mission statement and objectives can ...
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7 Reasons Why You Should Send Your Son to a Boys Summer Camp

7 Reasons Why You Should Send Your Son to a Boys Summer Camp

  • 1/15/2018 1:46:00 PM
If you have ever experienced going to summer camp as a kid, you know about the amount of fun that awaits. Since boys in particular tend to be quite active, a summer camp for boys is the ideal setting to burn energy. There are several reasons why this can be a beneficial experience for your son. Socialization: Attending camp generally allows kids to take a break from the electronic devices they have been glued to during the school year. This allows time to engage face-to-face with other peers who have similar interests. Male Guidance: In homes without fathers, boys could miss out on-much needed male guidance. Attending a summer camp for boys provides more opportunities to connect. Male counselors and older peers tend to become role models for the boys. A Sense of Belonging: Boys tend to relate freely with other boys and are usually not shy about discussing sensitive topics due to feeling a greater sense of belonging. There is also a better focus on life experience from a boys’ only viewpoint. A Safe and Fun Environment: Riding bikes, canoeing, and backpacking are just a few of the many activities boys can undertake at camp. General safety rules and rules specific to boys can h...
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4 Tips For Talking to Your Son About Camp

4 Tips For Talking to Your Son About Camp

  • 1/1/2018 1:19:00 PM
There are many ways that your son can benefit from summer camp. Explaining the exciting benefits will help him embrace all that a summer away at camp has to offer. Use the following tips to talk to your son about a boys-only summer camp in New Hampshire.Talk About Summer Camp EarlyYou can help your child prepare for summer camp by getting him excited as early as possible. Use photos from the internet to show your son all the possible activities he may enjoy at New Hampshire summer camps. Children can often participate in rock climbing, white-water kayaking, music, drama, pottery, sailing, fishing and archery. Ask thought-provoking questions about which activity he thinks would be the most fun. If your child seems hesitant, ask him what concerns he has and address those concerns head-on.Practice Sleeping AwayIf your child has never gone to camp before, let him sleep away a few times before arriving at camp. When possible, gradually increase the time he is away from home. Make sure there are fun activities planned during the sleepovers so that your son realizes that going to camp will be a blast. You could also take your child to visit the camp before the summer. This could be a...
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Where Fun and Life Skills Blend in A Seamless Fashion

Where Fun and Life Skills Blend in A Seamless Fashion

  • 10/2/2017 1:05:00 PM
Summer camps provide a wonderful opportunity for kids to learn new skills and acquire new hobbies when school's out and the pressure of the academics is temporarily relieved. And yet, summer camps are not only about fun and frolic. Ideally, it should also be a place where the boys, now for the most part on their own, get to learn valuable social and life skills which help place them in good stead for the future and help them grow up to be responsible and caring adults. At least, this was the motto which inspired the Boston school teacher John Porter to start the Kabeyun Summer Camp back in 1924. Porter believed that the boys in the camp will get to enjoy a taste of freedom but will also learn how to cope with the responsibilities that come in its wake. More than 90 years have passed since then but Porter's vision and his belief still remains the guiding principle for the Kabeyun community. It is chiefly this belief that distinguishes the Kabeyun Summer Camp, held by the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, from most other New Hampshire summer camps.At Kabeyun, boys can opt for an endless variety of sports, skills, pastimes and hobbies while they are at Kabeyun. There are faci...
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Boys Summer Camp: Tips for Worried Parents

Boys Summer Camp: Tips for Worried Parents

  • 4/24/2017 12:18:00 PM
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 1:06:00 PM
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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