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Continued: The benefits of going solo to Twin Cities area camps

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 8, 2014 - 8:53 AM

“If they have anxiety about being away from home, it’s nice to have a familiar face,” said Krista Strobel, a former Camp Foley counselor. In fact, having a friend in your tent can help some kids get more comfortable in a wilderness setting, said Owen Larson, who leads canoe trips to the BWCA for Camp Menogyn.

Camp staffers encourage kids to break away from their BFF now and then because being too closely tied to someone else can hinder growth and exploration.

“If a kid wants to go sailing, but the friend is not interested, it may prevent them from doing it,” said Marie Schmid, executive director of Camp Foley in Pine River.

Lockhart now sends his son Alek to Camp Menogyn, the same camp he attended as a boy. His son goes solo because he’s learned what his dad learned 30 years ago.

“I never went with a friend,” said Lockhart. “But I always left with friends.”

 

Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619

 

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