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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

December 11, 2013

How Can Summer Camps in the United States Become Accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA)?

What is the American Camp Association, also called the ACA? The American Camp Association is a 501(3)(C) tax-exempt corporation. Since 1910 the ACA has acted as a community of summer camp professionals who come together to exchange ideas, share experiences, and build standards of quality for summer camp programs. The ACA has more than 8,000 members, and the programs... Read More

December 5, 2013

The Benefits and Concerns Around Kids and Sports

A recent article from the NYU Child Study Center interviews the Center’s sports psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. Marianne Engle, on some of the benefits and concerns around kids and sports. Sports summer camps not only offer many of the benefits mentioned by Dr. Engle, but they also address a number of the concerns in their diverse and... 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

November 6, 2013

Find A Community of Parents and Expert Parenting Tips on ParentsConnect.com

ParentsConnect.com is dedicated to creating a space for parents to get the support and community they need in order to build strong healthy relationships with their children. It provides parents with activities, product recommendations, parenting info, daily tips, recipes, baby names and their meanings, and family-friendly resources. It also offers a place to share your parenting expertise by submitting... 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

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

September 25, 2013

Tech-Savvy Kids Who Will Impress You

Computer Classes Have Come a Long Way in the Past 30 Years The exponential advancements in technology in recent decades has spawned the rise of educational programs geared toward youth. While many kids have mastered programs that allow them to learn such crafts as graphic design, filmmaking, and architecture, some innovative kids have taken their computer knowledge to the... 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