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Magic Valley Times-News - May 2006


Summer-camp separation woes
By Matt Christensen
Times-News writer

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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Wood River Journal, Spring 2006

Prepare Your Child For Camp

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...

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Idaho Statesman - April, 2006

Summer Camp Guide '06 - Special Insert

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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Portland Family Magazine * March 2003


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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Idaho Statesman * Friday, February 1, 2002 * Local Section


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 summer.
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 place.
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 event.

To Learn more
If you are interested in Camp Crescendo, contact Pamela Link, owner and camp director, at

Idaho Statesman * Sunday, April 29, 2001 * Idaho

Life Section
from those in the know

By Susan Whaley

Some Idaho kids (and a mom) share advice, photos

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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Idaho Statesman * Tuesday, February, 8, 1994 * Daybreak Section


Camps range from Music to scouting
By Karen Bossick

Music Camps
Camp Crescendo – This 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



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