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Camp Walt Whitman, located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is the best coed sleepaway camp available in New England. Boys and girls from 2nd grade to teens have the time of their lives every summer. Visit site: Camp Walt Whitman 1000 Cape Moonshine Rd Piermont, NH 03779 603-764-5521 cww@campwalt.com – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Checking Out The Culture Of An Overnight Summer Camp


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Checking Out the Culture of an Overnight Summer
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  • So, your child will be taking the big step this
    summer to spending hot, happy months at sleepaway
    camp.

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  • There are of course many things to take into
    consideration when choosing an overnight camp,
    but perhaps one of the most important from the
    standpoint of each individual child is the
    overall culture of the camp.

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Is it more geared toward sports?
Is it large or small?
What kinds of kids tend to go?
Will your youngster feel like hell fit in?
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Ask Around
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  • Although youll have to take into consideration
    the source of any information, its a great idea
    to check with other parents of campers at a
    potential camp.

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  • Often, your child will have classmates or
    neighbors who have attended the camp,
    particularly if its not that far away.

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  • Of course one childs idea of camp heaven may be
    quite different from anothers, but you can get
    an overall impression of camper/counselor
    interaction, how engaged kids are in camp
    activities, safety and supervision.

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  • If lots of parents report their child cant wait
    until next summer, youve probably got a winner.

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Traditional or Modern?
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  • With the incredible amount of camps out there,
    you can choose anything from rustic lakeside
    retreats with few of the luxuries of home

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  • to upscale modern summer meccas with everything
    from Internet access to cell phone privileges.

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  • Clearly, the culture of a camp brimming with
    contemporary comforts will be far different from
    that of a traditional style sleepaway camp.

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Peruse the Websites
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Needless to say, every camp is putting its best
foot - or hiking boot forward on the Internet,
but these websites are super places to get basics
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Camper/counselor ratio
Camp size
Number of kids in each cabin
A typical day at camp
Rules on communicating with home and amount of
structure
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  • If you feel your child would be lost in the
    crowds of a big camp and might do better with
    small groups, or if they might flounder with too
    much unstructured time

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  • you can look for camps set up for smaller
    groups of campers and a more structured schedule
    of activities.

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  • See if you can find out the return rate of
    campers, summer after summer it says a lot about
    the camps overall culture.

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Take a Camp Tour
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  • Pile the family in the car and take a summer camp
    tour the summer before your child will go to
    camp.

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  • This is where good planning comes in, as youll
    want to go while camps in session to get the
    best feel for the overall vibe of the place.

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  • Naturally, the tour guide will be showing all the
    high points, but try to see if your child can get
    a chance to chat with some of the campers.

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  • Look around. Do the kids seem happy and engaged
    in the activities? Are the counselors
    enthusiastic and involved?

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  • Are the facilities clean and well-maintained? Do
    waterfront activities in particular seem well
    supervised?

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  • Ask plenty of questions of camp staff youll
    have your own unique concerns for your child.

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  • Once youre back in the car, listen carefully to
    your childs feelings about the camp, and dont
    let your own enthusiasm or lack thereof influence
    his or her decision shell be the one spending
    the summer there, not you!

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  • If you're considering sending your child to an
    overnight summer camp, be sure to visit our site
    to learn about Camp Walt Whitman.

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  • Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire,
    Camp Walt Whitman offers a safe, nurturing
    environment in a beautiful mountain setting.

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  • Our camp is a coed sleepaway camp, with separate
    areas for boys and girls. The kids have a blast,
    and make friendships that can last a lifetime.

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  • www.campwalt.com

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Camp Walt Whitman 1000 Cape Moonshine
Rd Piermont, NH 03779 603-764-5521 cww_at_campwalt.co
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