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PB&J, again, Mom?!   How to Beat the Summertime Lunchbox Blues!

Yay, it’s summer!! Along with all things fun and exciting about this favorite time of year comes the ongoing challenge of being creative with summer camp lunches. If you are like me, when June rolled around, I had already been long suffering from lunchbox fatigue. PB&J just wasn’t making the grade anymore: what in the world was I going to feed my trio to get them through those action-packed, hot days of summer camp? Here is some of the insight I have gleaned both as a mom, and CEO of a company, MyFunkins Ltd., that was inspired while packing my children’s lunchboxes.

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WHY & HOW TIPS FOR TOURING CAMPS THIS SUMMER: YOUR 7 WEEKS IN WHICH TO TOUR STARTS NOW!

Camp is just starting, but this time of year is also the traditional kick-off to plan for next summer. Parents only have seven short weeks to preview camps firsthand this season for their kids for next summer. Just as parents would visit colleges, visiting camps is important because camp is a very significant financial, emotional, and life shaping investment. NOW is the time to book visits. Here are top summer camp tour tips from mainecampexperience.com, the comprehensive camp planning resource:

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Choosing a Camp at the Last Minute

School is almost out for summer. Do you regret putting off looking for a summer camp? Don’t worry, there are still some summer camps with availability for your child. And keep in mind that looking for a camp this summer for next year also has many benefits. Here are some tips from the American Camp Association, NY and NJ on how to find a camp at the last minute.

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THE POWER OF UNPLUGGING AT SLEEPAWAY CAMP

Give me a U

Give me a N

Give me a P

Give me a L

Give me a U

Give me a G

WHAT’S THAT SPELL?

Yea, you know what we’re talking about. UNPLUG! It’s a simple and beautiful (and perhaps elusive) concept that is becoming a big fixture of conversation for us lately. One of the most commonly asked questions and discussions we engage parents in about sleepaway camp is – what is the electronics policy? And of course it is. In a world where we are totally and pretty much unavoidably immersed in technology, parents want to know what happens during summertime at camp.

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We're a camp family

In 1945, my 5 year-old mother traveled 4 hours by bus from New York City to the Berkshires to attend sleep away camp. She was there to spend 8 weeks learning how to play sports, swim, canoe, and get along with other 5 year old girls. She cried for the first few days until the camp director told her to stop. She did. And she spent the next 11 summers playing sports, swimming, canoeing and learning lessons that lasted a lifetime.

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The Magic of Camp…

We have all heard the axiom…The magic of camp!

It is very clear to me, that the most effective camp directors truly understand the magic of camp as well as anyone. They understand what makes the environment that we call camp so special, and how camp is so different from the other ten months of the year. They get it, that special ingredient, that magic that we speak of!

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