Summer-camp separation woes
By Matt Christensen
TWIN FALLS -- As the Chapman family car
zipped over the Perrine Bridge, 11-year-old Jordan thought,
just for a moment, about jumping out.
"No, Mom," he said. "I can't do this. I'm not
doing this, Mom. No way. Let's turn around."
Five minutes later, the Chapmans rolled onto the College of
Southern Idaho campus, Jordan still aboard. Kelleen Chapman,
Jordan's mother, kissed her son and her 9-year-old daughter,
Kelsey, hopped back into the car and took off.
They'd made it. The kids were at camp, Mom was in the car,
and there hadn't been a single tear shed. A miracle, considering
this was the first time the Chapman kids would be away from
home -- alone -- more than a few days...
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By David Larsen
The Wood River News - Hailey
With summer camps starting up in less than a month, there
are some tips you and your child should know before departure.
For example, if your child is heading off to their first sleepover
camp, it's going to be an emotional experience for all parties
involved. It's a risky situation as children need to gradually
get used to being away from home. Don't expect your child
to leave easily if it's their first time.
"It's really difficult to go away and if
your child has never left before it's a big shock. the child
will be really homesick," said
Pamela Link of Camp Crescendo...
The Idaho Statesman
It's Time to Sign Up for Summer Camps!
From the littlest ballerina to the biggest kayaker, every
kid can find a summer camp hat fits right in The Idaho Statesman's
Summer Camp guide.
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Summer Camp Builds Strong Kids
By Jodi Helmer
(Portland Family Magazine)
If you asked your child to design a perfect summer, it would
probably include plenty of playmates, tons of exciting activities,
and a place to cool off when the summer sun gets too hot.
What your child is describing is summer camp, where year after
year campers roast hundreds of marshmallows, play games and
make lasting memories. But while your kids are away at camp
they are learning more than campfire songs and archery...
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Budding musicians find lots of fun
and learning in McCall
By Katie Hiatt
(West Junior High)
The bell rings, papers fly, kids wildly run everywhere, and
teachers finally crack smiles. The long and strenuous school
year is over, and everyone is going home for the lazy, hot
Most people enjoy lazing around the house, but a select few
are off to Camp Crescendo, a music camp in McCall for kids
who love music. The camp focuses on bringing out the musical
talent in everyday, ordinary kids.
“I love going there, meeting new people and learning
new things,” said Natalie Hessing, ninth grader at West
Junior High, who has attended Camp Crescendo for three years.
Hessing started going to the camp after her sister became
a counselor. “I think more people should start going,”
Hessing said enthusiastically. “It’s always good
to try something new.”
Some kids are terrified of camp because they are afraid they
will be all alone, not meet anybody new, and have a terrible
time. If that is why you are making excuses to stay home this
summer, then you might want to think again, because everyone
who attends is friendly and always looking for newcomers in
the crowd to make feel welcome.
If you’re going to camp, and you think you won’t
know anyone in your cabin, you’re probably right. But
if you think you aren’t going to make any new friends,
you are wrong. There are 12 girls to a cabin and three to
four boys to a dorm room, making Camp Crescendo a very sociable
Bailey Eckert, a ninth-grader at West, has been attending
Camp Crescendo every summer for six years. She plans to make
that long drive to McCall again this summer to spend the week
singing and dancing.
“The parts I look forward to most about camp are the
people, the classes, pretty much everything,” Eckert
said with a smile. Last year, she attended camp as a junior
counselor. Junior counselors do the dishes and run errands
for the counselors.
Camp Crescendo is not like any other camp around. The campers
get a list of mandatory classes at the beginning of camp (no,
not like the ones in school), and they can choose some for
themselves. Classes include “Jazzy Jeopardy” –
a class that tests your musical knowledge – a variety
of entertaining dance classes, an assortment of instrumental
classes, and spectacular singing classes.
Even though they get to choose most of their classes, all
campers must attend choir rehearsal each morning after breakfast
to prepare for the end-of-the-week concert.
Toward the middle of the week, campers are invited to perform
in a talent show. They can perform skits, songs or dances
of their choice
Some summer camps cost a lot of money, and most parents don’t
want to pay that much to get their kids out of their hair
for a week. This particular camp costs $260 and, believe me,
it is worth it.
“You get out of housework for a week, and you get to
be with people your own age the whole time,” said Stephen
Fife, a West ninth-grader. He has been going to camp Crescendo
for the past three years and plans to attend again this summer.
Fife was a junior counselor last year.
Does camping make you think of dirt, sleeping bags, tents
and cooking food over a campfire? Well, if that’s how
you like to camp, then this camp isn’t for you. At this
particular camp, the campers stay in cabins that have indoor
plumbing and electricity
If you love swimming in the lake or running around in the
rain, then you will just love this camp. Daily swims in the
lake are optional, but highly recommended, and it will most
likely rain there during the week at camp.
Now, back to the fun and exciting things you learn at camp.
If you are interested in drums, guitar or violin, then Camp
Crescendo has some great classes that include all of these
instruments. Have you ever dreamed about being on stage in
front of thousands? Well then, you just might want to take
karaoke or one of the many other singing classes offered.
If dancing is your thing, Camp crescendo has some great dance
instructors who love to teach new campers.
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Katie Hiatt is a freshman at West
Jr. High School. Katie enjoys spending time with her friends,
singing, dancing, shopping and going to any kind of sports
To Learn more
If you are interested in Camp Crescendo, contact Pamela Link,
owner and camp director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Susan Whaley
Some Idaho kids (and a mom) share
Age 17, Meridian
School: Bishop Kelly High School, senior
Experience: 11 years at Camp Crescendo music camp, with four
years as a junior and senior counselor.
What do you like about camp?
You’re up there by the lake, you’re hanging out
with your friends all day and learning on the side and having
a good time. The overall experience is great, but the best
part is being with your friends.
Are these new friends or ones you
had before you went?
Most of them are the ones you make when you go there.
What should a camper know before going?
If it’s a first or second year camper, they may be feeling
like they’re going to miss their parents, especially
the first day, but once you get up there there’s so
much going on you forget.
What should campers do about homesickness?
They can go to any of the counselors and talk about it and
try to get it clear. If they can’t (the camp director)
will call their parents. Most kids are able to overcome it.
Every session I’ve been there, there’s never been
anybody who went home. A few cry.
What advice do you have for parents
sending their kids away for the first time?
It’s just as tough for the parents to let them go as
it is to go that first year. They have to just kind of let
them go. They’ll adjust because there are always kids
their age, and they all have a common interest. I’ve
never seen anybody have a hard time making friends.
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Camps range from Music to scouting
By Karen Bossick
is a chance for kids to learn there’s music beyond Magic
93. They’ll do the hokey pokey using musical symbols
and go on a scavenger hunt by recognizing clues in the sounds
of music. Kids sing in a choir, learn to play the guitar,
and learn some new dances. At the end of the week, campers
put on a musical production. Don’t worry if your child
doesn’t know middle C. The camp is divided according
to kids’ backgrounds in music. Activities like hiking,
volleyball, and canoeing fill in the spots between the high
notes. For those in 2nd through 7th grades. June 5-10, and
12-17 at Camp Ida Haven near McCall.
Costs haven’t been set this year.
Information: Boise School music
teacher: Pamela Link, 345-7003