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All Sides of the Summer Camp Counselor

2017 Editions Ages & Stages Featured Magazine March 2017

Summer camp counselors do more than lead the pack of kids in their charge. They become role models for campers to lean on throughout the camp journey. For teen counselors, it can provide a unique experience, whether they become a full-time counselor or special helper, such as volunteers at Lake Metroparks or Great Lakes Science Center. These counselors learn the art of creative thinking and how having a positive outlook can lead to a rewarding summer camp experience for all.

Featured here are a few counselors in Northeast Ohio and beyond who provide advice, along with discussing some benefits and challenges of the job.

Andrew Schultheiss
Age 17
Counselor at Falcon Camp in Carrollton, Ohio






Erica Fuste
Age 16, from San Juan, Puerto Rico
Counselor at Camp Roosevelt-Firebird in Bowerston, Ohio





Abigail (Abby) Goodman
Age 18
Counselor at Falcon Camp in Carrollton, Ohio





Why did you decide to become a camp counselor?

Andrew: I was a camper at Falcon camp for four years, and from those four years I grew to love Falcon, and its history and traditions. Thinking about my favorite memories as a camper made me want to become a counselor so I could help future campers make their own memories at camp.

Erica: I have been going to the same summer camp since 2009 and becoming a camp counselor was always something that I expected myself to do. When I was finally the right age to apply, there was no question as to whether I would work at camp that summer. It is truly something that I planned to do with my friends since I was just a kid.

What are the benefits to being a counselor?

Erica: I think that being a counselor gives you a sort of independence that is impossible to attain anywhere else.

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Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine Wins Editorial, Design Awards

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Northeast Ohio Parent magazine took top honors for its editorial content and design at the Parenting Media Association’s recent convention and awards ceremony, earning four Gold Awards at the annual event. Find out which sections and issues won awards, plus learn a little more about your local, go-to parenting resource! ...
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Spectacular Themes Announced for Fun at First & Main Event Series

NOP Events Things to do
Find out which adventurous themes will make Fun at First & Main a can't-miss destination for family fun this summer! The free event series, which takes place at First & Main in Hudson, is presented by Akron Children's Hospital and Northeast Ohio Parent magazine. Each month features great activities, crafts, giveaways, balloon creations, entertainment by 95.5 The Fish, and much more! ...
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‘Please Touch’ at Akron Art Museum

2017 Editions Featured Magazine March 2017 Things to do Worth Noting
The “Please Touch” exhibit at the Akron Art Museum, which opened March 2, offers the added dimension of touch to the traditional museum experience. Visitors can explore artwork with their hands as well as their eyes. Inspired by childhood games, puzzles and lift-the-flap books, regional artists put on display touchable pieces that visitors can manipulate as they create meaning out of the work in their own way. ...
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Student Spotlight: High School Senior Creates 3D Animations for Cleveland Museum of Natural History

2017 Editions Education Featured February 2017 Magazine Technology Worth Noting
Hernan Rincon, a senior at Montessori High School at University Circle, created a 3D solar system for everyone to enjoy at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Hernan worked at the museum’s Shafran Planetarium, where he developed computer animated 3D models of the solar system, as part of his school’s internship program. ...
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Get Children’s Toys on Loan

2016 Editions Ages & Stages December 2016 Magazine Parenting Resources Special Needs Worth Noting
If you're looking for toys and resources for kids, consider United Disability Services in Akron. Its Toy and Resource Center loans developmental toys and resource materials to anyone working with a child birth to age 6 with special needs or a child developing typically. ...
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5 Gift Ideas to Celebrate Grandparents Day

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by Sarah Lyons

There is nothing more heartwarming than a gift made by a child — and it’s an affordable, fun way to say thank you and celebrate.
Celebrate National Grandparents Day (Sept. 11 this year) by honoring the grandparent in your kids’ lives with some of the following ideas:

Tasty Treats

Kids love to help out in the kitchen, so why not put together some tasty treats? Get the kids involved in the baking and put together a plate of cookies. If Grandma and Grandpa have a special diet, there are many healthy options.


All you need is a child’s cooperation, some paint and a little creativity to make a gift. Handprints, fingerprints and even footprints can be used to make a variety of crafts and art. Try putting your child’s prints on an apron, ornament, tea towel, oven mitt or T-shirt.

Utilize Beads

Beads are an affordable and versatile craft item that can be used for a variety of gifts. Small children can string beads on a pipe cleaner to make an ornament or necklace. Older children can make personalized jewelry or key chains.

Frame it

Photos make a favorite gift for a grandparent. Get kids involved in picking out favorite photos from the past year and putting them into a collage with handmade drawings or a poem. Try making a scrapbook page that can be framed for a special gift. Picture frames can be made with popsicle sticks or clay, or an existing frame can be painted or decorated with craft supplies.

Personalized Gifts

Talk to your child about their grandparents’ favorite hobbies and tailor the gift to their interests. For example, use permanent markers to decorate golf balls for the golf lover, decorate a plain coffee mug, create a special bookmark for a bookworm, or use fingerprints to decorate wooden utensils.

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How to Balance Your Child’s Daily Screen Time

2016 Editions Ages & Stages Featured Magazine November 2016 Parenting Worth Noting
While the constant glow of the screen might be harmful, in moderation, kids are engaging in skills they could use for the future. Parents can provide a variety of opportunities for play to help children use their minds in different ways. ...
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