Archive for April, 2014

Who Goes to Summer Camp?

Posted Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by

A question about the type of children who go to summer camp recently popped up on an internet parenting debate board. The parent in question was considering sending her daughter to a summer camp but was afraid that she would not fit in. Among those offering an opinion, there were a lot of ideas based on stereotypes that seemed mostly derived from what people had seen in the movies rather than firsthand experience. Interestingly, not one of those people participating in the discussion actually sent their children to summer camp. But they knew someone, who knew someone who did. It was like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon summer camp style. But we do know summer camp. It is our lives, not just every summer but throughout the year, and we can describe firsthand the type of children who go to summer camp. Everyone!

It’s true. There really is not a specific type of child that goes to summer camp. Campers whoattend the many thousands of summer camps throughout the United States each year come from all walks of life, countries from around the globe, and have about as many different interests as there are types of camps. Here’s the secret. It is not about being the “type” of child that goes to summer camp. It is about finding the summer camp that is right for your child. Camps throughout the United States cater to different interests, budgets, schedules, religious faiths, just about every variable of which one could imagine. Closer to our own home (and hearts), America’s Finest Summer camps fall more into the traditional summer camp category. They are not strictly sports oriented. In fact, they offer plenty of niche activities. But they, as most traditional summer camps, are still considered “sports camps” because there is a lot of physical recreation. Children are encouraged to be active and enjoy the outdoors. Roughly half of each day at a traditional summer camp is focused on sports related activities. It goes without saying that sending a child who is not interested in sports to a seven or eight week camp with an athletic heavy program is probably not a wise choice.

For those ready to cross traditional camps off of your list because you’re sure your child is not the type of child who goes to a traditional style residential summer camp, consider an alternative that is rapidly rising in popularity before you do: choice oriented summer camp programs. Choice oriented camps are sort of a hybrid between a traditional summer camp and special interest camps. In fact, more and more camps are now making their programs more choice oriented because these types of camps have become so popular with campers and their parents over the past several years. Camps that offer choice programs allow campers to decide which activities they do each day. Choice programs vary in the amount of control given to campers. Some offer schedules that are partially determined by the camp with campers having the opportunity to choose a certain amount of their daily activities. Other camps give campers total control, which means that even if the camp is technically considered a traditional sports related summer camp, campers have the opportunity to determine their level of athletic participation. Camps that offer full choice programs tend to draw a slightly more diverse set of campers than traditional sports camps and are typically a good fit for campers who want the traditional summer camp experience but who have special interests on which they’d prefer to focus.

The length of the camp is key in determining whether a camp is a good fit for your child. Children who have never spent any time away from home or who have never attended day camp may find a sleepaway camp that lasts the full summer a bit overwhelming. And who could blame them? Imagine being a child who has spent every day of your life in an urban or suburban setting with mom and dad who suddenly finds yourself sleeping in a bunk or cabin with eight or ten other kids and a couple of college age strangers you just met in the middle of the woods. Yep…a bit of a culture shock, and for children who tend to be a bit skittish, shy, or particular about their daily and/or nightly routines, usually not a good one.  In fact, most full summer camps recommend and even prefer that new campers attend day camp for a summer or two prior to enrolling for a residential program. For those wanting to test the waters with a sleepaway experience, consider trying a session camp with shorter sessions, usually three or four weeks.

All of this is not to say that there aren’t certain attributes that help a child become acclimated to a summer camp environment faster than others. Outgoing, open-minded children who are willing to try just about anything usually get off the bus on their very first arrival day and blend right in as if they’ve been going to summer camp their entire lives. Children who tend to be more reserved may take a bit longer to ease into summer camp life, but the environment of summer camp tends to be one that facilitates acceptance and there are very few types of personalities that don’t eventually hit their stride. Generally, once children meet that special friend or find that favorite activity, self-confidence grows by leaps and bounds and any sort of trepidation they may have had when they arrived is left behind. In that regard, camp can actually be a good experience for those children who could use a little boost in the area of self-confidence.

So, if you’ve been thinking about sending your children to summer camp but haven’t because, like the parent on the parenting debate forum, you aren’t sure whether your child will fit in, remember that it’s really more about finding the right camp for your child’s personality and preferences. Once you find that, chances are that you’ll also find a group of campers with which your child will fit right in!

아이들이 캠프에 대해 이야기를 멈추지 않는 5가지 이유

Posted Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by

만약 이번 년도에 이 일이 당신에게 일어났다면 손 들어보세요—왜냐하면 이것은 매 년 지금 일어나고 있기 때문입니다. 단순히 당신이 마침내—마침내—캠프 이야기를 마지막으로 들었다고 생각했을 때, 때가 온겁니다. 아마 그것은 캠프 비디오, 캠프 뉴스소식지…심지어 캠프 동창회의 초대장이었을 겁니다. 그것이 무엇이었던간에, 그것은 캠프에 관한 겁니다. 이것은 당신에게 우리가 또 다른 여름의 절반에 다가왔고, 이제 당신이 수상스키 또는 야구 이야기를, 오, 거의 27번째로 듣고 있음을 다시 한번 말해줍니다. 그리고 어떻게 몇 주의 각각의 여름이 당신의 아이들에게 얼마나 엄청난 영향을 미치면 아이들이 한 겨울에 마치 몇 주 전의 일처럼 캠프 이야기를 아직도 할 수 있는 만약 당신에게 당신 스스로 한번이라도 질문해 본적이 있다면 손들어보세요. 당신은 당신의 여름 캠프에 대한 투자가 옳은 것이었음에 대해 매우 기쁩니다. 그러나 당신은 아직도 궁금합니다. 글쎄요, 여기에 몇 가지 고려해볼 것들이 있습니다.

1.) 여름 캠프에서, 캠퍼들은 그들의 친구들과 하루 종일, 매일을 보내게 됩니다. 당신이 아이들에게 학교에서도 매일 그렇게 할 수 있다고 말하기 전에 이것을 고려해보세요.

여름 캠프에서, 캠퍼들은 단순히 그들의 친구들과 하루 종일 시간을 보내는 것이 아니라, 그들은 그들과 교류 할 기회를 얻습니다. 당신이 이것에 대해 생각해볼 때, 학교에서 친구들과의 교류는 주로 수업, 휴식시간(더 어린 아이들을 위한), 그리고 점심 시간 사이의 복도 대화로 제한됩니다. 그럼요, 그들은 수업 시간 동안 방과 후 남음의 위험을 무릅쓰고 몇몇의 교류를 할지 모릅니다만, 대부분의 경우, 선생님들이 수업을 하는 동안 (수업일의 대부분을 이루고 있는) 이야기 하는 것은 대개 권장되지 않습니다. 이와 나란히, 여름 캠프는 보다 몇 주 간 지속되며 함께 자며 노는 것이고 캠퍼들은 매일 그들의 친구들과 함께 특별한 무언가를 하게 되는 것입니다.

2.) 아이들은 캠프에서 그들 스스로가 될 수 있습니다. 여름 캠프에 지켜야 할 규칙이 없다는 것이 아닙니다. 그러나 규칙들은 아이들이 편안히 있을 수 있는 것을 촉진시키는 그런 종류의 것들이곤 합니다. 규칙들은 상당히 학교에서 부과되는 것에 비해 편안하고, 심지어 그들이 일년의 십 개월동안 준수해야만 하는 사회적 상황에서 적절한 행동으로 적용되는 것들에 비해 다소 느슨합니다. 예를 들어, 대부분의 식당 (또는 그들의 보호자) 은 아마 아이들이 그들의 식사 도중 노래를 하거나 함성을 지르는 것에 대해 그닥 기뻐하지 않을 것입니다. 대부분의 여름 캠프는 이것을 격려합니다.

3.) 아이들은 여름 캠프에서 독립적으로 변합니다. 당신의 아이들이 당신을 사랑하지 않거나 존경하지 않아서가 아니라, 그들은 그들 스스로 무언가를 하는 것 또한 좋아합니다. 아이들은 그들이 캠프에서 처음으로 시도한 어떤 것 (그들의 친구 캠퍼들, 상담가들, 그리고 다른 캠프의 호스트 스태프들의 도움과 함께, 물론… 하지만 그들의 마음 속에는, 그것은 모두 그들이 한 것이지만, 그것은 괜찮습니다) 을 성취하는 것에 대해 강한 자부심을 느낍니다. 이것은 아이들에게 그들이 모든 것을 하는데 엄마와 아빠가 필요하지 않다는 것을 아는 데 자부심을 느끼게 해줍니다.

4.) 캠프는 젊음이 넘치는 분위기입니다. 캠프는 젊음에 전념하는 분위기입니다. 심지어 스태프 구성원들도 마음속으로는 젊습니다. 이것은 별 문제가 아닌 것처럼 들리겠지만, 아이의 관점에서 “진짜”세상을 생각해보세요. 그 곳은 기본적으로 아이들이 끊임없이 어른들에 의해 그리고 그들이 어른이 될 때까지 할 수 없는 모든 것들을 상기시키는 공간입니다.  캠프는 반대로 즐거운 아이들만을 위한 공간이자 그들이 왜 자신이 아이인것이 그토록 달콤한지에 대해 끊임없이 깨닫게 되는 곳입니다.

5.) 아이들은 여름 캠프에서 시간을 다르게 봅니다. 정말로요! 그들은 다르게 봅니다. 학기가 시작 될 때, 아이들은 손꼽아 기다리며”떠날때 까지의 달들”을 계산합니다.

이것은 아이들이 끊임없이 스스로를 손꼽아 기다리며 시간을 세는 느린 움직임입니다. 시간은 항상 여전히 있습니다. 여름 캠프가 시작되면, 카운트다운 또한 시작됩니다. 그러나 이 카운트 다운은 “이미 지나간 주 들”로 세어집니다. 아이들은 그들 스스로를 캠프 카운트다운의 끝 앞에 둡니다. 다른 말로 말하자면, 그들은 그들의 여름 캠프에서의 시간이 제한적이란 것을 압니다. 그들이 도착한 시간 부터, 그들은 경험의 강도를 증가시키는 시간을 빠짐없이 세기 시작합니다. 그 이유로 당신의 아이들이 매우 존경해서 여러번 반복해서 하는 이야기들,  ‘그것은 캠프 일이야’ 또는 ‘너가 거기 있었어야 했는데’ 라는 이야기들이 겉보기에는 재미없게 보입니다. 그들은 사실 그들이 경험한 순간에서 매우 생생하게 살았고 그 순간들은 그들과 함께합니다. 많지 아이들이 이러한 똑같은 열정을 경험하는 것은 아닙니다. 예를 들면, 그들의 마지막 수학 시험과 같은 것입니다.

그래서 다음 캠프를 상기시키는 것이 당신의 우편함 또는 이메일함에 도착하면 그 이야기들은 다시 시작됩니다. 단지 기억하세요. 캠퍼들에게 캠프에 관련된 어떤 것이 도착하든 이것은 마치 이상한 나라에서 온 엽서를 받은 것과 같은 것입니다.

Adventure Abound

Posted Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by

The outdoors and adventure are both synonymous with camp, so it’s no wonder that some of the most popular activities at camp involve outdoor adventure. Summer camp outdoor adventure programs of today have transcended the traditional nature walk (although those still occasionally happen). Outdoor adventure at camp truly incorporates “adventure” into the activities. Campers have the opportunity to scale 50 foot walls or fly over camp on a zip line. They maneuver their way across high and low ropes courses. Using GPS trackers, they locate objects hidden throughout camp. On sunny days, they hike through the woods while enjoying waterfalls, mountain views and absorbing the scents of leaves, trees, and grass. They learn valuable outdoor living skills.

Adventure is defined as an “exciting or unusual activity.” Certainly, for most campers, there is very little that is mundane about standing at the top of a 25 foot platform preparing to take a leap of faith. For that matter, even the traditional hike through the woods is less than ordinary for the majority of children today. Campers frequently report feeling “refreshed” or “invigorated” following outdoor adventure activities. A study conducted by the Children & Nature Network suggests those aren’t just adjectives.

Children who spend time in close proximity to the outdoors tend to feel more energetic than children who spend large amounts of time indoors. They’re also less stressedand anxious. That’s because fresh air literally has a calming effect. Another study conducted by The National Recreation and Park Association concluded that, simply put, our brains need oxygen. Oxygen promotes a healthy psychology as well as helps children relax and even improves their immune systems. There is also data to suggest that exposure to the outdoors has a positive effect on attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders. The study concurs with that conducted by the Children & Nature Network; there is a reason parks were built in urban areas to promote good health. They do just that.

Outdoor adventure activities at summer camp provide campers with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the outdoors through exciting mediums that aren’t available to them at home. Although climbing walls and even zip lines are being constructed by many suburban recreational centers, a good number of them are indoors. Engaging in adventurous activities outdoors reaches beyond mental and physical health benefits. It helps campers develop an appreciation for the natural environment and a distinct awareness of what separates artificial environments from nature. Sure, several outdoor adventure activities can be recreated indoors, but the sights, sounds, and smells that campers learn to associate with them cannot.

It’s Not Too Late…

Posted Sunday, April 20th, 2014 by

Are you experiencing it yet? The ‘Oh no, summer is almost here and I still don’t have a summer job yet!’ panic?

Maybe you visited a job fair a couple of months ago, met a camp recruiter, and briefly thought about working at summer camp. It certainly sounded like fun, and it would definitely be different than any other summer job you’ve ever had. But you decided to put off the decision. Oh, how time flies when you’re taking exams and busy planning spring break.

Now, you’re just a little over a month from packing up your dorm room and wondering where you’re going to go. There is home, of course. But if you’ve been hoping for something slightly more exciting this summer, consider revisiting the idea of working at summer camp. It’s not too late.

While it’s true that many camps are filling those final empty positions, if you have a unique or unusual talent, that just might work in your favor. Most of the positions camps are currently filling are those that are hardest to fill, meaning that they require some sort of specialized knowledge that not a lot of people have. What kind of specialized knowledge? Think creatively. Are you good in the kitchen? Maybe you are Shaun White on a skateboard, a Zumba enthusiast, know how to fire a kiln, operate a band saw, sew or build rockets. These are just a few of the specialty hobby or niche programs for which camps sometimes have difficulty finding just the right person. Before assuming that there is no place for you on a summer camp staff, do a little bit of research. You never know when a camp may be looking for someone just like you.

This isn’t to say that if you’re not particularly gifted in anything special that there is no place for you. Sometimes staff members who have signed on for the summer score that last minute dream internship or have to withdraw for personal reasons, leaving camps with positions to fill that require common skills. The point is that although openings are dwindling fast, it’s not too late.

Countdowns and Stuff

Posted Saturday, April 19th, 2014 by

For the millions of youth who call summer camp home each summer, excitement begins to grow exponentially just after spring break each year. Not only is the end of another school year just around the corner, but the beginning of another camp season is oh so close that campers can practically smell the campfires. A variety of countdowns help them keep track of just how many sleeps are left until they’re back in their bunks or cabins and reunited with camp friends. Oh, of course there are the literal countdowns of exactly how many days, minutes, and hours are left that are featured on many summer camp apps and websites. But kids tend to be a bit more creative than website designers when it comes to countdowns and pre-camp rituals.

Parents may be a bit mystified, for example, when they’re handed a pillowcase, blanket, towel, etc. that campers have conveniently kept out of the laundry basket for the past several months because it “smells like camp.” For campers, this is just the release of one summer as part of the final preparation stages for the next. For parents, it’s a good reason not to send the good pillowcases to camp.

The amount of times the word camp finds its words into a conversation—and sometimes even a single sentence—steadily starts to rise again.  Maybe there is justsomething about seeing green, or maybe it’s the warmer days. Whatever the motivating factor, after a graduating dipping off during the coldest winter months, with the arrival of spring comes the re-integration of camp lingo into everyday speech. Parents need not become frustrated, children are usually happy to translate until someone gets around to writing that all important Camp Dictionary for Parents Who Want to Know What Their Campers Are Saying.

Some campers measure the time left until camp by the amount of episodes remaining before the season finale of their favorite television shows and then the number of weeknights they have to endure with nothing on television but reruns to watch until camp starts. Still, others prefer the exam approach and countdown their time until camp by the number of tests remaining in the school year. (Note: Some counselors use both of these approaches as well.)

Clever Apple users countdown with SIRI and hold daily conversations with her about camp. Others like to plan ahead even further into the summer by making out their Visiting Day snack lists, just in case they get too busy to do so after they get to camp. Countdowns are rarely a matter of just plain counting down when it comes to camp. Like camp itself, they’re full of ritual and meaning.

Not Your Mom and Dad’s Arts and Crafts

Posted Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by

Summer camp arts and crafts programs often conjure images of beading lanyards and tie dying. Indeed, crafts are still a large part of camp, but art is becoming equally as important. That is to say that camps are investing more in open ended mediums that encourage campers to use their creativity to create works of their volition as opposed to pre-determined projects of summer camps past.

The difference between art and crafts may not be immediately clear to those who envision a room at summer camp that houses a seemingly unlimited supply of paintbrushes, glitter, paint, markers, glue, construction paper, and beads.  There is a marked difference, however. A recent article featured in Early Childhood News, M.A. and creative arts instructor Anna Reyer outlines the distinctions between art and crafts. Primarily art is open ended creations that evolve from a variety of supplies and minimal guidance. Crafts are pre-scripted projects assembled using specific supplies and guidelines with a finished product that is the same or similar for everyone.  There is something to be said for both the “arts” and the “crafts” of arts and crafts.

Crafts are fun, and many a camper sings the praises of the relaxation and satisfaction derived from a few minutes of down time in which they are given a set of materials and a set of instructions and are left to their own devices. It is an opportunity to be social and engage in casual conversation with other campers and counselors. There is also a sense of satisfaction with the end product, a three-dimensional completed object that the camper created from a group of raw materials.

Then there is art, the benefits of which are becoming increasingly obvious to camp owners and directors. Art projects provide campers with a period of time during the day in which very little, if anything, has been planned for them. It is their time to create as they choose. Whether it is painting or creating a piece of jewelry, it is a sanctioned part of the day that is limited only by their imaginations. Camp in general is a creative space. Through art, it is also an imaginative space. It’s a space in which children are free to unwind and mentally process their feelings. Art is the perfect opportunity for campers to recharge and turn around a day that has been less than perfect.  In that regard, similar things could be said about camp music, theater, and dance programs.

With the importance placed on creativity, fun, and happiness at summer camp, it is natural that summer camps invest big in arts and crafts programs. A memorable summer is more than just the glory of scoring a winning goal or swimming in the lake. Those times in which campers are left to their creative devices and are free to interact or not interact as they please provide crucial balance to the rest of the summer camp experience.

D’où viennent les participants de Weequahic?

Posted Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by

Si vous vous demandez où habitent nos enfants l’hiver, le blog de cette semaine de Camp Weequahic offre une bonne idée de la diversité des origines des participants des nombreux camps, y compris les meilleurs camps d’été américains.

La plupart des familles se pose cette question lorsqu’elles entendent parler de nos camps : d’où viennent les participants ?

Au Camp Weequahic, nous avons de la chance car nous avons des participants provenant de 20 états et de 10 pays. Plutôt que d’avoir des enfants d’une région ou d’une ville en particulier, nous avons des petits groupes de partout – du long de la côte Est ainsi que de la Californie, du Colorado, de l’Ohio et du Texas. Nous comptons aussi un petit groupe dynamique d’enfants venus de la France, la Suisse, le Vénézuela, l’Angleterre, l’Espagne, la Russie, le Mexique, la Chine, le Brésil et le Chili.

Cette diversité offre plusieurs avantages à notre communauté. D’une part, cela permetaux enfants de découvrir d’autres cultures à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur des États-Unis tout en s’amusant. Les participants restent amis avec ceux de leur région mais aussi avec d’autres qui habitent loin.

D’autre part, cela facilite grandement l’intégration des nouveaux enfants. Les premiers jours sont en effet très importants et se retrouver le seul à ne pas venir de la même région peut être intimidant. Comme les enfants viennent de régions tellement différentes et pour la première fois, ces premiers jours facilitent l’établissement d’amitiés nouvelles.

Cela nous fait vraiment plaisir d’élargir notre diversité au Camp Weequahic tout en gardant nos participants concentrés sur l’apprentissage de nouvelles habilités et l’établissement de nouvelles amitiés et occupés à vivre le meilleur été de leur vie!

5 Things for Camp Staff to Begin Thinking about in the Spring

Posted Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by

Even though camp is three months away, snow covers the ground in many locations and you just barely finished making spring break plans, if you’ve committed to working at a summer camp, it’s already time to begin thinking about the summer. Here are five camp things to begin thinking about in the spring:

1.)    Make travel arrangements. How will you be getting to camp? Will you drive, fly, carpool? If you plan to fly, airline tickets are often less expensive in the early spring before the weather warms and people begin making summer vacation plans. Carpooling is a great way to get to know co-workers while splitting the cost of fuel. If you plan to carpool, reach out to other camp staff through your camp’s Facebook page or other resources offered by your camp and begin to get to know others from your area who may be interested in traveling together. If your camp offers travel reimbursement as part of your contract, it’s also very important that you understand the reimbursement process prior to making travel plans.

2.)    Set goals. Camp is a work experience like no other and it can be a bit overwhelming at first. Setting goals prior to arriving helps minimize culture shock. When setting goals it’s important to keep an open mind. Summers at camp tend to have a lot of twists and turns. Your list will likely evolve as you familiarize yourself with your new environment, and there are some things that will probably not pan out quite the way you initially envision them. That’s okay. The importance of setting goals is that they help you mentally prepare for the camp experience and arrive with some sense of direction.

3.)    Begin stockpiling…but not too much. Packing for camp is an art. Living space is very limited. At the same time, camps are usually in rural places that don’t have a lot of nearby shopping options, and limited access to computers and the internet make online shopping a bit more challenging too. So it’s extremely important to pack the right combination of items that can be easily replaced with those items that are difficult to come by or require a bit of a drive to acquire. Chances are, you will have several opportunities throughout the summer to replenish basic items such as shampoo, deodorant, sunscreen, etc. So if you need to maximize luggage space, pack just enough of these items to get you through the first couple of weeks. It’s a good idea, however, to begin thinking about acquiring certain items, such as bedding, towels and socks, that people tend to overlook until the last minute. By beginning to accumulate those items a few months ahead of time, you’ll avoid that last minute binge shopping trip in which something essential and perhaps not easily acquirable is inevitably forgotten.

4.)    Complete forms. In the spring, your camp will either mail or make available online a series of forms. These forms may include a contract, standard employment forms, forms requesting information about how you intend to travel to camp, and forms that require medical and insurance information. Although completing paperwork is never the most exciting task, it is essential that you complete and submit these forms prior to your arrival at camp. First, the camp must have these completed forms in order to pay you or treat you for any medical emergencies or conditions. Second, many camps will not issue you id badges or uniforms until they have received these completed forms. Orientation is a very busy time and few staff members love the idea of having to take some of their downtime to complete paperwork.

5.)    Learn about the camp. Presumably, you learned at least a little bit about the camp prior to accepting a job there. But now that you’re actually going to be part of it, really get to know it. Watch the camp video if you haven’t already. Re-watch it if you have. The camp video is a great way to preview the camp culture. Also, if your camp participates in any social media outlets (and many do these days), begin following them to get a sense of who your co-workers are as well as your camp’s values and traditions. Also, a lot of camps provide tips and updates for staff through their social media outlets as camp draws near. Of course, it’s impossible to get a full sense of what your camp is all about until you get there, but arriving with some sense of what (and who) to expect is a lot less disorienting than arriving with none.

¿De Qué Lugares Provienen Los Campistas De Weequahic?

Posted Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by

Si sientes curiosidad sobre los lugares geográficos donde viven los campistas durante el invierno, esta semana, el blog de huéspedes de Camp Weequahic ofrece un buen pantallazo de la diversidad geográfica de los campistas en distintos campamentos, incluso los Mejores Campamentos de Verano de los Estados Unidos.

La mayoría de las familias se hace una buena pregunta cuando se entera del campamento por primera vez: ¿De dónde provienen tus campistas?

En Camp Weequahic tenemos la bendición de contar con campistas de 20 estados y 10países. Más que provenir de un determinado código postal o región en particular, tenemos focos de campistas provenientes de todas partes – de toda la extensión de la Costa Este como así también de  California, Colorado, Ohio y Texas. También tenemos una pequeña pero vibrante población de campistas provenientes de países como Francia, Suiza, Venezuela, Inglaterra, España, Rusia, México, China, Brasil y Chile.

Esta diversidad otorga un  par de buenos beneficios para nuestra comunidad. Primero, permite que los niños entren en contacto con otras culturas tanto dentro como fuera de los EE. UU al tiempo que están pasando un buen momento en el campamento. Los campistas disfrutan tener amistades del campamento al  mismo tiempo que mantienen aquellas que tienen en sus lugares de origen y aquellas que provienen de grandes distancias.

El segundo gran beneficio de contar con una población diversa es que los nuevos campistas pasan un momento mucho más fácil al convertirse en una parte integral de nuestra comunidad. Aquellos primeros días son muy importantes y compartir un catre con muchas personas, excepto con las que provienen de la misma región del país, puede ser intimidante. Con tantos niños que vienen de lugares diferentes por primera vez, aquellos primeros días se hacen más fáciles para formar nuevas amistades.

Nos emociona que nuestra diversidad continúe creciendo en Camp Weequahic al tiempo que nos mantenemos enfocados en la formación de amistades, nuevas destrezas y ¡en tener el mejor verano de sus vidas!