A Letter from Camp about the Moosilauke 2020 Season
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A Letter from Camp about the Moosilauke 2020 Season

Dear Moosilauke Families, Staff, Alumni, and Friends,

We hope you all are safe and healthy, and enjoying some special family time during this uniquely challenging period.

As you know from previous communications, we have been engaged in significant research and planning into whether we can open Moosilauke in a manner that ensures the same high level of safety and health for our campers and staff that we have all come to expect.

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A Letter from Sabina and Bill regarding COVID-19

Dear Moosilauke Parents, Staff, and Alumni,

We hope you and your extended family are healthy and making the best of a very difficult situation.  

To state the obvious, we are in a very dynamic situation where every day brings new information. While we can’t predict the future, there is currently no factual basis to believe with certainty that Moosilauke will not open as planned in June. Given this, routine pre-camp planning continues–we are enrolling families,

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Why kids at “high-achieving schools” are now an “at risk” group and what we should be doing about it

by Bill McMahon, Director

The research is in: students at “high achieving schools” are now an “at risk” group. A Washington Post article from this past fall states that: “…studies have found that adolescents in high-achieving schools can suffer significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and delinquent behaviors, at least two to three times the national average.” And, these schools are the public and private institutions parents are all trying to get their kids into because of the quality of the programming and the positive testing and placement outcomes.

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What the Research Tells Us Boys Need to Become Their Best Selves

The following is an excerpt from a talk Bill gave at Moosilauke’s 2019 Parents’ Day.

It seems like we are in the golden age of research and media related to what young people need to become happy, healthy, successful—and to develop the potential for leadership.

Two things come to mind when I ponder all the recommendations from the research that I have read. The first is that what the experts endorse is not complicated;

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Why Your Child Needs a Little Stress and Mess

By Bill McMahon, Director

William Stixrud and Ned Johnson in their new book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, are the latest authors to sound the alarm bell about the mental health of young people today. They write: “Adolescents and young adults today are five to eight times more likely to experience the symptoms of an anxiety disorder than young people were at earlier times,

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