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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.
How to Select the Right Summer Camp for Your Boy

How to Select the Right Summer Camp for Your Boy

  • 3/5/2018 2:22:00 PM
Summer is just around the corner, and you’re not sure what your son should do during his free time. Many parents consider camp at some point because the experience can be defining for their child. Take a look at how to select a summer camp for boys. The fun is infectious when you match your son to the proper program.Camping Type and Time CommitmentWhen deciding on a summer camp, consider your son’s personality and the time he is able to commit to camp. Generally, camps can be divided into three categories: day camps, overnight camps, and resident camps. Day camps are, as you probably gathered, only during the day. At a day camp, your child comes home and sleeps in his own bed every night. Overnight camps are short, usually between two and seven days, and allow boys to meets their age but without having to be away from home for too long. A resident camp is a summer camp for boys with an immersive program. These camps might go on for two, four, or more weeks, allowing boys to form lasting relationships and truly build independence.Pricing the ExperienceResidential camps will always cost more than day camps. The price includes all lodging, activities, supervision, and food...
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3 Benefits of Going to an Overnight Summer Camp

3 Benefits of Going to an Overnight Summer Camp

  • 2/19/2018 1:38:00 PM
Many parents want their children to engage with other kids and learn how to be social. For many decades, summer camps have been a great option to keep children entertained and active when they're on break from school. By spending time at one of the overnight camps in New England, your child can create new memories and grow as an individual. If you're considering putting your kids in an overnight summer camp, here are some of the benefits that it offers.IndependenceSummer camps can help children learn how to develop independence as they spend a significant amount of time away from home and their parents. They'll learn how to do activities on their own and develop more confidence. They can form new habits and routines while becoming more self-sufficient. As kids try new activities and begin to succeed, they'll become more courageous when it comes to getting outside of their box and breaking their normal routine.Healthy Social InteractionMany kids struggle with being overly shy or antisocial, which can make it challenging to make new friends. Spending time with other kids in a fun, flexible environment outside of the classroom can force them to learn how to become soci...
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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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