The camp around the corner: day camp

The camp around the corner: day camp

For 150 years, camp has been the natural extension of traditional education – an expanded learning environment that provides enrichment and a hands-on experiential education like no other. Experts agree that camp is essential to a child’s development, teaching life lessons such as leadership, teamwork, empathy, and problem-solving. The most successful camp experiences occur when… Read More »

At camp, play is a powerful form of learning

At camp, play is a powerful form of learning

“The traditional summer camp recognizes that play is a powerful form of learning that contributes mightily to the child’s healthy physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development.” So said Tufts University child development expert, Dr. David Elkind. American children seem to be in constant motion. Their schedules are packed with homework, chores, music lessons, and organized… Read More »

Day camp or overnight camp?

Deciding between day camp or residential overnight camp is one piece of the decision for families. Camp is an experience and not limited to a singular location. Campers can develop the same skills, both hard and soft, whether they’re sleeping away from home or returning to their own beds each night. While there are differences… Read More »

The worst decision is no decision

The worst decision is no decision

Decisions can be scary. Without certainly knowing an outcome, people make choices every day. Some work out, and others provide unforeseen results. Both contribute to developing a healthy process for making decisions. By doing, people learn how it feels to make decisions and how they overcome internal and external factors that impede or help the… Read More »

Life lessons learned at camp

Life lessons learned at camp

Life lessons. These are moments where the lightbulb goes off over child’s head. They understand the concept of two plus two. They see something they can’t un-see or learn something they’ll never forget. Over the last 150-plus years, camp has provided opportunities for children and adults to discover or further develop many life lessons. Here… Read More »

How summer camps keep kids healthy

How summer camps keep kids healthy

A study by Indiana University and Ohio State researchers found that children gain more weight over the summer than during the school year. However, a child’s summer camp experience can provide the structure and activity needed to keep kids healthy year-round. According to research conducted by the American Camp Association, 63 percent of children who… Read More »

Be a Fresh Air host family

Be a Fresh Air host family

Fresh Air summers are filled with children running through the sprinklers in the grass, gazing at star-filled skies, and swimming for the first time. The Fresh Air Fund is looking for volunteer host families in the Champlain Valley area. Each summer, thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities visit suburban, rural, and small-town… Read More »