Senior Camper Program

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 6, 2020 1:45:00 PM

Each year, we are asked to make presentations at national camp conferences about our high school leadership program.  We call it the Senior Camper program and it serves teens finishing 9th, 10th and 11th grades.  Here is an overview of the program.  I hope you can see why it has become an nationally recognized!
Senior Camper Talk

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Reaching Out to Others

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 6, 2020 12:56:42 PM

(This is the fourth in 4 articles on the “Four R’s” that we stress at Camp Champions)
Anne with BU camper
As you might have seen in a previous article, we focus on the “Four R”s:
1. showing Respect,
2. taking reasonable Risks,
3. Reaching out to others, and
4. taking Responsibility.
This article talks about what we do to stress Reaching out to others.

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Taking Reasonable Risks

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 4, 2020 12:52:37 PM

(This is the third in 4 articles on the “Four R’s” that we stress at Camp Champions)
cargo net
As you might have seen in a previous article, we focus on the “Four R”s:

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Counselor Heroes

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 29, 2020 3:52:33 PM

For years we have talked about hiring “counselor heroes”.  A friend unfamiliar with summer camps asked me to define what we mean by this and to explain what we do to get “heroes”.  I thought you might appreciate how I responded.
Bees
Our heroes are young men and women committed to being exceptional role models to our campers.  These are individuals whose talents justify easier hours and higher pay, but who understand the power of working with young people (of course, they also enjoy having an active and exciting summer).  While these heroes teach the campers a great deal, they inevitably learn some powerful lessons themselves.  They learn the 21st Century skills of communication, teamwork, work ethic, leadership and creative thinking as well the joy of serving others. They learn that hard work and great fun can go together.

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Definition of a Champion

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 27, 2020 5:01:38 PM

“Our passion is to help every camper grow into the Champion he or she is intended to be.”
---Camp Champions’ Mission Statement
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When I share our mission statement with parents, some ask me what we mean by a “Champion”.  Some picture a camper draped in medals or one that wins a competition.  We mean something different.

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Explanation of Torchlight Ceremony

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jul 2, 2020 1:05:58 PM

Torch

Several years ago, we had some parents contact us with questions about Torchlight, our evening ritual.  With this in mind, we decided to provide a little bit of an explanation about this important camp tradition.

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My Odd "Workplace"

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jun 8, 2016 8:43:04 PM

1967_Costumes.jpgOne of my hopes with this blog is to provide you a feel for camp. Sometimes that means explaining a tradition. Sometimes I will share quotes from campers. Other times I strive to give you a glimpse of what it like to be a parent-aged “adult” at Camp Champions.

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Helping our First time Campers Feel Welcome

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jun 7, 2016 8:38:50 PM

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Chasing Animals and Appreciating Camper Wit

Posted by Steve Baskin on Jun 6, 2016 10:04:23 PM

Green_Acres_Chicken.jpgEnjoying Green Acres

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Our Little Guests

Posted by Steve Baskin on Aug 9, 2013 6:17:24 PM

MinionsTonight’s blog is destined to be a short one, but I do want to share a little about our youngest two cabins.

 

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