As educators and parents, we’ve dedicated ourselves to exploring every available resource that might help us create a better environment for both our own kids, as well as for our camp family; we constantly read through new (and old) books on parenting, and we also attend industry conferences and workshops every year.

As our philosophy of camping expands and evolves, we want to share what we’ve found helpful with our extended community. Our hope is that we can all work together to cultivate an incredible network of support and learning here at Parent University, a place for us all to share information, engage in dialogue about family life, and help each other become the best parents we can possibly be.


We have developed a four-part video series to help first-time campers and their parents get ready for a summer at camp. The videos cover packing for camp, how to write positive, uplifting letters that will encourage growth and how to minimize and deal with homesickness. Check out this video series here.


Understanding Your Child

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These are a collection of parent resources and references.

Hardy Girls Blog

Hardy Girls Healthy Women (HGHW) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well-being of girls and women.

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Girls in the Game

At Girls in the Game every girl finds her voice, discovers her strength and leads with confidence through fun and active sports, health and leadership programs.

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New Moon - eMag for Girls

Girls are powerful, active, interesting makers in charge of their lives. We open minds with our girls world magazine.

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These are a collection of references and resources.

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our "two minds"--the rational and the emotional--and how they together shape our destiny.

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Giving the Love That Heals : A Guide for Parents

Harville Hendrix, with his coauthor and wife, Helen Hunt, brings us to a new understanding of the most profound love of all-- by helping parents nurture their own development as they encourage emotional wholeness in their children.

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The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee

In a world where material abundance abounds, parents want so badly to raise self-disciplined, appreciative, and resourceful children who are not spoiled by the plentitude around them. But how to accomplish this feat?

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Great Books for Girls

The first reference of its kind, Great Books for Girls is an invaluable list of more than six hundred titles--picture books, novels, mysteries, biographies, folktales, sports books, and more--that will encourage, challenge, and ultimately nurture in girls the strong qualities our culture so often suppresses.

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Growing a Girl: Seven Strategies for Raising a Strong, Spirited Daughter

Like parents of girls everywhere, psychologist Barbara Mackoff often heard her young daughter Hannah dismissed with those words. Dr. Mackoff spent three years searching for strategies to nurture Hannah’s growing sense of self. The result is Growing a Girl.

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Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety

A lively and provocative look at the modern culture of motherhood and at the social, economic, and political forces that shaped current ideas about parenting.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families

In his first major work since The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven R. Covey presents a practical and philosophical guide to solving the problems--large and small, mundane and extraordinary--that confront all families and strong communities.

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The Moral Intelligence of Children: How to Raise a Moral Child

Child psychiatrist and Harvard professor Robert Coles illuminates the ways in which children become moral or not so moral adults, drawing on case studies, talks with parents, visits to nurseries and classrooms, and interviews with children.

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Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

Dirty looks and taunting notes are just a few examples of girl bullying that girls and women have long suffered through silently and painfully. With this book Rachel Simmons elevated the nation's consciousness and has shown millions of girls, parents, counselors, and teachers how to deal with this devastating problem.

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The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

As the focus of the family has turned to the glow of the screen—children constantly texting their friends or going online to do homework; parents working online around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation.

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The Self-Motivated Kid:

In this inspiring book, Dr. Shimi Kang, a Harvard-trained child and adult psychiatrist and an expert in human motivation, provides a guide to the art and science of encouraging children to develop their own internal drive and a lifelong love of learning.

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The Whole-Brain Child:

A revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children.

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Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset.

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Cinderella Ate My Daughter

A radical, timely wake-up call for parents, revealing the dark side of a pretty and pink culture confronting girls at every turn as they grow into adults.

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Not Much Just Chillin'

Suddenly they go from striving for A’s to barely passing, from fretting about cooties to obsessing for hours about crushes.

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Reviving Ophelia

As a therapist, Mary Pipher was becoming frustrated with the growing problems among adolescent girls. Why were so many of them turning to therapy in the first place?

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