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October 17, 2014

Summer Camp Helps Teens Manage Anxiety

According to a recent article on Fox.com, teen anxiety from social and digital media is a growing concern as kids connect more and more through virtual portals. The article refers to two separate studies indicating that “social media can actually make you feel bad about yourself.” One study from the University of Michigan cites a correlation between the amount... Read More

September 30, 2014

Special Needs Adventure Camps: Providing Therapy in the Great Outdoors

While most summer camps are dedicated to sending their campers home with macaroni artwork and a pocketful of childhood memories, some kids need a bit more “umph” from their summer camp experience. That’s why there are intensive summer programs that offer a reality check; a support group; a test of character. Wilderness therapy programs are becoming an increasingly popular... Read More

September 6, 2014

Summer Camp Food: It’s More Than the Late-night S’mores

Wouldn’t it be revolutionary if your kids wanted to help with dinner (and could actually whip up more than spaghetti)? As our society becomes more food-conscious, summer camps around the country are acknowledging a tangible shift in priorities. A NY Times article cites a 2011 survey by the American Camp Association that 34% of its members have added gardening... Read More

August 29, 2014

The Debate over Summer Preparations: Sunny Side and Structured at Camp or Free Range

Summer pecking away at your sanity? Camp is not just for the kids Many parents want to offer kids an unstructured summer and more family time in lieu of a structured summer camp. One such parent is New York Times mom-blogger KJ Dell’Antonia, who published a debate with fellow columnist and summer camp advocate Bruce Feiler. Yet inevitably, sometime... Read More

June 2, 2014

Summer Camps Offer Remedies to Rise in Teen Stress

A new survey posted in USA Today indicates that teen stress is on the rise. 64% of the 1018 surveyed teens and 1950 adults reported moderate to extreme stress in the past month and 82% over the last school year. As an added concern, kids are developing bad coping methods like stress-related eating and poor sleeping habits that are... Read More

May 20, 2014

The Benefits of Science and and Technology Summer Camp

In February 2014, 60 Minutes hosted a special on three remarkable kids. This blog discusses one of them – Jack Andraka – and his incredible feats in the medical health profession. His success comes from a variety of support systems, many of which speak to the benefits of summer camp. Camp is Great for Scientific Exploration, but Support Starts... Read More

March 26, 2014

How Computer Summer Camps Can Break Down Gender Barriers

Decreasing the Gender Gap in STEM Fields Reshma Saujani is the founder of the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code, which is inspiring and educating girls in computing skills in order to close the gender disparity in the computer science field. According to Saujani, only 27% of America’s jobs in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) are held... Read More

March 11, 2014

Summer Camp is an Important Developmental Step for Kids and Parents

In an article from the Washington Post, Michael Thompson, the author of Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents can Help a Child Grow, is interviewed about the effects of early childhood independence. He purports that, if approached properly, experiences like sleepovers and summer camps have short- and long-term health benefits for the whole family. Help Kids Build... Read More

February 10, 2014

Sports Summer Camps for Girls

Parenting.com recently highlighted a study from the Archives of Disease in Childhood, finding that “only 11 percent of girls ages 5 to 8 get the recommended hour a day of physical activity, compared with 42 percent of boys.” According to Dr. Marj Snyder of the Women’s Sports Foundation, this is largely due to two presiding factors: an ongoing gender... Read More

January 26, 2014

Why Music Education Matters and the Benefits of Music Summer Camps

Writer and professor Laura Lewis Brown thoroughly details the benefits of music education in an article on the PBS Parents website titled “The Benefits of Music Education“. Citing a number of studies and industry professionals, she highlights the social and mental advantages of early music integration. Many of these perks are maximized with intensive study like music summer camps. Music... Read More