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April 28, 2014

How Music Beneficially Correlates with Moods

A recent article posted on healthychildren.org details the many ways in which music beneficially correlates with moods. The article highlights examples like military marches to instill confidence and courage, shopping malls to pump up consumer enthusiasm, and setting lessons to song to encourage stress free memorization in the classroom. The Calming Influence of Music The article cites a series... Read More

April 7, 2014

Summer Camp Counselors Can Provide Guidance for Life’s Next Leap

A recent article on Kidshealth.org details how parents can support kids as they transition out of high school and into the next phase of adulthood. But parents aren’t the only ones who can help with this. As the article suggests, your teen can reach out to people within his or her network for informational interviews and professional guidance. Summer... 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

December 26, 2013

Making Friends at Summer Camp that Will Last Throughout the Year

Kids learn so many things at summer camp. Some learn to swim, others learn a new craft and others improve their tennis game. These are all great but one of the best and most important parts of summercamp is making friends. According to Gary Forster, National Camping Consultant for the YMCA of the USA, the number one reason why... Read More

October 15, 2013

Summer Campers Make the Best Camp Counselors

Most campers have so much fun at summer camp and learn such valuable lessons they want to come back and do it all over as a camp counselor. Although being a counselor is a much different experience than being a camper, the summercamp experience teaches kids and teens alike how to become better leaders, more self confident and self... Read More

October 7, 2013

How Sports Summer Camps Enrich the Lives of Children

The London 2012 Summer Olympics are right around the corner; they’re a perfect inspiration for youth serious about sports to learn the benefit of working hard and going to any length to train to do what they love. If your child shows an aptitude and interest in sports, now is the time to nurture that. All Types of Sports... Read More

July 30, 2013

Summer Camp Teaches Kids Real Life Skills

Lisa Damour, private psychologist, clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University and director of the Laurel School Center for Research on Girls, recently wrote “Don’t Make Your Children the Exception to Every Rule” for a NY Times parenting blog called Motherlode. Using the anecdote of an angry father stepping in when Dr. Damour spoke with his daughter about her... Read More

July 7, 2013

Encouraging News Regarding Childhood Obesity

Preschoolers’ Obesity Rates Falling While one in eight American preschoolers is obese, that number is only one in seven amongst low-income children. That number has fallen in 19 US states and territories and has only risen in three states. Sports Summer Camps Offer Ample Opportunities for Physical Activity Parents concerned about their children’s health might want to consider the... Read More

March 24, 2013

Adventure Camps for Boys & Girls: How to Help your Child Choose the Best Summer Camp Experience

  Adventure Camps: Exciting Learning Opportunities for Kids Exercise and outdoor learning  is necessary for proper brain development in children. In a world full of technology, video games, websites and other online activities can dominate a child’s life. Adventure camps give boys and girls the opportunity to explore nature, physically challenge themselves and improve overall health. Mentally, emotionally and... Read More

March 5, 2013

PE and After-School Programs Help Children and Teens Excel

Kids and Teens Still Aren’t Doing Nearly Enough Physical Activity Nanci Hellmich in the USA Today article, Kids Need To Step Up Physical Activity, Report Says, argues that, despite prodding from their parents, teachers and doctors, American kids just aren’t getting enough physical exercise. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 29% of teens get... Read More