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QUICK: Think of the three most transformative moments of your life. I guarantee two of them took place away from home. How do I know? Because human beings learn and grow most when we are apart from what’s familiar, like our homes, our cultures, our friends, and our families.

The problem is, we humans get awfully attached to what’s familiarand it can hurt when we’re separated. Homesickness, for example, can ruin a young person’s time at summer camp or boarding school by making it hard to focus, participate, make friends, and get a good night’s sleep.

The solution is Prep4. Membership to Prep4School and Prep4Camp gives students, campers, and their caregivers instant access to awesome videos and live webinars that promote success and happiness. Prep4 is what all adventurous young people need to prepare for their upcoming time away from home.

What about preparation for faculty, staff, and parents? Prep4Live provides the most engaging and energizing workshops your adult leaders have ever enjoyed! Choose from a wide range of popular topics related to safeguarding, leadership, supervision, mental health, behavior management, and personal excellence. Dates are limited, so book now.

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Prep4School makes boarding better. By watching Prep4School videos, students learn life skills and build a social-emotional foundation for success. Each of Prep4School’s multilingual animations teaches new and returning students the most effective strategies for managing time, preventing homesickness, adjusting to boarding culture, speaking up in class, communicating with advisers, coping with pressure, and more! Your annual membership to Prep4School is an affordable and effective way to support students’ mental health. Choose from an Individual Family Membership or an All-School Membership.

Prep4Camp makes Overnight Awesome! Your Prep4Camp membership includes access to Summer Camp Success, the revolutionary 25-minute video proven to create positive expectations, build confidence in coping skills, and lower the intensity of first-year campers’ homesickness by 50%, on average. In addition, members will enjoy additional videos, a Parent Podcast, a Camper Tip Sheet, and live webinars—all designed to soothe parental anxiety, make counselors’ jobs easier, and help young people get the most out of their camp experience.  Choose from an Individual Family Membership or an All-Camp Membership.

Prep4Live leads your team to new heights. Dr. Thurber has been invited to deliver inspirational keynotes and workshops for outstanding schools, camps, conferences, corporations, families, and individuals on five continents. Take your learning and leadership to the next level by booking an online or on-site live event today with Prep4Live. Start designing your bespoke program from the Master Topic List of Dr. Thurber’s most popular presentations.

Advanced bookings are essential…and easy to make. Whether it’s a half-hour phone consultation, a confidential one-on-one meeting, or a full day of training for your faculty or staff, please request your booking here, at no cost or obligation. Once we receive your request, Dr. Thurber will contact you to discuss your specific needs and proposed content. When you are ready to finalize your booking, a deposit will be required.

The Summer Camp Handbook is newly revised and updated. You may purchase it on Amazon as a paperback or a Kindle e-book.

The Summer Camp Handbook is also available directly from the publisher, Everything Summer Camp. Use discount code THURBER to apply special discounts to The Summer Camp Handbook and other great gear in your cart!


The Summer Camp Handbook

The Summer Camp Handbook is the only resource that tells families everything they need to know about camp, including how to decide when the time is right, how to find and evaluate different camps, how to prepare for the adventure, how to prevent homesickness, and much more.

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