George Zoeckler

George Zoeckler
George works at Camp Champions as an Assistant Director. His many duties in the off season include blogging and keeping the Camp community connected. During camp he likes to create fantastic LARP adventures, cook outdoors and teach people how to lift huge weights at Camp's weight room the Pig Iron Palace. His truest passions are helping people be the best versions of themselves and understanding how the narratives we create for ourselves lead us to that path.
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Coed vs Single Sex Camp: Advantages of a Single Sex Camp

Posted by George Zoeckler on Mar 18, 2014 9:36:00 AM

Coed Vs Single Sex Camps: Advantages of a Single Sex Camp

Advantages-of-a-single-sex-camp-championsDeciding whether to send your child to a single sex camp or a coed camp can be an important determining factor when choosing a summer camp. Remember, this is one of only many things to consider when selecting a summer camp.

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Best Summer Camps San Antonio Guide

Posted by George Zoeckler on Mar 12, 2014 11:02:21 AM

Best Summer Camps San Antonio 2014 Guide

best-summer-camps-san-antonio-camp-championsSummer camp is one of the most fun experiences children get to have every year. Who wouldn't want to spend two or three weeks living lakeside in a cabin with 12 of your best friends nestled in hilly Texas wilderness. Not to mention, camp is one of the most developmentally rewarding experiences for children as early as five or six years old all the up to teenagers. This post is not about the benefits of camp but you can read a lot more about the youth development, character building and critical skills camp provides if you are interested.

We have provided a list of the best summer camps in the San Antonio area. San Antonio is lucky enough to be very close to the Texas Hill Country which is home to many of Texas' traditional overnight summer camps. The Hill Country offers cool streams, large lakes, rolling hills, and miles of trails to explore. Let's not forget the higher elevation to keep summer a little bit cooler than the city. There are also a couple options for summer camps just North of San Antionio outside the Hill Country setting, but still on pristine locations.

This list highlights traditional overnight summer camps for boys and girls. There are several resources to help you refine your search for the right sleep away camp for your family linked at the bottom of the post. 

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How Long Should I Send My Child Away to Camp For

Posted by George Zoeckler on Mar 11, 2014 10:30:00 AM

How Long Should I Send My Child Away to Camp For

Summer Camp Session History

how-long-should-send-kids-to-camp-forThe Summer Camp industry has been around for 150 years, originally centered around major metropolitan areas in the northeast. With the longstanding camp tradition of children leaving the city every summer for rural camp settings, the question is often “Where is my child going to camp?” not “Will my child go to camp?” This decision determined your social circle, professional colleagues, and wedding party. These camps all ran 8 – 10 week seasons with kids spending the entire summer away at camp.

These trends are slowly fading and summer camps have expanded across the country with varying preferences for the ideal summer camp term length. And parents find themselves asking:

"How long should I send my child away to camp this summer?"

 

Summer camp term length options

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Benefits of Long Summer Camp Session

Posted by George Zoeckler on Feb 17, 2014 3:03:00 PM

Benefits of Long Summer Camp Session

"What is the best summer camp term length for my child?"

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Every off season we get calls from parents asking about how long they should send their kids away to camp. Parents are looking for the ever elusive best summer camp term length. 

Here at Camp Champions, we focus mostly on three week summer camp terms, although we also offer two week summer camp terms. Industry research shows that 95% of 2nd graders are ready to go away for three weeks of camp. And in fact a majority of our campers are three week campers. The difference in personal growth, relationships developed, activities explored and fun experienced at camp compounds in the second and third weeks of summer camp sessions.

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Best Overnight Summer Camp Houston 2014 Guide

Posted by George Zoeckler on Feb 7, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Best Overnight Summer Camp Houston 2014 Guide

Summer Camp is a fun-filled experience for our children. It's an opportunity for tremendous growth and youth development is another important aspect of every child's summer. Houston has a variety of options when it comes to summer camp. The city is host to several organizations that put on day camps in the city. However, about this time every year, parents and children start to think about going away to overnight camp.

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Best Overnight Summer Camps Austin 2014 Guide

Posted by George Zoeckler on Feb 5, 2014 1:56:00 PM

Best Overnight Summer Camps Austin 2014

Overnight summer camp is a fun way for youth to get outdoors, and it's an extremely powerful youth development experience. Finding the right summer camp can be a time consuming process. Finding the best summer camp for your family's needs is a process that begins early and involves lots of research and talking to people with sleepaway camp experience. Let's face it, summer camp is a place that is all about people. 

Austin has the distinct advantage of being smack in the middle of Texas, which is great. It gives you a lot of options for summer camp in Texas! Austin has a plethora of summer camping options that are not overnight. This post will provide the top resources for beginning your search in Austin Summer Camps. Additonally, we will provide a list of the best overnight summer camps in the Austin area.best-summer-camp-austin-guide-champions-ga-ga

Austin Family Summer Camp Fair

The Austin Family Summer Camp Fair has been put on every year for the past 16 years by the Austin Family Magazine. The event is put on every year at the Palmer Events Center, usually in late January. It is free to attend and offers a variety of camps to come and meet.

January 2014 Austin Family Camp Fair Event: at the Palmer Events Center, January 26th, 12 PM - 4 PM

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Best Overnight Summer Camp Dallas 2014 Guide

Posted by George Zoeckler on Feb 3, 2014 4:25:31 PM

Best Overnight Summer Camp Dallas 2014 Guide

Overnight camp is an extremely powerful growth experience for children. Overnight camp is is an opportunity for kids to make lifelong friends, learn about who they are as a person away from their normal surroundings and have a lot of fun. I don't want to rattle on about the advantages of summer camp and the critical skills it provides - you can read more about that later if you haven't already.

We have compiled a list of the best overnight Texas summer camps in the Dallas and East Texas area. At the bottom of the list you will also find a few of the top camps in Texas Hill Country as well. Texas Hill Country overnight camps have a long standing tradition of summer camping. Geographic location is just one facet to being looking at summer camps, and we hope this helps you as you begin your search for a summer camp in Texas.

East Texas: Dallas Overnight Summer Camps

summer-camp-dallas-east-texas-huawniCamp Huawni | East Texas | Timpson

Camp Huawni is located in East Texas, right outside the town of Timpson. Huawni focuses on connecting kids with the outdoors and promoting simple fun. Camp Huawni has a strong commitment to promoting meaningful relationships among campers and supporting personal growth. Campers come to Huawni for anywhere between one and two week summer camp terms and are aged Kindergarten through 11th grade.

Learn more - http://www.camphuawni.com/

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Best Summer Camps Texas Hill Country 2014 Guide

Posted by George Zoeckler on Jan 27, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Best Overnight Summer Camps Texas Hill Country 2014 Guide

Summer camp is a powerful and transformative youth development experience. Children learn to adjust to new environments, make new friends, take risks away from home, be a part of a community, and take part in something bigger than themselves. Let's not forget that camp is a ton of fun!

 
There are many resources available on our blog and website about how summer camp creates advantages, but most likely you already realize the benefits of  camp and are beginning your search process for the best summer camp in Texas for your family. We have compiled a list of the best resident summer camps in Texas Hill Country for you to begin your search process. This list highlights overnight Texas summer camps that focus on the traditional camp experience.
 
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Summer Camp Reviews: 2014 Best Summer Camps

Posted by George Zoeckler on Jan 9, 2014 1:34:00 PM

Summer Camp Reviews

The best source for camp reviews is the families that attend or have attended summer camp. That means talking to people. Reviews are people relating their experience. They are vouching for the summer camp's reputation, the experience their children have had there, and their relationship with the camp.

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6 Tips on Summer Camp Scholarships: How to find a campership

Posted by George Zoeckler on Dec 30, 2013 1:25:00 PM

How to find a Summer Camp Scholarship

Families often find the price of summer camp shocking when they first start looking at camp. Few families are aware of summer camp scholarship option. You have probably heard of scholarships in the context of college, but summer camp scholarships exist in a very similar fashion. They essentially act as a summer camp tuition grant to offset the costs of camp. Let's dive in a little deeper.

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