Posts Tagged ‘reasons to send your child to summer camp’

20 Really Awesome Things You Can Do in One Summer at Camp Weequahic That You (Probably ) Can’t Do in One Summer at Home

Posted Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 by

1.) Jump on a Water Trampoline

2.) Ride a Zipline

3.) Paint Your Face a Different Color

4.) Make Something Cool in Arts & Crafts

5.) Take Part in an Apache Relay

6.) Learn a Balance Beam Routine

7.) Host a Radio Show

8.) Climb One of These

9.) Perform a Musical Number

10.) Perform in a Musical

11.) Have a Sleepover with Your Friends Every Night

11.) Sing Songs and Eat S'Mores around a Campfire

13.) Try a New Sport

14.) Go Fishing...

15.) And Horseback Riding...

16.) ...And Skateboarding in a Skatepark

17.) Learn to Waterski

18.) Climb a Wall

19.) Build a Rocket

20.) Build a Robot

The Efficacy of Downtime at Summer Camp

Posted Thursday, April 11th, 2013 by

A joke telling session in the bunk during a rainy morning, lying in the bunk during rest hour, or sitting by the waterfront and talking with friends as the sun goes down are what we call downtime at summer camp.  Children need downtime to process learning experiences and recharge their creative juices, notes parenting expert Michael Grose.  He believes downtime is an important life skill that every child should learn to enjoy and appreciate.  Yes, sleepaway camps like to keep campers busy.  After all, that’s what they come for.  But camps also place emphasis on the value of the summer camp experience as a way to get out of the routine of everyday life, which is what makes summer camp the perfect place for children to learn downtime.

At home, it’s easy to get lost in the constant “go” routine to which so many children are accustomed.  Many of them go straight from school to sports rehearsals or music lessons, sometimes both or several in one night.  Then there is the inevitable stack of homework waiting when they finally get a few moments in the evening.  They also see their parents constantly on the move.  In such an environment, it’s easy to fall into the mindset that one should always be operating at full speed.  At camp, however, the environment is decidedly one that is about slowing down and appreciating individual moments and accomplishments.

Camp is also contained.  Campers have only a few weeks each summer to maximize their camp experience.  They can’t look too far ahead without looking beyond camp, which no camper wants to do.  That’s why campers like to take advantage of that brief rain shower, an hour of rest in the afternoon, or a few moments after dinner to enjoy the camp environment and bond with friends.

Says Grose, “Free, child-initiated play is the ultimate in relaxation. Fun games, games with few rules and games that kids control help them to unwind.”  And learning to unwind is what camp is all about.