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As a kid, summer camp was an adventure. As a parent, it’s bittersweet: When I was growing up, my parents sent us, all four of us, to overnight camp each summer. For 7½ weeks. My father had run a camp. My parents believed in camp. Though in my adulthood, I came to wonder if they also believed in 7½ weeks of child-free adult living, date nights, and movies. But whatever the reason, it was heaven, the definition of wholesome. No TV, no electronics. Living in wood-frame tents without electricity. Swimming every day, riding, campfires, and games. Field trips, theater productions, arts and crafts. I had awesome counselors who provided a road map for what kind of person I wanted to be. I went for 12 summers, as a camper and then a counselor. I made lifelong friends. I dreamed of my daughter one day going there. I sang my babies to sleep with songs from Alford Lake Camp, and those are still the songs they request each night before bed.


Ashby camp gets highest safety rating: Michael Swain, senior loss-control specialist for Markel Specialty, said, "Camps and clubs must meet stringent criteria to qualify for the Safety 1st designation. They must have a proven safety record, undergo formal assessments and inspections, and participate in continuing education and certification programs. These camps deserve to be recognized for keeping safety a top priority."


Emagination Computer Camps Offers 10 Exciting New Tech Workshops: Some of the new workshops include: Augmented Reality, 3D Printing, Motion Graphics Programming, and Minecraft Engineering.

In total, Emagination offers 26 technology workshops covering a variety of STEM related activities, such as creating digital media, video game design, computer programming, and engineering. During each two-week camp session, campers choose three technology workshops plus a recreation activity.


Jim Shulman | Sanctuary for summer: Pleasant Valley Camp snipe hunt: My favorite day camp was operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society and summer sessions were only a few weeks long. That was the Pleasant Valley or "Bird" Sanctuary Camp in Lenox that first began in 1947.

Up to 20 campers would gather every morning Monday through Friday at the Berkshire Museum where taxicabs would transport us to the "Bird Sanctuary." We'd be warmly greeted by the director, Alvah Sanborn, and his staff that included naturalists/ such as Tommy Bailey, Betty Phinney, and George Hamilton...

In 1949, the operation had merged with the Massachusetts Audubon Society and became one of a dozen of the society's preserves, now with over 100 locations. Pleasant Valley Sanctuary now encompasses over 1,100 acres and is in its 70th season of having the popular day camp. I often wonder if the young campers ever have caught that elusive snipe 


Unique Camp Offers Non-Verbal Children Summer Fun: Imagine everyday you're the only one in your entire school who can't talk and you have to use a special high tech communication device, like a touchscreen, just to say what you want. You can feel kind of lonely, but not at Camp Communicate where everyone is the same.

Linda Bonnar, Camp Director says, "We are a unique program that brings in children that use high tech communication devices, like computers. It allows them to communicate just like you and I just through a different method." The camp's five-day program focuses on the independence kids gain when they are able to communicate.


Camp and Parents: Collaborating to Give Kids Successful Summers: In Raymond, at girls’ Camp Wawenock, director Catriona Sangster also says normalizing a child’s anxiety about coming to camp is an important parent role. Parents can “remind girls that they believe in them, believe in camp, and they know the girls are going to be supported in any way they need,” she says.

One way of helping their daughters manage nervousness about camp is “to talk about successes in the past,” Sangster says. “We encourage them to draw on those experiences.”

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Similarly, Garth Altenburg, director of Camp Chewonki for Boys in Wiscasset, says the relationship between camp and home is a “true partnership” that begins with gathering information from parents about their sons.

“Right from the start it lets them know that we are interested in the whole child,” Altenburg says.  “I recognize the great trust that’s placed in us.”