Sunday, September 2, 2012

The camp sent you home a 'new' kid. Here's how to keep him that way

Instructor John McCracken helps a child at Camp Arowhon in Ontario
(/Leon Muszynski).
As director of Camp Arowhon in Algonquin Park, I get a lot of phone calls from parents after camp. The other day, a mom called: “I can’t believe it,” she said. “You sent me home a new kid. He makes his bed, he sets and clears the table. He hangs up his clothes without being asked! What did you do to him?”

I get at least 20 of these calls every season.

The story is always pretty much the same. When kids get home from camp, their parents report a dramatic uptick in all those behaviours that we, as parents, long for.
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Parents tell me that they received a different child from the one they sent us. The children who get off the bus do house chores without being asked. They keep their room tidy. And they chat at the dinner table – rather like civilized humans. -- Joanne Kates, Canadian Globe and Mail

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