Growth Mindset: Encouraging Campers

Camp, especially Heart O’ the Hills, provides an environment that embraces physical, emotional, and intellectual struggle. What makes it a great experience, is not just the understanding that these struggles can be overcome. It is doing so. So, as counselors it’s our job to encourage a growth mindset in our campers! It is through our language that we encourage a …

Self Reliance: The Camper’s Brag

Self reliance is more than remembering to brush your teeth. It wasn’t until I saw the book, How to Raise an Adult, did I realize we’ve had the wording wrong all along. As parents, we’re here to raise adults, not kids! Such a simple change of words drastically shifts the perspective. Self reliance is a key component in getting our …

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Trying New Things: The Latest in Adventure

Curiosity is the key to adventure   Trying new things is essential to getting the most out of life! For most campers, camp is more than a vacation away from home. Camp provides the opportunity for campers to try things they may not otherwise be accessible. Where else can you spend a morning on horseback and an afternoon swimming and …

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Relationships: The Glue of Camp

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. -Amy Poehler   While we are thankful for all of the cool things we can do at camp, they are not what makes camp so special. The relationships we form with each other at camp are what …

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Awesome Authentic Role Models!

Awesome Authentic Role Models! There’s always that person we look up to that seems to be perfect. When we learn that they are not, sometimes the shattered illusion is upsetting. But other times, it’s relieving to know that no one is perfect, so you don’t have to worry about being perfect either. At camp, we have amazing authentic role models …

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Engaging All Senses: The Best Way to Enjoy Life

Heartily Engaging All Senses Screentime is the hallmark of the 21st century. This magic at our fingertips and before our eyes separates us from our ancestors in a way that nothing else can. Unfortunately, the reality presented by screens is a less complete experience than we were made for. The evolution of both school and work has demanded that we …

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Healthy Atmosphere: The Heart’s Desire

A Heart Healthy Atmosphere Cultivating a healthy atmosphere is more than clean air and clean water. It is the foundation of our H.E.A.R.T.S mission of inspiring well rounded individuals. At camp, girls have the opportunity to lead themselves through a healthy life-style.  We ensure campers not only eat enough, but enough of the right stuff! All of our meals are …

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Our Little Neighbors: Rock Squirrels

The Heart is home to a variety of squirrels, including rock squirrels! They are interesting little creatures, tucking themselves away in our cliff faces and boulders. Though they are ground dwellers, rock squirrels are excellent at climbing. We often see them scurrying all over camp- especially the boulders by the kitchen!  Rock squirrels eat a variety of vegetation, including nuts, …

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Our Little Neighbors: Mighty Bumblebees

Which came first, the wildflowers or the bumblebees? We are not sure, but neither would be as abundant without the other. The Heart is blanketed with seasonal and fragrant blooms which attract all sorts of pollinators. Seeing the bees bumble about is one of the many joys of camp life.  Because they produce enough honey for human consumption, honeybees typically …

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Our Little Neighbors: Cardinals

Well known for their vibrant vermillion plumage, cardinals are native to the Americas. While there are a variety of cardinals, the ones that call The Heart home are northern cardinals. When European settlers arrived and first saw the cardinal’s coat, they were reminded of the robes worn by Catholic Cardinals.  It’s interesting that the birds and clergymen have coats of …