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Paperback The Summer Camp Handbook: Everything You Need to Find, Choose and Get Ready for Overnight Camp-and Skip the Homesickness Book

ISBN: 1930085001

ISBN13: 9781930085008

The Summer Camp Handbook: Everything You Need to Find, Choose and Get Ready for Overnight Camp-and Skip the Homesickness

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Book Overview

Includes information on how to decide when the time is right, how to find and evaluate different kinds of camps, how to prepare for the adventure, and how to prevent homesickness.

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A book for every parent

I bought Chris Thurber's book on Friday, and watched him on NBC's Today Show this morning (June 9, 2003). Seeing him in person confirms what I thought: he is a camping expert with a wealth of helpful information for parents and kids alike. I feel so much better sending my son to camp knowing that Chris and Jon's research has helped us prepare in a way that will maximize the fun and minimize the homesickness at camp. Buying this book is a small investment in a positive experience whose benefits, I am sure, will last a lifetime. (I found the perfect camp for my son by visiting the American Camping Association's web page: acacamps.org.)

I wish I had found this book a year earlier!

This book really covers what you need to know before you send your child to sleepaway camp. The part that was most helpful to me was the research the authors have done on homesickness. Before I got this book I was guessing about how to handle my daughter's homesickness, and I came up with one or two of their recommendations. But after I read this book I felt I understood how to handle this with my daughter and also what the camp and counselors can do to help. There's a great list of all the things you can do. And everything the authors said rings true with my experience.It's well written, easy to follow, and has parts written just for kids to read. There's even a section to tell kids how to get the most out of camp - from general guidelines on how to treat others to good advice on how to deal with living with lots of kids in a small space.Every parent, camper, counselor and camp director should read this book! Parents will have a more relaxing time while their kids are away, campers will know better what to expect and how to have the most fun, counselors will know better what to do, and camp directors will have fewer problems with kids AND parents.

Homesickness and camp

This is a must read book for any parent who plans on sending their child to camp. The information on homesickness is invaluable and based on studies done by Dr. Thurber. This is not a book of testimonials but is backed up by honest to goodness scientific studies and presented in a very readable and pleasurable way.

A great resource for parents and campers

As a former camper, counselor and staff member at summer camp, I enjoyed reading this book. As the mother of future campers, I will keep this book handy for me and for the kids. Thank you Chris and Jon for a job well done!

Why I'm thrilled I have a book to recommend to families

I am a psychotherapist and mother of four,and I cannot express how pleased and grateful I am that I now have, for the first time, a wonderful resource to recommend to parents. Moms and Dads can read and use this book WITH their children to find the camp best suited for their child. All the wonderful suggestions for preparation, especially the emotional insights, make this book a real gem! Summer camp is SUCH an influential experience, that no child or parent should make camp decisions without first reading THE SUMMER CAMP HANDBOOK.
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