PREVENT HOMESICKNESS BEFORE CAMP STARTS
Why feel nervous about how your child will adjust to time away from home when the solution is right here? Prep4Camp is an original bundle of awesome videos, engaging podcasts, and helpful print-outs that reduce the intensity of campers’ homesickness by 50%. Become a Prep4Camp member today and start enjoying the peace of mind that comes from knowing your child will have a great time at summer camp.
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The SURPRISING STORY of Prep4's SUCCESS
“You really don’t know how to help me, do you?” The homesick 12-year-old had detected the limits of my knowledge as a young camp counselor. Clearly , the conventional wisdom was wrong. Homesickness did not disappear by itself after a few days, and we both knew it. As painful and humbling as that camper’s question was, it also inspired me to figure out what caused extreme homesickness and how to prevent it.
The truth is: We learn and grow most when we are out of our comfort zones. But being away from our homes, our cultures, our friends, and our families can hurt. A lot. Homesickness can impair a young person’s progress at summer camp or boarding school by making it hard to focus, participate, make friends, eat well, and sleep soundly. In fact, homesick college students are twice as likely to withdraw as their well-adjusted peers.
The solution is here! Membership to Prep4School and Prep4Camp gives students, campers, and their caregivers instant access to awesome videos, engaging podcasts, and helpful print-outs that teach the keys to social and emotional success. Prep4 is what all adventurous young people need before and during time away from home to be happy, healthy, and well-adjusted.
What about the adults? As a professional educator who is also a camp parent and boarding school psychologist, I’m excited to share Prep4Live, my original collection of unforgettable keynotes and lively workshops for staff, faculty, leaders, teachers, and parents. Choose from advanced topics in safeguarding, leadership, supervision, mental health, behavior management, and personal excellence. You may also reserve individual, family, and small group consultations here.
Dr. Christopher Thurber
Prep4 Founder & CEO
WHICH Prep4 PROGRAM is RIGHT for the YOUNG PEOPLE in YOUR LIFE?
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, such as Campers & COVID: 5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know Before Opening Day, a Parent Podcast, and a Camper Tip Sheet—all designed to soothe parental anxiety, make counselors’ jobs easier, and help young people get the most out of camp. 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.
WHAT'S the BUZZ?
Millbrook SchoolDrew Casertano - Headmaster
“Dear Chris, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about your time with us. Anne and Kathy chose well in inviting you to present; they planned well in including faculty and staff; and you exceeded all expectations. Colleagues have specifically mentioned your blending your obvious knowledge and expertise with useful props and your wonderfully engaging style to make for a thoroughly effective presentation. Many thanks for coming to Millbrook. I wish you all the best for a successful and satisfying year.”
Camp PathfinderMike Sladden - Director
“Any organization dedicated to positive experiences for young people would be fortunate to count Chris Thurber among its advisors. Chris has taken the time to understand where Pathfinder comes from and where her leaders want to guide her. He has crafted such a supportive relationship with us; his counsel is valued by director and staff member alike. During staff training, Chris quickly won over our large, veteran crew. He used that trust to unlock shared values within the group, and offered real tools to cope with the demands of a camp season.”
Miss Porter’s SchoolDr. Katherine G. Windsor - Head of School
“Thank you so very much for the time you spent with us. You struck just the right balance of humor, enthusiasm, and seriousness about the topic. The case studies were quite relevant and you approached the topic in a way that was uplifting and insightful while not being insulting to the experience and expertise of our faculty. It is particularly valuable and meaningful to have a consultant who brings both the professional training of a clinical psychologist and personal experience as a teacher and youth leader to his work. We are already looking forward to your return!”
American Camp AssociationJalisa Danhoff - EPIC Conference Chair
"Dear Chris, Thank you for co-leading your fourth amazing EPIC pre-conference at ACA Nationals! The workshops were fantastic. Your insight and encouragement will help grow a talented group of emerging professionals in camping (EPIC). We are so lucky to have you in our industry! Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
Shady Side AcademyThomas M. Cangiano - President
“Dear Chris: Thank you for coming to Shady Side! Administrators and faculty were equally impressed and appreciative of your presentation on preserving professional teacher-student boundaries. You have such a great demeanor when talking with people individually or addressing a big group from the stage. Your presentation genuinely triggered meaningful follow-up conversations with many of our faculty. Thanks for being such an effective catalyst! Thanks as well for your great work and continued support of our counseling team. They were so happy to have spent time with you.”
The Harker SchoolJennifer Gargano - Assistant Head
“Chris Thurber is energetic, upbeat, honest, humorous, and relates well to the teacher experience. As a educator currently working in schools, Chris quickly gained credibility from our faculty. Their response to his presentation on maintaining professional boundaries was overwhelmingly positive; it was immediately evident that he truly understands the psychology of parents and students in today’s society. Chris’s presentation was particularly successful since he took the time to learn about our school and our teachers and tailored the presentation accordingly.”
The Hill SchoolZack Lehman - Headmaster
“Having seen Chris at different conferences, I was excited to have him speak to our faculty. Chris worked closely with our administration to identify relevant topics and tailor his presentation. Our faculty engaged with Chris for the day in discussions about student-teacher boundaries and interpreting student conversations. Chris was excellent in presenting practical information, helpful research, and case studies. Chris kept the energy level high throughout the day and our faculty has already asked me when he might return to share other presentations. The Hill School Faculty is more prepared, thoughtful, and enthusiastic after spending a day with Chris Thurber.”
Indian Mountain SchoolJody Soja - Head of School
"Our school benefited from having Dr. Thurber present at our opening faculty meetings. We most appreciated how directly he was able to speak to the challenges we face in boarding communities. He acknowledged that we endeavor to create caring, supportive, nurturing communities, but that we must always be aware of our professional boundaries and authority with students. He presented realistic case studies and opened up a dialogue that helped faculty and staff explore complicated issues in a productive and open way. We constantly refer back to our session with Dr. Thurber and look forward to our next workshop with him!"
Pomfret SchoolTim Richards - Headmaster
“Dr. Thurber’s presentation was dynamic, thought provoking, and highly relevant to anyone working with students. The session provided opportunities for deep reflection and interesting discussion around the topic of professional boundaries. Chris is a master at delivering a balance of humor and seriousness in a package from which even the most seasoned veteran can draw significant benefits. The pace was perfect and the presentation was lively; before we knew it four hours had passed and we were wiser and better prepared than ever to work with our students in a positive way.”
Camp ArrowheadTeri Valente - Director
"Thank you so much for your role in making Directors' Camp such a powerful experience for me. The weekend reaffirmed me in ways I didn't even realize I needed. I am smart, educated, playful, and silly. Your example of these character traits in action was a reminder to bring that all to the table."