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Dancing and Conflict

Hello everyone, We had another great day at camp. Campers made the most of near-perfect weather by water skiing, rock climbing, sailing and doing all the normal activities. It was Pirates of the Caribbean day at fencing (everyone was dressed up and speaking in a pirate accent), we dissected a fish in the BT Vet class, and we had a wicked game of camper vs. counselor dodgeball. On top of that it’s a Saturday so we had pizza and everyone’s favorite dessert: S’more Pockets. But for me, the best part of the day was BT Idol. For this evening program,

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A great week

It’s been a great first week of camp. I have been truly impressed with our campers and staff this past week. Here at Birch Trail we pride ourselves on preparation. We like to plan for everything and then plan again. We have camp directors, project directors, program directors, village directors, and many more positions all dedicated to a certain specific area of camp that they make great. We even have a position for a homesick specialist. The homesick specialist is a position dedicated to looking for any homesick campers during the first week of camp and being available to help

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It takes a village

Before the summer ramps up and we get really busy I want to say thank you to our extended camp family for believing in camp and supporting Birch Trail. I am often pleasantly surprised by the many wonderful gestures from our camp families. Phone calls, letters, and recommendations to friends and families; all of these are heartfelt and appreciated. Birch Trail does not market or advertise – everyone who comes to camp found out about us from a current or former person in the Birch Trail family. When a child comes to camp we create a relationship with that family.

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How to respond to your child’s friendship issues.

There will be a time when your child is left out by their friends. What do you do when that happens? Read this article to find out some great ways to help. https://lindastade-educationwriter.tumblr.com/post/158921106402/how-to-respond-to-your-childs-friendship-issues?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=postplanner&utm_source=facebook.com

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The single most important parenting action we can take today.

If there was one thing you could do to make you a better parent would you do it? Of course you would. Read this article to learn a few easy steps to becoming a better parent. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-macy-stafford/the-single-most-important-parenting-action-we-can-take-today_b_8054388.html

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Why Instagram is the worst for your kids.

There are so many social media sites these days. A public health group recently conducted a study of Instagram and 4 other Social Media tools. Read this article to see how Instagram affects it’s users. https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2017/05/24/why-instagram-worst-your-kids/344256001/

A little bit at a time

Hello from camp. I just moved back up to Birch Trail on Friday. I love being at camp in the spring. There is so much to do and it’s fun for me to help get everything ready for the campers and staff. Many people often ask me what it’s like to be the only person at camp. It’s peaceful, beautiful and I can be very productive. But I’m not really alone. Russ, Bill and Huey are here during the day finishing our winter construction projects. There are so many things that need to be completed to get camp ready. Some

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Girls and their frenemies

Being a part of the group is imperative for adolescent girls. Relational aggression and exclusion play a big part in determining who is and who is not part of the group on any given day. Read this article to find out more about the dynamic of girls and how you can help them navigate this difficult time. https://smceducationblog.tumblr.com/post/150629869120/girls-and-their-frenemies

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Bff’s forever? Understanding Middle School Friendships.

Tweens change friends often- this is part of growing up and should be expected. Some of these changes may be difficult (especially if they were not the one who initiated the change). However by knowing why these changes occur, parents can be more helpful (and calmer). Read this article to understand the reasons kids’ friendships change so often and how you can best support your children in the process. http://yourteenmag.com/teenager-school/teenager-middle-school/middle-school-friendships?platform=hootsuite

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Giving good praise to girls: what messages stick.

Carol Dweck’s research on the growth vs fixed mindset is groundbreaking. Did you know that it has a stronger impact for girls? Read this article to learn how to give praise to girls. https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/04/24/giving-good-praise-to-girls-what-messages-stick/