December. There is a cold snap in the air. The memories of eating s’mores comes to mind as you detect the faint smell of logs burning in a fireplace. Leaves crunch under your feet as you take your evening walk, a familiar tune about a moose running through your mind. Looking toward the sky, a slight smile crosses your face as you recollect a conversation you had with your child about constellations. It can only mean one thing; it’s time to register for camp again!
Although camp is sandwiched between the ending of school and the last weeks of summer vacation, the benefits are reaped all year long. During camp, your child was offered a variety of learning experiences from which to choose each day. The simple act of making those decisions helped to foster independence and character development.
Your child met other children throughout the summer, and learned how to work cooperatively with others in a variety of situations. New friendships formed and important relationships were established. Hopefully these friendships have continued to grow.
Campers were given the opportunity to learn and express themselves through dance, music, art, and cooperative games. Exploration occurred in science, robotics, and cooking. Perhaps your child learned to use a hammer for the first time or learned a new stroke in the pool. New skills and special memories have begun a foundation upon which to build.
Of course, none of this could happen without a group of people dedicated to children - the camp staff. You have probably heard your children regale stories about a favorite counselor, laughing at silly antics performed at Gully, or sharing an affinity for a particular author. Children eagerly look forward to seeing their friends and counselors each year.
But don’t just take my word for it. Come and join in the fun at our “Summer in the Snow” event (EVITE LINK click here) on Saturday, January 10th and see camp in action!
You might want to read an article about the importance of camp for child development, written by Barry A. Garst, Ph.D.: http://www.acacamps.org/sites/default/files/images/research/connect/presentations/ten_reasons_camp.pdf
Green Acres Camp- it’s the place to be! See you in January!
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