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WELCOME! It’s hard to believe but spring is right around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about Camp again. Start asking ourselves some questions. Are you considering enrolling your child in a Spring or Summer Camp? Have you already secured your child’s spot for Camp?  For those of you who have kids that are interested in spring & summer camp programs, now is the perfect time to start your search. Take a moment out of your busy day to sit down with your children and discuss the upcoming camp season, sessions, and activities that are most appealing to them. Create a search list, do some research, and contact your shortlisted camps. Have some fun with it and take advantage of early registration pricing in the process.    In this issue we feature an amazing summer camp that is dedicated to promoting life-long learning through the Performing Arts. We  showcase a terrific Zoo Camp that provides an educational program with activities and experiences to appeal to many different learning styles.  We feature a wonderful Parks and Recreation Summer Camp that includes features and amenities that are normally only found in an overnight camp setting. We showcase a truly wonderful Children’s Museum that offers more than 500 learning activities annually. We highlight a world class Diabetes Summer Camp where campers have enjoyed the games, fun, and friendships they’ve made for over 35 years! We share some fantastic camp pictures, virtual tour links, and amazing camp videos, and provide much more information about camp.   At  CampNavigator, we  give parents accurate, insightful  and valuable  information,  empowering them  to make informed decisions about summer camp. CampNavigator  Magazine shares knowledge to enrich the lives of children, youth and adults through the camp experience. Make your 2016 Summer Camp experience the best yet.  …And we hope you enjoy this issue of CampNavigator Magazine!

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CAMP BROADWAY

KILLOOLEET CAMP

RED ARROW CAMP

PHOENIX CHILDRENS MUSEUM

CAMP PILLSBURY

NATURE INSTITUTE DAY CAMP

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CAMP BROADWAY

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KILLOOLEET CAMP

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YMCA CAMP OF THE ROCKIES

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ST. LOUIS ZOO CAMP

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TOWN OF MERRIMACK SUMMER CAMP

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ASSOCIATION OF CAMP NURSES

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RED ARROW CAMP

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PHOENIX CHILDRENS MUSEUM

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CAMP SETEBAID

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CAMP PILLSBURY

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SPRINGBROOK NATURE CAMP

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NATURE INSTITUTE DAY CAMP

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SEA CAMP DOLPHIN ADVENTURE

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TWIN ACRES SCHOOL OF RIDING

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WOLF RIDGE CAMP

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INTERVIEWS

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CAMP CATEGORIES

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SEA CAMP DOLPHIN ADVENTURE

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WOLF RIDGE CAMP

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Camp Killooleet Why You Shouldn’t Worry

About Homesickness Kate Seeger and Dean Spencer, Killooleet Camp Parents often think their child isn’t ready to stay at an overnight camp for more than a few days. In practice, children regularly surprise their parents. When camps and parents work together, even shy, anxious campers can stay at camp for several weeks, returning home more mature, independent and resilient, proud of their achievements. Campers discover new interests and skills, practice making decisions, and form life-long friendships. Growth in social and emotional intelligence can be equal to a year’s worth of change in school. Knowing the benefits helps parents give their child one of the best and hardest gifts they can give, the freedom to try their wings in a new community. 8

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As much an issue for adults as for kids! Parents need to recognize their own feelings. Adults miss their children for the same reason they will miss you: they love you. Adults also sense in camp a preview of the future when children will move away for college, or marriage, or a career. Children are often ready for camp before their parents are ready to let them go. They will also experience the summer as adventure and excitement, where your experience can feel like it is all about loss. What are your long term goals for your child? Do you want them to be able to cope with the world as an independent adult


who will know themselves and pursue their interests—but still keep in touch? Camp is the perfect rehearsal. Base your decision on their needs, but also address your own.   What you can do: Be honest with yourself, acknowledge your emotions, and sort out which of your concerns are based on your needs and which on your child’s. Work with camp directors to help both parent and child be excited about the summer. Show children the camp website, brochure, and other materials. See if camp can help arrange a visit with camp staff or other campers in the spring, when questions resurface for many prospective campers. Phone calls and skype can work for this. If you can, arrange to visit camp while it is in session before your child attends so he/she can see the physical spaces, and more importantly other happy children.  

departure It’s hard to say goodbye. Expect some anxiousness the night before camp and the morning camp begins. Your child may or may not eat much. Expect some tears, perhaps both theirs and yours.   What you can do: Be loving, proud, and firm. Pack your child with food for trip! It’s best if you have a specific plan for where and how to say goodbye. If your child is boarding a bus,

Talk about homesickness:

Almost everyone at camp will get homesick sometimes, and there is nothing wrong with that. Homesickness isn’t a sign of immaturity or weakness. Nor is it permanent. Being homesick is like hitting the funny bone in your elbow: while it is happening, it is real. But you stretch and grow. We all learn that we don’t need to be with our loved ones all the time to love them. Talk with your child about your confidence in him or her, and your appreciation for his or her maturity. Talk about the excitement of meeting new people and doing new things.

Please don’t: Verbalize your fears and

doubts to your child: “I’m not sure you’re ready.” “I don’t know how you’ll get to sleep.” “You know you have trouble with new foods.”  Instead, share these concerns with camp staff so they can help.  

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great! Departure is easy, clear, quickly over with. If you are dropping your child at camp, make sure you understand ahead of time what the expectations are for your time there. Be efficient and upbeat. Remark about how good it looks, what looks interesting. Remind them you love them, tell them you’re proud, leave them with a counselor, and get out.  Staying

in touch

Camps have expectations for communication based on what is good for children in their community and what is fair. Work with them. Most camps restrict phones and other electronic media because they want campers to focus on building live human relationships. Balance is important: you love your child, but you also want him/ her to be making friends at camp, so don’t overdo. If you need to find out how your child is doing, call the camp staff, not your child. If the camp posts pictures, view them as snapshots of that day. No one smiles 100% of the time. An apparent frown could be concentration or sun in their eyes; don’t worry about it unless you see a pattern.   What you can do: Write often. Short, cheery letters and postcards, perhaps with clippings from favorite magazines, are best. You can even write before your child arrives 10

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at camp. Be upbeat; talk briefly about how things are going. Say you love them and are proud of them. If the camp allows packages, send a couple.   Please don’t: Call every day, or subvert camp rules for electronics. Don’t talk or write about how much you miss your child or how hard it is for you. This can cause your child to worry about you and feel guilty for having a great time without you. If you get homesick letters or calls, breathe, don’t over react. Recognize how child dynamics work. Children often feel that just by sharing a concern with you, they have dealt with it. The same child who is in tears on the phone may hang up and go skipping off to their next activity, leaving you wondering how to help. If you have concerns, contact the camp for a more complete picture. Don’t fear homesickness. It is an occasion for growth if understood and managed. Communication is key. Surviving homesickness is good for both you and your child as you rehearse for future separations.  You will welcome home a child who has grown in confidence and independence, and you might even glimpse those new wings.

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What Parents and Children say about Killooleet www.killooleet.com Kate Seeger and Dean Spencer, Directors 617-666-1484 See our video “Welcome to Killooleet”: https://youtu.be/CvkIS9utMII

“... Killooleet is an amazingly awesome, warm, loving, welcoming summer camp, with smiling faces everywhere I go, eager to know and befriend me. I feel as if I've grown up in Hancock 05748 as my second home.” “Our five hour drive home from Vermont was filled with stories about his time at camp, from hiking to horseback riding to being on the stage in front of friends – endless activities and adventures. Camp Killooleet was everything we had hoped. My child’s confidence and maturity have reached new heights with a little smile that hasn’t left his face.” After camp, new parents wrote, “When I asked if he made any close friends he said, ‘Dad, I made over 100 new close friends. Now I understand what you mean by ‘community’’. Besides his cabin counselors, who were outstanding, all the other counselors had a very positive influence on my son. You do a fabulous job selecting the right young men and women to guide our children.” “… what an important part of my children’s childhood and personal development Killooleet has been! It has provided them with strength, confidence, friendship and countless abilities for which I am profoundly grateful. Those eight weeks each summer are really difficult for me, but I see the value for the girls and wouldn’t trade it for anything. So here’s to a really great summer for everyone!” “Thanks for the two best summers of my life. I learned so much and grew so much as a person.… I would be a very different person today if I had not found Killooleet. I learned about kindness, respect for others and human nature, not to mention many other things. More importantly I learned about confidence and believing in myself. The values that Killooleet has taught me will stay with me for the rest of my life, no matter where I go or what I do. Killooleet is truly a special place.”

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10 Reasons to Choose

YMCA Camps The YMCA has a great history of youth and family development that stretches back to 1844 in London, England. Camping programs started in 1885 in New York, and we have been building character and confidence in the outdoors successfully ever since.z Here are just 10 reasons for the YMCA’s success in camping, even though there are hundreds of reasons to choose YMCA camps.

1. Over 125 years of tradition: YMCA

camping is the cornerstone of most communities across the country. We are very proud of our traditions, but also know that to keep today’s children engaged we must be innovators in the camping industry.

2. Stringent screening of staff: All YMCA staff

is background checked and interviewed in a manner that helps us hire smart. In addition, we look for staff that has additional certifications to help run a safe program. Archery, riflery, and other specialized programs need to be high quality and certifications in Lifeguarding, CPR/First Aid, etc., help us achieve or exceed requirements for safety.

3. Community driven: Each YMCA has

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4. Diversity: YMCA’s are ‘for all.’ We take great pride in welcoming different religions, non-traditional families, all socio-economic classes, and everything in between.

5. Scholarships: To some, scholarship

opportunities may only seem appropriate for education, but we disagree. What better education than learning to work together, building confidence and independence, learning to “fail forward”, and connect with nature. These building blocks help children build resilience for their life paths.

6. Core Values: Caring, Honesty,

YMCA Camp Directors are here to better the children in our community. Camp is one of those programs that will give you a return on your family.

Respect, Responsibility, and Faith. These values transcend all religions and give us the opportunity to build a child’s character to help them understand their role in the world. Each YMCA is a little different in how they present these values, but you will find them intentionally placed for learning opportunities across all Y’s.

great work we do, sharing their own camp experience with a next generation of campers. Most camping programs offer something for teens up to 17 years of age, which means there is no gap for programming appropriate for them.

7. Variety: YMCA camps across the nation

10. Don’t forget the family: Many

offer many different things; some are co-ed while others are gender specific, water sports, equestrian programs, traditional camps, camps for children with special needs, and many more options. A quick web search in your area will turn up one of close to 300 Y camps in the nation.

8. Unplugged: Technology is playing

a bigger role in today’s camping program, but your child will not spend the day watching screens. We work hard to ensure a reconnection to nature, and help children make personal contacts that help them build friendships that will last over a lifetime.

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YMCA camps offer family camp experiences so the whole family can spend time together in nature. This helps build bonds across generations and allows for play together. We typically see children become more open in our safe environments, letting their true self come forward. The YMCA is proud to be able to offer camping programs to our families and communities across the country. If you have specific questions about a YMCA in your community, reach out to the Director for a personal tour of the facility and talk about the program philosophies to make sure they match yours. YMCA Camp Directors are here to better the children in our community. Camp is one of those programs that will give you a return on your family.


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Saint Louis Zoo, Camp KangaZoo Director Envision a summer camp where kids can spend the day observing wildlife from all around the world and still sleep in their own beds at night. If you’re interested in a day camp for your animal adventurer, look no further than your local zoo. Many zoos across the country offer summer camp programs and they vary from zoo to zoo. Some camps include behind-the-scenes tours and “junior keeper” programs in which kids can see what zookeepers really do all day, while others offer the chance to spend a night at the zoo. All include a team of caring, animal-geek counselors to satisfy the inquiring minds of the campers, along with games, crafts, songs and zootastic fun. Need more reasons to try zoo camp?

Life Lessons of Compassion Children and animals go together like, well, like children and animals. The animal world is fascinating, and for many children, the local

zoo may be the only place they can see other creatures that share the earth. Learning about what animals need to survive helps open children’s minds to the world and encourages them to develop empathy for others, both human and animal.

A Safari in Your Neighborhood Families in urban areas may not have access to a safe area for their kids to play outside. Many zoos are situated in urban parks, a natural oasis within the city. Studies show that exposure to nature, even “planned nature” like you would find in a park or zoo, lowers stress and even improves creative problem-solving abilities. Zoo animal habitats are designed with the animal’s natural habitat in mind, so visiting zoo animals is like taking a walk through the rainforest, desert, wetland, or even a dive into the ocean. www.CampNavigator.com Vol. 5, Issue 1

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Friends & Teamwork You know that feeling when you meet someone and discover you both have an amazingly quirky trait in common? That happens every day at zoo camp. Kids are introduced to other kids who love animals, and they have opportunities to make new friends they likely would not have met otherwise. Zoos work together in their mission to save animals from extinction, and kids learn the value of teamwork through this example. Zoo camp instills in campers the importance of collaboration, as well as the challenges and joys of working together.

The Circle of Life How can children in a Midwest city help coral reefs in the Caribbean? Zoo camp shows children how all animals, plants, people and things are connected around the world in a glorious, tangled web of life, and how tugging one strand can cause consequences elsewhere. Seeing the animals at the zoo can make those abstract concepts more concrete, whether learning about the life of a cinereous 18

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Ready for zoo camp? First, find your nearest zoo or aquarium by visiting the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) website at aza. vulture in Africa, or the grey squirrels that beg for your fries. Realizing we can change the world is empowering, but learning to love and appreciate the diversity of life around us is the first lesson of zoo camp.

Finding a Zoo Camp Ready for zoo camp? First, find your nearest zoo or aquarium by visiting the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) website at aza. org. This nonprofit association is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium; you’ll know you are supporting an institution dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.

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Register today for Camp KangaZoo! When children attend Camp KangaZoo at the Saint Louis Zoo, they’ll explore over 90 acres of natural habitats, learning all about wildlife through hands-on contact with real animals and the guidance of our experienced counselors. Campers sing songs, study what animals do and join in the fun at Sea Lion Sound. Their week wraps up with an exciting outdoor, overnight adventure under the stars. To learn more about Camp KangaZoo, visit stlzoo.org/campkangazoo or call (314) 646-4544. Financial assistance is available; call (314) 646-4544 for details.

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Finding the right Summer Day Camp -Think Local!

By: Matthew Casparius, CPRE

Naticook Summer Day Camp Director of Parks & Recreation, Town of Merrimack, NH

When it comes to choosing the right Summer Day Camp for your child, the variety of options to choose from can often be overwhelming. From the Private For-Profit Camps to NonProfits such as YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs and your local Parks & Recreation Departments, there are every type of Day Camp specialty options on the local level. Among these options, parents should consider the benefits of sending your child to a Summer Camp offered by your local Parks & Recreation Department.

opportunity to find out what they truly enjoy before seeking out specialty activities. For Campers who have experienced Summer Camp on the local level, Parks & Recreation Departments also run a variety specialty Camps or sports clinics to meet the needs of those participants who are looking for that specialty experience. From science camps to sports camps and everything in between, contact your local Parks & Recreation Department to review their options for your Camper.

The mission of the local Parks & Recreation Department is to focus on providing high quality but affordable Summer Camp programs to its constituents. It provides a place for a child to experience all of the benefits of Camp without having to travel far from home and is offered in a familiar environment. Parks & Recreation Summer Camps are generally held in one of the Communities Parks & Recreation Facilities or in the local elementary schools.

Summer Camps offered through the local Parks & Recreation Departments routinely provide the best “bang for your buck� among organizations that provide a Summer Camp experience and are generally more affordable than other non-profit agencies.

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One of the secondary benefits of choosing a local Parks & Recreation Summer Camp is that the Camp primarily consists of other Campers from the local School District. For first-time Campers, they will get the opportunity to make new, lasting friendships with other children their own age, which they will be going to school with in the Fall. For returning Campers, the local Parks & Recreation Summer Camp provides the opportunity to spend the summers with their


friends from school. Oftentimes parents will call their local Parks & Recreation Department asking if their child’s friends have already registered and if so for what sessions so that they can be grouped together at Camp. The Camp Staff are also generally from your local Community. In most Summer Camps run by Parks & Recreation Departments, the Camp Counselors themselves were once Campers at their local Parks & Recreation Summer Camp. The Camp Directors are oftentimes teachers or local sports coaches who are already an integral part of the Community. The Camp Staff know the “ins and outs” of the Camp and the Community at large and can relate their experiences to each of the Campers to ensure that Camp is a fun and positive experience for all. If your child has a physical, developmental or social disability and requires extra assistance during the school year, Parks & Recreation Departments are often one of the best places to provide a Summer Camp experience specialized for your child. Most Parks & Recreation Departments have close working relationships with their local School Districts and often employ teachers to work as 1:1 Aides in the Camp so that the Camp can support the School District’s goals of your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). This is a benefit that often distinguishes local Parks & Recreation Departments from other

Day Camp providers who do not offer that service. For Parents, the local Parks & Recreation Department Summer Camp provides an option for affordable child care in a safe and well maintained environment surrounding by numerous playing fields and wooded areas where their child will learn new skills, make new friends and create lasting memories. When thinking about your options for Day Camp this Summer, we encourage you to think local!

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Expectations of Camp Health Services What Should I Know? Tracey Gaslin PhD, CRNI, CPNP, FNP-BC Lisa Cranwell-Bruce DNP, APRN Susan Baird RNL, MPH, MA

Sam, your 8 year old, eagerly jumps on the bus to experience the many new challenges that camp has to offer. He is excited about swimming, archery, and meeting new friends. You are excited for him, but concerned that he will not be under your care. For the first years of his life, you did everything – fed him, gave him medication, and treated his injuries. What does that look like at camp? What are the camp health services that are in place for your child’s safety? What questions should you be asking about camp health services and what is available to your child should the need arise? Camp health services is a broad term that highlights the physical, mental, and emotional services available to your camper. These services vary greatly depending on the camp itself. Camps can be overnight (residential) or day; have different emphasis (i.e. art, sports, culture, academics); and serve different 22

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populations (i.e. all girls, all boys, healthy, special needs). Depending on the mix of these elements, camps make decisions about health services that will be provided. As the parent, it is important (and helpful) for you to know what is offered at a camp you are choosing for your child. Consider asking some of the following questions to know that your camper will receive safe and timely care.

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What type of healthcare provider(s) will be available? There is a difference in scope of practice and skill level among different healthcare providers – Wilderness first aid, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and others. An EMT might be a great asset in emergency situations. The registered nurse would be a good choice if campers need physical assessment of injuries or if there are multiple medications. Nurse practitioners or physicians are especially helpful for those camps caring for individuals with special healthcare needs (i.e. diabetes, cancer, heart disease). Camps will staff their health center with a variety of these individuals and it will be helpful to know who will be caring for your child in your absence.

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What medications do you need to bring to camp? What over the counter medications will be available or provided if needed? Most camps will ask that campers bring all prescription medications (in the labeled bottle) with them. The label on the original bottle serves as the prescription allowing the health staff to administer the medication. Camps usually have access to medications such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, and Benadryl which can be helpful for minor events and can help the child have a more positive experience if treated effectively.

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The parent or guardian releases a valuable possession, their child, to the care of others when they go to camp. Knowing who will be providing health care will help alleviate your apprehension and gain insight about how the health team will interact with your child and with you. Camp can be a lifechanging experience not only for the camper, but also the parent – growth, learning, and independence are gained through this valuable opportunity. Let’s make it the best!


Association of Camp Nurses (ACN) ….working for healthier camp communities by supporting the practice of camp nursing. ACN is the only professional organization specifically dedicated to addressing health and wellness in all camp settings. Over 10 million children are served each summer at camp and ACN functions to educate camp leadership, staff, healthcare personnel, parents, and campers to promote an environment of wellness for all. If you are interested in camp health, feel free to visit us at www.acn.org. Services offered:    

Educational material for camp leadership and health staff Nursing forum as a support network for ACN members Quarterly CompassPoint publication Access to camp nurse professionals

Become a member – join a professional organization of individuals interested in excellence in camp health.

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With such a strong history of summer camps across the United States, we are lucky enough to have hundreds of camps where kids can trade in their iPhones for nature, take a break from the stress of school, and gain an incredible amount of independence. Yet with so many camps to choose from, how do you even begin to narrow down your options? Here are some tips that will give your child lifelong friends and memories. How many weeks? Early on in your search, you will need to determine what length of stay is right for your child. There are many week-long camps that provide outstanding introductory experiences that allow kids to become comfortable with being away from home in the camp environment. By the age of 9 or 10, however, many kids are ready for an experience that will challenge them and provide growth opportunities by being away from home for an even longer time (4, 7, or 8 weeks). Believe it or not, it’s often harder for parents to part ways for this long, whereas kids are so busy at camp having fun, being active, and making new friends that the time flies by. The personal growth that is achieved at longer overnight camps is unparalleled – by living and playing day in and day out within a close-knit community, your child will grow in their independence and self-confidence through their achievements at camp and the relationships they will build.

whether it is the northern Midwest that allows kids to canoe through the Boundary Waters and hike across Isle Royale National Park, or the northeast with the beautiful views of the Berkshires, or the West Coast with surfing and sea kayaking – the options are endless. By widening your options to include camps in other areas of the country, you give your child a chance to experience a new region, and also provide them with an opportunity to make friends from all over the country and world. What activities are offered? With the intense

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scheduling of children’s lives during the school year, an important aspect of camp is to provide opportunities for kids to explore new interests and push themselves out of their comfort zone. Specialized camps can provide an extension of training that kids already receive at home, whereas general overnight camps can offer a breadth of activities, and give your child a chance to participate in a variety of sports, wilderness trips, and arts. Ideally your child will return to a camp for many years, so consider the ability for your son or daughter to branch out and try new things over the years. Is the camp safe? Don’t hesitate to get on the phone with the directors of the camp; these are the people that will be taking care of your child this summer, and high-quality camps will be eager to answer any questions you have. What are their policies for lifeguarding while water activities are going on? Are there safety procedures in place for when kids go out of camp on trips? What sort of screening do staff go through prior to working at camp? Is there a nurse on site, and a medical facility close by? What is the average age of staff? Talk through these questions with the directors, plus any others you may have, until you feel confident about the camp’s approach to safety.   Last but not least, think about the intangible benefits of the camp experience, and ask yourself if the camp will provide those for your child. The sense of accomplishment after a long day of hiking; the pride your child will feel when realizing they aren’t homesick anymore; the feeling of uninterrupted happiness when your child gets up on skis for the first time; and finally the tearful hugs at the end of the summer when your child says goodbye to those lifelong friends they made – it is these moments that camp has the potential of providing for your child.  Now it’s your job to start that search for where it can happen!

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Campers choose eight different activities to participate in on an every-other day basis. There is a new sign-up every two weeks at which times boys may make changes in their schedule. They may continue with their favorite activities throughout the entire summer or try something new. The unique size of Red Arrow, coupled with our excellent facilities and equipment, ensure that each boy will have access to the activities he chooses. Excellent instruction by very skilled and mature staff in each activity ensures major skill development during our seven-week program, all while having a lot of fun. In addition to a wide variety of land sports, Red Arrow also boasts a waterfront with over 10 different activities including water skiing, sailing, canoeing and SCUBA where boys aged 11 and over can earn their PADI certification. In addition to the top-notch activities that Red Arrow offers at camp, the boys are also able to take advantage of all of the wonderful adventures that the North Woods has to offer. Throughout the summer, campers embark on trips to Isle Royale, the Superior Hiking Trail, Pictured Rocks National Park and even the Quetico in Canada.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Will, Laura & Dave: Email: info@redarrowcamp.com Telephone (year round): (715) 575-9722 Address (Summer) 3980 Day Lake Road, Woodruff, WI 54568,

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Top Four Benefits of Sending Your Child to Camp at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Camp is a vital part of childhood. Like many camps, camp at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix offers unique opportunities for children to take risks, grow outside of their comfort zone, improve confidence, independence and self-esteem, and practice social skills. In addition, here are four elements that make a camp experience at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix a special and unique opportunity: 1. We are experts on play (Playologists actually!): Our neighbor Fred Rogers once said, “Play is serious learning.” At the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, we encourage every guest, both large and small, to challenge themselves to learn through play. Our camp experience includes ample time for campers to PLAY within three floors of imaginative, hands-on exhibits. Our exhibits don’t come with instructions because kids inherently know how to play. Through play, campers gain concrete experience that builds the path to abstract learning. Our exhibits are full of educational potential. Campers utilize mathematical concepts such as estimation,

and weight in our Market and hone their problem solving abilities as they navigate through our Climber. With three floors of educational opportunities and exhibits, the possibilities for learning are limitless! 2. Our themes are educational AND fun!: Each week of camp is themed and includes structured opportunities for learning. A sampling of our upcoming themes for 2016 include: “Springs & Bolts”: “Springs and Bolts” camp is packed with activities that will excite the future artist, engineer, mathematician, and scientist! Campers will have the opportunity to gain skills in developing and following a plan to its completion; they will learn to problem solve and work on a team, use spatial relations, and experience some of the fundamental elements of physics. Campers will build, innovate, and test predictions, receive exclusive access to our “In the Pipeline” exhibit, discover the science of simple machines and will work in teams to put together their very own Rube Goldberg creation! www.CampNavigator.com Vol. 5, Issue 1

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At our Green Ambassadors Camp, campers will have the opportunity to create art from a number of recycled products. Campers will make recycled paper, decorate flower pots, and more! “Summertime Sleuths”: Campers will spend a week with the CMoP Detective Unit learning the science of investigation. Campers will study fingerprints, analyze handwriting, learn the science of chromatography, test observation skills, exercise deductive reasoning, examine mysterious powders and more! Our camp teams will practice teamwork and cooperation as they work together to gather evidence and solve mysteries! “Green Ambassadors”: At the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, we truly value the idea that art can be made from just about anything. At our Green Ambassadors Camp, campers will have the opportunity to create art from a number of recycled products. Campers will make recycled paper, decorate flower pots, and more! Campers will also gain environmental awareness through a number of earth-friendly activities including the examination of their individual carbon footprint. “Little Authors Camp”: Campers will explore the museum through fairy tales, have the opportunity to create their own stories and dioramas and also utilize critical thinking and scientific reasoning skills, as well as, problem solving and teamwork to help their fairytale friends solve a number of dilemmas. Create a parachute to help Jack escape the giant, construct a raft for the Billy Goats, and more! “Time Travelers”: Campers will exhibit teamwork, innovation, and resourceful problem-solving as they create self-designed time machines that will help them journey 32

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across a variety of eras and places. Campers will examine an invention throughout time and devise the innovative ideas that will power our future. 3. There is something for everyone: We aren’t a sports camp, or a dance camp, or an arts camp, or even a math or science camp. We are a camp for kids of all backgrounds and interests. Camps at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix focus on child development. Days are filled with engaging projects and activities that incorporate the fundamentals of learning and growth. In any given camp day, campers have the opportunity to practice positive social interactions, explore educational topics of all kinds, and celebrate their creativity and imaginations. 4. We take safety seriously: Providing a safe physical and emotional space for our campers is our top priority. We keep our camp ratios small (8:1), and train all camp counselors in topics such as Risk Management, Emergency Procedures, Communication, Behavior Management Techniques, and Appropriate Staff and Camper Behaviors. Additionally, every counselor undergoes a criminal background check, interviews and reference checks prior to employment. Other safety precautions include, brightly colored camper t-shirts, walkie-talkies assigned to every camp group, and thorough food allergy policies. All camp staff are trained to administer Epi-Pens if needed.

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Join us at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix for our 2016 Summer Camps! Children ages 5-8 will experience fun-filled days bursting with educational activities and imaginative play!

8 Weeks. 4 Themes. 1 Awesome Summer! June 6th-10th

: Green Ambassadors

July 4th-8th

June 13th-17th

: Time Travelers

July 11th-15th : Time Travelers

June 20th-24th

: Little Authors

July 18th-22nd : Little Authors

June 27th-July 1st : Summertime Sleuths

: Green Ambassadors

July 25th-29th : Summertime Sleuths

Parent Quotes: The kids had a blast! They came home happy, bursting with stories and singing songs! My child quoted” Best Camp Ever!!” It has been a great experience for kids to learn a variety of things before school. It has definitely worn him out! He loves all the songs, asks to go to the children’s museum on the weekends and definitely feels at home! My daughter liked the camp and staff so much that I cancelled other camps and enrolled her in additional week at the Children’s Museum. Camp was the best and all the staff were warm and welcoming. Great summer experience! My daughter loved both weeks of the camp that she attended. After her first day, she told me she could not wait for the next day so that she could go back. She was that excited and happy every day. We will definitely be back for another season! The camp went beyond my expectations for many reasons; but most importantly, the kind and friendly nature of the counselors. Stats 100% of parents surveyed said they would recommend Camps at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix to family members, friends, and colleagues. 100% of parents surveyed said they would consider joining us again for another camp.

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The Future

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Summer camp has always been, in my mind, a staple of childhood. Spend a week away from mom and dad, make friends, play pranks, and find a first love. As a diabetic, it never seemed like an option, until my parents learned there was a place staffed by doctors and diabetics for kids just like me. If you want to know what your child might learn at diabetes camp, you should first know your child might relearn to be a kid. Every action in our lives is calculated. Wake up at specific times to test a number and adjust accordingly. Google or estimate every gram of carbohydrate that enters our bodies. I was using simple algebraic formulas and long division by the age of five, and I didn’t even realize it. Then we dose, whether through a fresh needle or pump site. It’s a lot of pressure on anyone, but especially a child, resulting in guilt and anxiety when a meter might read an out of range number. Even though our endocrinologists may not try to use scare tactics, the threat of complications looms overhead from the day of diagnosis. But at camp, it all becomes so normal.

Suddenly, instead of peers who might ask why you take a shot because Grandma only takes a pill for her “diabeetus”, there are kids who are drawing from their own vials. Summer camp tends to lead to enduring friendships, but these are different. The people your child will meet and grow up with will become a second family. None of them are going to try to convince anyone cinnamon pills or witch doctors can cure them. There’s not a lot more calming than talking to a camp friend when I can’t get my number down at three in the morning after trying all the regular troubleshoots. These are the people that know. They know in the way your doctor doesn’t. They know how running high for a day or week makes you feel on an emotional level, not just by physical measures. They know better than parents, who might see every forgotten bolus and low as complications and risk.

While you might be familiar with “normal” camps, we’re involved in all of the same things. Camp wide games of manhunt, pool time, rock walls, dances, crushes and adventures are all part of our days. While most kids learn how to canoe a boat at camp, yours can simultaneously learn how to change his own pump site or calculate her correction without an insulin pump’s programming. After they learn how to calculate their own insulin, they sit down and learn how and why it works.

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Eighteen years after diagnosis, thirteen years after coming to camp, I hope to be a counselor who can inspire the next generation of campers to come back year after year because we are all type one until type none. I want to stress the takeaway here: proof is the most important thing your child will see at camp. I had parents who fought to get me an incredible team of doctors who told me I could do anything I wanted, eat anything I wanted, and be whoever I dreamt to be as long as I remembered to bolus. I thought I believed them, until I came to camp. There was something really life changing, at the age of ten, to be surrounded not only by diabetic peers, but diabetic leaders. Healthy, pretty, funny, unendingly kind diabetic young women enrolled in college, studying for careers, in relationships, and leading a cabin full of ten year olds around in ninety degree heat. I could touch my own future. Even then I knew to some degree how much impact my counselors had on me. Immediately, I wanted to be a “CIT” (counselor 36

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in training) the moment I was old enough. Once I entered the program, I was always asked to raise the bar on my own behavior, analyze myself, and learn from my mistakes. I don’t believe I would be half the person I am now without the leadership exemplified and coached by the amazing people there. I have witnessed many of my old campers grow into CITs and then responsible counselors themselves. It makes me feel like a part-time parent. Eighteen years after diagnosis, thirteen years after coming to camp, I hope to be a counselor who can inspire the next generation of campers to come back year after year because we are all type one until type none.


Diabetes Is A Tough Enemy, But With Camp It Can Be Conquered!

Camp Allows Children To:

-Meet other campers with Type 1 Diabetes -Cope with the daily struggles of managing diabetes -Stay safe at camp with 24/7 on-site medical staff. Partners have included:

2016 Schedule: The Harrisburg Diabetic Youth Camp (HDYC) July 17-23 in Bethel, PA Ages 8-12 Camp Setebaid® at Swatara July 17-23 in Bethel, PA Ages 13-18 Camp Setebaid® at Mount Luther July 31-August 6 in Mifflinburg, PA Ages 8-14 One Week of Type 1 Diabetes Camp: $1,200 Financial Aid Available

*The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia *Geisinger Health System Pediatric Endocrinology *The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania *Lancaster General Health Family Practice Program *Marywood University Department of Nutrition & Dietetics *Neumann University Nurse Practitioner Program *PennState Hershey Children’s Hospital Pediatric Endocrinology *The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

& most importantly...have fun!

Setebaid Services,® Inc. P.O. Box 196 Winfield, PA 17889

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Summer Camp is a great opportunity for children to develop their passions, learn new skills and make new friends. Summer break can be pretty long for kids if they have nothing to do but wait for school to start again. Kids can digress academically and in other ways if not encouraged to learn over the summer months. Camp is a growth experience in many ways, that shapes one’s character in a fun, controlled and safe environment. Camp is a place that is designed to create happy memories, boost self-confidence, and encourage kids to try new things that they can’t do in everyday life. Summer camp is a great place for your children to make new friends and be immersed with campers from other countries, cultures and socioeconomic levels, or campers who live just blocks away. How do you choose the ultimate summer camp for your child? To ensure the best camp experience possible, you will want to determine if a fully elective camp or a specialty camp is the right fit for your child. Fully elective camps offer multiple activities for their campers to choose from. These types of camps create a fun and exciting atmosphere where your child may find a passion that they never even knew they had. Campers who attend fully elective camps have the opportunity to play a sport, sing, dance, learn or expand their talents with musical instruments, participate in water sports or extreme sports, horseback ride,

and more - all in the same day. Because the campers choose how they spend their day, they feel more empowered and independent. Specialty camps focus on a single sport or activity. They may rotate everyone through the same activity at different times. If your child is one that is only interested in one sport or passion and wants intense training in that particular area, specialty camps may be a great fit for your child. Whether or not you attend a fully elective camp or a specialty camp, determining what type of staff is instructing your child is advisable. Some summer camps hire counselors based solely on their availability to work during the summer and do not require specific skill training. The ultimate summer camps will hand pick counselors from around the world based on their expertise, skill level, and past experience as a coach or instructor. This provides the chance for campers to be trained by the best to be the best. Because summer camp is truly a magical experience which builds friendships and memories for a lifetime, it is important to find a summer camp that puts an emphasis on making sure each camper has the best experience possible. Does the camp show importance of being a bully free zone? Are www.CampNavigator.com Vol. 5, Issue 1

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need any other type of emotional support. It would be adviseable to ask the camp you are considering if they hold counselor training sessions on how to handle homesickness, etc. Finding the ultimate summer camp may involve engaging your children to be a part of the decision making process. Have them with you as you look through brochures and camp websites. This creates excitement and anticipation for your child, and

activities planned throughout the day and into the evening, ensuring that campers are engaged and entertained? Are social activities planned which help build friendships with other campers? All of these are extremely important aspects of camp which will determine your child’s happiness while away from home. A good program will make it easy for kids to make friends fast and will provide avenues to connect with other campers in positive ways. Summer camp should be a great experience for your children and worry-free for you. The ultimate summer camp should require background checks for all personnel on site. Counselors and staff should be good role models and be expected to provide a safe environment for all campers. They should be trained to provide emotional support to those campers who may become a bit homesick or 40

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allows them to be instrumental in deciding where they attend summer camp. Camp is a gift that each child will benefit from and remember for a lifetime. Camp offers children a chance to be productive, independent and goal-oriented in a fun, nurturing and safe environment. The ultimate summer camp will provide your children with a lifetime of memories, new friends, and new skill sets. Take the time to research the living quarters, activities offered, and safety precautions taken at each camp you are considering. Your children will benefit greatly from this experience that will stay with

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Give them a summer they will never forget!

Five, 2 WEEK sleepaway sessions begin June 12th to August 21st. Camp Pillsbury offers : Games Circus Water Sports Music Extreme Sports Archery Theatre Horseback Riding Yoga Dance Orchestra Zumba Fine Arts and Crafts Band Technology/Digital Arts & Multimedia Cheerleading Vocal Ensembles Team Sports Gymnastics Academics/Tutoring and much more Individual Sports Woodworking Magic Role Playing Camp Pillsbury’s staff consists of highly skilled counselors who are experts in their individual fields. This provides campers with a unique opportunity to learn or perfect their own personal skills in the activities of their choosing.

Campers choose their daily activities, making each day special. Campers stay in temperature controlled dormitories, not tents or cabins. The on-site dining hall, theater, flying trapeze, indoor gym, soccer field and many other amenities make this camp a hit with campers.

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5 Benefits

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Nature Camp

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We were really doing much more. In fact, experts say that we were becoming more creative, dealing with stress and anxiety, reducing blood pressure, practicing conflict management and resolution skills, and developing a conservation ethic. Phew! There was great freedom in exploring the world with friends, the only interruption was being called home for dinner. Way back then, there were far fewer electronic distractions pulling at us – no email, no iTechnology, and no streaming services, and because of that,

no fear of missing out on anything else. Now that we have fantastic new technology, more connectivity through devices, and advances in realistic experiences in a digital world, perhaps a suggestion of “go spend a week at nature camp” can seem simplistic to today’s kids. But research suggests that it can be a powerful and beneficial thing. The list of benefits of sending your child to summer camp is a long one, so let’s narrow the field some, and look at just 5.

1. Unstructured Time : Many children today are ruled by schedules, guidelines, policies, and timetables. Your child may thrive being busy, but allowing them some unstructured time during summer camp can also be liberating. Children are innately creative, and in the absence of an activity with specified outcome, kids will come up with interesting scenarios to play out.

2. Unplugged Experiences: Nature camp is the perfect place to unplug from electronic devices and plug into the world around us, reaching for new experiences in nature. Life plugged in is virtual, but life unplugged at nature camp, that’s reality. Your camper will come home being able to communicate face to face, explain to you how to play random games, tell you potentially lame nature jokes, and do so while making eye contact.

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3. Increased Activity: Children attending summer camp will be non-stop busy with exploring the world around them. They may be hiking, swimming, canoeing, tree climbing, foraging, shooting archery, playing games, and more. But, in addition to staying active physically, they will also keep their brains active with arts and crafts, puzzle solving, scientific experimentation and more.

4. Less Stress and More Happiness: Studies have shown that people who spend time in nature are better able to focus, heal faster, and are more generous. A study out of the University of Rochester found that people who spent time in nature behaved better towards one another. What a great thing to experience in summer camp!

5. Imagination: 5. Campers at nature camp are often given the opportunity to learn about bugs, trees, birds, mammals, snakes, water and other natural topics. This in itself is fun, but when campers are taught about some of these same topics while immersed in a created environment, it becomes even more engaging and memorable. It’s easy to learn about how to survive in the woods, but wouldn’t it be more fun to pretend that we are now living during a zombie apocalypse, and the only way to survive is to learn to make a shelter that is hidden from the rest of the world. It’s one thing to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow at the archery range, but it’s all the more exciting if you get to dress up like Robin Hood, or the Arrow. Summer camp is an invaluable experience for campers, teen volunteers, Camp Staff and parents on many levels. Come for the fun, experience the nature, and reap the many benefits of nature camp the whole rest of the year.

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TNI Discovery Day Camp Experiential Education

along the River

The Nature Institute is an organization tasked with the restoration, preservation and restoration of over 400 acres of bluff top property along the Mississippi River.

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TNI has been in existence since 1980 when a group of concerned citizens saved the property from being sold and subdivided. Since that time, more land has been added, education programs have flourished and we have become a regional hotspot for restoration information. There was camp here bore TNI was created. In 1928, the YWCA ran a camp for women in these woods and prairies. The camp was run out of Talahi Lodge, the same exact building we use today, and offered lots of activities such as hiking, swimming, and horseback riding. We still run camp today but it is a bit different that it was in the 20s. Summer Camp is our largest and oldest education program at The Nature Institute. It has existed since 1982 and has run every summer season. We currently host over 400

children, ages 3 to 18, during the summer. Our property consists of forest, prairie and wetland, in the form of streams and ponds. Our education programs focus on these three habitats and we are always looking for ways to immerse students and campers more deeply into nature. Our education programs focus on the environment and genuine experience. Experiential education is a relatively new concept in which “educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their communities.” (Association for Experiential Education) Our Discovery Day Camp is a unique program in that we see the kids up to five days in a row and they are able to have a prolonged www.CampNavigator.com Vol. 5, Issue 1

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exposure to nature in its purest form. Some favorite activities at TNI include Mississippi River watershed monitoring, geology explorations and vertical tree climbing. All of these activities allow campers to get their hands dirty and create a memory that lasts a lifetime. That is what summer camp is all about. The Mississippi River watershed monitoring is a beloved activity because it allows children to understand what makes a stream clean. They look for and identify benthic macroinvertebrates living in the water, test the water with chemicals and look for signs of erosion along the stream bed. This is a very important citizen science effort and our campers are able to make a difference by collecting data and learning what they can do to keep streams and rivers cleans Geology explorations make a topic that is so difficult to understand a little more attainable. Our camp is located on top of 100 foot tall limestone bluffs, but for this program we are able to hike to the bottom of this bluff and see all the layers. You can actually see the limestone time line. Limestone is formed layer by layer and when you are standing on top it is hard to understand that the top layer is the youngest, but when you are at the bottom you can actually see it. In addition to experiencing the magnitude to the bluffs, campers are able to become archaeologists looking for fossils. We mostly find fossils from around the Ordovician period. 48

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A new program we introduced last summer that was a huge hit was vertical tree climbing. We invited some professionals out to assess our trees and they chose an old, and very tall oak tree to prepare for campers. Campers were then allowed the opportunity to climb into the canopy of this oak tree. They were able to see the world from a squirrel’s point of view, all while being safely tied into a harness. Only the older campers had this opportunity and it will certainly come back in the future. Summer camp is about experience. Most summer camps offer adventure courses, swimming, horseback riding and many other things. The Nature Institute offers a simple camp that focuses on nature to create that experience. As an organization we want to teach sustainability and conservation, as a camp we are able to do that by offering fun experiences that make campers want to do better by composting, recycling and making sustainable decisions. The only way we can have nature for the future is to get kids outside today.

Ramona Puskar, Education Assistant The Nature Institute www.thenatureinstitute.org

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Choosing the

right camp for your young

marine biologist

Does your child love the ocean and all the mysteries that lie within? Does a stroll on the beach take hours because you pause to explore every tide pool, every shell, and every suspicious shadow in the waves? If so, it’s time to send your kiddo to a marine science camp!

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In order to choose the right one, you’ll want to determine what your child’s goals are and which program can meet those goals. For instance, does your little camper like to be outdoors in the sun, in the dirt, in the sand, in the water? Does your camper want the opportunity to be able to see and even touch animals? Maybe your camper is more academic and wants time in a laboratory, learning from real scientists in their own work environment. Does your child love this planet so much that protecting it is his or her life’s dream? By asking the right questions of each program’s camp directors, you should be able

to figure out what program can promise your son or daughter the summer of their dreams. Most summer camp programs that begin in June will have a fairly complete idea of their daily agenda by early spring, and they should be more than happy to share it with you. As the parent, you may have your own personal goals for the camp and these are important to take into consideration as well. Are you able to drop off and pick up your child at any time or do you need a program that offers extended care or even overnight options? Are you able to pack your child’s www.CampNavigator.com Vol. 5, Issue 1

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Camps that give children the opportunity to thrive in an environment where the love of animals is encouraged, are priceless.

lunch every day, or do you prefer a camp that provides meals? Are you aiming for your kiddo to have a super fun and carefree summer or does the academic content matter most? These are all important things for you to ask yourself when choosing a camp for your young marine scientist. Another subject that is absolutely crucial is safety. Does your child have any food allergies or any other medical needs? It’s important to be completely honest with your camp staff to ensure your child’s well-being, especially at these physically active, outdoorsy programs that frequently take place around plants or animals to which your child might have allergies. Behavioral conditions for which your child may or may not be medicated are also very important details for your counselors to be aware of. While some parents may have concerns that disclosed conditions will alter their child’s camp experience, the truth is that informing the counselors in advance ensure that everyone is prepared and that their time at camp will be smooth sailing! For so many children, animals are the most powerful source of inspiration. Camps that give children the opportunity to thrive in an environment where the love of animals is encouraged, are priceless. A child who participates in a marine science camp may grow into an adult who protects our oceans, teaches future generations, or dedicates their life to caring for animals. In fact, so many marine scientists can point to specific experiences in their childhoods when the course of their life was changed forever, and very frequently this point is a camp or a class when they had the chance to study what they loved. Providing this opportunity to your child may ultimately be so much more than just the answer to the question, “What will I do with my kid this summer?”

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Summer is coming and so is S.E.A. Camp! Children are invited to join the crew at Marineland Dolphin Adventure for a fun-filled week of science, activities, exploration, beach combing and of course… DOLPHINS! S.E.A. Camp is split into two age groups. S.E.A. Camp I: 7-9 years old. S.E.A. Camp II: 10-12 years old.

Teenagers! T.E.E.N. Camp is exclusively JUST FOR YOU! Interested in the marine science field? This exceptional opportunity is jam packed with field studies and lab experiments. Complete with a kayaking trip by our partners at Ripple Effect, this opportunity is a must! Of course this experience would not be complete without DOLPHINS!

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Twin Acres School of Riding Equestrian Camp starts, May 24, 2016, for all ages, Mom and Dad too. We offer an eight week summer camp program from May 24 to July 14. We have three camps; Juniors 9 – 17, 9 and under and Adult camp. Junior campers usually ages 9 to 17 show up from 6:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Every Tuesday and Thursday. The camp has a full syllabus which enables campers to vacation and then join us for a fun summer in Scottsdale and Cornville (overnight camp) Arizona when campers are in town. The camp is designed for every level of equestrian. The prerequisite is “You Must Love Horses”. During the Junior Camp, all campers are busy from the time they get up in the morning until they finish each camp day. Camp starts with riding or a clinic about horses. Everything pertains to horses. Campers can ride English or Western. Each week we have a different subject. We even have a “Father’s Day Classic Horse Show” June 26. Every rider is a winner. From Lead line to flat classes, Hunter, Jumper, Western and Fun classes. We encourage all campers to participate. The show starts at, 6:00 AM. Parents driving with coffee in hand. Thank you for getting up and making all our dreams possible.

The greatest thing about all this is that campers learn to get up, make beds (pull covers up), prepare a nutritional lunch, do chores including pet waters, and then arrive at Twin Acres by, 6:00AM. All campers participate in Bareback, Dressage (English and Western), Gymkhanas, Driving Miniature Horses, Trail, Jumping(poles on ground for beginners, Arts and Crafts, Minor Ailments, Stable Management, Grooming, Bathing, Braiding, Bandaging, Boots, Parts of equipment, trailering. You name it, we teach it. Twin Acres is all about Commaraderie , doing good deeds, helping others, learning etc. The camp is like an “Own a Horse Course”. We teach you everything you need to know to own a horse. However, it is easier to ride and care for our horses than owning one, Plus you have 40 horses from beginner to advanced. Twin Acres Staff will pick the perfect horse for each camper. Twin Acres has a great exercise program and all campers receive prizes throughout the camp for a great learning outcome. Everything from; Hoola Hoop, Sit Ups, www.CampNavigator.com Vol. 5, Issue 1

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Push-ups, Jumping Jacks, Beach Frisbee, Stick Horse Competition (piaffe and passage) too.

participate in Western, English, Dressage, Gymkhanas, Clipping, Braiding, Minor Ailments and a lot more.

Our Staff is extremely talented and experienced not to mention loves teaching and Summer Camp. Camp gives Twin Acres a chance to teach all campers to really learn about the Horse and become well rounded Equestrians. We teach English, Western, Dressage, Hunter, Jumper Pleasure, Trail etc. Jacque and Janice are identical twin sisters and natives of Scottsdale Arizona which is why they have such a love and appreciation for the Phoenix area. Both sisters studied the Equestrian arts in the United States, Ireland, England and Germany and are British Qualified Riding Instructors with over 35 years of experience each in Training, Teaching and Showing.

Talk about summer going fast when you are having a great time. Oh, we have a Review Pizza swimming party with prizes after campers lessons the day before Graduation. Campers stay until 12:00PM on pool party day.

We offer personalized riding programs for the beginner to the advanced riders. Safety and control are emphasized at all times. Students excel at their own level with small classes and personalized instruction. Twin Acres has a selection of safe, gentle horses that are matched to each rider’s ability or you may train on your own horse. Our barn is open seven days a week. Twin Acres has a wonderful safe atmosphere. Students are encouraged to be Ladies and Gentlemen, helpful and knowledgeable. Camp Graduations end with a Performance (Camper’s choice), Certificates and Cake. Graduations are open to Family, Friends and Neighbors. Do not forget the 9 and under camp every Wednesday, starting May 25 from 7:00AM to 9:00AM. All campers have a lesson, clinics (even a clipping clinic) Arts and Crafts, exercise with games, bareback riding and more. All campers have a performance and graduation at end. And last but not least we have the Adult Camp starting Wednesday, May 25 for eight weeks from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. Adults will 56

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Jacque’ and Janice feel that there is a need for the camp. There is so much more to the horse than riding especially observing the most interesting creature in the world – The Horse. By the time Campers finish camp, they are ready for their new grade at school. Al l exercised, knowledgeable, confident organized, and thankful for another great summer with Twin Acres School of Riding Equestrian Camp. For more information please call, Jacqueline 480-250-9700 or Janice at 602-309-8953. We look forward to talking with you. And by all means, if you have a question pertaining to horses, we would love to help you. Have a great summer. Love, All of Twin Acres School of Riding. P.S. Do not forget our overnight Camp in Cornville on July 22 – 24. Eat, Sleep and nothing but Horses. We are on Oak Creek. Small cross country and stadium course, Olympic Dressage Court and miles of trail riding. Sedona is 12 miles north of our Cornville location. On green grass, Cottonwood and Sycamore trees. Cattle, Deer, Bald Eagles, you name it, you will see it. We also grow all our own Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs etc. P.S.S. Remember, Eat, Sleep and Breathe Horses.


I was a student at Twin Acres School of Riding from 1984-1986. I moved to Maryland with my family. I recently returned to the equestrian world after a 30 year hiatus, and I was amazed and grateful to discover that all of my equestrian training from Twin Acres had never left me. In fact, the skills and confidence I learned from the school had carried me through all aspects of my life, not just my life in the saddle. Jacqueline and Janice Kruglick are by far the finest instructors and mentors I have ever known.

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Why High School Students Should Participate in E-STEM Related Academic Camps

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They can be key in helping students achieve success, especially in the E-STEM (environmental education, science, technology, engineering and math) fields. According to ACA, E-STEM related summer camps have been among the most popular additions over the past five years and for good reason. But, what are the benefits of these programs for high school students?

Research Says… Traditionally, summer has been a time for students to take a break from learning. Unfortunately, this results in a significant drop in student knowledge, especially in the fields of environmental education, science, technology, engineering and math (E-STEM). The National Summer Learning Association reports that all students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.1 Also, most students lose an average of about two months of grade level equivalency in math skills and low-income students lose more than two months in reading skills.1

A Taste of Things to Come An E-STEM related academic camp is a great way to get high school students ready for the challenges of college and future professions. The transition from high school to college is often overwhelming for students and often leaves them with a wealth of questions; whether or not to go to college, where to go, what to major in and what to do after graduation. Often these kinds of E-STEM related academic camps offer high school students the opportunity to get a feel for college and a profession in a way that is challenging, but also rewarding and fun. Courses can offer access to material students

wouldn’t normally receive, opening them up to a world of career and personal opportunities. E-STEM related academic camps are not only designed to nurture an interest in a specific subject area but they can offer students either high school and/or college credits allowing them to have a head start over their peers when they enter college full-time. Another great aspect of E-STEM related academic camps is although participation in these programs is by no means a guarantee, taking part in a summer program of this kind can also prove beneficial when completing college applications.

Specialized Environment Many camps have specialized programs, which are particularly useful if a high school student already has firm ideas about their future career plans. These help students focus, and build on, areas in which they excel. For example, students who have a high interest in renewable energies or water conservation can find programs that will allow them to mix with like-minded peers, and learn in an age-appropriate, high-paced environment with a hands-on approach.

Individualized Attention According to the National Center for Educational Statistics in 2011, the average US high school class sizes for specialize subjects, which include STEM subjects, ranged from 16 to 31 students. E-STEM related academic camps such as ecology, wildlife research, renewable energies and environmental conservation are often capped at fewer than a twelve campers per group. The advantages of these small group sizes can be seen in how a student perceives themselves as well as how they present themselves to others. These programs encourage one-on-one attention and ensure all students have the opportunity to excel in an environment that can be tailored to their needs. Thus, leading to students www.CampNavigator.com Vol. 5, Issue 1

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feeling higher levels of self-esteem, self-worth and morale. Outdoor and Field-based Learning Traditional classrooms are replaced with outdoor classrooms or facilities designed exclusively for individual programs. An outdoor classroom provides access to ways of learning that may not be possible in a traditional classroom. It provides opportunities for students to interpret, predict and analyze information derived from and connected to real life situations.2

Supportive Relationships For many students, high school is filled with changes, challenges and excitement. Educators and parents want students to be prepared both from an educational perspective but also from an emotional and social perspective. ACA has done extensive research to determine that summer camps play a critical role in helping students develop supportive relationships. ACA determined that by developing supportive mentoring relationships, students experience enhanced school performance, and improved relationships with parents, reduced drug and alcohol use and decreased incidents of youth violence.3 Overall, summer camps breaks down barriers and teach students how to work within their current community to accomplish a goal or project. Life long relationships are made at camp and these supportive networks continue throughout life to help students prepare for college and future careers.

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participate in a wide variety of activities. Even though E-STEM related academic camps are educational in nature, they are mixed with healthy doses of physical activity and relaxation. This allows campers proper time and space to both process the activities in which they take part in and to approach future activities with an open and alert mind.

Fun! The whole point of summer camp is for campers to have fun. So it goes without saying that camp activities are designed to emphasize fun, even those related to subject areas in which students are traditionally less than enthusiastic during the school year. In that regard, E-STEM related summer camp programs aren’t intended to compete with or replace the learning that takes place during the school year, but to enhance it to ensure our students’ success. Whatever high school students are searching for from an E-STEM related summer camp, all of them offer a whole host of benefits, many of them life-long.

by Jenny Bushmaker Director of Camp and Family Programs Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center 1. “The Achievement Gap: What Happens to Children During the Summer?” Retrieved from http://www.summerlearning.org/?page=know_ the_facts. 2. Winters, J., Ring, T., Burriss, K. (2010). Cultivating math and science in a school garden. Childhood Education, 86,248G – 248J. 3. Stephen Gray Wallace, MS Ed. (2013 November). Ready, Set, Go: How Camp Prepares Children for Lives of Success. Retrieved from http://www.acacamps.org/ resource-library/camping-magazine/readyset-go-how-camp-prepares-children-livessuccess.


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Interviews ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER 1601 16TH STREET NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92663

WWW.ENCENTER.ORG

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Lori Whalen Camp Director for Environmental Education Ph: (949) 645-8489 mail: lori@encenter.org

Q. How long has your camp been operational? A. The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) was founded in 1972 and camps have been offered here since 1977. Today, there are a greater number of camps throughout the year due to an increase in demand and because of the unique nature of the experiences offered. Many campers return year after year until they become too old to attend camp, wherein they become junior naturalists so they can instill the love for nature and camp in the next generation!

Q. Where are you located? A. The Environmental Nature Center is located in Newport Beach, California. The center is a short walk from from the beach, so it is usually nice and cool here, even in the Summer. We are located just off of Pacific Coast Highway. The address is 1601 E 16th St, Newport Beach, CA 92663. Despite the fact the center is located in Newport Beach, it stretches across 3.5 acres and contains 14 different plant communities! 62

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Q. What is your camp’s philosophy? A. The philosophy here at the ENC, for school programs, scout groups, camps, and all of our programs, is to provide quality education through hands-on experience with nature. The camps offer the children a chance to become engaged with the current theme provided by the camp, but more importantly to grow and interact with their environment and fellow campers. The goal is to nurture a child’s natural curiosity and foster the development of his or her knowledge through authentic experiences. The camp teachers integrate activities, play, art, crafts, hiking, experiments, music, group interaction, individualized instruction, and so much more to benefit each camper the most.

Q. What does your camp specialize in? A. The camps at the Environmental Nature Center always keep a keen eye toward environmental issues, though the camp themes themselves vary greatly from “Mad Science” and “Ingenious Inventions”


to “Under the Sea” and “Planet Protectors.” Camp teachers write their curriculum specifically for the camp, so the children are provided with different content and activities each session. The materials taught are dynamic and fresh to accommodate returning campers as well as those attending for the first time.

Q. What activities do you offer? A. The camp activities are chosen and designed by the camp teachers specifically for the theme and age groups of the given session. During “Mad Science,” younger campers may be experimenting with a plant’s ability to absorb colors and water while the older campers may be exploring non-Newtonian fluids. A camp occurring during “Under the Sea” could find younger campers designing their own sea creatures as older students grapple with the ramifications of habitat destruction through a game. There are always a new variety of activities being offered from one camp to the next.

programs, scout programs, community enrichment events, traveling naturalist programs (where we come to you), and summer, fall, winter, and spring camps at the ENC! The staff is comprised of 15 naturalists/ teachers as well as a camp director and numerous junior naturalists so each camper gets the attention he or she needs. The staff is knowledgeable about teaching techniques, which activities are beneficial for the growth of children... they know about plants and animals from a multitude of ecosystems... They are also first aid and CPR certified. The staff is hired because of their ability to teach, but more importantly for their desire to work with children.

Q. Why should parents send their kids to your camp?

A. Because the kids love it! And the parents love it! The camps allow children a chance to supplement what they’re learning in school with real-life experiences. Campers become so engaged in what they’re doing they often don’t realize how much they’re learning. The ENC provides a safe, nurturing, educational Q. What are the typical session lengths and setting in which the children can enrich their lives. approximate pricing for your camp? Attending the ENC’s nature camp is an easy way to A. Camps occur during the summer as well as during make both children and parents happy. the winter and spring breaks from school. This includes seven to eight one-week sessions during the Q. When does your camp enrollment start and summer, two one-week sessions during the winter finish? break, a one-week session for President’s Week and A. Teaching outdoors or “going back to the basics” of a one-week session for spring break. The camps run using nature to learn and grow is becoming more and from Monday to Thursday, 9 AM until 1 PM (unless more popular. The ENC has been excelling in outdoor otherwise noted), with the option of extending your education through camps for almost forty years, and camper’s day until 3 PM by enrolling them in after the camps continue to improve. camp. The price for camp is $175 per session and for after camp is $80, with members to the nature center Q. Is there anything else that would be helpful for parents to know about your camp? getting a 10% discount. A. All of the information about the camps can be

Q. How much staff do you have and how do found on our website at encenter.org. we can be you select your staff? A. The staff at the ENC that teach the camps are the same wonderful staff that also teach school

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Interviews DINOSAUR DISCOVERY CAMP 16831 W. ALAMEDA PKWY, MORRISON, CO 80465

WWW.DINORIDGE.ORG

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Amber Cain Camp Director for Dinosaur Discovery Camp Ph: (303)697-3466 mail: amber_cain@dinoridge.org

Q. How long has your camp been operational?

fossil sites, we teach through several hands-on

A. Dinosaur Ridge has offered Summer Camps for 9 years. After an initial run from 1996 to 2003, we re-opened the camp in 2012 to focus on the paleontologic and geologic wonders that we have to offer.

educational activities that inspire campers to be

Q. Where are you located?

A. We offer the unique experience of allowing your campers to explore Colorado’s Age of Dinosaurs through hands-on activities with over 300 dinosaur footprints that are 100 million years old and dozens of dinosaur bones that are 150 million years old. We’re one of the only camps that offers hands-on exploration of actual fossil sites.

A. We are located north of Morrison, Colorado off of C-470 and Alameda Parkway. We’re just east of Red Rocks Park.

Q. What is your camp’s philosophy? A. Dinosaur Ridge Summer Day Camp Program provides campers with opportunities to actively participate in scientific exploration of the geology and paleontology at Dinosaur Ridge and the surrounding areas.

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enthusiastic about science.

Q. What does your camp specialize in? A. Our camp specializes in paleontology and geology.

Q. What activities do you offer?

Q. What are the typical session lengths and approximate pricing for your camp? A. Each session lasts 1 week, Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm and costs $250 per session.


Q. How much staff do you have and how do rock and mineral collections. Observe erosion and you select your staff? weathering processes through experimentation. A. Two Dinosaur Ridge staff members, who run the Learn how different formations are formed. Conduct educational programs at Dinosaur Ridge, also run the experiments that illustrate basic geological principles Summer Camps. College students who are majoring and processes. Learn to identify rocks and minerals in education and science will assist. with techniques that geologist use. Field Trips to

Q. Why should parents send their kids to your Dinosaur Ridge,Triceratops Trail, School of Mines camp? A. We are an outdoor camp which offers the unique experience for campers to interact directly with natural exposures of fossil dinosaur footprints and an inactive quarry with exposed dinosaur bones. We focus on outdoor environmental education by encouraging kids to study, question, and interpret the information we can learn from the rocks and fossils located here.

Geology Museum, Red Rocks Park, and the Hogback Geology Trail. Junior Paleontologist Camp: Study and measure dinosaur bones. Make your own dinosaur. Excavate a replica dinosaur skeleton. Measure and explore dinosaur tracks.

Make skeletal models,

trackway models, and ancient environment models. Interpret fossils and ancient environments. Take field

Q. When does your camp enrollment start and trips to Dinosaur Ridge, Triceratops Trail, and Morrison finish? Natural History Museum. A. Camp enrollment begins February 1st and ends

Friday, May 24th. If there is space, late enrollment is Q. What is the best way for parents to reach allowed up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the camp session for an additional late fee.

you to register for Camp?

A. We work Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm if you want to call us at 303-697-3466 x 101 or x 107,

Q. Is there anything else that would be helpful but the best way to contact us would be via email at: for parents to know about your camp? Tours@dinoridge.org A. Fossils and Fun Camp: Explore fossils at Dinosaur

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experiments and activities. Explore local geology and create a rock collection from local rock formations. Conduct experiments to visualize and understand ancient environments. Study and measure dinosaur bones. Excavate replica dinosaur bones. Field Trips to Dinosaur Ridge, Red Rocks Park, the Hogback Geology Trail and Morrison Natural History Museum. Junior Geologists Camp: Learn about rocks and minerals with 5 fun-filled days of activities. Make

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CAMP CATEGORIES

Summer Camps SUMMER CAMPS PROVIDE ENRICHING PROGRAMS, CARE, AND ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

ADVENTURE CAMPS ADVENTURE CAMPS PROVIDE KIDS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT THE OUTDOORS AND BE INVOLVED IN ACTIVITIES LIKE CAMPING, CANOEING, HIKING,& BACKPACKING.

ARTS CAMPS ART CAMPS HELP CHILDREN SHOWCASE AND GROW THEIR HIDDEN TALENTS IN DANCE, FILMMAKING, PHOTOGRAPHY, PERFORMING ARTS, ETC.

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ACADEMIC CAMPS ACADEMIC CAMPS HELP CHILDREN BROADEN THEIR HORIZONS IN THEIR CHOICE OF STUDIES.

AFTER SCHOOL CAMPS AFTER SCHOOL CAMPS ARE GENERALLY HELD FOR ELEMENTARY & JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS. THESE CAMPS PROVIDE QUALITY EDUCATION ACTIVITIES, AS WELL AS LOTS OF FUN.

FANTASY CAMPS SPORTS FANTASY CAMPS ARE A CROSS BETWEEN VACATION AND TRAINING CAMP. YOU’RE PAYING FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO SPEND A FEW DAYS HANGING OUT WITH YOUR IDOLS .


RELIGIOUS CAMPS

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS

RELIGIOUS CAMPS DEVELOP SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE, PHILANTHROPIC QUALITIES, AND A SENSE OF DEVOTION.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPS PROVIDE AN EMPHASIS ON HUMAN VALUES, A SENSE OF BELONGING AND COMMUNITY, AND HELP CHILDREN DEVELOP SELF CONFIDENCE AND SELF ESTEEM.

SPORTS CAMPS

STUDY ABROAD CAMPS

SPORTS CAMPS NURTURE THE ATHLETIC TALENTS IN CHILDREN AND BUILD CONFIDENCE AND SELF ESTEEM THROUGH TEAMWORK AND FRIENDLY COMPETITION.

WINTER CAMPS THESE CAMPS PROVIDE CHILDREN WITH PROGRAMS SPECIFICALLY SUITED TO THIS TIME OF SEASON INCLUDING SNOWBOARDING, SKIING, ETC.

STUDY ABROAD CAMPS PROMOTE THE RICHNESS AND DIVERSITY OF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AT UNIVERSITIES & PLACES OF HIGHER LEARNING ACROSS THE WORLD.

TEEN PROGRAM CAMPS THESE CAMPS TYPICALLY INCLUDE STUDY ABROAD, ACADEMIC & COLLEGE PREP, TOURS AND TRAVELS, OUTDOOR & ADVENTURE, AND VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY, ETC.

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SUMMER CAMPS

DIRECTORY

Picking the perfect retreat for your little campers doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Help your kids gear up for a great camp experience with our detailed Camp Directory.

GREEN RIVER PRESERVE

SPRING BREAK CAMP

Cedar Mountain, NC 28718 Ph: (828) 698-8828 www.greenriverpreserve.org

Golden, CO 80401 Ph: (720) 851-7700 https://rec.cityofgolden.net/wbwsc/ webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?wbsi=si&xx mod=ar&tv=time&xxhouseno=xxho

ANGELES CREST CHRISTIAN CAMP

SHAKESPEARE’S SPRITES

Fullerton, CA 92831 Ph: (714) 870-9190 www.angelescrest.com

Boulder, CO 80309 Ph: (303) 492-1973 www.coloradoshakes.org/educationoutreach/camps/sprites

CAMP LANTERN CREEK

DECATHLON SPORTS CLUB

Montgomery, TX 77356 Ph: (936) 597-8225 www.camplanterncreek.com/

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Redwood City, CA 94062 Ph: (650) 260-2280 www.decathlonsportsclub.com

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GAMEBREAKER BOYS LACROSSE CAMP LAKE FOREST Lake Forest, IL 60045 Ph: (800) 944-7112 http://laxcamps.com/

CAMP ZOOFARI

Houston, TX 77030 Ph: (713) 533-6500 www.houstonzoo.org

ROCK-N-WATER CHRISTIAN CAMPS Lotus, CA 95651 Ph: (800) 738-0555 www.rocknwater.com/


SUMMER CAMPS DIRECTORY MOUNTAIN MEADOW RANCH SUMMER CAMP

IROQUOIS SPRINGS

CAMP WINADU

DESIGN CONNECT CREATE!PHYSICS CAMP FOR YOUNG WOMEN

POK-O-MACCREADY CAMPS

TADA WEEK-LONG MUSICAL THEATER CAMP

CAMPGEN

CHOP POINT SUMMER CAMP Woolwich, ME 04579 Ph: (207) 443-5860 http://choppointcamp.com/

CAMP OLYMPIA

Austin, TX 78751 Ph: (512) 808-4044 https://genaustin.org/

CAMP BROADWAY

FUTURE STARS DAY CAMPS ARMONK, NY 10504 Ph: (914) 273-8500 www.fscamps.com

CRICKET LANE FARM

New York, NY 10010 Ph: (212) 575-2929 www.campbroadway.com

CAMP VICTORY

WINGS TO FLY

Susanville, CA 96130 Ph: (530) 257-4419 www.mountainmeadow.com

Dallas, TX 75080 Ph: (214) 697-2673 www.designconnectcreate.org/

Rock Hill, NY 12775 Ph: (631) 462-2550 https://iroquoissprings.com/

Pittsfield, MA 01201 Ph: (800) 494-6238 www.campwinadu.com/

Willsboro, NY 12996 Ph: (800) 982-3538 www.pokomac.com

New York, NY 10001 Ph: (212) 252-1619 www.tadatheater.com

Alton, NH 03809 Ph: (603) 389-8802

NCA - UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMAHUNTSVILLE

Zumbro Falls, MN 55991 Ph: (507) 843-2329

Mayer, AZ 86333 Ph: (602)286-0313

THE GODDARD SCHOOL CYPRESS

MASON GROSS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS SUMMER ARTS CAMPS

Cypress, TX 77429 Ph: (281) 320-1885 www.goddardschool.com

Trinity, TX 75862 Ph: (936) 594-2541 www.campolympia.com

Huntsville, AL 35899 Ph: (800) 622-2946

New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Ph: (848) 932-5241 http://www.masongross.rutgers.edu/

SENSATIONAL SEEDS Phoenix, AZ 85008 Ph: (481) 481-8123 http://www.dbg.org/

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SUMMER CAMPS DIRECTORY NO 1 SOCCER CAMP WESTTOWN SCHOOL West Chester, PA 19382 Ph: (843) 270-0596 http://www.no1soccercamps.com/

CAMP KALEIDOSCOPE

Lebanon, NH 03766 Ph: (603)448-5121 http://recreation.lebnh.net/

SARASOTA YOUTH SAILING CAMP ParkwaySarasota, FL 34236 Ph: (941) 504-4236 http://www.sarasotayouthsailing.org/

CAMP KEYSTONE

Agoura Hills, CA 91301 Ph: (818) 889-2224 http://www.campkeystone.com/

GIRL SCOUTS CAMPS AT SAN JANCINTO Houston, TX 77098 Ph: (713) 292-0300 http://www.gssjc.org/

GAME ON SPORTS CAMPS 4 GIRLS -LAKE FOREST SUMMER Northbrook, IL 60062 Ph: (847) 229-9959 http://gameonsportscamp.com/

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CLUB SCIENTIFIC SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP

Cumming, GA 30189 Ph: (404) 932-2552 http://www.clubscientificnorthgeorgia.com

HOLT ADOPTEE CAMP

Eugene, OR 97402 Ph: (541) 687-2202 http://www.holtinternational.org/

FC BOULDER SUMMER SOCCER CAMP

YOUTH MYSTERY SCHOOL

SUTTLE LAKE UNITED METHODIST

THE KELLER POINTE SUMMER CAMP

Boulder, CO 80303 Ph: (303) 443-8877 http://fcboulder.com/

Sisters, OR 97759 Ph: (541) 595-6663 http://www.umcmission.org/

CAMP FRENCH WOODS Hancock, NY 13783 Ph: (845) 887-5600 http://frenchwoods.com/

CAMP LINCOLN BOYS CAMP

Lake Hubert, MN 56459 Ph: (800) 242-1909 http://www.lincoln-lakehubert.com/

GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA DAY CAMP Tucson, AZ 85711 Ph: (520)327-2288 http://www.girlscoutssoaz.org/

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Eagle Point, OR 97524 Ph: (916)660-1962 http://www.ninegates.org/

KELLER, TX 76248 Ph: (817)473-4308 http://www.cityofkeller.com/

THE LEGENDS BASEBALL EXPERIENCE CAMP

Menlo Park, CA 94025 Ph: (650) 387-4427 http://www.menloparklegends.com/

ADIDAS TENNIS CAMP AT CHOATE ROSEMARY HALL Wallingford, CT 06492 Ph: (800) 944-7112 http://tenniscamper.com/

CAROLINA COURTS BASKETBALL CAMPS Concord, NC 28025 Ph: (704) 935-5501 http://concord.carolinacourts.com/


SUMMER CAMPS DIRECTORY SEA TURTLE CAMP

HEARTLAND HOCKEY CAMP

HURON FOREST CAMP CEDARRIDGE

CIRCESTEEM

CAMP ORCHARD HILL

NEW PROSPECT ELEMENTARY

Dallas, PA 18612 Ph: (570) 333-4098

Alpharetta, GA 30022 Ph: (770) 667-2800

ESTHER JACKSON

CANYON CREEK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP

CAMP KIWANIS

Roswell, GA 30076 Ph: (770) 594-5290

Richardson, TX 75080 Ph: (972) 231-4890 http://www.cccatx.org/

Amarillo, TX 79124 Ph: (806) 553-3173 http://www.gs-top.org/

ABINGTON YMCA

LASER QUEST - DULUTH

TUALATIN RIVERKEEPERS SUMMER DAY CAMP

Wilmington, NC 28411 Ph: (910) 686-4611 http://www.seaturtlecamp.com/

Chicago, IL 60640 Ph: (312) 732-4564 http://circesteem.org/

Abington, PA 19001 Ph: (215) 884-9622 https://philaymca.org/

SANDY SPRINGS FUNHOUSE Sandy Springs, GA 30328 Ph: (404) 843-1121 http://ssfunhouse.com/

US PERFORMING ARTS AT AMHERST COLLEGE Amherst, MA 01002 Ph: (415) 924-6442 http://www.usperformingarts.com/ Amherst-camps-3courses.php

Deerwood, MN 56444 Ph: (218) 820-1604 http://heartlandhockey.com/

Duluth, GA 30096 Ph: (905) 678-7272 http://www.laserquest.com/

Tualatin, OR 97062 Ph: (503) 218-2580 http://tualatinriverkeepers.org/

ASU CAMPS-SUN DEVIL SOFTBALL CAMPS

HIDDEN CREEK FARM Ruckersville, VA 22968 Ph: (434) 985-4309

LINDEN WOODS FARM

Oscoda, MI 48750 Ph: (989) 739-3571 http://www.campcedarridge.org/

Tempe, AZ 85282 Ph: (480) 965-3973

NINJA GAMES & BRICKS 4 GIRLS

Durham, NH 03824 Ph: (603) 659-8210 http://www.lindenwoodsfarm.com

Gresham, OR 97030 Ph: (503) 674-2880 http://www.bricks4kidz.com/

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