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All the World’s a Stage (Especially the Moose Dining Hall at Announcement Time!)

By Bill McMahon, Co-Director

IMG_0265Every camper and counselor at Moosilauke will tell you that announcement period after the meals is one of the most fun and interesting times at Camp.  During this period there are a number of daily happenings that everyone looks forward to, including: camper recaps of recent athletic events and trips; Kenny and others reading sports scores and summarizing key happenings in the news; and announcements concerning upcoming activities,

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Peer Culture: How a Camp Creates a Great One

by Bill McMahon, Co-Director

IMG_0076As I have referenced in other writings, it is our firm belief at Moosilauke that the most powerful factor in the life of a camper (especially a teenage camper) is the peer culture he is immersed in.

Peer cultures come in many flavors. Without a few important factors in place they can easily spin negative–“lord of the flies” negative. Negative boy peer cultures are easy to spot: there is significant teasing;

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How a Great Camp Can Help Your Child Build Essential Coping Skills

By Bill McMahon, Co-Director

Parents, and individuals working with kids, are constantly asking themselves the same simple questions:  What is our role in their growth process?  What should we be doing, and not doing?  What should be our/their focus?

Best-selling author and psychologist Madeline Levine is a great resource when it comes to these important issues.  Her most recent book, Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success, was described by the New York Times as a “cri de coeur from a clinician on the front lines of the battle between our better natures — parents’ deep and true love and concern for their kids — and our culture’s worst competitive and materialistic influences.”  In the book she highlights a type of parenting that we can all fall into which she believes is very detrimental to kids.  

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Who Works at Moosilauke?

by Bill McMahon, Co-Director

It takes plenty of heart, smarts, resources, and dedication to run a great overnight summer camp.  It also takes a lot of people!  Moosilauke, which is a camp of 140 campers, has 72 full time individuals on staff—a 2 to 1 ratio of employees to campers. The 72 folks are comprised as follows: 48 activity/cabin counselors; 5 junior counselors; 7 kitchen staff; 2 nurses; 2 maintenance staff;

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Homesickness

by Bill McMahon, Co-Director

In his book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow, Michael Thompson writes: “If you were to boil down the thousands of parenting questions I am asked in a given year, their essence basically is: “what should I be doing for my child?”  After listing a number of variations on the theme, Thompson writes “these can be tough questions to answer,

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