Kathy Plunkett Director of Aloha Hive Camp for Girls
Kathy Plunkett, Director of Aloha Hive is beyond excited about the summer of 2014, Hive's 100th!
The campers and counselors of 2014 are centennials and are the bridge from the first 100 years of Aloha Hive
into the second 100 years.Â Kathy
has all sorts of ideas for celebrating this Hive birthday in style!Â Hive's birthday gift to itself is the beginning of a network of trails on Hive property.Â This summer's Hivers will be the first to explore the first trails cleared in this exciting new camp asset.Â Happy 100th Hive!
Aloha Hive Director Kathy Plunkett is now at the point of working to fill the remaining slots for the summer of 2013 with girls who are a certain age, or who can attend a specific session with openings.Â Much like planning the seating chart for aÂ large wedding, filling Hive's units with correct number of girls and correct ages takes master organizational skills.
Sometimes the complicated piece is an unexpected withdrawal of a camper.
When enrolled campers withdraw, it is disappointing to a director.
There are unfortunate, but understandable reasons for withdrawal, such as illness, or injury.
There is also a trend of parents calling to withdraw a child for reasons that seem more based on anxiety and fear, than necessity.
recently shared some thoughts about why campers, young girls in particular, have been changing their minds about attending summer camp.Â Kathy
explained, "My experience as a summer camp director has shed some light on girls in particular, and how can we ensure we are giving them the opportunities to develop the confidence, resiliency self-esteem and that will last them a lifetime?"
oft-reblogged piece, Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail, addresses the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, or overparenting, and its effect on children.Â Lahey, who has blogged for us before, refers to Queensland University
of Technology's study on the concept of overparenting.Â Kathy Plunkett
and I discussed the significance of Lahey's piece as it pertains to summer camp.
has had many conversations with nervous parents who contemplate a daughter's first summer at camp, and will often say to them, "I am not here to talk you into camp, although I am not sure I can think of a safer more supportive community for girls to develop confidence, independence, assertiveness and success.Â I am here out of genuine caring, from my experiences of dealing with girls who attend summer camp and thrive."
It can be scary to attend summer camp for the first time.Â Being away from mom and dad, living outside with new people and trying activities for the first time are all reasons for a child to hesitate attending.Â Where overparenting comes into the picture is when instead of encouraging a child to take the challenge, the parent enables the child to avoid the risk.Â Kathy
responds, "Mom and Dad, move over, your little girls can do way more than you might think.Â And one thing she
can do, and should have the chance to do, is face her
fears.Â I can't think of a better way for girls to become strong, confident and independent, than attending camp, providing an opportunity that deliberately nudges them out of their comfort zone."
These skills may not get assessed on standardized testing, but as children plot their journey into adulthood, they are, by far, the most important life skills I teach."Â Like Lahey, Plunkett
believes that the most significant value of a summer at Aloha Hive
is the opportunity to take a few risks away from mom and dad's watchful eyes, and discover the thrill of achievement and growth.