Posts Tagged ‘music programs at camp’

Jamming Out at Camp

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Music can be tied into so many activities and experiences at camp. From songs around the campfire to traveling songs, incorporating music into camp life just comes naturally. For campers who are interested in fine arts such as dance, music and theatre, music is a tool that can be used to express themselves in a way that written or spoken word just can’t. Dance classes give campers an artistic outlet to do what they love, and can create a strong sense of self-confidence.  Camp Weequahic gives them the opportunity to explore music as a way of self-expression, and has so many benefits for the growing minds of young campers.

 

Whether it is singing, dancing, or playing an instrument, music works wonders on a growing, adolescent brain, and can teach them things that build their character and helps them become more productive members of society. While they are having fun with their fellow campers and counselors through music instruction, they don’t realize they are becoming more creative, more communicative, and more well- rounded in the process. At the end of the summer, many campers are proud to go home and show off their new musical abilities, and it gives them a sense of pride to have learned something new while they were away from home.

 

Children who learn to play an instrument at an early age benefit in many ways. It teaches perseverance, helps with math and number skills, enhances coordination, improves memory, reading and comprehension skills, and can help sharpen focus and concentration. Studies have shown that learning to play an instrument has lifelong benefits, which is why music and access to instruments is such an important part of camp life. Campers can learn to play the guitar, participate in a live show, or learn about the behind the scenes workings of a real radio station. Camp provides plenty of options for all kinds of personalities and learning styles to really dive into music and everything it can teach them.

 

It is safe to assume that most campers are exposed to music on a daily basis back at home, but at camp they are exposed to different types of music, which broadens their horizons and helps them become more culturally aware. They learn to appreciate different styles of music, and learn the history behind specific music styles, instruments and songs.

 

Camp Weequahic is all about providing children with the tools and resources they need to build their character and set up a foundation for a successful future. This goal could not be reached without the incorporation of dance, songs and musical instruments into the every day life of the campers.

Creating at Camp Weequahic

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

In a summer at Camp Weequahic, campers get dusty, muddy, covered in paint, and clothed in wonder… and that is just in the creative arts programs!

We are thrilled to offer campers interested in exploring the creative side of life many great outlets for their imaginative inclinations. Whether building in the woodshop, shaping in our pottery barn, or painting, drawing, and crafting in our arts studio, our campers tap into the creative side of things on a daily basis.

And the creative programs at Weequahic don’t just end there! Campers use their heads and hands while building new motorized contraptions in Robotics, create and stylw rockets that blast off daily in Rocketry, perform on stage in Theater, produce a weekly NewsWeeq, and jam on guitar, keyboards, and drums in Music!

For Summer 2012, we’re excited about expanding all of these programs and we’ll be introducing something new to Weequahic as well: Fashion Design!

Many families ask, “How many kids are at Weequahic only for sports or only for the arts?” The answer is about one third of the campers only want athletics and the lake activities. Another third only want the creative side of things and the lake activities. The remaining third are just as likely to be in the Theater and Woodshop as they are on the soccer team and tennis courts. That said, many of our ‘sporty’ kids wind up choosing a creative arts activity because they are a ton of fun.

So, come to Weequahic to create. We promise you’ll get dirty and have fun while doing it!