The Camp Echo Lake Trail

Around the Campfire with Laurie: Anxiety is a Call to Action, Not a Sign You Can’t Cope

Posted by on January 28, 2022

Happy New Year to all! Can you believe it is January of 2022 already?! It’s amazing how time flies – sometimes very slowly and sometimes at lightning speed. While we at the winter office are bursting with excitement about having our entire camp community back…

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I Just Got Home and You Want to Know If I Want to go Back to Camp?

Posted by on August 24, 2021

Written by Laurie Rinke ***This article was originally posted in October 2014. We felt that at this time of year, when camp re-enrollment is underway and even the happiest of campers sometimes hesitate about re-enrolling for camp, it is a good message to share with our…

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Around the Campfire with Laurie: Can Social Distancing Bring Us Closer?

Posted by on March 27, 2020

  As I sit at my computer, I find myself profoundly distracted. I am working hard to focus on things but my mind wanders and my body tenses. The world we are living in right now feels out of sorts. I try hard to find…

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Around the Campfire with Laurie: Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Posted by on November 14, 2019

My feet were dangling off the chair lift as I contemplated how far the ground was below my skis. I wondered if I stayed on the chairlift, could I just circle around and get off safely at the bottom? I was in Junior High school…

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Around the Campfire with Laurie: Overcoming the “Camp Cliff” – Parental Reaction is the Key to Camper Success

Posted by on April 10, 2019

When I was a psychology major in college, over two decades ago, I studied an experiment called The Visual Cliff, that fascinated me then but resonates even louder with me now. Originally the experiment was intended to examine infant depth perception as it placed a…

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