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A Path to Social Development- Northwood Style

There is nothing spontaneous or random about the acquisition of social skills.  Observation, opportunity and reinforcement are required steps leading to the internalization of age-appropriate level of social functioning. A much more direct level of social skills instruction is essential…

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TRANSITIONAL PREPARATION

  INDEPENDENT LIFE SKILLS TRAINING– 14 years ago a number of our long-time camper families requested that Camp Northwood expand its programming in order to create a bridge program that would provide transitional preparation for young adults approaching the end…

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The Unique Construction of Children

Even the most flexible of us have no option but to bring our own singular experience and perceptions to the table as we conduct our affairs on a day to day basis. All too often as adults we have an…

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The Superstar Counselor

“Who is watching the children?” is a critical question to ask when considering a summer camp. The leadership of a camp sets a tone, establishes policies, trains staff, provides supervision and oversight, communicates with families and is responsible for the…

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Finding the Right Camp

Finding the right camp for your child takes time.  Preparation and persistence are key to the process and will greatly increase the chance for success.  Before delving into a series of specific steps that should help unlock this complex process,…

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Emphasis on Social Development

     The child/mentor relationship between campers and counselors in a quality summer camp is quite different than that of students and teachers in most school settings.  With the emphasis placed squarely in the social/ recreational realm, summer camp staff…

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The Lost Art of Play

I do not remember a day from my childhood during which I was not running around outdoors.  Jumping on my bike and riding a few miles to a friend’s house or school, exploring the ravines and fields of our community,…

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