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July 2018: Week 4 & 5

Giving Children Choices

Friendship, Fun, Creativity, and Choices! These are the four key words that constitute the philosophy of Green Acres Camp. On any given day, if you wander through the campus, you will find campers participating in a wide variety of activities. Campers have an opportunity to choose their workshops and afternoon activities. Summer Strummers (ukulele), Drones, Kitchen Chemistry, and Sports are just a few of the choices in Senior Camp. All junior campers take the five specials (music, art, woodworking, science, and sports) and then choose afternoon activities such as Rush and Dodge, Scavenger Hunt, Cooking, and Face Painting! If you have had the opportunity to visit on Parents’ Day, you were able to observe your child involved in decision making. If you were not able to make it, please check us out on Facebook to see photographs and slideshows of our campers in action!

Making choices is a skill that needs to be developed over time. Young children can choose which clothing they want to wear for the day, or items to include in their lunch. As they grow older, the choices become more detailed or sophisticated. Children may have input on vacation ideas or academic course choices in school. It is important to continue giving children choices as they grow so that they are accustomed to making independent decisions, rather than relying on peer pressure or an adult to decide for them.

For more information, you may want to read “5 Guidelines for Giving Kids Choices” by Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. If you have an older child, you may find this article useful.

Green Acres provides a safe environment for campers to make a choice, take a risk, and try something new. They know they will be supported by caring counselors who will encourage them to make decisions which may be different from those of their friends. It is our goal to help develop happy, confident, and independent individuals who are simultaneously having wonderful experiences at camp.

Green Acres: it’s the place to be!

Posted by sarah on Thursday July, 26, 2018

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