Carlen Long

I am a long-time camper, counselor, and leadership team member. Having graduated from Pomona College May 2015, I am very excited to be working at camp year-round and learning more about the camp industry, where I hope to further my career!

Recent Posts

Benefits of Summer Camp: It's Like College, Just A Little Early

Posted by Carlen Long on May 29, 2016 11:46:35 AM


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Tags: skills, Camper, parenting

Summer Camp, Sibling Rivalry, and Conflict Resolution

Posted by Carlen Long on May 10, 2016 10:46:20 AM


 One of the unique aspects of sleepaway camp is the cabin experience. Living with a group of 10 or so of your peers – and the supervision of two or three college-aged counselors – provides a critical opportunity for growth in many areas. Kids learn to communicate with each other effectively and positively, to collaborate and share their space and their time, and navigate conflict both on their own and with the assistance of their counselors. Every child benefits from practicing these skills, but perhaps none more so than an only child.

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Tags: Camper, parenting, growth

Summer Camp and Dyslexia: A "Reset Button" To Set Kids Up For Success In School

Posted by Carlen Long on May 2, 2016 1:25:39 PM


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How Camp Provides Unique Advantages

Posted by Carlen Long on Mar 29, 2016 10:02:53 AM

More and more these days, families have seemingly countless opportunities and commitments each summer. Academic camps, sports preseasons, family trips - so many things that on the surface might seem more important than "just" going to summer camp. After all, wouldn't an academic camp better prepare a child for their next year in school? Wouldn't a family trip provide kids with irreplaceable memories with their family?

Both of these things are likely true, and valuable. But they do not have to come at the cost of summer camp, and we believe they should not, considering the specific growth and learning that can happen more at summer camp than almost anywhere else. Including academic camps, sports preseasons, or family trips.

For example, there is growing evidence to support the conjecture that overnight summer camp increases a child's ability to thrive when they leave home to go to college. While there has been no large-scale study that we are yet aware of, many writers, college administrators, and parents are beginning to believe that previous camp experience offers an advantage to students when they arrive at college.

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Camp Geek: Growth Mindsets and Praise

Posted by Carlen Long on Mar 18, 2016 11:25:01 AM


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Tags: Parents, skills, growth

Learning Skills At Summer Camp: Outdoors

Posted by Carlen Long on Mar 8, 2016 9:43:28 AM


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Tags: skills, camp, independence

Success in College and a Personal Letter: Part 2

Posted by Carlen Long on Mar 1, 2016 1:29:31 PM


Last week, I shared the first half of a letter written by one of Steve Sir's college bound sons ( Here is the final part of his essay about his experiences at camp and how it has prepared him for the next four years and onwards.

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Tags: Campers, success

Success in College and a Personal Letter: Part 1

Posted by Carlen Long on Feb 23, 2016 10:18:42 AM


From Steve Sir:

During the second semester of his senior year, I asked my son Liam whether he had a case of “senioritis”.  He responded that he did not like being idle and that high school did not provide the same challenge that it once had.  He even suggested that he would not mind a little more homework (yeah, I gasped too).

With that, I asked him if he would be interested in writing an article about camp. 

“Sure, what is the title?”

“How about ‘how camp prepared me for college?”

“I’ll think about it,” was his reply.

Four hours later, he sent me the following article. I'll split it into two different posts, as it's quite the letter.

I hope you enjoy it.

Steve Baskin 


“How camp prepared me to leave home and thrive in college.”

Liam Baskin

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Tags: Camper, growth

Sleepaway Camp as a 2nd Friend Network: An Insulation Against Social Cruelty

Posted by Carlen Long on Feb 19, 2016 10:28:59 AM



When you are growing up – or indeed, at any time in your life – one of the worst things imaginable is the idea of being alone.

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Tags: Parents, success

What Is The Ideal Summer Camp Term Length For My Family?

Posted by Carlen Long on Feb 11, 2016 9:06:02 AM



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