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August 15, 2014

How Summer Camps are Changing the World

At some point, a common thought has crossed the minds of all those who’ve spent a childhood summer at camp: the world would be a little brighter if life were a bit more like summer camp. Some organizations have taken this whimsical fancy to heart and are using summer camp as a vehicle for broader change in the world.... Read More

June 19, 2014

New Studies Indicate that Kids Need More Sleep

NPR (National Public Radio) printed an article highlighting two studies regarding a correlation between sleep deprivation and depression in teens: “The teenage years are a tumultuous time, with about 11 percent developing depression by age 18. Lack of sleep may increase teenagers’ risk of depression, two studies say.” The two studies are from University of Texas Health Science Center... 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

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

November 20, 2013

Sports Summer Camps as an Alternative to Competitive Club Teams

Writer Carol Mithers recently wrote a critique of competitive youth sports for Parenting.com. She highlights the booming trend of cleat-wearing tots and 8-year-old soccer players running sprints, and offers insight about the emotional and physical health risks of specializing in sports at a young age. In contrast to this trend, summer camps engage kids in a wide diversity of... 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

September 30, 2013

Going Back to School Means Applying Skills Learned at Summer Camp

According to the American Camp Association (ACA), summer camp “provides a non-threatening environment for America’s youth to be active, to develop competence in life skills, to learn about and enhance their own abilities and to benefit from meaningful participation in a community designed just for them.” Kids can apply lessons they learn at summer camp to the challenges they... Read More

August 30, 2013

Summer Camps are an Important Part of Keeping Kids Physically Active

Valerie Strauss, education writer and blogger for The Washington Post, recently presented an article titled “Physical Education Should be a Core Subject: Institute of Medicine” about the dire circumstances in which we as a nation find ourselves regarding physical education. She cites an Institute of Medicine report that finds that since 2001, “Nearly half (44 percent) of school administrators... Read More

August 15, 2013

How Summer Camp Programs Keep Kids Learning over Summer Break

The article “Summer Matters: How Parents Can Keep Their Children Learning All Summer Long” outlines the importance of keeping kids physically and mentally engaged in the summertime stretch. The article’s author and Executive Director of the Partnership for Children and Youth, Jennifer Peck, explains that “With only 90 days of summer, every day a student is not participating in... 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