Could It Be Magic? The Transformative Power of Sleepaway Camp

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Renowned child psychologist Michael Thompson, author of “Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow,” has written that there are three reasons that the residential camp experience remains so magical: being away from one’s parents; the relationship between campers and counselors; and inhabiting a camp’s “private world with its own… Read More

A Dip in the Pool

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Despite January’s chill, now is a good time to start considering which swim camps and clubs might be best for your child or children. Padonia Park Club, 12006 Jenifer Road, Cockeysville Padonia Park Club CEO Kathy Angstadt reports that her location offers six pools. “Three of which are in our ‘children’s zone,’” Angstadt said. This… Read More

Planning Ahead for an Affordable Summer

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For many parents, sending their kids to a summer camp, either day or overnight, is a luxury at first glance. However, with a little extra planning, that crucial summer experience can be within reach. A variety of resources are at the disposal of parents to ensure that their child has an incredible summer experience. Where… Read More

Summer Camp: Finding the Right Fit for Your Child

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Now that summer camp sign-up season is upon us, parents of children with disabilities face added pressures and concerns in their search for the right fit. According to Jennifer Lazlo Mizrahi, president of Respect- Ability, “there are two kinds of camps: a camp for just kids with disabilities and a camp for everyone with an… Read More

Inside Scoop: Where to Shop

Unless you’re roughing it in a tent, your basic needs for summer camp likely will be covered by shopping Target or Wal-Mart. But a visit to everythingsummercamp.com provides tools that will help you organize your thoughts when making that all-important packing list. The site is so popular and helpful that 270 camps have recommended it…. Read More

Inside Scoop: Friendships Are the Key

Summer camp is generally an on-the-go adventure, but undoubtedly there may be those times when your camper will be sitting on his or her bunk in need of something to do to fill the time. Camp Louise alum Ayme Lederman says her two daughters, who also attend Louise, have much less free time†than she did… Read More

Inside Scoop: Fashion vs. Practicality

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Perhaps the next most difficult decision for a parent after choosing a camp for his or her kids is deciding what to send along with them. In 2016, while some camp traditions such as oversized sweatshirts remain, others have long ago faded. Stacy Schwartz Frazier, assistant director of Camp Louise in Cascade, Md., said when… Read More

Marji Arnheim

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Marji Arnheim, 45, is a Camp Louise alumna who attended from 1976 to 1987 before becoming a counselor the following year. Since 2007, she has served as a staff photographer and has watched her two boys follow in her footsteps at Camp Airy. What were your favorite things at camp? As a young camper, I… Read More

Service Learning, Jewish Learning Summer camps teach teens to care about community

Informal Jewish education is a priority for Jewish summer camps, and in the spirit of tikkun olam, Jewish camps are embracing community service as a vehicle to strengthen campers’ connection to Judaism. “There is growing research demonstrating the ways in which service learning is a vehicle for personal leadership development,” says Laura Menyuk, director of… Read More

‘A True Vacation’ Some camps aren’t just for kids

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Parents often think of summer camp as a way to have some time away from their children, but more Jewish summer camps across the country are letting parents get away with their kids. “It’s an incredible opportunity when your child can play with their peers and you, as a parent, can hang out with the… Read More