18 Feb Smile and Be a Happy Camper

Smile and Be a Happy Camper

I want talk to you today about the power of a smile. My dear friend Lynn Noble is a speaker, artist and soon-to-be author of The Power of a Smile.

She and I were talking about kids, camp and the effect a smile can have on children, their lives and the various situations they encounter. I asked Lynn if she would mind providing us with some thoughts and ideas on things children can do when transitioning into new environments.

So here it is! I hope you enjoy her simple but powerful advice…

Remember what you felt like when you were a kid and had the freedom to do whatever it was that made you happy? You had one mission: to smile, find a friend, play and be happy.

I recently had the opportunity to relive that child-like experience. I was at an art show on Long Beach Island, when I happened upon a tent with incredible art made from driftwood. I was admiring the work when all of a sudden, I was greeted by this woman with a big, shining smile!

Immediately I smiled back as she blurted out, “Wow – You have a beautiful smile!” I instantly replied, “So do you!” Without even thinking she said, “We should be friends!” I again instantly replied with, “Yes, we should!” It was that easy!

I felt like I was transported back to the days when I was a kid facing an entire playground with no one to play with. It was sometimes a scary place, but I quickly learned that the easiest solution for me was to just walk up to another kid, smile and say, “Will you be my friend?” They would always reply, “Yes!” We would then run off into the sunset, playing on the monkey bars and swing set, without another thought. (We had a friend to enjoy our time with.) No stress of “What if I’m not good enough?” No worries of “Will they like me?” No judgement whatsoever – it was that simple!

Kids love to smile! They have this innate ability to just smile at anything and everything that makes them happy! They are innocent and non-judgmental. That is why people are so open and loving to kids!

Kids are easy to approach; they don’t have any agendas other than to be happy. Imagine if we would all become more like kids, we would begin to attract amazing people into our lives!

For some kids, going away to summer camp and making friends can be scary. Here are some tools kids can use to make the transition much easier…

When you smile, you appear warm and friendly, which instantly makes people feel at ease. Smiles are contagious. When you smile you will most likely get a smile back!

Go up and say hello to someone. Don’t wait for others to come to you. Someone always has to be first. Be that person!

The easiest way to make someone smile is to compliment them. You can always find something nice to say. This will make you feel good too!

Always be prepared with a set of questions that will help you start conversations. People love to talk about themselves! You can have a lot of fun with this and come up with some really interesting questions!

Listen with a real interest and give your full attention. You will be amazed at how many similarities you will have with people that will help you relate to them.

Talk about the things that are unique to you. People love to learn interesting new things. You will also inspire others to share even more!

Show your true self. You don’t have to pretend to be something better than the amazing person you already are. People will gravitate towards that honesty!

Take these new tools and Smile, Find a Friend, Play and Be Happy!

This advice isn’t just for kids. We can all apply this in our daily lives. So, enjoy your day and keep smiling!

17 Feb Seven Key Behaviors The Susquehannock Camps Develop That College Coaches Admire

Seven Key Behaviors The Susquehannock Camps Develop That College Coaches Admire

As you may know, The Susquehannock Camps Provide Multi-Sport Athletic Development & Confidence-Based Learning for Children Between the Ages of Seven and Sixteen.

Our Mission is to encourage the moral, social, and physical development of campers, primarily through the medium of team and individual sports. The program is designed to engender self-reliance, self-confidence, and leadership ability. In athletic competition, at the dining table, and in cabin life campers are taught tolerance and respect for others, how to deal gracefully with conflict, and a sense of fair play.

When children leave our camp, they return home as independent, high character, team- oriented, gritty, hardy souls.

Camp Susquehannock not only allows kids to have wonderful, fun-filled summers, but ultimately prepares them for their upcoming years of college and the rest of their life!

This philosophy goes hand in hand with that of many college coaches.

Marcia McDermott is a Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board Member and Women’s Soccer Coach at the United States Military Academy (West Point). She served as an Assistant Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2011. As a student-athlete, McDermott led the University of North Carolina to three national titles in 1983, 1984 and 1986, serving as co-captain in 1986 during an All-American season.

In an interview with the PCA, she highlights the seven behaviors she and other coaches look for in student athletes. These are the same behaviors and qualities we develop at Camp Susquehannock.

1. College coaches look for leaders who lead by example.

2. College coaches look for character – those who want to be good people, not just good athletes.

3. College coaches seek athletes that are, and want to be, good teammates.

4. College coaches look for athletes that respect their teammates and coaches.

5. College coaches observe interactions with family members to see how players value relationships.

6. College coaches look for athletes with independence, who don’t need someone else to lead.

7. College coaches look for athletes with a growth mindset, who believe they can develop and grow.

If you would like more information on The Susquehannock Camps please feel free to contact me directly. I can be reached at jbell@susquehannock.com.

17 Feb Patrick Mahomes: The Ultimate Example of Multi-Sport Diversification

Patrick Mahomes: The Ultimate Example of Multi-Sport Diversification

With the Super Bowl approaching much of the talk has been about the superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes. His athleticism and ability to improvise make him one of the true icons of modern-day athletics.

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports recently published an article discussing how multi-sport diversification turned Mahomes into the athlete and person he is today! Here are the highlights of the article I hope you enjoy…

Last Sunday, like most Sundays, Adam Cook made sure to get in front of a television so he could watch Patrick Mahomes drop magic on the NFL.

The sidearm throws. The no-look passes. The weaving scrambles. The never-blink comeback victories. This time it was Mahomes delivering 294 yards passing, 53 yards rushing and four touchdowns altogether to lead Kansas City to its first Super Bowl in half a century. The Chiefs will play San Francisco on Feb. 2.

When Cook watches Mahomes though, he doesn’t necessarily see what everyone else does, namely a 24-year old quarterback who might be the best football player on the planet. Instead he sees an athlete who stubbornly refused to settle on any single sport, let alone position on the field. As a result, Mahomes is now reaping the benefits of being among a dying species in a world obsessed with specialization at the youth sports level.

“Patrick is the poster child for the multisport athlete,” Cook said.

Cook was Mahomes’ football coach at Whitehouse (Texas) High School. He now serves as the school’s athletic director. He knows not just what Mahomes is capable of, but how he became capable of it.

The sidearm throws? Cook sees Mahomes on a Whitehouse High pitcher’s mound, working on release points and firing fastballs in the mid-90s.
“There are times he throws it 50 yards with what looks like a flick of the wrist,” Cook said.

The no-look passes or the hip shakes past defenders into open space? That’s Mahomes in the open court as the school’s starting point guard.
“He’d come down on the break, look a defender off and pass it for an easy basket,” Cook said.

The ability to read defenses and sense the tendencies of defensive backs? That’s the Mahomes who was willing to play safety his sophomore season as a more experienced quarterback started. “He had a knack for knowing where the ball was going to be,” Cook said.

“Because he played multiple sports, the overlay of all of those experiences and skills are there in the NFL.”

“It’s all just one game for Patrick. It’s always been just one big game, just on different playing surfaces. In high school football you are guaranteed just 10 games. Instead Patrick was always playing something and learning how to win along the way.”

Specialization is the trend in youth sports these days, even to a frightening degree. Forget three-sport high school athletes. It can be a challenge to find three-sport fifth grade athletes. The average youth athlete age 6-12 played 1.87 team sports in 2018, according to the Aspen Institute State of Play’s 2019 report. That was down from 2.11 sports as recently as 2011.

Critics contend that it isn’t healthy and often leads to injuries or burnout. Parents, of course, often feel overwhelmed by the business of youth sports and the fear of their young athlete falling behind.

“The goal is to make them athletes for life, not create the best 12- year-old athlete,” said Jon Solomon, editorial director of the Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program.

“Patrick Mahomes is a good example of how cross-training can help in the long-term.”
It’s not just single sports that are focused on these days, but single positions within single sports. He’s just a QB. She just plays shortstop.

As a senior in football he passed for 50 touchdowns and rushed for 15 more. In basketball, he averaged 19 points and eight rebounds a game. And in baseball, he batted nearly .500 for his career, and when his fastball hit the mid-90s, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers.

Instead he headed to Texas Tech on a football scholarship, and he also spent one year on the Red Raider baseball team.

It wasn’t until spring of his sophomore season of college that he concentrated solely on football. He continued to play pick-up hoops until February of 2019, when a viral video of him playing outed him to the Chiefs. They promptly banned him from the court due to injury concerns.

The lesson for Mahomes is simple: playing three sports wasn’t a detriment to his development, it was an integral part of it. He was named the NFL’s MVP at just 23 years old due to his unique, multi-skill style of play.

“The mindset shouldn’t be, ‘I can do it,’” Cook said. “It should be, ‘I need to be doing it. I need to be playing all these games and getting all the experiences I can gain.’”

Our mission at The Susquehannock Camps is to encourage the moral, social, and physical development of campers, primarily through the medium of team and individual sports. The program is designed to engender self-reliance, self-confidence, and leadership ability. In athletic competition, at the dining table, and in cabin life, campers are taught tolerance and respect for others, how to deal gracefully with conflict, and a sense of fair play.

17 Feb Soccer Star Kristine Lilly Encourages Multi-Sport Diversification

Soccer Star Kristine Lilly Encourages Multi-Sport Diversification

Kristine Lilly is a four-time NCAA Champion at the University of North Carolina. She played in five World Cups for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, winning championships in 1991 and 1999. She is also a Positive Coaching Alliance board member and an assistant coach at the University of Texas.

She is an advocate of multi-sport diversification and believes single sport specialization can lead to burnout and over-coaching.

Please take a moment to watch this brief video with Kristine…

17 Feb Former NBA Coach Lionel Hollins on Why Sports Specialization is Overrated

Former NBA Coach Lionel Hollins on Why Sports Specialization is Overrated

Please take a moment to watch this brief video with Lionel Hollins. He is the father of four children, a former NBA Champion, All-Star and All Defensive First Teamer. He was the Head Coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and is now an Assistant Coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.

He firmly believes specialization is overrated and talks throughout the video about how young athletes are heavily pressured by their parents to keep playing a sport they are not passionate about. He believes this pressure burns children out and prohibits them from playing a sport they may actually be better suited for.

Camp Susquehannock takes great pride in developing athleticism and confidence via multi-sport athletic development. If you have any questions or would like to talk about sending your child to Camp Susquehannock please feel free to contact me directly!


17 Feb How to Build Mental Toughness and Have Fun While Doing It

How to Build Mental Toughness and Have Fun While Doing It

When most people think of the term “mentally tough,” images of stone-faced dispassionate men and women serving as Army Rangers, Navy SEALs or Green Berets grinding through a tough moment seem to come to mind. I’ve trained with and competed against some of these individuals, and in most cases this is the farthest thing from the truth!

In reality, individuals who possess mental toughness tend to have an incredible sense of humor. They care deeply about others and their ability to laugh through tough times is simply a reflection of their true mental state. It is this mental state that is tough.

The more you put yourself in this mental state, the more permanent it becomes. It is a tool that can be used to endure pain, control self-discipline, accept challenges, venture into the unknown and enjoy life as it is presented – no matter what is presented!

Our ability to build and enhance these characteristics within ourselves will ultimately determine the level of our mental toughness.

One of our goals at Camp Susquehannock is to send children home walking a little taller, smiling a bit brighter, laughing with life and carrying with them a sense of humor. If they return home doing this you know they have built some mental toughness.

So… how do you build mental toughness and have fun while doing it?

First, as our Director of Operations Trish Kittredge says, you need to “embrace the suck.”

Can I say that? Oh well, I just did!

That’s right, you need to look forward to those moments you envision will be lousy. You need to be openly proud of the fact that you are about to take on and endure a challenge. When you do this, you take the energy right out of the situation and you own it. It becomes yours.

We do this on a daily basis at Susquehannock: campers play new sports and try new things every single day. We get them excited to do it before they even begin. This gets them looking forward to things they may otherwise think are intimidating and no fun.

Second, you must have the mindset that “taking the path of least resistance” is a non-starter. Next time you are working on your “to do list,” move the most challenging tasks to the top of the list. Tackle the stuff you hate to do right off the bat: work out as soon as you wake up, before you even eat breakfast … park as far as you can from the entrance of the grocery store, even if it’s raining … go for a run or a walk when it is raining or cold, instead of sitting inside and waiting for the next sunny day.

I had someone ask me about the indoor gymnasium on campus. I told them we don’t have one.
They went on to ask: “What do you do when it rains?”
I told them we go out in the rain and play. We get muddy. We laugh. We even swim in the lake!
Taking the path of least resistance is not an option.

Finally, you need to be able to laugh in moments when you may otherwise be discouraged. You need to laugh when things aren’t going your way or when things are about to get really hard.

I call this laughing with life

Laugh within the moment. Laugh within the situation you are about to get into.

We had a weekend in October when a group of students from inner city Philadelphia visited Susquehannock to experience the unknown, tackle new challenges and work through a variety of team-building exercises. It was scary for these kids.

They were about to experience 30 degree nights in unheated cabins, lukewarm showers and new challenges while battling fatigue far away from home. They were able to get through it to have an experience they will never forget because our staff had them laughing when they arrived, laughing prior to the events and laughing through the experience. They were laughing with life!

And here’s the best part…
It was raining and 40 degrees on the final day; two of our staff members decided it would be fun to swim in the lake, so they put on their bathing suits and headed to the Waterfront. Now, they didn’t just jump in and get right back out – they went off the diving board, then got out and went down the slide, and then off the diving board again!

The visiting campers watched this and cheered – they thought it was great! But do you know what these two polar bears were doing prior to jumping in the lake …while they were swimming in the lake …while they were freezing trying to dry off?

You guessed it…
They were laughing with life!

At Camp Susquehannock we learn to laugh with life – have a great day!

16 Feb Pro Beach Volleyball Player on Kids Playing Multiple Sports

Pro Beach Volleyball Player on Kids Playing Multiple Sports

Here is a short video featuring Kerri Walsh Jennings, professional Beach Volleyball player. It was shared by the Positive Coaching Alliance. I hope you enjoy it!

Kerri Walsh Jennings (@KerriLeeWalsh) is a professional Beach Volleyball player on Team USA. Walsh Jennings attended Stanford University on a scholarship before playing professionally, and is now a five-time Olympian, entering her first Games on the USA indoor Volleyball team, and a four-time Olympic champion. She is the most decorated Beach Volleyball Olympian of all-time, having won three gold and one bronze medal in Beach Volleyball. She has also had major success in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships and World Tour, with 24 FIVB awards and honors under her belt since 2002.Walsh Jennings speaks to her belief that young athletes should play multiple sports while growing up. She says that the value of playing multiple sports is “physical, mental, and spiritual,” as it pushes athletes to grow and develop across different platforms. She states three main reasons why sports diversity is key:

Single-sport athletes:
+ have a higher chance of burning out
+ have a higher chance of developing over-use injuries
+ will never learn the full potential of their body

Kerri speaks to her experience playing multiple sports growing up until high school where she only played Volleyball and Basketball – the latter because she knew the cross training would make her better mentally and physically.

Walsh Jennings recommends that parents encourage their athletes to try multiple sports while growing up, so as to allow them to have a wide range of experiences and to more fully develop their skills.

I hope you found this video informative. Young athletes, and all children, need variety in their lives. They need sports to be fun and they need to develop their minds and bodies. Camp Susquehannock helps develop not only solid multi-sport athletes but young, confident, diverse, gritty young girls and boys.

If you have any questions about Camp Susquehannock please feel free to contact me. I can be reached at jbell@susquehannock.com or you can call me at (570) 967-2323.

16 Feb 5 Ways Active Children – and Parents – Can Prepare Their Immune System for Winter

5 Ways Active Children – and Parents – Can Prepare Their Immune System for Winter

As I sit down to write this message, it is currently 31 degrees and windy here in Bethlehem, PA. It appears winter is here for good, and with winter comes cold and flu season.

I am not sure why winter has to be cold and flu season. I have never been one to take a flu shot and I don’t understand why we tend to get sick in winter as opposed to the other seasons.

Part of me thinks it’s a state of mind. We can conform to societal norms and prepare ourselves for the inevitability of sickness, or, ignore the message and choose to be healthy!

This choice is closely tied to our lifestyle. Think about it: the warmer months are loaded with exercise, restful nights and an abundance of quality fruits and vegetables. Winter arrives and we tend stay indoors, eat more brown foods and simply wallow around during the dark days.

The good news: you have a choice! As winter approaches, make the conscious decision for you and your family to remain in a healthy state of mind and lifestyle.

Olympian Mara Abott, a contributing editor for Carmichael Training Systems, offers these five tips for remaining healthy this winter…

Eat For Immunity

Cold salads, green smoothies, and celery sticks seem a touch less appealing when munched while bundled up in a wool sweater, but it’s important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables year-round to maintain your immune system’s strength. Seasonal finds like carrots, sweet potatoes or winter squash, and hearty greens like kale, chard, or collard greens are all loaded with vitamins and minerals – and many can even be locally sourced throughout the winter.

One time-saving idea is to prepare a big pot of a veggie-loaded soup or a pan of roasted vegetables on the weekend, so that it just takes a quick reheat to enjoy nutritious meals or snacks throughout the workweek. I often make quick, lazy-woman winter soup by heating up some greens, a protein choice like tofu or leftover chicken, and some pasta or rice into a store-bought broth for a five-minute meal.

A strong-believing contingent will tell you that garlic has particularly strong immunity- boosting properties – and there is even some science to back up that theory. Toss extra garlic in your soups, stir-fries, and roasts for a double health-flavor boost.

Up Your Sleep and Recovery

Any time you increase your training load, your body needs extra rest in order to recover and benefit from the new strain. If you are sleep-deprived or otherwise depleted, your immune system will be depressed and less agile at fighting off opportunistic viruses.

This same principle applies to your nutritional habits. Try to be extra diligent about getting a recovery meal or drink in right after hard or long workouts to ameliorate the cumulative stress you are putting on your body. If you’re feeling under-the-weather, it might be a good idea to steer clear of nutritionally-fasted workouts as well – even if they are a regular part of your training program – in order to make sure you have enough energy to keep all systems running strong.

Stay Hydrated

It’s harder to remember to drink in a season that leaves post-exercise clothing more icy than soggy, but it’s still important to make sure you are on top of your hydration during winter training. Staying hydrated not only helps to keep up your athletic performance, it helps you maintain your body temperature, keeps mucous flowing to trap germs, helps your body flush out waste materials that could compromise your immunity. Our fluid losses don’t only happen through sweat, but also through respiration – and dry winter weather can exacerbate that effect. Make sure you drink before, during, and after your workouts, whether or not there are puddles of sweat involved.

Try To Get Some Fresh Air

There isn’t a lot of conclusive evidence that cold temperatures alone can get you sick, though they do present an additional physical stress. It’s possible that staying cooped up in a gym, spinning studio, or kid-filled basement with lots of wintertime germs is even more threatening to your wintertime health.

When you can, try to take your workouts outside to breathe in some clean air – being outdoors can help reduce stress as well as decrease your exposure to germs. Icy roads and short days can make accomplishing outdoor workouts tougher in the winter. But when it is safe and possible to do so, take the opportunity to bundle up and get out in the sunshine (plus, you get Vitamin D!).

Rest Your Mind

Mental stress also has an impact on our ability to fight illness, and packed schedules seem be as much of a holiday tradition as wrapping presents. For myself this December, rather than committing to extra workouts I’m going to attempt the personal gift of caring for my mental health.

My goal is to spend at least 30 minutes each day dedicated to emotional recovery, whether that takes the form of journaling, taking a warm bath, taking a slow, purposeless neighborhood stroll, or – the hardest for me – sitting down and meditating. This is going to be a big challenge for me, as I confess I spent perhaps 30 minutes total during November engaged in restorative practices. I know all too well that my performance depends on both my mental and physical fitness – so I see this as an important opportunity to make gains in both happiness and strength.

As I mentioned earlier, you have a choice as it relates to your health and your lifestyle. The “Rest Your Mind” section is particularly important. So much of our increased well-being during the summer at Susquehannock is due to unplugging from technology. Engaging in any of the activities listed above instead of mindlessly scrolling on devices would be a great choice for your mental health and winter well-being.

So: go outside and enjoy the winter! Get gritty! If you have a choice of exercising indoors or outdoors, always choose to get outside. A recent study at University of California San Diego found that people who exercised outdoors were more active and completed about 30 minutes more exercise each week than people who exercised indoors. (Sounds like your summer time activity level, doesn’t it?)

Don’t abandon healthy habits just because winter is here. Embrace the season!

16 Feb National Athletic Trainers’ Association Urges Parents to Postpone Specializing in One Sport as Long as Possible

National Athletic Trainers’ Association Urges Parents to Postpone Specializing in One Sport as Long as Possible

Camp Susquehannock has long supported the benefits of multi-sport diversification. However, for the past few decades the positive effects of multi-sport training have been overshadowed by a myth that single-sport specialization will pave the road to college scholarships and professional athletics. That tide is starting to change!

An article by Roni Caryn Rabin of The New York Times revealed some key points recently released by The National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

According to a leading organization of athletic trainers, too many children are risking injuries, even lifelong health problems, because they practice too intensively in a single sport, and parents should set limits on their participation. New recommendations issued by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association urge parents to ensure that children and adolescents postpone specializing in one sport for as long as possible.

“Single-sports specialization is bordering on epidemic in terms of the risks it can pose, for physical injuries as well as the potential for negative psychological effects.”
-Tory Lindley, President N.A.T.A.

The advice arrives amid growing concern about a rise in athletic injuries among children engaging in tough training exercises. These regimens also can exact a psychological toll, increasing the risk that children and adolescents will burn out and quit sports altogether, the trainers’ group said.

“There is a myth that it takes a single-sport specialization to succeed. In fact, we’re learning from research and anecdotal evidence that there is actually an opportunity for athleticism to improve if you expose the body to different sports and different movements.”
-Tory Lindley, President N.A.T.A

As educators, parents and coaches it is our responsibility to help children grow, develop and mature in a safe, fun environment. It has now become apparent that children who spend too much time in one-sport specialization may be at risk for serious injury and possible lifelong health issues. Let’s use multi-sport diversification as a tool to develop confident, gritty, healthy and athletic young children!

16 Feb Perspectives from a Grandparent on ‘Campin’ Cousins’

I am so excited to share a wonderful perspective on Susquehannock from a grandparent of current campers. We have countless siblings and cousins who attend camp and develop incredible bonds. The following message provides an entirely different look at the experience and what it means for a grandmother to have her grandchildren attend Susquehannock together. I hope you enjoy this reflection as much as I do!

Perspectives from a Grandparent on ‘Campin’ Cousins’

By Dona Pearcy
Grandmother of Kaitlyn, Elizabeth + Ryan Pearcy
Ford + Georgia Cash

Going away to a traditional overnight camp was a rite of passage in my family, and it was a given that I would want my own son and daughter to have the same experience. With many friends in Philadelphia who were already part of the Camp Susquehannock family, our camp choice was an easy one. The bonus was that our children would be on the same camp calendar and one easy drive to the Endless Mountains for their respective single gender camps. Our daughter Page attended Susquehannock for Girls for five great summers. Our son Jay is still at Susquehannock after many years as a camper, counselor, and now as Head of the Girls Camp.

We appreciate all that is taught and learned at Susquehannock: sportsmanship, leadership, independence, athletic skill development, self-confidence and cabin life, to just mention a few camp “takeaways.” We love the fact that at Susquehannock, children learn to take risks and make decisions without input from their parents. It was a great joy to watch our own children grow and develop positively at camp in the 1980s.

Fast-forward 25 years and suddenly our 5 grandchildren (3 girls and 2 boys) were old enough to go to camp. I never gave a thought to the possibility of my grandchildren ending up at Susquehannock together …but that’s what happened and it has been such fun to watch! The kids are close in age and always enjoyed family holiday events but they live at opposite ends of the country meaning time together was infrequent. Something magical happened once they began spending summers together at Susquehannock. I noticed the change in their relationships immediately after their first summer together, and it was a wonderful observation for this grandmother. The five kids bonded over their shared experience and I know that Susquehannock has made them closer than they would ever be otherwise. I think this bond will last forever. When we are together at holidays, they break into “camp talk” immediately. It’s as if they have a language of their own – Chicken Feed, Loyal Guard, Golden Broom, Candle Float, Serengeti Plains, TO/The Club, Angleball, Villa, Super Mongo Goofy Monster Relays, the list goes on and on.

Of course, the children would love Susquehannock even if they did not have their cousins there, but they seem to feel that it has enhanced their experience to be at camp together. And that, in turn, has drawn our family closer. One grandchild told me that “camp would not be the same without his cousins.” He said it was so easy for him to adjust that first year, knowing that he had his “go-to” cousins there, adding that he knows all of the campers – both girls and boys – who are older and younger than he is through his cousins. My grandchildren have had the opportunity to bond at camp in a way they would not if their time together was always with parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. This unique experience at Susquehannock has enriched the relationships between the children and has cemented them forever. Camp Susquehannock has now been a significant part of our family’s life into the third generation and we could not be more appreciative.

The fact that we have so many multi-generational campers every summer is a testament to the longevity of Susquehannock. This continuity of community is the foundation that allows so many campers to feel comfortable arriving on campus. We hope to have even more sets of siblings and cousins at Susquehannock for #Summer115!