Dr. Thurber has written more than 150 articles on leadership, parenting, youth development, and society since the mid-1990s. He writes the bi-monthly “Staff Advancement” column for Camp Business, is an award-winning contributor to Camping Magazine and Canada Camps.

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The Prejudiced Pig Inside Your Mind, Part 2: How to See Your Campers for Who They Are, Not What They Are2017
The Prejudiced Pig Inside Your Mind, Part 1: How Directors Can Win the War against Implicit Bias2017
Well-Trained Staff: The Key to a Successful Summer2017
14 Questions to Identify Potential Hiring Risks at Camp2017
Chemistry or Mystery: Inside the Tricky Business of Measuring Social Magic2017
Masculinity in the 21st Century: Part 12017
Pressure in Independent Schools2017
Demand the Unexpected2016
Down and Dirty2016
Liked for the Right Reasons2016
With That In Mind: What Staff Need to Know About Their Own Mental Health2016
With That In Mind: What Directors Need to Know About Staff Mental Health2016
Get Hopping: Energy Sources for Youth Leaders2016
Good Old Fashioned Advice: What Parents Need to Know about Camp2016
The Path to Summer Camp Leads Away from Sexual Violence2016
One for the Road2015
Rejectology: Helping Dorky Kids Fit In2015
What Were You Thinking?2015
Not a Math Person2015
In Praise of Criticism2015
I Brushed My Teeth…and Other Lies Kids Tell2015
Conflict, Camp, and World Peace2015
SHATIE Practices2015
Push In; Pull Out2015
Woven Programs2015
The Problem is Not the Problem2015
Take the Pizza Test2014
Rehearse and Redo2014
Weak End or Week End?2014
Real Sport Has Heart2014
Standing Out: What Makes Your Kid Get Noticed?2014
A Good Gal Without a Gun2014
#CARRYON: Learning What You Need2014
Finding Beauty in an Ashtray2014
Bullying Redux: The Blessing of Conflict2014
What’s Left After a Loss2014
Help Us Help You: Complete the Health Form2014
Deceleration: How Radically Slowing Your Pace Can Make You Smarter2014
Coaching Parents on Child Safety2014
Hollow Silk Balls: What Makes a Great Care Package2014
Pedagogically Speaking, Part 2: Big Questions for Contemporary Educators2014
Pedagogically Speaking, Part 1: How Schools Talk About What Camps Do2014
To Connect with Kids, Just Call ’em Like You See ’em2014
Am I Oversharing?”(Child-Staff Boundaries, Part 1)”2013
Kids Do Dumb Stuff: The Hidden Treasure of Accidental Learning2013
Increased Exposure is Good for Children2013
Time Outs as Treats2013
Universal Vulnerabilities”(Child-Staff Boundaries, Part 2)”2013
Time Management, Part I2013
Time Management, Part II2013
Watch Out for One Another”(Child-Staff Boundaries, Part 3)”2013
Are You Gonna Eat That?2013
Wise Use of Time Off2013
My Three Favorite Things to Do with a 3×5 Index Card2013
What Signal Does Your Sign Send?2013
Courageous Ignorance2013
Tangles in the New Safety Net2013
A Healthy Lead2013
Whither Favorites?2013
The Warm-Up Before the Work-Out2013
Tried and True and Hard to Do2013
The Quantum Physics of Children2013
A Place for Grace2013
Do You Want a Spanking?!2013
10 Reasons to Give Kids 10 Seconds2013
Kids’ Big Fears: Part I2012
Kids’ Big Fears: Part II2012
Wanton Words: Curbing Verbal Crudeness and Cruelty at Camp2012
Manners Matter2012
Boys Will Be Girls…and Girls Will Be Boys2012
Homesickness and Acculturation Stress in International Campers and Staff2012
Giving the Gift of Trust2012
Lead Me Not Into Temptation2012
The Beauties of Camp Duties2011
Camping’s Hottest New Trends2011
Leadership After Failure2011
Politically Incorrect Language2011
Dreading Water (Swim Checks)2011
Call a Spade a Spade2011
Lifelong Leaders2011
Attributing Blame2011
Staying Relevant2011
Don’t Take It Personally2011
Lifeguarding Essentials2011
Ask and Ye Shall Receive2011
Writing Camp Jobs on a Resume2011
Campers with Attention Deficits2011
The Best Weekend Ever2011
Continuous Professional Development2011
Camp and Commitment2011
Tiger Fun: Taking Camp Seriously2011
Parent Panel Particulars2010
The Hot New Trends in Camping2010
Cracking Children’s Secret Code2010
Leadership By Example Online2010
Burn Camps Offer Unique Growth Opportunities2010
Battling Back Against Bullying2010
Six Lessons Lifeguards Must Learn2010
Single Sex Camp: Is It Right for Your Child?2010
Spirituality at Camp2010
Actions Speak Louder Than Words2010
Sidestepping Stereotypes2010
Post-Season Feedback for Staff2010
Integrating the Relaxation Response2010
Keeping Your Integrity2009
Collaborative Problem Solving2009
Summer Camp Done Right2009
The Well-Trained Staff2009
Feedback for Staff2009
Youth as Objects or Partners?2009
Competition Conundrum2009
How Do We Treat Each Other?2009
The Golf Cart: Behold or Beware?2009
Not a Happy Camper2008
Missing You2008
A Touchy Subject2008
Maintaining Your Professionalism2008
The Meaning of Summer Camp2008
Speaking of Technology2008
What’s the Problem Now?2008
eLearning Comes of Age2008
Preventing the Pain of Parting2007
Preventing Homesickness in College Freshmen2007
Ready, Set, Camp!2007
Skirt the Blues2007
Happy Campers2007
Home(sick) Away from Home2006
I Call the Top Bunk!2006
Hot on the Summer Camp Trip2006
The Digital Umbilical2006
Essentials of Homesickness Prevention2006
How to Pick the Best Camp for Your Kid2005
Healthy Competition is Not an Oxymoron2005
Camp Champs2005
The Camp Benefit2005
Ten Things Your Kid’s Camp Won’t Tell You2004
Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh2003
Nature Loves Nurture2003
Roots and Wings2003
Out of the Mouths of Babes2003
I Am, Therefore, I Think2003
Do As I Do2003
Bouncing Back by Moving Forward2003
Camping Is Your Gift to the World2002
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Camps2002
Sleep-Away Camp Success2001
Internal Leadership Development2001
Your Happy Camper2000
Babes in the Woods… and Parents at Home1999
I Want to Go Home!1998
I Hate Camp!1996