7 Traits

We hope you’re well and enjoying the beginning of jacket weather! There’s a chill in the air at camp now, and it’s hard to believe that we were all together just over a month ago.

We wanted to share with you a great article in this past weekend’s New York Times Magazine, the Education Issue. In a nutshell, today’s brightest educators believe that you can “teach strength of character” and that, in the long run, these qualities, not academic skills, are “the recipe for a successful and happy life.” And it’s not just a belief, there now is scientific proof.

Here are the 7 character strengths that can be measured and that matter the most.
And aren’t these exactly the things that we “teach” at camp?

1) Zest (enthusiasm)
2) Grit (stick-to-it-ness)
3) Self-control
4) Social Intelligence (the ability to recognize interpersonal dynamics
and adapt quickly to different social situations)
5) Gratitude
6) Optimism
7) Curiosity

We encourage you to read the article and share it with your friends! We have always said it, and now it’s proven true: camp is the best gift you can give your child. By giving your daughter the gift of camp, you are giving her dependence, self-confidence and strength of character.

What if the Secret to Success is Failure, New York Times Magazine

We have a number of exciting fall events for families still thinking about camp for next summer. If someone you know is thinking about joining the camp family in 2012, have them give us a call at 267-629-2488. We’d love to meet them!

Happy New Year from all of us at Timber Tops

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