July 18, 2019

We're about halfway through the Blue Rock summer already- I can hardly believe it. The kids are really settled in now, they seem so relaxed and happy as they create and explore and make new friends. It's such a joy to see!

July 22, 2018

This week we have really noticed a transformation in our campers. Shy little caterpillars who started off with us week one have unfurled their wings and taken to the sky. They're running, jumping, creating, laughing, throwing their arms around their friends, flinging t...

July 14, 2018

It's the middle of our summer together already- the weeks are flying by. The kids have been learning their songs for the camp play, and figuring out what roles they might like to play. As I walk through the campus, it's so lovely to hear kids' voices as they learn to s...

July 8, 2018

This week was hot and steamy, but the kids kept cool in the pool and running around our shaded woods. The kids who were new last week have quickly settled in and seem relaxed and happy already. It's so heartwarming to see even the littlest campers walk confidently up t...

July 1, 2018

Camp was off to a great start this week. Many returning campers were happy to reunite with old friends. Our new campers quickly made connections too, and families made plans for play dates over ice pops at pickup time. One thing I've noticed over my years at camp (both...

April 26, 2017

Did you know that one of the strongest predictors of a long and healthy life is one's level of social involvement?  In fact, regularly connecting and socializing in a supportive atmosphere will improve your health as much as quitting smoking!  There seems to be a nouri...

March 7, 2017

People are naturally curious.  Curiosity makes life interesting.  It perks us up and gives us something to think about. It enables us to solve problems and to be introspective and less defensive.  Curiosity focuses our attention outward and encourages exploration and l...

November 16, 2016

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.      William Arthur Ward

One of the staff requirements at Summer Play Camp is an attitude of thankfulness.  While some of us a...

June 30, 2016

We are creatures of the natural world.  We evolved with the worms, the trees and the praying mantis too.  When we surround ourselves with the natural world that is our beginning, our children's future and the home of all generations to come, we plug into the primal ene...

June 3, 2016

My friend's 7 year old son spent last Sunday afternoon on a tiny scrap of sand at the edge of the Hudson River building the sculpture in the photo below.  He was completely absorbed - learning about balance, leverage and aesthetics; entertaining himself with the sticks...

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