How Kids Succeed…at Summer Camp!

Best-selling author and journalist Paul Tough’s new book, “How Kids Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character,” looks at opportunities that help kids thrive, grow, lead and belong. It’s a great book, and a best-seller. It lists skills that build positive character: perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control. Sound a lot like the skills children and youth develop at summer camp! Do you recall feeling some of these character traits developing in you during your days at summer camp? Did you see them around you?

Research confirms the growth we see in campers and the growth we see in our camp staff colleagues.

I recall a group of 12-year-olds returning, singing, from their hiking trip in the snow and wind. They looked well-rested, well-dressed, well-fed and comfortable. I asked them how they learnt such perseverance and optimism. They told me, clearly and proudly: “From our counsellors!”

Hiking with friends – CCH YMCA…can you guess where?