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A Parents Perspective on Camp: Part 4 - From "NO WAY" to "Bring on Next Summer", in Italian


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The fourth guest blog in our parents perspective series is from Laura C, of Catania, Italy.  Her two oldest sons will be returning for their 2nd and 3rd summers at MTC in 2018

On 1st October 2001 my first son Stefano was born; after all the doctors and relatives had gone and we were just the three of us for the first time, my husband holding and staring at our newborn told him: “When you will be 14, in the summer, you will go to the States for one month”. Being a Sicilian mother having just delivered her first son I said “WHAT???”, he gently replied “When you will be 14, in the summer you will go to the States for one month”, I said:”NO WAY!”.

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A Parents Perspective on Camp: Part 3 - Finding the Right Fit Between Camper & Camp


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(We will be featuring a series of guest posts on the MTC blog over the coming months.  This post is contributed by Todd B., camper parent 17/18).  

I am the dad of a thirteen year old, strong willed daughter and this is my story.

From the age of seven to sixteen I went to a renowned summer camp down south. Not only did my two sisters go to the sister camp down the river, my wife did as well. All of us lived for this camp. We thrived in sports, earned ranks as we mastered these sports, belted out camp songs year round and made a few memories along the way. It was a no brainer for my wife, my sister and I to send our children to the same camp where we spent our summers. So we did.

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A Parents Perspective on Camp: Part 2 - "The Happiest Surprise"


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(We will be featuring a series of guest posts on the MTC blog over the coming months.  This post is contributed by Heather A., camper parent 2017/18.)

Here is the portion of my blog post filled with genuine and deeply-felt praise, awe, and gratitude for the wonderful job Maine Teen Camp does. My daughter went to MTC at the end of a rocky first year of high school. The school year ended on a Wednesday and she was headed to Maine that Sunday. She left our house exhausted, strung out on academic pressure and social media dependence, living in a microcosm of harsh judgment and unattainable expectations from her peers and, even more-so, herself; a bundle of raw nerves. Two short weeks later she returned to us a happy, healthy, confident bundle of swoony memories of her best summer ever.

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A Parents Perspective on Camp: Part 1 - Summers 2014 & 2017


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(We will be featuring a series of guest posts on the MTC blog over the coming months.  This post is contributed by Tracy Preston, MTC parent summer 2014 & 2017.)

When I was a teen in 1970s London, I dreamt of going to one of the Camps in the USA that I had seen in the movies.  Camps looked fun, inclusive, and full of activity and new friends to make – usually set on a lake in a beautiful location.  At that time in my life – I would have been lucky to get a summer day to trip to a beach in grey old England, and my dreams of camp life in America – would remain just that – dreams.

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Advice From a Former Staff...


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This post is contributed by Zoe Pearce, MTC Staff Member

I BEG YOUNG PEOPLE TO... travel abroad or work abroad or both. Do it all. Grab a backpack and go. Or if you’re called Zoe & Kim, grab three suitcases each and take them to summer camp. (We never did master the art of traveling light). If you don't have a passport, get one. Take just one year or one summer and just go. Have your mind blown.

Dig some interesting people. Eat some interesting food. Have an adventure. Be careful. Come back and you're going to see stuff differently. It will change the way you relate to the world. It will change the way you relate to others after you’re exposed to so much diversity. There are lessons that you can't get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight.

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Bells and Friends


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This post is contributed by Joe Mankowski, MTC Camper'05,'06,'07,'08,'09 & Staff Member'11

They say time flies when you’re having fun… but here at camp there is no time, there are only bells, bells that ring within a blink of an eye. How has it been already an entire session? How has an entire community of strangers become one of the single most treasured memories in my heart? I don’t know, and it seems as though I never will.

I was a camper here for five years and have finally returned to be apart of the staff… to be apart of the great group of people who make this place a bubble. Now, I have lived both sides to the story and I am still in awe at how different life functions within the perimeter of Maine Teen Camp. It takes years, back at home, to make a best friend: to trust, to care, to love. Here at camp it’s been only one session and I have yet again, met people I can’t imagine my life without. One month here is like a decade out in the real world and I believe it’s partially do to with the fact that we are all “unplugged.”

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