July 2, 2015
Happy Birthday, America! We hope you were able to celebrate Red, White, and Blue Day with us at Green Acres. Our campers sported their patriotic colors, ran in our Fun Run, and participated in a spirited parade! To top it off, we were entertained by the exciting Blind Bike Trials. What a great day we had!
It’s hard to believe that we have completed our first two weeks of camp. We have been having so much fun! Campers have made new friends; have had the opportunity to take risks and try new activities, and have expressed themselves in a creative manner. Check out the Senior Camp murals currently displayed in the big room!
At Green Acres Camp, we encourage campers to take healthy risks. These might be in the form of sharing a joke at Gully, participating in an activity that a friend did not choose, or trying instead of saying, “I can’t.” Depending on the camper, each of these actions might cause one’s heart to beat a little faster and perhaps cause feelings of discomfort. However, choosing to break out of one’s comfort zone also contributes to healthy development.
As parents, we can facilitate our children’s development by encouraging and supporting taking appropriate risks. When your child expresses sadness that he/she didn’t get his/her first activity choice, praise him/her for trying something new. Ask questions about what the activity entailed and how it was enjoyable. Encourage your child to participate in an overnight even he/she is anxious. Talk about your experiences and the benefits of saying, “I’ll try”. Let your children know that developing a new skill takes practice, and that you support them. Try new activities as a family and model stepping out of your own comfort zone.
For more information, you may want to refer to the article, “Healthy Risk Taking”, by Lisa Bottomley (Michigan State University Extension: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/healthy_risk_taking)
Creativity, Choices, Friendship, and Fun; all part of Green Acres, the place to be!
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