Author Archives: Hank Birdsong

USNews.com Reports on How Summer Vacation can be a Time for Self Discovery

USNews.com published a June article emphasizing the importance of high schoolers using summer vacation as a time for self-discovery and pursuit of academic and professional interests. According to the article, summer offers a framework for low-stress exploration of activities, colleges, … Continue reading

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Summer camps capitalize on kids’ inherent idealism and energy

Online youth magazine Tween Tribune recently featured outstanding adolescents making powerful contributions in their communities. David Albright, for example, has been baking muffins almost every week for five years for locals in-need at the Beth El Center in Connecticut. Despite … Continue reading

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New Studies Indicate that Kids Need More Sleep

NPR (National Public Radio) printed an article highlighting two studies regarding a correlation between sleep deprivation and depression in teens: “The teenage years are a tumultuous time, with about 11 percent developing depression by age 18. Lack of sleep may … Continue reading

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Summer Camps Offer Remedies to Rise in Teen Stress

A new survey posted in USA Today indicates that teen stress is on the rise. 64% of the 1018 surveyed teens and 1950 adults reported moderate to extreme stress in the past month and 82% over the last school year. … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Science and and Technology Summer Camp

In February 2014, 60 Minutes hosted a special on three remarkable kids. This blog discusses one of them – Jack Andraka – and his incredible feats in the medical health profession. His success comes from a variety of support systems, … Continue reading

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Contributions Parents Can Make Towards Their Children’s Well-Being

In part of her series on “Parenting for Success,” Forbes Magazine author Kathy Caprino recently published an article on nine key contributions parents can make towards their children’s personal and social well-being. The article itself is quite informative, and many … Continue reading

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How Music Beneficially Correlates with Moods

A recent article posted on healthychildren.org details the many ways in which music beneficially correlates with moods. The article highlights examples like military marches to instill confidence and courage, shopping malls to pump up consumer enthusiasm, and setting lessons to … Continue reading

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Summer Camp Counselors Can Provide Guidance for Life’s Next Leap

A recent article on Kidshealth.org details how parents can support kids as they transition out of high school and into the next phase of adulthood. But parents aren’t the only ones who can help with this. As the article suggests, … Continue reading

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How Computer Summer Camps Can Break Down Gender Barriers

Decreasing the Gender Gap in STEM Fields Reshma Saujani is the founder of the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code, which is inspiring and educating girls in computing skills in order to close the gender disparity in the computer science field. … Continue reading

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Summer Camp is an Important Developmental Step for Kids and Parents

In an article from the Washington Post, Michael Thompson, the author of Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents can Help a Child Grow, is interviewed about the effects of early childhood independence. He purports that, if approached properly, … Continue reading

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