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Summer 2020 – Bring it On!

I’m betting that no one would fault us for a little whining rant this morning.  This is supposed to be the beginning of the second week of First Term.  It’s supposed to be the time when campers are fully adjusted, working hard for qualifications and starting to think about camp outs and Black ...

Why Summer Camp?

We all know summer camp is an amazing and fun experience. But, did you know that camp also allows for important development and growth in our children that schools are not equipped to provide? We see this daily, but don't just take our word...here is what other professionals outside of La Junta ...

New Year Resolutions

School backpacks are bulging, the Christmas lights are stored away again, and our calendars now say 2020. These glaring signs mean the New Year has begun. At Camp La Junta, today is our official first day back in the office after enjoying the holidays at home with our families. We’re thinking ...

Why and How to Ditch Screen Time

I probably shouldn't start a camp blog like this, but here goes — Thank goodness I'm finished with parenting elementary and middle school kids. I didn't quit; mine grew up. It means no more chauffeuring, homework, emotional ups and downs, and worry about what I might have done wrong! The latter ...

My Favorite Way to Break a Sweat

The change in the weather gets me remembering and longing for the summer, warmer months. The sun was high and hot instead of the cold mornings with rain in clouds we are beginning to see. It’s not worse conditions; just different. It is a Sunday afternoon in late September, and the temps are ...

Teaching Integrity to Children

Today’s headlines seem to be filled with examples of public officials, sports professionals and celebrities making “poor choices,” being less than adequate roll models for us and our children.  It feels, at times, that honesty and integrity are a thing of the past - an antique notion.  Yet, ...

Taking Camp With You To School

Who doesn't wish that camp lasted all year long? The good news is that camp skills are lifetime skills, and they can make your boy's school year as smooth and enjoyable as a sunny kayak trip on the Guadalupe. Here are just some of the life lessons our campers got this summer that translate ...

DREAMKAMP, WHAT AND WHY

One of our favorite weeks is upon us.  No, not because camp has closed and we’re empty for another season, but just the opposite.  DreamKamp has begun.  DreamKamp is our week when we invite 125 local 5th and 6th graders for a free week at camp.  For 23 years, Camp La Junta has hosted a ...

Why We Believe in an All-Boys Camping Environment

Why We Believe in an All-Boys Camping Environment (and All-Girls, too) While opinions about single gender vs. co-ed education differ wildly, our 90-years in camping gives us much perspective into the advantages of single gender summer camp - girls or boys.  Of course, the obvious advantages are ...

TRUE CONFESSIONS

Time for True Confessions, pre-camp style.  America’s Got Talent.  OK, so it might be less than an Ivy League intellectual diversion.  True Confession:  It has been known to play on our TV at home.  True Confession:  There have occasionally been tears.  True Confession:  Occasionally ...