July is flying by and we have entered into week four of camp. It has been a pleasure getting to know the campers and interacting with so many on a daily basis. The campus has been full of smiles and laughter as kids travel from one activity to another. Parent Days have begun and the campers have been proud to share their summer experiences.
In addition to developing skills and attempting new activities, a focus of camp is character development. Respect, responsibility, and resilience are three words that are incorporated into our daily activities through making friends, honoring boundaries, sharing, and respecting our environment. Campers learn to compromise and accept difference of opinion. We also hope to touch the hearts of our campers through empathy and giving.
Your child may have shared the story of one of our own campers, Gabe, who has been suffering from a tick-borne infection called Bartonella. As a community, we are showing support by raising money to help with medical expenses. Green Acres is collecting monetary donations as well as selling special sunglasses that sport Gabe’s initials on the side for $10.00. A flier was sent home with more details. We hope you will have conversations with your child about giving, and become a part of our effort. For more information about Gabe, visit https://www.gofundme.com/orioleswarrior.
"Children naturally look for ways to make a contribution and help others," says Deborah Spaide, founder of Kids Care Clubs, a national organization based in New Canaan, CT, that provides information on community-service projects for youngsters. "But just as we give our children opportunities to use their legs when they're learning to walk, we need to give them opportunities to exercise their charitable muscles so they become really good at giving too. "You may also be interested in reading more of Diane Harris’ article from Parenting magazine here.
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