Archive: SEL

SEL Intro #1: What is Social Emotional Learning?

  This is the first in a series of informational blog posts: SEL Intro #1 – #10. Check back weekly or search our archive for more! Where? You’ve probably heard about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) recently. It is a topic in education that’s becoming increasingly popular in schools around the country. Similarly, SEL is showing up in kids’ programs like …

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Why Working At Camp Is Good For Older Kids

Why Work at Summer Camp? Ever thought about signing up your teenager to be a Leader in Training (LIT)?  Or encouraging your college student to apply for a counselor position? Summer camp has many benefits, even for older kids and young adults. Mainly because working at camp gives adolescents great experience! As LITs, counselors and instructors, kids still get to …

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Equality Focus: Bridging the Gap

It’s a sad state of affairs, but not all schools have the same amount of recreation, physical education, science classes, high quality textbooks and even trained instructors. An under resourced school that doesn’t have these things may also not have enough materials for art projects, any professional development for teachers and staff, or even food for snacks and lunch for …

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Advice to Graduates: Be Kind!

It’s the Tuesday after Memorial Day once again, and a child you know has either graduated very recently or is just about to!  Whether you’re a parent, educator or otherwise, this is the perfect opportunity to give advice! As a grown-up, it’s always fun take stock of who we are now compared to who we were back then. That’s just …

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Back Away from the Cookies: Strategies for Self Regulation

Yes, it’s true, many kids need to work on their self regulation. But sometimes grown-ups do, too. Here are a few fun finds to help you and your kids keep working together on saying “no” and stepping away from whatever it is you have trouble turning down. Before summer starts, clear out some time to develop these skills in fun …

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How Summer Camp Makes a Difference

Some people say all they really need to know they learned in Kindergarten. But Audrey Monke argues that actually happens at summer camp. It’s easy to dismiss summertime fun as nothing more than just that, fun. But research shows that high quality, engaging camp experiences can be much, much more! For example, inquiry for a recent article in the Journal of Leisure …

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