Monday, December 29th 2014
Most people look back at year-end to review what they experienced and learned. Helping them look forward to the coming year renewed, and to try to have a plan. We do the same. We are proud of our many efforts to help families, students, camps, programs, professionals, organizations and educational institutions. And giving back is inherent in our work.
Here’s our recap; we’d love to hear about yours!
Camps that really make a difference in others’ lives – so many to mention (which is great), but in our opinion some noteworthy ones in the news or not: Seeds of Peace, Camp Sunshine, Camp Champions, Camp to Belong, Experience Camps for Grieving Children
New programs and trends – more focuses on social entrepreneurship, marrying start-ups with causes, for campers and teens; more STEM opportunities, especially women; continued growth in culinary programs; and happily (in our eyes) more back-to-basics, unplugging emphasis at traditional camps
Pre-College Admissions Survey – we co-authored the 2014 national pre-college summer survey to the top 50 US colleges and universities that focused on how summer experiences influence college acceptances. It’s always important to stay current to provide our clients with knowledge that will best prepare students for college preparation and transitions
Continued media advocacy – we feel fortunate our opinions and thoughts are sought after, helping to spread the word about the benefits of camp and summer experiences. Being youth development advocates is an honor
Our youth development resources expansion – connecting families and students with top professionals to help develop them to their fullest potential
College admissions and stand-out experiences – inspiring and helping our clients self-discover, find their niche, pursue it, and create organic differences year-round that will help them grow individually and become distinct applicants in the future
Camp weddings – love hearing when camp alumni return to their second homes or states where these lifelong memories and friendships began. We even helped one family coordinate a camp wedding in Maine!
Successful international student transitions – so happy to help these students transition to the US, improve their English, try out US college campuses to help put them on their path to higher education in this country
Speaking engagements through education workshops – it has been fulfilling to have the opportunity to speak to organizations such as the Parents League of NY and the JCC Manhattan, educating parents about summer planning for mainstream children and teens, or those with special needs
Camperships for inner city kids – our board work with Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education is incredibly fulfilling. The Cycle4Camp event and initiative is fun, lets people celebrate their camp spirit and give kids in need the gift of camp!
Our college student & grad career services expansion – it’s a very competitive marketplace and knowing we can provide these millennials with life skills and guidance to jump start their internships and careers today resonates deeply with us
Our clients’ work to give back – it is so meaningful to hear how service experiences impact our students, motivating them to do more; including guiding them to start their own initiatives or finding ways to continue their summer service experience when they return home
So if your year-end includes giving back to pay it forward, please consider gifting a camp or summer experience to a child or teen in need. Some organizations we cite above are causes we believe in and hope you might, too!
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