Category: Life Skills

Five Reasons Your Kids Should Sail

My Kids at American Seafarers

  1. Self-Confidence. There is simply nothing like being able to pilot your own craft at the age of 9 years old. Riding a bike is one thing. Skillfully steering and docking a sailboat is quite another. All of my athletic…

How American Seafarers Can Help Your Child

The advantages of a summer program are numerous, and far more than those you might just think of. Learn more in this article. Unlike the perceptible advantages that children gain from our summer expedition sailing program, the intangible advantages are harder…

Summer Camps by Jeffrey Carter

American Seafarers

Jeffrey Carter is the Director of Rockbrook Summer Camp for Girls, a traditional girls summer camp located in Brevard, NC. He publishes the summer camp blog “The Heart of a Wooded Mountain.” I wanted to share one of Jeffrey’s articles…

Researching the Summer Experience

American Seafarers

ACA Research In the past decade, the American Camp Association (ACA) performed two major studies to better understand the impact of the summer camp experience. The 2005 study was the more substantive. It surveyed campers, parents and camp staff from…

Character Skills

Character

In 2013, a journalist named Paul Tough wrote a book called “How Children Succeed” that became a bestseller (rare for books about education) and a national phenomenon. The book focuses on a simple question: “what are the skills that children…

Homesick and Happy

Michael Thompson and Summer Camp Dr. Michael Thompson is one of the leading experts in Youth Development. He has written 7 books on youth, including the New York Times bestseller “Raising Cain,” which was made into a special on PBS and…

American Seafarers and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills

 In 2002, some of the leading employers and educators in the US realized that high school and college graduates were entering the workforce with a significant deficiency in some critical skills. These groups (which includes Apple, AT&T, Intel, Ford, PBS, the Children’s…

Functional Optimism – what is it?

I have gathered several pages of the research I have done about what the leading experts have to say about our nation’s youth, their education and what is lacking from it. The things that are most lacking are what I like…