Benefits of various types of summer camps

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Benefits of various types of summer camps

Stephen Wallace: To some degree, the camping industry has migrated from what we considered to be traditional summer camps, like the camp I work at in Massachusetts, to the way of specialty camps where some particular sport or art or music or dance. And those are wonderful experiences for young people to have. It helps them in a number of ways. Number 1, it allows them to really zero in on a particular interest or strength that they have. Number 2, it helps them to build skills in those areas. And number 3, it allows them to meet other kids with similar interests. When I train camp counselors, one of the things I talk about is lyrics from a Jimmy Buffett song where he says, I never got a grip on penmanships, seldom found the key to arithmetic, but ask for some palm trees or some tales from the south seas then I might just turn your head. And I think that’s just a powerful set of lyrics. What does it tell us? It tells us that every kid has a passion, a strength. All we need to do is to find it and unlock it and help that child run with it.

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Stephen Gray Wallace, MS Ed

School Psychologist & Author

Stephen Gray Wallace, M.S. Ed., is president and director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Education (CARE), a national collaborative of institutions and organizations committed to increasing favorable youth outcomes and reducing risk. He is a consultant to summer camps on staff training and teen leadership programming and has broad experience as a school psychologist and adolescent/family counselor. Stephen is a member of the professional development faculty at the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Camp Association and a parenting expert at, NBC News Learn and WebMD. He is also an expert partner at RANE (Risk Assistance Network & Exchange) and was national chairman and chief executive officer at SADD for more than 15 years. Additional information about Stephen’s work can be found at

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