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Karen’s Korner

What Is It You Want?karen-leadership

Halfway through his first summer as a camp counselor, Todd Kestin was asked the question:  What is it you want your campers to have at the end of the summer that they don’t have now?

For Todd, now a Life Skills Mentor and author of a great article on the importance of summer camp (see link below), this question was life-changing. It enabled him to think about helping the kids in his charge reach their goals, and, in the process, become more focused, more invested, more determined and more likely to achieve success.

At camp, we help staff and campers focus on small successes every day: getting on a horse for the first time, learning to hold a lacrosse stick, scoring a goal in ultra-leagues, making one new friend, sleeping in a tent, learning to swing from a rope. Each step toward these goals helps campers overcome fears, teaches patience, and encourages perseverance – all skills a summer at camp can build in every camper.

But what if we ask that question about our everyday lives? What do your kids want to achieve by the end of the school year? What do you want in your life that you don’t have now?  How can you reach that goal in the next few months?

I, for one, hope to take that summer approach to learning into the winter months. Rather than simply expect my kids to excel at school, I plan to take the time to ask: what is you want to have at the of the year that you don’t have now? Focusing on actions you can take now to reach goals can help you and your kids stay more motivated – to study, to write more, to practice their 3-point shot, to learn the A minor scale on the piano, to be a better friend – and hopefully thinking this way will help each of us look at achievement from a different perspective.

My hope is to have the fearlessness, patience and perseverance to encourage my kids to strive for their goals, whatever they may be.

For a great article about why camp matters to your child’s future, CLICK HERE.




Karen’s Korner – New Activities in 2013!

It was almost 80 degrees in NYC on Friday, warm enough to envision clear blue skies framing the rec hall porch, wisps of laughter coming from the playing fields, and grilled burgers and hot dogs floating gently to us to us from the cookout site: earmarks of a perfect summer day at camp.

As we take giant steps closer to opening day, we wanted to fill you in on some new activities we’ve added to our summer program. By now you’ve probably heard that Scuba Diving is coming to Schodack! Offered this summer to middle campers in the second half of our summer, campers will have the opportunity to work with professionals on beginning scuba lessons. We’re also excited to bring you Outdoor Cooking (Squiggle Fun Cakes, Anyone?), Cross Country Training, a new and improved Woodworking program, and an expanded Dance program, culminating in on-stage performances!

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While we know that EVERYTHING at camp is new to our first-timers, we love creating activities that are new for our returning campers. We’ve spent the last ten months thinking of ways to enhance everyone’s summer, and are thrilled to add these popular activities to our jam-packed summer program!

Enjoy the remaining weeks of school, and get ready for the summer of your lives!!