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WELCOME! Spring has arrived, and with it the urgency to shortlist and decide which camp to enroll in. We have all done our research on Camps, reached out to our shortlisted camps, thought about the possibilities, and discussed them with our kids. The next step is to enroll. Many camps are already at capacity, and many more are filling up quick. If you are at the last step in the decision making process for camp or summer programs, it’s a good idea to finalize and enroll quickly. For those of you who haven’t started looking yet, start your search, and give your child the gift of a lifetime by sending them to Camp or a summer program this year. In this issue we feature an amazing camp dedicated to the education of youth in marine science. We showcase Ohio’s oldest camp, and one of the earliest in the United States. We showcase a summer program dedicated to celebrating wilderness adventures while building leadership and interpersonal skills. We highlight a fantastic summer camp for girls where girls can explore nature, learn new skills, and develop a stronger sense of self. We feature one of the most comprehensive college internship programs in the world for young adults on the autism spectrum and with learning differences. We showcase an amazing horsemanship camp, an exciting archaeology camp, a fantastic basketball camp, and much, much more. We share some fantastic camp pictures 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 & summer programs. The CampNavigator Magazine shares knowledge to enrich the lives of children, youth and adults through the camp & summer program experience. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful summer Camp or summer Program experience this year. A summer full of fun, amazement, great times and new friends. A summer where you create memories that last a lifetime. …And we hope you enjoy this issue of the CampNavigator Magazine! Your CampNavigator Team.

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e see boys every summer who feel safe and accepted, who feel empowered, and who believe they are free to be who they truly are. In other words, we see the “Genuine Kid” at camp, and when we do, we know we’ve reached him. He can be serious, goofy, silly, intense, laid-back, athletic, non-competitive, adventurous, cautious….whoever he really is. Our campers are not often that way when they first arrive at Timberlane, but it doesn’t take long for them to settle in and for the relief and happiness that comes with being-who-youare to wash over them. This kind of comfort happens because that is our purpose…our goal for every camper. Knowing that they are good with being themselves allows kids to open up and explore. They can work themselves out of the molds that often surround them at school or in local sports programs, and grow in a myriad of different ways. We see it in the super athletes who play sports a lot, but also get into our Arts & Crafts or Pottery programs. We see it in the boys who might be a bit too reticent to try basketball or baseball or soccer at school or in the rec leagues but who try it at camp and discover that they’re pretty good players, and more importantly, that it’s fun to play! We see it in the kids who might otherwise prefer a couch and television but at camp they get out on fantastic wilderness trips 7

and one day find themselves paddling in Canada for 12 days or hiking Isle Royale National Park for 10 days. With the right leadership and the right sense of wellbeing, these guys are willing to push themselves beyond their norm of acceptable comfort and see what’s out there! Most importantly, we see boys discovering what good friends they can be and what long-lasting friendships they can forge. As one of our older campers expressed when interviewed for a camp video

hockey, lacrosse and more. Our individual sports include tennis, golf, gymnastics, plus healthful activities like yoga, weight training, and cardio training. Adventures can be found in our rock climbing, mountain biking, and ropes course activities, and creativity is king in arts & crafts, pottery, model rocketry, digital photography, guitar, and improv comedy. And we offer our boys the chance to go on a multitude of camping trips into the wilderness of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Canada. These include river canoeing, lake canoeing, backpacking, rock climbing, and sea kayaking trips that range from 3 days to 12 days. Boys can work their way up to the more challenging trips over their summers with us, and central to their experience is learning and practicing “Leave No Trace” principles so they know how to protect and preserve the environment as they explore and grow.

The Genuine Kid a few summers back, “[Your camp friends] get to see pretty much who you are in the most basic sense. They see you at your best; they see you at your worst. And I think that makes it a much deeper and more emotional and stronger relationship on the whole.” We couldn’t agree more. And with caring, well-trained, and passionate counselors guiding that social process along, our campers are well positioned to enjoy a rewarding, fulfilling, and life-enhancing experience every summer they are with us. Timberlane campers can develop and polish their skills in a wide range of activities. We are on a beautiful secluded lake in northern Wisconsin, affording our kids the chance to waterski, sail, fish, canoe, kayak and swim. We have 300 acres that include natural forest and expansive fields for playing baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, floor Vol. 2, Issue 2

Camp is vital for children… we’re convinced of that. When we provide kids the chance to put down the electronics (for the entire stay at camp!), listen to the breeze through the trees, the lake water lapping the shore, listen to their friends talk, sing, and laugh, and listen to their counselors as they help them navigate the days of their childhood, we soon get to see the Genuine Kid. As parents and camp directors, we can say without a doubt that there is no sweeter sight than that!

Come join us for the best summers of your life!!

Camp Timberlane is a summer camp for boys, located in the awesome North Woods of Wisconsin. Our campers choose from a smorgasbord of water activities like skiing and sailing, land activities like tennis and baseball, adventure activities like rock climbing and mountain biking, and creative activities like art, digital photography, and radio broadcasting. We also offer canoeing, kayaking, climbing, and backpacking wilderness trips tthat go throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesotta, and Canada. There are close to 30 activities and 40 trips to choose from. Come make friends with campers from over 30 cities across the U.S. Our 15 cabin groups average 10 boys per cabin and 3-4 counselors. Most of our counselors are teachers or college students, and 90% of them have spent a summer with us before, many of them having grown up with us as campers. Enjoy our low-key, genuinely non-competitive atmosphere as you explore, make friends, and have the best summers of your life!! For more information, please check out our website: You can also reach us by phone at (800) 480-1188 or by email at Vol. 2, Issue 2


For all the sea has to teach us and all the fun in learning it.

“ Marine Science & SCUBA summ June 24-July 11, July 14-July31


ince 1966, on a small secluded harbor in the beautiful Florida Keys lies a place where young people can discover the wonders of the realms beneath the sea learn about the ebb and flow of life in the natural world - develop a healthy curiosity and the critical thinking skills to satisfy it - immerse themselves in a field based educational adventure so unique that they will remember if for the rest of their lives. This place is Seacamp. Seacamp’s tropical location is just minutes from the only living coral reef in the United States enabling campers to participate in a truly one-of-a-kind marine studies program. Campers investigate the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, moving among clear blue waters, coral

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canyons, sandy and grassy areas, mud flats, and natural tide pools - all teeming with invertebrates, fish, and mammals. The Marine Science Program is the heart of Seacamp. Campers participate in a variety of courses under the guidance of academically trained marine science instructors, biologists, geologists, and oceanographers. Designed to appeal to all campers, this comprehensive program is coordinated in a number of 21-hour course offerings such as: General marine sciences, marine communities, animal behavior, marine invertebrates, marine geology and marine aquaria.

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mmer camp for teens 12-17 and August 3-August 20 Advanced studies are offered in reef fish ecology and coral reef ecology. All science activities include studies in the field on board our boats or wading along shore and in the laboratories. If camper is SCUBA certified, we offer marine investigation courses using SCUBA techniques. Seacamp offers several courses in scuba diving to qualified participants. SCUBA courses are designed to give the campers appropriate skills for safely using scuba as an underwater research tool. We offer a basic certification class that is offered to campers 12 and older. Satisfactory course completion earns a nationally recognized certificate. We also offer an advance SCUBA certification class to campers

15 and older. Satisfactory course completion earns a Master Diver Certification. In addition to the fun found under the water, Seacamp’s Aquatic classes provide the opportunity to learn about what goes on at the water’s surface. Sailing classes familiarize campers with the winds, tides, and currents. Windsurfing teaches aspects of rigging, tacking, jibing, and board control. Kayaking explores the shallow waters of the area. Certification in American Red Cross Lifeguarding is also offered. Seacamp is the first program dedicated to the education of youth in marine sciences, is

the result of a cooperative effort of parents, scientists, business and camp leaders. Conservation practices and a respect for the marine environment are at the core of the Seacamp philosophy: “For all the sea has to teach us and all the fun in learning it”.

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the benefits of soccer camp Soccer Camps came into being in the middle to late 1960’s. The North American Soccer League (NASL) and later the Major Indoor Soccer league (MISL) and some early soccer on TV - Wide World of Sports and Soccer Made in Germany developed interest in the game beyond the ethnic hotbeds of the major cities and industrial areas.


unior soccer leagues sprung up across the continent wherever a NASL or MISL team played, but there was a dearth of coaching until US Soccer and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) began spreading the game through weekend clinics and coaching schools. In the 1970’s some of the better college and high school coaches started summer soccer camps. By the late 70’s, hundreds of camps operated throughout the country. At these camps young players (mostly boys) received coaching at levels of competition they could not receive in their local communities. Some camps became so popular that they were able to spread nationwide on the reputation of the coaching and the quality of instruction. In 1977, three years after receiving one of the country’s first “A” coaching licenses, Joe Machnik, then a coach at the University of New Haven started the first nationally recognized

There was a need for more traditional training to answer the questions of “when, where and why” as that the training could only be done in the presence of field players playing in match like situations. Hence, the founding of the Star Striker School, which became the fore-runner of the now No.1 Striker Camp and an important component of the No.1 Soccer Camps program. By the middle 1990’s, after the World Cup of 1994

coaching, the Club system began to take hold in America and players began to receive good coaching at the Club level and at many soccer playing high schools and colleges. By the turn of the century, most established players were being identified early by the Club system and many camps ceased operation as the summer soccer camp was no longer the only place to receive fine coaching and a chance to play some real soccer.

It’s hard to say where soccer would be right now without the contribution of the soccer camp phenomenon, spear headed in many ways by No.1 Soccer Camps.

camp for goalkeepers, No.1 Goalkeeper Camp. In a few short years, No.1 grew to be the “in” place for goalkeepers and the staff was a virtual “Who’s Who” among American and foreign goalkeepers playing in both the Pro’s and collegiate soccer. It was not unusual at that time to see a camp of 150 – 250 goalkeepers at a single No.1 location. Within 10 years, however, Machnik and partner John Kowalski, came to the realization that the technical training, the how to perform a certain skill or technique, was not enough to advance the American goalkeeper. 11 Vol. 2, Issue 2

played in America and the beginning of the Women’s World Cup and gold medal in Olympic Women’s Soccer, youth soccer became mainstream and millions of boys and now girls played the game. While camps were still important at that time, and centers of fine teaching and

Some camps, such as Joe Machnik’s No.1 Soccer Camps, continue to be successful even today. Diligently organized, Machnik has developed a unique program worthwhile for all players regardless of which side of the ball they play on. Goalkeepers, strikers, mid-fielders, defenders all benefit

from the intense training all done in the 30 yards in front of the goal. Each lesson ends in a competitive environment with new skills in an atmosphere of trial and success. In Addition, the assembly of campers develops a sense of camaraderie and teamwork in the camp environment culminating in allinclusive 40 seconds on/40 seconds off interval training session that is a true test of each campers dedication to the game. The beauty of the No.1 Soccer Camps environment is the fact that a camper does not

have to be the best player in order to attend. Campers are organized in mobile groups, first by age, size, and ability with adjustments to the group structure and makeup being made each day as the week progresses. More importantly, campers develop an appreciation for the games’ inner values as the intrinsic rewards of participation and success are constantly stressed. At week’s end, a thorough 75 point evaluation form is presented to each camper with

a personal development plan citing areas to be worked on during and after the season. Machnik credits the evaluation as a critical factor in the decision parents make to return their campers to No.1 year after year. So, soccer camps haves come a long way in the nearly half century since its formation. And many fine players have developed their love of the game and inspiration at camps such as No.1. No.1 boasts a camper alumni list of 75,000+ satisfied players. Five current MLS goalkeepers and the leading striker on the US National Team are graduates of No.1’s camp program. You may not be the No.1 striker, defender, goalkeeper, and fielder or back defender when you start No.1, but you can be assured you have a chance to become No.1 on your team, in your town, on your team, in your school or in your State with a background at No.1 Soccer Camps. So some 37 years since its inception in 1977, No.1 Soccer Camps, and other camps across the country, have a place and a purpose in the development of players that have an appreciation of the “beautiful game.” Vol. 2, Issue 2


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hildren develop on so many levels simultaneously, physically, mentally and emotionally. Camp offers an outlet for growth in each of these vital areas”, explained Russell Grundke, Executive Director of Hiram House Camp, and an expert in camping with over forty years in the field. “At camp we enable children to have fun in a safe, wholesome and nurturing environment,” Grundke said, adding, “We strive to open new horizons, build character and promote family values to enrich their lives, their communities and our nation.” Physical fitness in youth is one developmental area that is as important now as it was when the camp was founded. Hiram House was an early leader in recognizing the benefits of plenty of fresh air,

exercise, good nutrition and healthy lifestyles. This is even more crucial today, Grundke, noted, as medical professionals are seeing an alarming rise in childhood obesity, which may lead to health problems later in life. On the camp’s 172 scenic acres in Northeast Ohio, filled with ponds, streams, meadows, woods and wildlife, children are given the opportunity to enjoy a variety of exciting, handson activities, like archery, canoeing, climbing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, wilderness skills and performing arts. Vol. 2, Issue 2


They can experience American history and pioneer traditions firsthand, via the camp’s rustic Log Cabins, Teepees, Frontier Fort, and Conestoga Wagons. Other popular attractions include a Treehouse, 1890s Fire Station, Equestrian Center, Environmental Center, Train Station and Caboose. “Camp offers children a positive, active, alternative to spending too much time sitting indoors watching TV, on the Internet, playing video games or immersed in our high stress, hi-tech world. At camp they can get outside and play in the great outdoors, experience nature’s bounty and just be kids,” he said. Imagine a child’s joy in discovering a family of ducks nesting at the wetlands, their sense of accomplishment from building a wilderness shelter out of branches and leaves or feeling of exhilaration in scaling to the top of the 35-foot climbing tower. “Equally important are the intangible, but vital, lifelong skills and traits that camp can help children develop through our focus on “Group Dynamics”, Grundke explained. Hiram House specializes in camp activities and programs that allow children to challenge themselves, build self-confidence, leadership, communication, responsibility and resourcefulness, all essential for success throughout life. Campers also meet others of diverse backgrounds, make and build friendships. In the process, they learn tolerance and cooperation. Teamwork is fostered through many interactive group activities, programs and facilities, like the camp’s new High Ropes Course, Low Ropes Obstacle Course, and Alpine Climbing Tower at the Adventure Center. 15 Vol. 2, Issue 2

Studies have also shown that working with animals can help children bond and trust. At the Hiram House Camp Double H Ranch, Farmstead and Garden, in addition to riding, campers groom and care for the stable of ten horses and baby farmyard animals, like calves, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and rabbits, and learn about animal husbandry. They plant and tend the vegetable garden to learn about sustainable agriculture. Campers also gain from the simple pleasure of gathering together for conversation as they share family style meals in the dining hall, or for cookouts, songs and S’mores over a roaring campfire. The camp maintains a low ratio of campers to staff to give more personalized attention to each child. The camp’s dedicated professional and program staff, trained counselors, specialists, and others are chosen for their commitment, interest and backgrounds in childhood development, outdoor education and recreation for youth. Whether at camp for a one to two week stay or the entire summer, the benefits of camp can be life changing. Yet, they are not only limited to the various Summer Camps Hiram House offers, including Overnight, Day, Junior Day, and Horseback Riding Camp. These benefits are also available throughout the other seasons of the year, with a visit to Hiram House’s School Camps, Groups Retreats, and Teambuilding Adventure programs for youths and adults. During the fall, winter, spring and late summer, Hiram House offers spacious, all-weather, handicapped-access Lodging, Dining and Meeting accommodations for groups large and small. The camp’s staff works closely with faculty members or

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call the camp office at: 216-831-5045, or write to Hiram House Camp, 33775 Hiram Trail, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022. group leaders to design flexible programs to meet their needs and goals.

“What better classroom than “Mother Nature” for students to learn about ecology, biology, astronomy, art or math in the outdoors, and a host of subjects?,” Grundke asked, “What more stimulating a setting for your next civic, church, school, business or youth group outing or seminar than an adventure at camp?” For students, camping can achieve successes in a way that no other educational experience can and helps supplement and reinforce their academic curriculum. Living in simplicity away from home, without constant requirements of school grades, being able to make a mistake and learning to correct the error without any loss of face, are factors in a 24 hour-a-day living experience which call upon the finest resources of a camper. The physical, mental and emotional needs are met by positive role models, with appropriate challenges and through constant guidance. Living apart from home and parents is also enormously important for children to find out who they are, what they dare, what talents they have. For retreat groups, among the most important long-term benefits of a camp experience are building confidence within each individual, better interrelationships and cohesion within the group. Once a camper feels he or she is a valued, contributing part of a group, the pride and fun of the group helps them learn and practice the basic principles of fair play, hard work, honesty, teamwork and cooperation. Self-esteem, group harmony and synergy are achieved. No matter what type of camp stay, it all comes down to the basics for Grundke. “At Hiram House, our primary goal and what we sincerely believe is the very best part of any camping experience,” he stressed, “is that campers of all ages have fun, create great memories, expand their horizons, and come away with lasting skills that will benefit them a lifetime!”

About Hiram House Camp, Outdoor Education, Conference & Retreat Center: Hiram House Camp, Ohio’s oldest camp, offers a variety of Summer Camps, School Camps, Group Retreats and Teambuilding Adventures year-round for children and adults on 172 scenic acres in Northeast Ohio. An independent, nondenominational, nonprofit organization, Hiram House is accredited by the American Camp Association for providing quality programs, services, staff and facilities and is a United Way Community Partner Service Agency. It has been recognized for its long legacy of services for youth with an Ohio Historical Marker, awarded by the Ohio Historical Society and the Ohio Bicentennial Commission. Hiram House is listed among the oldest camps in the United States and worldwide. Only a few camps in North America have this distinction. Hiram House also offers aid for children in need to attend summer camp. Each fall it hosts its annual Pumpkin Festival, featuring autumn colors, food, rides, games, entertainment, animals, and family fun for all ages to benefit its “Campership Fund”. Vol. 2, Issue 2


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Our Mountain to Sea programs, for example, is a multi-day wilderness learning expedition that includes plenty of backpacking as well as rock climbing, river rafting, kayaking and surfing; the emphasis is on setting goals, learning teamwork, and developing the skills of communication and leadership. Participants will enjoy group discussions about the goal’s they have set and the challenges they face, really hammering these personal development traits home without ever scrimping on the fun.


ll of us are experiential learners. That is, we learn by doing. How many times have you heard someone tell you that practice makes perfect? The idea is that you develop skills and abilities not just by reading about them, but by putting them into action, over and over, again and again. Likewise, many of us say that we learn through trial and error, and we encourage our kids to learn from their mistakes. The thinking behind all of these axioms is that our intellect, our character, and our ability are all shaped through experience. So when someone talks about Experiential Education, they are not talking about something that is new or unusual. They are talking about the time-tested and innately human notion that learning happens through experience, through activity, through reflection and through adventure! That’s the philosophy that drives the entire Experiential Education field, and it’s at the heart of what Panacea Adventures is all about. AEI offers a variety of programs, some of which you might call Adventure Education, or simply Outdoor Education. All of them encourage learning by doing, and they offer so much fun, so many incredible experiences and memories, that the kids who take part in our programs may not even realize, at the time, that they’re learning so much!

The great thing about Experiential Education. It combines the best of both worlds-classroom values and life-skill development on the one hand, and an amazing, absolute blast of a good time on the other. It’s a great way to enjoy some of the most memorable and exciting experiences of your life, and grow as a person at the same time. That’s what Experiential Education-and AEI-is all about Vol. 2, Issue 2



ost football camps out there today come loaded with pretty obvious benefits. In a time where our nation's youth are increasingly spending more and more time thoroughly entrenched in a sedentary lifestyle, physical activity is more important and necessary than, quite literally, any other time in human history.


eyond the exercise considerations, those athletes more inclined to consider football as a means to furthering their career, either as their chosen profession or to more capably facilitate picking up a scholarship to attend college are able to dramatically improve their football skill set at camp. When athletes get a chance to practice in full pads for up to 7 hours each day under the tutelage of coaches that in some cases hold NFL positions as their full-time jobs, it's easy to see how young players can vastly increase their abilities on the grid-iron.


urther, there's the safety factor. A fundamental part of some football camps' curriculum emphasizes the importance of learning to both safely hit and take a hit in a very physical sport. Without this instruction, poor technique can lead to worse habits, and bad habits lead to unsafe play. Instances where defenders and even offensive players in some cases launch themselves like a missile or lower their head, while spectacular, are often exceedingly dangerous and usually penalized accordingly. Safe play via sure tackling leads to less danger to the individual players involved and their teams as a whole. After all, the “home run” defensive play can just as quickly turn into a “home run” for the offense if lady luck isn't on the defense's side.


s stated previously, these points accentuate a few of the more obvious benefits to be gleaned from developing athletes attending a football camp. It's no coincidence that most of these benefits are physical or corporeal in nature - those are the things we find easiest to see and analyze. But what about some of the more intangible factors we can look into? In what harder to see ways can a football camp impact an athlete for the better?


or one thing, football camps are very good agents for developing a solid foundational work ethic. We can partially point the finger of blame to our increasingly electronic surroundings ironic to say on the internet, right? Children are faced with countless distractions - video games, television, computers. Not so long ago, urging kids out of the house was a pretty solid plan to help them disconnect, but smart phones have made it easier than ever to never truly lose that connection. Athletes are WORKED at football camps. At the end of the day, football campers know they've been put through the paces in an effort to better themselves. Over a few days or even a week, this repetition is enough to help instill in a large portion of the camper population a work ethic they may never have found otherwise.


erhaps the most important point is what a football camp can do for the self-esteem of a camper. A properly-run football camp will present athletes with a challenge they can overcome with some effort. A top-notch camp will continue to ramp up the challenge as the athlete's ability and confidence improves until, by the end of the camp, the athlete is performing at a level above and beyond what he (or she!) thought himself capable of a short week prior.


ometimes we place way too much emphasis on results that are easy to see and it's not hard to figure out why - the obvious is easy to quantify and talk about. Sometimes, when considering whether or not you should send a child to camp, it helps to take a moment to think about some of the more subtle reasons to do so.

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Jeff Carter and his wife Sarah are the owners/directors of Rockbrook Camp for Girls in Brevard, NC. Reach him on Google+

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ne of the most important qualities we, as parents, hope our children acquire is good self-esteem. We want them to feel good about themselves, to be confident in their abilities, proud of their accomplishments, and truly satisfied with “who they are.” After all, it’s easy to see how the opposite, lacking a positive self-image, is a huge obstacle to living a happy life built upon meaningful relationships, satisfying work, and so forth. Positive selfesteem is like the skeletal system of our character, the bones that give it strength and stature when faced with life’s challenges. It’s no wonder that for most parents, building their child’s self-esteem is a primary concern. So how do we do it? How do we help our children gain this crucial mark of maturity? Most parents believe selfesteem is tied to success, achievement and talent, the idea being, if a child can “be good” at something and receive praise and recognition for it, then he or she will feel good about him- or herself. With this notion in mind, we strive to help children by exposing them to a range of activities where they might develop a talent, an outstanding ability, or win some kind of implicit or explicit competition. We parents work very hard to provide our kids opportunities to realize this kind of individual success. Think of the special music lessons, tutoring, sports, even the “right” haircut or clothing that we hope will help our kids blossom and win some degree of positive social attention.

Ready to build your child’s selfesteem? Send her to camp.

Many times this strategy works and our child does find a personal talent and is recognized or praised for it. She feels good because she is good at something. But what if a child doesn’t quite measure up, and isn’t especially “good,” talented, smart, athletic, or attractive? What about her self-esteem? Is winning some social competition, comparing one’s traits and abilities with those of others, or worse, receiving some false praise, the only way to feel good about yourself? Fortunately, there’s more to self-esteem than just personal achievement. In addition, positive self-esteem can spring from cooperation and community, from being part of a group accomplishment, from being included in a joint endeavor. It works like this. In a community defined by encouragement, mutual respect and collaboration, self-worth and dignity arises not from standing out as an individual, but from being part of something bigger than oneself, from making a valued contribution to

those around you. Surprisingly, a child can develop self-esteem, can gain a sense of “personal capacity,” simply by becoming a respected member of a community, someone embraced for his or her compassion, loyalty and support for others. A community like this, one enlivened by collaborative efforts and shared responsibilities, accomplishes great things, and by natural extension, bolsters the selfesteem of everyone involved. This is why camp is an ideal setting to help children grow their self-esteem. It surely provides opportunities for moments of individual success, but also in the context of an incredibly strong community. By offering a wide range of activities, camps expose children to new experiences helping them build their skills, and perhaps discover new athletic or artistic talents. A camper may learn she really is pretty good at tennis or ceramics, for example. At the same time, camp is uniquely positioned to bring kids together, to present challenges that require them to take care of each other, collaborate on creative projects, and cooperate to get things done. At camp, a true community spirit like what I described above ripples through most everything, from cabin skits, to meals, to camp-wide games. Everyone’s in it together at camp, regardless of their age or ability, talent or experience, and while not every arrow you shoot may hit the target, or your pottery bowl may turn out a bit lopsided, there’ll be laughter and joy among friends no matter what. The true sense of belonging, the honest mutual respect, and the deeply shared caring for each other this kind of community establishes is a powerful boost to everyone’s self-esteem. Vol. 2, Issue 2


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Spend your summer in the Colorado Rockies at Cheley Camps Besides growth and fun, Cheley delivers a healthy break from the pressures that our young people face today. Our family is really grateful for EVERYTHING that Cheley provides! Your staff all do a wonderful job! – Camp Parent

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ost parents intuitively know that kids forget a lot of what they learned in school over the summer months. What parents haven't known is how far-reaching the effects of this loss can be. Summer Learning Loss is the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation and is proven responsible for 2/3 of the achievement gap between low-income and affluent youth. Reading, math, arts and science are the subjects hit hardest, with the brunt of the learning loss occurring in families with little access to summer enrichment opportunities. What does this mean? If Edventure More low-income Celebrating children were given quality 10 years of summer learning supporting Bay opportunities, Area families, they would be 2/3 more likely to schools & pursue a college communities! preparatory path in high school, to graduate, and to lead the way in our competitive global society. Without summer learning opportunities, these same children are more likely to drop out, to slip between the cracks, and to lose the curiosity that is innate to every child.

Summer Learning Loss, however, is not just an issue for low-income families. Researchers note that children across the socio-economic spectrum lose an average of over 2 months’ learning from the previous school year. Cumulatively, in K-12th grade, this counts for

three academic years lost!

Enriching summer learning opportunities are a must for all children. The Public Agenda survey in 2009 discovered that “87% of parents who did send their children to summer programs that included academic and enrichment activities agreed that the programs helped prepare their children for the school year.” However, a mere 9% of 48 million public school students attend summer school programs. Per Time Magazine, as “our modern-day reformers strive to civilize summer as an educational resource, the trick is to seize the opportunity without destroying what's best about the season: the possibility of

fun and freedom and play.” At Edventure More, we believe that Summer offers unrivaled opportunities to inspire curiosity. At our camps, Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech, we do this through fun, hands-on activities designed in partnership with some of the Bay Area’s top museums and taught by enthusiastic industry professionals. Our summer camp curriculum aligns with California State Standards, as well as the Framework for 21st Century Learning to ensure each child’s personal and academic enrichment. The 21st Century Life Skills movement lays the groundwork for the idea that for kids to be successful, they must be able to innovate, collaborate and possess a wide array of technical and life skills. They must also be conscientious and compassionate citizens. Summer provides a unique opportunity to cultivate all of the skills needed to become life long learners and successful adults.

Edventure More is a year-round 501(c)(3) non-profit enrichment organization dedicated to inspiring curiosity, confidence and kindness in children. Through a partnership with top Bay Area museums and talented professionals, Edventure More creates high-quality summer camp and school year programs where children build a joyful approach towards learning and develop invaluable life skills. Edventure More is a local force in the national movement to prevent Summer Learning Loss and save hands-on learning in schools. 5% of all summer camp proceeds and 100% of donations support camper scholarships and subsidize the cost of their classroom science programs for schools. Vol. 2, Issue 2



We are privileged to have wonderful kids as part of our programs. These indviduals became who they are because they have parents who care about them. We like the parents of our students to ask us lots of questions! Give our Director, Ben Mirkin a call or email anytime! His cell phone number is 603.986.5412 and his email is To address some of the frequently asked questions we have made up a brief list:

What is the training of your instructors?

For a rock climbing camp training is about climbing safety and medical background. The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) sets the highest standards for climbing instructors in this country. Their trainings and certification process is thorough, timely, and costly. For an AMGA certification to be valid it must be accompanied by a wilderness medical certification. Many companies do not require certified guides because they are more expensive to hire. White Mountain Climbing Camp requires all of our guides to be AMGA certified with a valid medical certification. Our school climbing program is accredited by the AMGA and all of our guides are certified and guiding to the level of their training.

How involved is your director?

What is your instructor to student ratio?

The director sets the tone for the program. Many adventure program directors manage from an office far removed from the activities. Few directors will actually get to know your son or daughter personally. From a quality perspective, it is imperative that directors spend time in the field supporting instructors and being involved in day-to-day operations. At White Mountain Summer, Director Ben Mirkin is a part of White Mountain Climbing Camp. Ben is a American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) certified Single Pitch Instructor and has completed his Rock Instructor course. He goes out climbing with the groups several days a week. This means he is with your son or daughter for much of the camp, assuring high standards are always maintained.

For a rock climbing program to follow the AMGA’s stringent protocols, the max mum studentto-instructor ratio should be 6:1. Lower ratios mean a safer experience, better supervision, more opportunities to learn, and more consistent interaction with role models. At White Mountain Climbing Camp we have a 3:1 student to instructor ratio. This enables us to create a learning environment customized to individual goals and abilities. It also allows us to safely have students go on larger adventures!

How many instructors will be on my son’s or daughter’s trip?

Most programs have 2 or 3 instructors per trip. When students get sick or special situations develop, managing a group when you only have 2 instructors becomes very difficult. At White Mountain Climbing Camp, a typical session features 8 instructors. For summer 2012, 6 of our 8 instructors (and the director) will likely be returning. With 8 instructors there are a greater number of role models and a greater chance that your child will really connect with one or several instructors. An 8-instructor team makes better decisions, keeps a more watchful eye on safety, and has more instructors available to be actively involved with the students.

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Are the students who attend your program carefully screened?

One student attending for the wrong reasons can negatively affect an entire camp. Few teenagers are perfect, but every program should check references on students and spend time prior to the summer ensuring that students will be motivated and will contribute to the program. White Mountain Summer requires an essay and two references from every student. White Mountain Climbing Camp is in no way a program for troubled youth, and does not accept students with behavioral issues or any problems with drug or alcohol abuse.

What is the student repeat rate?

A summer experience should be so amazing that virtually every student wants to return. A typical return rate for wilderness adventure travel programs is 20-25%. NOLS and Outward Bound’s repeat rate is 10-15%. At White Mountain Climbing Camp, typically between 50 and 60% of students return for at least one more summer.

Is the program licensed and permitted?

To operate on public lands (National and State Forests) a program must possess Special Use Permits and file operating and safety plans with the appropriate land management agency. Not all summer programs operate legally. The White Mountain School and therefore our summer programs owns permits to all the places we visit and has an extensive collection of Special Use Permits.

MEET THE DIRECTOR Ben Mirkin is finishing his 8th year with The White Mountain School. He is the Director of Summer Programs at WMS and a Ph.D candidate in Education researching adolescent outdoor and experiential education at The University of New Hampshire. Ben holds certifications as a Wilderness First Responder and American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor.

What are the added costs of your program?

Many programs have hidden costs: gear rental, equipment, deposits, airport pick up fees, and require you to pay extra for some meals. At White Mountain Climbing Camp, it’s all included! You pay for your tuition, travel to the airport where we meet, clothing/climbing shoes, and a few personal items. There are no hidden taxes, charges, or fees. In fact, White Mountain Climbing Camp even includes the use of all of your climbing gear (except shoes) for free, a savings of up to $500.

Do you offer other adventures?

Discover all we have to offer by combining a week of White Mountain Climbing Camp with another trip! New England Experience is a 16-day trip for 6th and 7th graders and New England Adventure is a 20-day trip for 8th and 9th graders. Contact Ben Mirkin for more information and combo pricing. The White Mountain School is a college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 (and PG). At WMS, education does more than inform; it inspires. Courses, while aligned with a traditional preparatory curriculum, extend beyond the classroom and into the world around us. As a small school, WMS meets every student where they are and provides the combination of academic challenge and support that helps every student meet their potential. Learn more at


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JULY 13 - 20, 2013 and/or JULY 20 - AUGUST 3, 2013

reach your peak with us . . . on the real rock of new hampshire. session 1

session 2

July 13th to July 20th, 2013

July 20th to august 3rd, 2013

campers will six full days of climbing at some of nH’s classic climbing areas. Highlights include:

campers enjoy two weeks of climbing at many of nH’s climbing areas. Highlights include:

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individualized instruction to meet your goals foundations of sport and trad climbing basics of gear placement climbing at the legendary rumney climbing area opportunities to climb multi-pitch routes lodging in dorms and meals in the dining hall

session one is a great opportunity for climbers of all abilities to get comfortable climbing outdoors and advance their skills while based on The white mountain school’s beautiful campus.

individualized instruction to meet your goals learning to lead sport routes at rumney guaranteed multi-pitch experiences learning basics of alpine climbing and rescue skills learning the skills necessary to lead trad climbs lodging in dorms and meals in the dining hall

The second session is longer and provides climbers of all abilities a greater opportunity to progress and take their skills to the next level while based on The white mountain school’s beautiful campus.

combine sessions 1 & 2 for a 3-week climbing immersion combine sessions 1 & 2 for a three-week climbing immersion to get the most that wms climbing camp has to offer in beautiful northern nh. whether you’re an experienced gym climber wanting to take your strength outdoors or a new climber wanting to jump into this amazing sport, we have the program to support your individual goals.

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our curriculum

our instructors white mountain climbing camp instructors are AMGA certified. They provide a safe and challenging climbing experience tailored to each student’s individual goals.

white mountain climbing camp focuses on helping students reach individual goals through a 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio. students learn the basics and then embark on adventures at large cliffs such as cannon, cathedral and whitehorse; they challenge themselves at local crags such as echo cliff and rumney; in the evenings, they crank at local bouldering areas or just hang out, play games and watch movies. students utilize The white mountain school’s 3,000 square foot climbing wall. Ultimately, students experience the freedom of climbing rock in the mountains and further their skills in meaningful ways.

our instructors range from 5.14 climbers to world reknowned alpinists and all are dedicated teachers and role-models. They deliver the best climbing instruction in new england.

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What YOU Can Achieve At Shoot Right’s Four-day Marksmanship Camp Basic Riflery and Archery Safety Competency Individual Riflery 3par Skill Shooting - 10meter Individual Archery Skill Shooting - 10yard Camps are regularly scheduled during school holidays/breaks and can be offered upon request All activities held at the C.A.A.S.E.S./Shoot Right Education and Training Center, an 8800sq.ft. facility in downtown Tempe Arizona Camp coaches are certified instructors with experience in education and marksmanship

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PARENTS What are you looking for in a soccer camp?

- Peter Arch

CEO and Founder Challenger Sports Corporation.


n addition to helping develop your child’s skills and understanding of the game, summer camps are extremely valuable for young players to develop socially. Children have to learn how to separate from their families and become resilient and independent learners. Attending a summer soccer camp gives them a safe way to take safe first steps towards this goal. Whether it is a day camp or a residential camp, the experience broadens your child’s social skills and often taps resources they have never had to call on before. The best camp operators provide players with the opportunity to receive a week of great coaching in a positive atmosphere from someone with a real passion for the game.  At the same time the child is immersed in an environment of learning where they are forced to communicate with people who are new to them. They are responsible for being in the right place at the right time, with the correct equipment and then must follow instructions from a coach who often talks in a strange accent. As a result the child takes on responsibilities that they often do not have at school or home and they elevate their listening skills, reasoning and performance levels to impress their new coach and to look good in front of their peers. Day camps are a good starting point. 31 Vol. 2, Issue 2

Young players learn about being part of a community and cope with temporary separation. They're not only a good transitional step for kids but also for parents, who often need to learn these same separation skills! But with so many camps to choose from it is extremely difficult for parents to really know which would be the best program for their child.

Whether it is a day camp, overnight camp, European, Brazilian, American, High School or College camp, there are some questions that we think every parent should ask:

• How much time do the owners or camp directors devote to the camp? • Is it a full-time pursuit or do they simply spend a few weeks a year on it? • Who are the coaches? • How are the soccer coaches selected? • What licenses or certification do they possess? • Has every coach under gone a police background check? • Do the soccer coaches receive any training or orientation prior to the start of camp?

• Do they have a printed curriculum for each program? • Do they have clear policies and procedures for Child Protection and Good Practice? • Do they have comprehensive insurance coverage? • What is the ratio of campers to coaches? • Do they have a documented first aid and emergency plan? Many camps may not be able to provide you with much of the information above which should alert you to their reliability to look after you child for a week. You should also be prepared to do some additional digging, search the web for reviews and contact references to get a full picture of how they are viewed in the wider camp community. Vol. 2, Issue 2



our child is ready for camp, but the big question is….are you, the parent, ready?   Many parents never attended summer camp as a child, so feeling a little emotional tug before taking your child to camp is fairly typical. Remember overnight camp provides a rich environment full of new friends, songs, achievements and memorable activities.  It provides supportive relationships, challenging opportunities, but most important it gives all children a level playing field from the start.   Camp is an important rite of passage where kids can explore, discover and just be themselves among their friends - without Mom or Dad tagging along.


Safety is usually the number one concern among all parents. If the camp you’ve chosen is accredited by the American Camp Association, you can rest assured it exceeds the highest standards in the industry.  Certified lifeguards and instructors in all activities, along with safety helmets, harnesses and life jackets are essentials in providing a safe camp experience. 


your child’s emotional safety at camp? Parents tend to be concerned about their child fitting in at camp and being well adjusted.  How do you know who’s going to encourage your child to eat well?  Who will make sure those teeth get brushed and shorts gets changed?  What happens if your child “has an accident” at night? 33 Vol. 2, Issue 2

While nice facilities and activities are important, they should not be the main factor in selecting the right camp for your child. The most significant factor in camping is the quality and character of the individuals who work with your children.   Does your camp provide a bio of each counselor on its website?  Find out how the camp recruits its staff and how many counselors return each year.  What’s the staff training like?   Check into the directors’ background.  Make sure the director is more than an “administrator of paper,” but someone who’s working directly with the counselors, the activities and the campers.   Being comfortable with who’s working with the campers’ gives parents’ peace of mind.

NEXT, CHECK OUT THE CAMP’S “SENSE OF COMMUNITY.” Does the camp provide a close, family-like atmosphere?  This is where the comfort factor comes into play.  Eating as a “cabin family” three times a day in a society where families rarely eat together is comforting to children. 

While sometimes it seems like kids are screaming for freedom and independence, children actually thrive on schedules and boundaries. Therefore, they gain great comfort in predictability, and camp is predictable.  Knowing exactly what to expect makes a child feel safe and secure.  And safe is good.

That predictability and associated comfort that comes along with it is why children treasure traditions. Waking up to the camp bugle. Singing “taps” at night.  Cabin skits.  The pudding eating contest.  Sleeping under the stars. All these traditions give kids joy and comfort.  And that’s how the camp’s sense of community is defined.

A Great Summer Camp Experience

Boys/Girls 6 – 14 | One/Two Week Sessions

Located on cool & breezy Lookout Mtn. Just 2 hours north of Atlanta Horseback Riding, Archery, High Ropes, Climbing Tower, Drama, Sports & Much More! • Limited Enrollment • Close Family-Like Atmosphere • 2 Generations of Family Management

Call: 423-472-6070 | See over 1,000 pictures online

GET TO KNOW THE CAMP’S SCHEDULE. You’ll relax if you know

exactly what your child is doing and when. It helps to look at the camp’s website to find out how the day is structured so you’ll know what’s going on.  Also, many camps, including Camp Woodmont, post daily pictures and newsletters to give parents a sneak peek into their children’s day at camp. Finally, know that deprivation is good, and it leads to appreciation.  Home equals luxuries.  At home, kids are rarely deprived so they rarely appreciate what they have … a warm shower, television, cell phones, junk food, and video games.   At camp, kids sleep in bunks, wait their turns, cook out and wait for warm water in the shower.  And when they get back to reality, they tend to appreciate Mom and Dad more, along with those little extras at home.


FOR BOYS & GIRLS AGES 6 - 14 Just 2 hours north of Birmingham off I-59

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1 & 2 week sessions Over 50 years experience

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See 1,000 pictures, Dates, &Rates online

By: Alyson Gondek, a camping expert with 25 years experience. Alyson is Co-Director of Camp Woodmont in NW Georgia on Lookout Mountain. She is the mother of two girls, Chelsea, 21 and Savannah, 16.  Camp Woodmont is an overnight camp for boys & girls ages 6 – 14. Just 2 hrs. north of Atlanta and Birmingham, Camp Woodmont features high-ropes/ climbing, horseback, sports, outdoor adventure, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery & more!   Caring counselors & a warm Christian atmosphere make campers feel secure, welcome & reassured.! The camp is accredited by the ACA.  See 1000+ pictures & the schedule at  An Open House is scheduled for May 19 for parents interested in touring the camp and meeting the owners/directors. For more information, call Alyson @ 423-472-6070.

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ith something like 10,000 camps in the United States some parents feel over-whelmed when it comes to choosing one for their boy or girl. In researching camps, it helps to know the right questions to ask or look for on the camp’s website to help insure that your child has the experience of a life-time:

1. What is the educational and career background of the camp director, owner or administrator? 2. How old and experienced are other key members of the camp? Have they had training in the areas they are supervising or instructing in? What do they do when they aren’t working for the camp? Do they have the important certifications which go with their activity area? 3. What is the ratio of counselors and activity leaders to campers? The ration should be based upon the ages of the campers and their special needs. Severely mentally disabled or emotionally disturbed campers require a ratio of one staff person per camper. Non-disabled campers ages 6-8 should have a ration of one to six or less; while teens may be O.K. in a situation where there is only one staff person for 10 campers. However, if the program involves dangerous activities such as rock climbing or windsurfing, which require a good deal of close supervision, this amount of staff is not adequate. 4. What is the camp’s program philosophy? Some camps promote competition and rivalry among groups of campers while others promote cooperation and responsibility. Knowing your child’s personality will help you select a camp with the best philosophy to meet your child’s needs. 5. Does the program emphasize activities which the child cannot do at home and teach skills which will last a lifetime? The week or weeks that a camper spends in camp should not be wasted doing the “same old, same old.” Many canoeists, sailors, archers, backpackers, naturalists, artists, climbers and guitarists look back on camp as the time they found an activity which has enriched their life. 6. What are the safety and medical accommodations at the camp? With younger campers in a residential camp, a registered nurse on site is highly desirable. Is transportation always available to take a camper to a nearby medical facility? 7. Can the camp provide references? Your best assurance of quality program is happy campers and a high staff and camper return rate.

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Why Should YOUR Child Attend Carrie Curran’s Fine Art Camp this summer? 37

Professional Instruction

Your child will be attending class in a fully functioning art studio, inspiring creativity, and receive instruction from professional artist Carrie Curran and her talented staff. Carrie is an accomplished artist whose work is in collections throughout the United States. She is also the highly respected former director of the Scottsdale Artists’ School Youth Academy. Carrie developed a program in 1996, Fine Art for Children, to offer quality art instruction to her children, their friends, and neighbors. She brings this wealth of knowledge, experience and talent to Carrie Curran Arts Studios where her instructors, local artists skilled in art education, utilize teaching techniques developed and supervised by Carrie.

Art Enriches Learning

Your child will be learning a wealth of information attending this art camp. They will be utilizing left-brain and right brain thinking in order to gain new skills. Left-brain learners are logical, linear thinkers and tend to have strong auditory and language skills. Right brain learners are visual spatial thinkers, who learn holistically and think conceptually. In this program children will develop their left-brain by learning and repeating skills in order to increase knowledge. They will be developing, right brain by participating in hands-on projects utilizing tactile learning. They will be learning through listening and repeating, but also through hands-on interaction with art. By using whole brain learning, children are more likely to retain, and enjoy what they are learning. At Carrie Curran Art Studios it is important to us that your children become well rounded artists, and by developing both sides of the brain they become just this in pursuit of not only art skills but all facets of creative learning.

Art Teaches Life Long Skills

Art teaches children the value of creativity and diversity of outcome in a way few other disciplines can. Art teaches children skills that helping both in their artistic future as well as futures outside of the studio. They will learn the art of drawing, painting, and mixed media. They will learn contour, gesture, and perspective drawing, assists in the development of fine motor skills as well as attention to detail and focus. They will also get to experience painting with acrylics, learning color, composition, design, and brushwork techniques. This kind of painting also helps children learn process, order, and completion as well as how to be respectful of art materials. In the end, children are left with an amazing piece of art they created teaching persistence, and confidence, because they know that if they keep working hard, they will only get better! Vol. 2, Issue 2

It is FUN! Fun is the most important aspect of any summer camp, and Art camp is no exception. During the summer kids want to have fun, and when they attend an art camp like the one at Carrie Curran Art Studios they will not be disappointed. Your child will love getting together with others to draw, paint, and work with mixed media in creating a variety of projects of which they will be so proud! Kids are thrilled to discover that they can create an amazing piece of art to share with their family and friends. The wide variety of projects offered throughout the summer is sure to peak your child’s interest. Whether interested in drawing with pastels, painting with watercolors, or getting their hands on acrylics and a canvas, each child will be having fun while discovering his or her full potential as an artist! Vol. 2, Issue 2


Events Calendar SUNDAY

in May Aviator Sports & events center Open House 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Camp Open House 6:30PM - 7:30PM




Westfield Area Y

The Wayne Art Center 30th anniversary summer art camp


Open House 5:00 pm


Sacajawea Day Camp



5 Birchwood Camp Open House 10:30 am – 1:00 pmt


Willow Grove Day Camp Open House

Open House 10AM-2PM



Camp Ma-He-Tu Open House 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Showcase your June 2013 Events for FREE!. Send Event details to no later than May 10th.

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ow is a particularly challenging time to raise daughters and keep them on a safe and positive path. Much of our media culture overtly conveys negative messages to our children, encouraging them to behave in ways that are inappropriate and selfdestructive. Children are led to believe it is “normal and cool” to be mean or use foul language as a typical form of expression. The social networking proliferation enables girls to be secretive in their actions and associations, leaving parents uncertain of their children’s involvements. Between the enticement of contemporary media messages and the difficulty parents face maintaining a close watch, how does one keep their daughters on a safe and positive path? 


t Lochearn, we have long believed that building a strong sense of identity helps girls develop the confidence and strength to stay the course no matter what direction their peers may take. Any camp can teach girls archery, swimming or tennis, but at Lochearn, amidst a very strong teaching program of 45 different activities, girls learn something 41 Vol. 2, Issue 2

more. They enter a community committed to kindness, inclusion and integrity. There are no cliques at Lochearn; these are simply not allowed because cliques are hurtful on both ends: the girl who is left out aches from humiliation and questions her own self-worth; the girl who is unkind to another is conflicted, knowing this is not how she was raised to behave, yet enjoying the attention she gets as girls flock around her taking great interest in her ability to debase another. Cliques are part of a culture where it is “Cool to be cruel”; kindness and inclusion are part of the Lochearn culture where it is “Cool to be kind”. Unlike some school administrators who have given up on our children, assuming there is nothing they can do to change the inevitable, at Lochearn we strive to help each girl be the best girl she can be.


ur camp motto gives us constant reminders and guidance on how to treat one another while keeping friends with ourselves “but to do so without surrendering our ideals.”

The motto, in essence, helps to keep us strong by providing common themes and standards that we discuss regularly at campfires, Sunday morning community meetings, during cabin life and at Senior Council (a time for our 14 year olds, about to enter high school, to take stock in staying true to their ideals). Beyond these public occasions to embrace our community of goodness, everyday girls meet challenges that help them gain personal strength. For some it can be basic skills such as adjusting to living away from home, learning to make and to keep friends, mastering skills in their activities or taking on larger challenges such as qualifying for and running a 10K race around the lake or swimming a one or two mile open water swim. Imagine yourself anywhere from ages 7 to 15 performing a song, dance, dive, or gymnastic routine with poise and confidence in front of over 175 other girls. Only a community of affirmation would enable this level of confidence in girls. A girl’s life at Lochearn is immensely fun, filled with song and humor with hundreds of positive interactions, moments of encouragement and a host of emotions converging at any given time. Recognizing that every moment is a teachable one, we are committed to helping girls practice socializing with others in a positive manner by discovering how to manage emotions and by giving girls the time and guidance to consider how they affect each other through their actions and words.


ith the guiding principles of the camp motto and a carefully selected and well trained staff, with the love and friendship of peers and adults, our aim is for each girl to learn on a deep level the importance of being her best self and living comfortably within her own skin. Next, we endeavor to help each girl harness the confidence and strength to stay true to the sound values that make up that best self. This is our mission and the greatest gift we can offer our girls and give to you as our loyal Lochearn parents. This is how we partner up with you to support your efforts in raising strong daughters of sound character.

“Thank you again for entrusting your daughters to our care. We hope to be part of their growing up years for many seasons to come.

For an outstanding summer of fun, friendship and adventure, join the Lochearn family where every girl feels loved and welcomed from the start. No cliques here; just a positive environment where it’s “cool to be kind.” We provide first rate instruction in 45 activities, an integrated program of character education, and a world of fun and laughter. A carefully selected wholesome and talented staff provide the challenges, resources, and love to help Lochearn girls build strong identities needed to successfully negotiate their growing-up years. Daughters only grow up once. Give yours a summer of enduring friendships and life-long learning at Lochearn Camp for Girls.

Camp Dates and Rates Four Week sessions:

Eight week session: Sunday, June 23 to Friday, August 16 - $10,650

Two week sessions: Sunday, June 23 to Saturday, July 6 Sunday, July 7 to Friday, July 19 Sunday, July 21 to Saturday, August 3 Sunday, August 4 to Friday, August 16

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Canoe Island French Camp attracts a very particular camper and parent. Our attraction is not only the 47-acre private island or the dreamy location in the San Juan Islands of Northwestern Washington. No, Canoe Island distinguishes itself because it’s one of the few French language camps in America. At Canoe Island French Camp, people often ask us why studying French is a worthwhile endeavor. When our founder, Dr. Warren Austin, founded Canoe Island French Camp in 1969, French held a more prominent place in the world. Dr. Warren fell in love with the French language and culture as a young man, working in France during World War II. In Dr. Austin’s time, French was considered the language of diplomacy. Nowadays, forty-four years after Dr. Austin established the camp, the English language is ubiquitous around the globe. Many educators have turned to Spanish or Chinese as more pragmatic second languages for modern Americans. But although global politics and American demographics have changed a great deal in the last fifty years, learning French not only challenges and expands the mind, it continues to provide cultural and economic benefits. Pragmatic parents who are looking to give their children an academic edge might be interested to know that students who have studied French earn higher scores on standardized tests, such as the SAT, GRE, or LSAT. Because French provides the base for more than 35% of modern English vocabulary, learning French will greatly increase the number of English words in the student’s vocabulary. Along with the academic benefits, learning French is a passport to a larger world. Students who speak French will be understood in more than fifty-six countries by more than 200 million people who use French in their daily lives. Students who become Francophones will enjoy an expanded cultural world as well. French is the lingua franca of culture, including art, cuisine, dance, and fashion. France has won more Nobel Prizes for literature than any other country in the world and is one of the top producers or international films. At Canoe Island French camp, we believe that we’ve created a novel, ideal environment for young adults and children to study French. Speaking French is so integral to the fabric of daily life on the island that kids often don’t realize how much they’re learning: from asking to pass the bread en français, to learning archery with French vocabulary, to singing French songs post-repas, French touches all aspect of life at camp. 43 Vol. 2, Issue 2

All students, regardless of their previous knowledge of the language, quickly learn that they need to employ French phrases in order to thrive in activities at camp. Although 75-minute French classes at five levels take place every morning, the camp is also able to engage students in ways unavailable to teachers in a traditional classroom setting. For example, hikes around the island include French vocabulary lessons that correspond to the sightings of an eagle or a particular species of plant. Perhaps the most incredible and beneficial aspect of the camp is the sense of community students find here and the way the environment fosters growth and learning. At 45 students, the camp quickly comes to feel like family. Older campers, many who have been coming to the camp for years, lead by example, participating enthusiastically and benefiting from immersion experiences. New campers find that the island is a non-judgmental, inclusive group for children to build new identities, make new friends, and experiment with the language. Being unplugged from their world back home allows them to adopt the Canoe Island culture as their own. The French counselors provide further inspiration for language acquisition: watching the counselors struggle to find le bon mot in English gives campers beginning their French education courage and a sense of camaraderie.

Each session in the summer focuses on a French historical theme: La Révolution Française, Les Voyageurs, Les Chevaliers, and Le Monde Francophone. In this way, campers learn about French history and culture through games, music, and food. Throughout the sessions, language education is inseparably intertwined with exposure to French culture. Much of what the children learn of culture is gained from everyday interactions with the French counselors: their mode of dress, their table manners, and their sense of humor. The entire environment is designed to foster an enthusiasm for French culture that students will carry with them off the island and into their classrooms at school.

Along with the unique cultural and language goals of Canoe Island French Camp, students enjoy the pleasures of a traditional summer camp, but with a French twist: our daily lives include fondue dinners on the beach, kayaking, whale watching in the Puget Sound, and eating gourmet dinners complete with crème brûlée. The time spent living on Canoe Island, enjoying “summer fun with a French accent,” gives campers a truly singular camp experience Vol. 2, Issue 2



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being a supportive supervisor

By John “Platypus” Hollan, Camp Millennium


any camps are now in the final stages of planning for their summer session(s) and it’s time to start thinking about preparing your staff to take on their many roles for your program. It is likely that many people within your organization, including yourself, act as supervisors at camp among the many other things they do, because let’s be honest, no one at camp only has one job! Whether you supervise counselors, activity staff, or cooks & kitchen staff, no matter if they are paid staff or volunteering their time, the work that you do to supervise these dedicated individuals can be the most impactful contribution you make to your camp.

Supervision” isn’t a positive term for everyone, supervisor or supervisee. Supervisors are often seen as people who hold others accountable, provide direction, and from time to time discipline staff for mistakes or poor performance. While these things will always be a part of supervision, they are certainly not the most important part and they don’t have to be negative experiences. I envision the role of the supervisor to be one that involves training, supporting and empowering those I

supervise to help them be as successful as they can be in their roles.


o that end, something to think about is how we prepare our staff members to take on their roles and be a part of our camp programs. Preparation prior to arrival and on-site trainings help give our staff members information about our programs, policies, and guidelines, hopefully providing them a skill set and knowledge base to be great team members. But training can’t stop there! Once staff are prepared to begin their roles, one of the things that we can do as good supervisors is help them continue to grow as they work with our campers, implement our programs, and manage the challenges that come up each day at our camps. By observing their work and checking in on how they are doing, we demonstrate a commitment to them and allow them to show us their great work. Recognition and acknowledgement can go a long way to maintaining a staff member’s energy and encourage continued engagement. By processing challenges and helping work through the unexpected and the unusual with them, we give our staff the opportunity to take part in problem solving and take ownership over the solution, or at least our

best attempt! Finally, by discussing concerns and areas for improvement, rather than focus on what has not gone well, take the time to create a learning moment as an extension of the training we do ahead of our camp session. By demonstrating a commitment to their ongoing success in the role (where appropriate of course), the conversation can be more about our dedication to that staff member and our willingness to partner with them. A staff member who feels shamed can shut down and start to feel isolated from the program and his/ her greatest resource: the supervisor. A staff member who feels like his/her supervisor is engaged, willing to assist, and wants to him/ her to succeed is going to be more focused on change and will certainly be more open to conversation and follow up in the future.


ow you frame your role as supervisor can have a huge impact on the staff you supervise and the overall functioning of your team. Being a supervisor can be one of the most challenging roles a person plays at camp or in their job in the outside world, but when done well, the effects can be well worth the time and energy. Good luck… and thank you! Vol. 2, Issue 2


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Why Camp Whatchamakeit?


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(pronounced similar to ‘What you make it’) is a unique opportunity for male and female basketball players in the 6th to 11th grades to enjoy a high energy, diverse basketball camp experience focusing on life and leadership skills, while having fun improving their basketball fundamentals. The Camp is open to all skill levels with participation limited to 20 players each week. Each camp is 6 days, with campers arriving on Sunday afternoon and departing mid-day the following Friday. The coach to player ratio is approximately 1 coach for every 6 players, allowing us to provide personal attention to each player’s basketball skills and to know them on a personal level. Camp “W” takes place in the fully equipped full court gymnasium located on a ten acre slice of heaven known as The Preserve at Bingham Hill…a place where nature and spirit come together. The rural setting in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is located 10 minutes west of Ft. Collins, Colorado, which is an hour north of Denver. Camp Whatchamakeit is co-directed by me and Karin Nicholls, a former Head Coach at the Division I level with over 20 years of coaching experience. The balance of the staff is made up of other experienced coaches, in addition to two college students, one female and one male, that serve as counselors. Having coached and counseled kids since I graduated from high school (in 1971) I had always envisioned having a place where young athletes comprised of different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds could come together to share their lives with others. I started Camp Whatchamakeit in 2002 in order to prepare my “club” teams for the July basketball tournaments that are the backbone of the college basketball recruiting process. The setting of the week long camp allowed the players to focus on basketball and build trust with each other without many distractions. It was both fun and effective for creating a cohesive hard-working team. The camp was so effective that I decided to broaden the mission of the camp to include young athletes from throughout the nation. Each year we have four separate camps divided by age groups; boys high school, girl’s high school, boys middle school, and girls middle school. Achieving the diversity that I hoped has been successful in that there are players from several states at each camp. Camp Whatchamakeit is not “just another basketball camp” with too many participants to get anything done. We are confident that every camper will take something away from their week at Camp W and will improve both as a person and

a basketball player. Camp Whatchamakeit is designed to keep a lot of fun in a week that is intense and focused on the fundamentals of basketball. We are confident that your player will work harder in this camp than in any prior basketball experience, and have more fun than they have ever had playing basketball. The Camp consists of five “on court” practice days with approximately six hours of instruction and competition focusing on improving each player’s confidence and all fundamental aspects of basketball. Special attention will be directed to helping improve the “off” hand of each player, their “basketball IQ”, court vision and position specific skills. Players will leave camp with the ability to practice effectively and efficiently on their own. Evenings will include inspirational speakers, typically young adults, who have personally conquered the substantial adversity they have faced in their young lives. Past speakers have spoken of overcoming cancer, paralysis, drug and alcohol addiction, gang membership, and physical abuse. Group discussions will include developing leadership and life skills, along with effective time management. Every camp will include one afternoon of “non basketball related” fun, consisting of either white water rafting, or spending the afternoon at a local family entertainment park whose activities include go karts, bumper cars, laser tag, and other similar activities. The goal of Camp Whatchamakeit is to provide each player with a great Life, Leadership and Basketball experience that leads to a lifelong memory of a week spent in Colorado with newfound friends. We are able to provide that opportunity for all of the above reasons, but also because of our unique “sponsorship program”. At the end of each camp we ask each camper to commit to raising enough money over the next year to sponsor another player to come to camp. Committing to this opportunity gives each player a complete understanding of how they can help others by “paying it forward”. From this single act, we receive more positive comments than any of the other benefits provided by the Camp Whatchamakeit experience. The ultimate goal is to have kids sponsoring kids. I assure you that your son or daughter will be nurtured as if they were one of my own. The best compliment I have ever received about Camp Whatchamakeit was from the father of one of the campers. He said “I sent you a girl and in one week you returned her as a confident young woman.” We will endeavor to do the same with your son or daughter!

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e believe every child deserves camp. Camp teaches kids valuable social skills, independence, and bonds people together like few other experiences. Camp brings the added elements of outdoor education, high adventure, traditions, problem solving, independence, and unforgettable fun to create life-changing experiences for every child we serve. Camp helps develop youth and provides children with the opportunities and skills to help discover their own self-worth. Children come to us during a stage of life known as “construction of self� – they are literally building the adults they will become at camp. Their building blocks are experiences, and we believe that the more amazing the experiences, the more amazing the person they will become.

Camp is a place where children can challenge themselves. At camp, children are provided with positive risk taking options that take them out of their comfort zones. For example, campers may work together to conquer a low ropes course, hike to an amazing scenic location, get up early to see an incredible sunrise with newfound friends or perform in front of a group at a camp talent show. Children are

presented the opportunity to engage in outlandishly silly activities guided by positive role models. They participate in fun, safe and creative activities. As a result, children who go to camp develop self-esteem and confidence. Children who go to camp have the opportunity to make independent decisions. They can be themselves and don't see themselves through the eyes of their parents or their classmates. They are free from social media, cell phones and video games. At camp, children are able to learn based on their own decisions, good or bad. They learn to navigate in a bigger world with different people.

They participate in leadership opportunities. As a result, children who go to camp develop decision making skills that will last a lifetime. Discovery Camp for ages 7-13 is Keystone Science School’s flagship residential camp program. Science, adventure, and fun collide in a traditional camp setting as campers experience hands-on education and build lifelong connections with friends throughout a week filled with challenging adventure, team-building activities, and time-honored songs by the campfire. Each session incorporates lessons and activities focused around educational themes such as comparative ecology, astronomy, local history and wildlife biology.

Each summer we strive to bring a new flavour to our suite of camp programs. For 2013 we’re proud to present the Summer of Dreams: a chance to celebrate childhood, make new friends, and transform a sparkle of wonder into a beacon of unimaginable possibility. This summer we hope to make every camper’s dream become an unforgettable reality. Vol. 2, Issue 2



t the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, kids as young as 12 get to be part of a real archaeology project. Together, we investigate the history of the ancestral Pueblo Indians. Also known as the Anasazi, they were the ancestors of modern-day Pueblo Indians. Hundreds of years ago, they lived right here in southwest Colorado.

Crow Canyon Archaeology Camp

Archaeology Camps at Crow Canyon Each summer, Crow Canyon offers one-week camps for middle school and high school students. Crow Canyon also offers a threeweek, intensive High School Field School. Campers work with professional archaeologists in the field. They learn to identify artifacts in the lab. Through hands-on activities, they also experience the daily lives of ancestral Pueblo people. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to start a fire with a bow drill or throw a spear with an atlatl, these camps are for you! Are you a high school student considering archaeology as a career? Our field school may be right for you. You’ll experience three weeks of learning, discovery, and fun. There’s nothing quite like discovering an ancient artifact, such as a potsherd or a stone tool. It’s not just an artifact. It’s a connection to the people who once called this area home.


Kathy Stemmler, Ed.D., is director of education at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013. Vol. 2, Issue 2

Why Crow Canyon? Why choose Crow Canyon? Our experienced researchers and educators design programs that really engage young people in the study of the past. We collaborate with American Indians on program development. We believe that everyone’s history matters. Our scenic, rural 170acre campus is located in Cortez, CO, near Mesa Verde National Park and its famous cliff dwellings. All of our camps include field trips. Of course, there are lots of opportunities to make new friends. Campers are housed in our comfortable Southwest-style lodge and enjoy our famously delicious and healthy meals. Scholarships are available. We think our campers say it best. “The friends, the experience, the uniqueness of the program - there’s nothing else out there like this,” said Allison, a recent High School Field School student. To learn more, visit our website at summercamps or call 800-422-8975 ext 146.

What Kids Are Saying About Crow Canyon “This camp made me think that I want to be an archaeologist or maybe even a dendrochronologist. I am really glad that I got to go to Crow Canyon. This was a great experience and hopefully I can do it again in high school.” - Lexy, Middle School Archaeology Camp “My time at Crow Canyon was among the best three weeks of my life…. Digging was a blast!” Steven, High School Field School “I loved learning about the Pueblo culture, how they lived, and what their daily activities were…. I loved meeting actual archaeologists working on the site.” - Savanna, High School Archaeology Camp “As long as I can remember I had wanted to be an archaeologist… High School Field School was far more than I expected. The people, the fieldwork, and the camp itself really opened up my mind about archaeology…. There has never really been a place that I have fit in so well, and connected with everyone so quickly, as I did at Crow Canyon…. It was a great feeling to be able to wake up and have 27 of the nicest and most fun people around you at all times.” - Owen, High School Field School Vol. 2, Issue 2


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amp Horizons is a traditional, coed, overnight summer camp for ages 6-17. We are located in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley about 2 hours from the Washington DC metro area. We are dedicated to providing children with a place they can call their own in our constantly changing world; where they become a part of a supportive, encouraging community; and where they understand not only their own rights and responsibilities but also appreciate and respect the rights of others. Camp Horizons is a diverse community of campers and staff members, from many different cultures and backgrounds, working, playing and learning together. We encourage each other to try new things, enjoy favorite activities, grow in confidence and a sense of accomplishment, and build strong friendships that last a lifetime. We take pride in our influence and ability to create lifelong memories. Our intent is to spark energy capable of impacting people around the world through fun, friendship and respect for others and ourselves. We may or may not change the world, but we will change our corner in it. We offer one and two week sessions featuring outdoor adventures, sports, aquatics, visual and performing arts. Campers are grouped in cabins and with experienced 61 Vol. 2, Issue 2

counselors according to their age: Discovery for ages 6-8, Journey for ages 9-11, and Explorer for ages 12-16. We also offer specialty camps including an equestrian camp, adventure camp and a leadership camp. Optional activities include horseback riding lessons or trail rides, river canoe trips, SCUBA, rock climbing, tubing, caving, golf, and trips to our sister camp - Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center in West Virginia to experience the North Fork Valley Canopy Tour and the Via Ferrata rock climbing experience.

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Academic Summer Camp Provides Mountains of Fun with a Touch of Academics


he term “Academic Summer Camp” often sends families running to the hills, as the saying goes. However, in the case of Randolph-Macon Academy’s Academic Summer Camp, that’s just the direction campers should go. Set in the northern part of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, Randolph-Macon’s 135-acre campus (which is full of hills) boasts gorgeous mountain views on each side and fascinating history all around. For students who are entering grades six through eight this fall, it is an inspirational spot to spend four weeks this summer.

Each year, the Randolph-Macon Academic Summer Camp has a central theme that is woven into the curriculum and activities. This year’s theme is the American Presidents. “This theme does not permeate every classroom, but it is a strong part of many of the enrichment courses,” said summer camp director Derrick Leasure. For example, the students who elect to take the Science Explorer course will focus on inventions, discoveries, and conservation efforts by past presidents, as well as the science of assassination attempts.

After spending just a few hours in the classroom setting (all of Randolphwhich are full Macon’s of engaging Academic activities and Summer interactive Camp offers discussions), just the right students enjoy balance of lunch and scholastic head to their enhancement mentoring and The Randolph-Macon Academic groups, where entertaining Camp runs June 30-July 26, 2013. they learn fun. Students about character spend three More information can be found education and hours in at, team building, classes during or by calling 800-272-1172. and participate the morning in community - just enough service activities. to keep them For the rest of the day, they get engaged, whet their appetites for to have some fun, playing sports, learning, and help prevent that swimming, hiking, roasting academic decline that usually marshmallows, rollerblading, comes with long summer breaks. bowling…there are simply too Students may choose to explore many activities to list! In addition, an interest, work on a subject sometimes it is just good to area they find difficult, or try get off campus and experience something completely new, as something completely different, they choose from basic skills so during the four-week camp, classes in math or study skills, or there are field trips to area enrichment classes in the areas attractions, museums, and events, of history, science, reading and such as a musical at Shenandoah writing, digital media, and music University, the Udvar-Hazy Air and technology. Space Museum, or Mount Vernon.

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And all of that is just Monday through Friday. On the weekends, there may be trips to historical sites, whitewater rafting, Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens, or Massanutten Water Park. Because Randolph-Macon Academy is a boarding school during the regular school year, there are airconditioned dorms - two campers will typically share a dorm room - and a full gym for use during inclement weather. “This really is the perfect camp for those who want to have fun this summer, but would like to learn at the same time,” said Leasure. “Those who love learning tend to be even more excited about their favorite subjects at the end of camp, and those who aren’t so fond of school often fall in love with learning when they experience a more interactive environment where the focus is on learning, not grades.”

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Camp Tall Timbers – Away

from the Everyday

Written by Alex Fang.


to teach your campers! How Parents: Camp Tall Timbers icture this. It is June 20, often we hear parents say – ‘oh is more than just 120 acres of 2004. A nine-year old boy we aren’t ready for overnight beautiful mountain landscape from Bel Air, Maryland gets camps’ – ask yourself, when and a safe environment. It is onto a bus knowing nobody. will your camper be He sits on the bus ‘ready’? The answer and a man with is probably earlier a Grizzly Adams than you might beard shouts, think. The benefits “Who’s ready to go 1-800-862-2678 of overnight camp to West Virginia?” are vast. Continued The bus erupts into independence, learning screams, except to live communally, for this boy who is time away from technology, an unforgettable experience. trying to figure out what is so making connections to nature great about some camp in West The bonds your children make and so many opportunities to there last for a lifetime. Not Virginia. That boy was me. And try new things and gain new I will forever remember that day to mention the Camp Tall Timbers family spirit that echoes skills. And now, our Rookie as the start of a lifelong journey campers have more choices through the summers. Everyone with Camp Tall Timbers and than ever with our Tryout knows everyone’s name and the last time I would ever think Weekends and Wet Your Feet no-one gets left behind – we to not smile when someone Weeks too. are ‘friends, friends, friends’ mentions the Mountain State. – a camp song we can’t wait

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Being a counselor for the first time in Summer 2011 and returning every summer since, I can say that we have just as much fun as the campers and we give 110% in all facets of camp life. I’m not the only one who thinks CTT is the best place ever. We are one of the Top Rated Camps in the country on Our most popular sessions are our Three Week Sessions. They host the FULL traditional over-night camp experience. Color wars, trips, campfires (complete with s’mores), traditions, activities and more! Applications are welcomed on a rolling basis till we are full. So check out our website today: A family owned business, ACA Accredited since 1970 with over

40 years of local references, just 90 miles west of our nation’s capital in Washington DC. Kids! Camp Tall Timbers is the most fun place in the world! There’s a lake – with so many water sports and all onsite. Jet Ski Tubing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing and more. Baseball Diamond – complete with World Series Competitions. THREE soccer and football fields, the Super Bowl Flag Football League is not to be missed. Gymnasium & Rec Hall for our Performing Arts inclined campers – dance, drama, improv and even a Camp Musical every summer. Then there’s outdoor pursuits – a 360 foot Zip Line, Climbing Wall, Challenge and Wilderness survival programs. But wait! There’s more - Pool, horse-back

riding, tennis, golf, arts and crafts and many many more – over 30 activities to choose from! And the coolest part about Camp Tall Timbers? Every camper makes their very own schedule! We help our campers tailor a perfect schedule that will be right for you to make your summer the best yet. I first went to CTT when I was just 9 and I kept returning year after year because it was so much fun and now those cabin buddies are my friends for life. The counselors are fun young people and the other kids are a blast! Check out the CTT Facebook page www.facebook. com/camptalltimbers or our website - so we can set you up for the best summers of your life! Vol. 2, Issue 2


My curse is that I’m good at everything. Before I go any farther, I want to be very clear. That last statement couldn’t be further from the truth. The problem is that my kids do see it that way. They are young enough to still believe the lie that Mommy and Daddy are good at almost everything. Well, not even just good at it all, but perhaps the best. At this stage in their lives, it’s not

completely a bad thing. We are their heroes! And there is a part of this false truth that we secretly like as parents. But we also know that they have to know the whole truth- that failure is a real & important part of life. It was last week that my wife, Amy, and I were reminded at how important it is for them to know this truth.

Learning to Fail

Piper, our 5 year old, told us that she didn’t want to go to choir practice at church. She loved choir; but something changed. She broke into tears, desperate to get out of going. As we asked her why, her answer was almost funny. “They play games where people get out…. I didn’t win the game we played last week.” Wow, was she in for a rude awakening. Had I really taught my oldest that she was the best at everything? Had I taught her that she will always win first place? Was I setting her up to be crushed by real life? I struggle with this because I want her to know that I love her like she is the best. No matter what, I’ll be her biggest fan. This will always be my message to my daughters. But that is not all I had said. I had led her astray. She actually believed that she needed to win everything and be the best at everything. The more I thought about it, the more I saw that I’m not the only one feeding this lie. I know some schools that fail to teach kids to fail. There are even camps that have done away with competition. “Everyone’s a winner” is a dangerous game. The biggest reason? It’s not reality.

As much as it hurts, in real life, our children will fail at things; just like we did and still do. I want to be a parent that teaches my children that it’s ok to fail and that there is a proper way to fail. Failing is an opportunity to learn, adapt, and move forward in an effort to succeed next time. Even if we fail again. Here at Ridgecrest Summer Camps, we love our campers no matter what they do. If they win a game, or if they don’t win. When they don’t win, they have a safe place to grow and learn. This begins with games, but continues with social situations, with faith, and with dreams. Learning to fail is a crucial skill that we will use for the rest of our days here on earth. We love standing beside our campers as they learn these life-long lessons. And the more I learn about failing, the more grateful I become that my God, Jesus Christ, has already won the ultimate battle for me. I don’t have the worry about failing at life when I rest in His victory. Now that’s something I want to make sure my kids completely understand… His grace.

What are you doing to make sure your children have learned how to fail in a safe place?

Phil Berry

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Wilderness Adventure at

Eagle Landing was founded with the vision to create an all-outdoor program that builds character, confidence and leadership skills. Unlike traditional summer camps, Wilderness Adventure prides itself on being an adventure and backpacking camp. The owner, retired Marine Colonel Gene Nervo, believes environmental education is about building a foundation of skills and experiences from which a confident and wellbalanced child can grow. After 30 years in the Marine Corp, raising 7 children of his own, and leading scouts for over 15 years, Colonel Nervo, began building his own program back in 1990. So for over 20 years he has been running his unique excursion style program on his 500 acre basecamp and the surrounding miles of breathtaking National Forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The program is full of adventure activities, including rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, rafting, rappelling, high ropes adventure course, teambuilding, and our 900’ zip line. Wilderness Adventure also focuses on outdoor living skills, leave no trace ethics, orienteering skills, swift water rescue, instilling leadership traits and other essentials that give participants a respect and understanding of the natural world that surrounds them. Children also spend unscheduled time exploring and connecting with the wild lands of Virginia and West Virginia.

When asked about why he thinks parents should select an adventure program, over a traditional summer camp, Colonel Nervo said this, “As a child grows and matures, there are many life experiences that contribute to their personal growth and success. Attending camp is an experience that contributes to a young person’s position personal growth both mentally and

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physically. While there are many camps that are fun, adventure and wilderness programs are also layered with many character building experiences. An adventure program provides an environment that teaches and builds selfsufficiency, perseverance, confidence, teamwork and leadership. Add the wilderness setting and it removes the participants from the distractions of urbanization and modern conveniences. When you finish a day of backpacking or mountain climbing it is exhilarating and extremely rewarding. You have met a challenge, you have achieved a goal; and you have endured. “ Jason Luchs, a former WAEL camper, age 16 was asked a similar question and he responded, “This is NOT your normal summer camp, and that was perhaps the largest factor in my choosing to attend Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing. You will hike. You will sleep on the ground. You will be without a toilet. You will eat dehydrated food. These things are all part of the experience, however, and I would never change them. I cherish the memories of my weeks at WA more than any of my other summer memories. Any time that I am feeling stressed out by life, I always go back to canoeing on the New River. A perfect day, adrift and at peace on the water. I cannot recall a more relaxing and fun experience than WA. Nor can I remember a more satisfying feeling than taking off my boots after an all-day hike, and then sitting by a camp fire, cooking REAL FOOD! Thank you WA, for providing me with priceless memories and lots of new friends.” So the question isn’t why should you choose an adventure and wilderness based program, but why wouldn’t you choose one. It has all the same perks of a traditional summer program but with so much more depth. Vol. 2, Issue 2


Contact: Abby Tierney Phone: 877-566-9247 x 13 Email:

A TASTE OF COLLEGE FOR TEENS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Summer Experience for High School Students with Asperger’s, ADHD and Learning Differences CIP is gearing up for their popular Summer Programs which provide unique opportunities for high school students with special needs. Teens with learning differences will get a sneak peek at college life on one of six college campuses across the US. Since transitions can be especially difficult for young adults with learning differences, Summer@CIP can help them to prepare for what’s in store as they move to the next stage of their lives. Participants will also have many opportunities to build new friendships and have fun. Since 2009, CIP’s Summer Programs have helped hundreds of students prepare for their next steps, whether it is attending a college, entering the workforce, or continuing on to a specialized postsecondary program. In past years, participants have hailed from over 30 states and Puerto Rico as well as Antigua, Germany, Hong Kong, Jordan, Spain, and Thailand. The programs take place at six highly rated college and university locations including University of California, Berkeley; Cal State Dominguez Hills; Indiana University; Westfield State University; Florida Institute of Technology; and University of Buffalo. The two-week sessions are open to teen’s entering their sophomore year through graduates of the current year, in addition to a new program in Melbourne, Florida for young adults who have graduated high school up to age 26. Both programs are offered during summer 2013.

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Participants will be introduced to the College Internship Program’s comprehensive curriculum, which focuses on real life skills, goal setting and building self-esteem. Summer programming is based on the curriculum from CIP’s year round programs which have been serving students age 18-26 since 1984. Students will develop short and long-range goals, practice independent living skills and learn to navigate college life. Classes include social thinking, time management, organization and personcentered planning. The program also focuses on independent living skills such as cooking, banking and budgeting, laundry and more. A variety of fun activities are planned during each session. Participants will spend time outdoors hiking, swimming and exploring local highlights. Summer staff organize events such as ropes courses, theme park trips and professional sports outings which serve as experiential learning opportunities in a fun and relaxed setting. Just like college, summer participants will also have plenty of scheduled down time to relax and socialize. Students who attend Summer@CIP can expect experienced instructors and cutting edge programming in a college setting. Participants must apply and meet CIP’s admissions requirements in order to be found eligible to attend. Space is limited.

Two Unique Programs: High School Summer Program

• Students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grade in the fall and those who have graduated in the current year

Beyond High School Program

• High school graduates who have not yet reached the age of 27 • Prepare for independent living in a real-life

• Spend 2 weeks on a college or university campus • Learn valuable skills and gain experience

apartment setting campus • Practice skills in a supportive environment

Admissions Criteria: • Diagnosis of Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism, ADHD, Nonverbal, Dyslexia or other learning difference • Low average to high intelligence • Emotional, behavioral, and psychological stability • Students must show independence with taking medications • HS Summer Program: Students entering 10th, 11th and 12th grade in the fall and those who have graduated in the current year • Beyond HS: High school graduates who have not yet reached the age of 27

Locations: High School Summer Program Westfield State University

Florida Institute of Technology

Indiana University, Bloomington

University of California, Berkeley

July 21 – August 2, 2013

July 7 – 19, 2013

University at Buffalo July 14 – 26, 2013

June 23 – July 5, 2013

July 21 – August 2, 2013

Cal State Dominguez Hills June 30 – July 12,2013

Beyond High School Program Melbourne, Florida June 9 – 21, 2013

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About " Camp Unalayee Camp hasn’t even ended, and I can’t wait to come back next year. That’s the kind of thing campers say as they prepare to head home after a session at camp. What is it about Camp Unalayee that creates this feeling? Camp Unalayee (CampU), meaning “Place of Friends” in Cherokee, is an ACA accredited summer camp for girls and boys ages 10 through 17. Located in Northern California in the beautiful Trinity Alps wilderness, CampU provides a unique outdoors experience during two-week sessions where kids completely disconnect from iPods, video games and the internet and learn to connect with nature and the surrounding wilderness. Family programs are also offered. Campers live, play, and hike together under the guidance and supervision of an experienced staff. At Unalayee, campers gain a greater understanding of themselves, each other and the natural world. Each year, several camp scholarships (“camperships”) are provided to families who might not otherwise be able to send their children to camp. The camp structure creates a supportive community where friendships and cooperation flourish. Camp activities are designed for children to learn new skills, build self-confidence and foster selfsufficiency. Campers discover the joys of working and playing together in the fresh air and natural surroundings. Far from home and their normal routines they develop new skills, get great exercise and learn to live in the outdoors. Lifelong friendships start and grow, and a love and respect for nature reveals itself or deepens. Yes, children have fun, try new activities, and learn new skills at CampU, but it is these intangible experiences that last a lifetime. The camp program is based on the philosophies of John Muir and Henry David Thoreau. Campers discover the joys of working and playing together in the fresh air and natural surroundings. Campers hike, camp, swim, boat, and more in a remote wilderness setting. Boys and girls live in small groups. They cook over open fires, sleep under the stars, and join in on campfire stories, skits and songs. Lifelong friendships are forged and appreciation for the natural world is formed. Since 1949 the camp has provided kids with self-esteem, social values and a love for the environment. 75 Vol. 2, Issue 2

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The D-backs Baseball Academy,

presented by Grand Canyon University, is the official year-round baseball and fast-pitch softball instruction division of the Arizona Diamondbacks. A variety of camps and clinics are offered throughout the calendar year, hosted at facilities such as Chase Field, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Grand Canyon University as well as local parks throughout the Greater Phoenix area. The D-backs Baseball Academy, now in its 14th season, has taught thousands of kids to “Learn to

Play the D-backs’ Way!”

To ensure quality instruction, enrollment is limited to a 1:10 ratio of instructor-to-student. In fact, you will often see smaller group sizes to provide the best possible learning environment. Each camp day and session is highly choreographed to maximize participation and activity time. Our instructors are handpicked by the organization from a group of former professional players, as well as the best local collegiate and high school coaches. Fast-pitch softball camps are instructed by collegiate fast-pitch standouts.

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The Environmental  Nature  Center  in  Newport  Beach,  CA  has   offered  Summer  Nature  Camps  since  1977.  Nature  Camp   provides  quality  science  education  in  an  outdoor,  hands-­‐on   setting.    Our  campers  learn  while  having  a  great  time!     Nature  Camp  emphasizes  experiential  learning.  Science   concepts  are  introduced  in  a  fun  environment,  with  crafts,   games  and  hands-­‐on  activities.    Visit  us  online  for  more  info.

"The kids are having a great time with all these activities. I am so glad they get to do the messy experiments with you guys and I can keep my house clean. You have accomplished about a school years worth of science in one week! Awesome!" – ENC Nature Camp Parent
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Kimberly Farms:

A Summer of Cookouts, Hangouts, and Horses Send your child to savor summer in Vermont at our friendly, individualized horsemanship camp. We emphasize skillful and safe riding (beginner to advanced) as well as encouraging personal growth for each camper. Campers learn new skills, both in connecting to their fellow campers and in building strong relationships with the animals, and demonstrate improved self esteem. Many of our students find that horsemanship becomes a driving interest for many years. In addition, we try very hard to limit the number of campers in order to preserve this individualized approach. Each week is packed with fun activities both on and off the horses. At Kimberly Farms, campers ride every day, enjoy fun games, arts and crafts, camp songs and take off-site field trips to interesting places. Overnight campers enjoy home-cooked and nutritious meals (vegetarians welcome!). Riding lessons, horse care, nature walks, flashlight tag, and a late-night cookout all add to the fun, but the best part of the experience is sharing laughs and making lifelong friends.

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backpacking skills or climbing skills.

Since 1971, Sheridan School Mountain

Campus has offered boys and girls ages 9-17 the opportunity to connect with nature and each other in a caring, nurturing environment that fosters curiosity, learning, and meaningful friendships that will last a lifetime. Accredited by the Association of Independent MD & DC Schools Sheridan has always been committed to ensuring that children have a place to play and take safe, healthy risks – not only challenging themselves physically, but also emotionally.

Situated in the heart of the

Shenandoah Valley – with Shenandoah National Park for a back yard and the Shenandoah River in our front yard – Mountain Campus is located on 130 acres of unspoiled wilderness that allows us to offer an unparalleled outdoor adventure program for campers of all backgrounds and experiences. For all ages, our programs include a high ropes course, 500 foot zip line, climbing, canoeing, hiking, camping out under the stars, caving, a nature center and other traditional camp activities – archery, crafts, campfires, games and plenty of fun!

For both middle school and high school age

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During the Backpacking session, campers are able to learn how to plan a trip, pack backpacks, set up tents, prepare meals, take care of their own gear, and live in nature under the 7 Leave No Trace Principles – all with the support of well trained instructors and their peers. The session gives campers a sense of accomplishment and independence that is difficult, if not impossible, to replicate in any other setting. During the Rock Climbing session, campers

are able to hone their climbing skills not only at our on-site 40 foot climbing tower, but also in the majestic George Washington National Forest. Campers learn safe climbing practices, knots, and push themselves (quite literally) to heights they may not know they can reach.

During our two-week

session – appropriately named the Ironman Program – campers are able to take advantage of every challenge we have to offer at Mountain Campus. Campers have the opportunity to hike, backpack, go caving, climb, canoe, and go white water rafting – not to mention all of the in camp activities we have to offer on property. This session will not only challenge the seasoned outdoor adventurist, it will foster growth in those who are new to the outdoors and are looking to have a new summer experience pushing their boundaries.

Mountain Campus also offers rising 9th

through 12th graders the opportunity to come back to camp as Leaders in Training – or LITs. The LIT Program allows campers to have an enriching experience acting as role models for younger campers for a week of camp. As part of the LIT Program, campers receive a week of training with our professional instructors, CPR and First Aid Certification, and the opportunity

to give back to the camp community in a meaningful way. This program is a great addition to any resume or college application! So, whether your camper is new to outdoor adventure, or is looking to push their boundaries a little farther in a safe, nurturing environment, Sheridan Mountain Campus has a program for them.

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Theatre Arts Center, celebrating its twelfth anniversary in NYC, Queens training students in acting, musical theatre, and dance, is auditioning talented students ages 8 – 19 to join their summer Performing Arts Camp. With a location between Manhattan and Long Island, the school is a favorite for families looking for a theatre program close to home. They are in summer residence at the Professional Performing Arts Center at Queensborough Community College in Bayside, Queens. The staff includes many Broadway professionals such as Robbie Roby from Billy Elliot, Scott Barnhardt from Book of Mormon, Shannon Lewis from How to Succeed, Beth Nicely Johnson from Spamalot, Tony Gonzalez from Mamma Mia, J. Austin Eyer from Billy Elliot, Matthew Rossoff from Jesus Christ Superstar, and Stephanie Klemons from Bring it On all who have taught and choreographed for the Theatre Arts Center’s Summer Camp. Karen Mason, Broadway veteran and cabaret star, has taught at the Center for several years. “I love working with young singers & actors because they are on the brink of their careers and are eager to share and learn” states Ms. Mason, who made her directing debut at the Center in 2009 and she continues to teach at the Center. New this summer is also a one-week Audition Prep Workshop for students preparing for college or high school auditions. Parents can schedule an audition

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for any of the summer programs at 718-5952905. Talented youth, ages 8-19 learn professional skills at a Musical Theatre & Dance Camp or an Actors Conservatory. In keeping with their professional approach, all students must audition to participate.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what TAC has planned for this Summer,” states EMMY Award winning television designer Dennis Size.

“My daughter not only had an incredible learning experience -- but also a fabulous time. Having seen the level of discipline and professionalism, plus how much my daughter matured, and her talent developed under their tutelage, I will definitely encourage her to audition again.” The four-week workshops attract talented students from NYC, Long Island and as far away as Germany and Brazil. Many graduates have been successful in landing roles On and Off-Broadway, at HBO Family, PBS Reading Rainbow, Nickelodeon, a developmental project for Disney and Music Theatre International, The American Girl Theatre, Live at the Apollo and The Soprano’s. Long Island alumni Crystalyn Wynter was a finalist at Live

at the Apollo, and Melissa Goscinski was selected by Jennifer Hudson to sing a duet from Dreamgirls with her on NBC’s Today Show. Many of their students attend NYC’s LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Frank Sinatra School for the Performing Arts, NYC Professional Performing Arts School, and other local Performing Arts programs on Long Island. Artistic Director, Robert Laconi brought the program to New York City from Bucks County Pennsylvania where it was founded by Kristine Lewis. Ms. Lewis is a partner in Lewis & Fox Casting and Mr. Laconi teaches, produces and directs between NYC and Bucks County. The NY location attracts a top-notch teaching staff, that often also teaches at their Pennsylvania location. When they were looking for a NYC home base, the 800-seat Professional Performing Arts Center at Queensborough Community College in Bayside was the perfect fit. Parents and students from the boroughs and Long Island are pleased to have a professional program in their own back yard, and parents from Manhattan like the suburban atmosphere of the CUNY campus. “This is an excellent match,” says Susan Agin. Executive Director of Queensborough’s Professional Performing Arts Series. “Our theatre, already the host to major artists like Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, Ben Vereen & Frankie Avalon, is a wonderful professional learning laboratory for budding talent,” states Agin. The Actors Conservatory begins July 1 and the Musical Theatre Workshop for ages 8-19 begins July 8. Both workshops are four weeks of serious fun. The fruit of all the hard work are public performances at the 800-seat Professional Performing Arts Center and the Shadow Box Theatre July 27, 28, & Aug. 3 & 4. The Audition Prep Workshop is Aug. 5 – 11 and culminates in a public Showcase as well. Talented young performers interested in auditioning for the camp should call 718-595-2905 or email for an appointment. Out of town students can submit a video audition. You can also find information and request an audition on their web site at

“While my 17-year old son has been in many theater camps in the Long Island / New York area, never has he never had such a memorable experience as the summer with Robert Laconi’s Theatre Arts Center. He has maintained close ties with many of the wonderful friends he made in the program -- I believe this is because at Theatre Arts Center he worked harder, with more professional expectations than he ever has, and the kids shared an enormous pride in their accomplishments together.  The staff is extraordinary, and I recommend this program with pleasure.”

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days. Campers can choose one or two week sessions and we even have a 2 night Mini Camp for younger, first time campers. Sessions can be combined for longer stays and many campers will stay for 4 weeks and claim “It’s still not enough!”


ince 1946, campers from around the world have found their summer home in the redwood forests of Santa Cruz, CA. Cabin life and exciting activities are the heart and soul of the Kennolyn Camp experience. But, the friendships and the fun make the days at camp even better and brighter. Campers live in cabins with 5-7 other boys or girls. A trained adult counselor lives with the group to make sure having fun is the number 1 priority. At Kennolyn, campers choose their activities from a long list of options. Perhaps a camper is looking for high adventure and may choose the ropes course, climbing wall, mountain bike, or BMX program. Others might focus more on the arts with classes in guitar, ceramics, cartooning, and dance. There will still be time for swimming, horseback riding, cooking, archery, and riflery. There are activities like fencing, trapeze, fashion design, cooking, drama, and Mountain Biking. Campers can even choose an Adventure Camp to take them kayaking, river rafting, and surfing. There is so much to choose from. Food is served in our beautiful Lodge where the chatter is about the day’s adventures. Fresh fruits and vegetables fill the salad bar and kid friendly meals keep everyone happy and well fed. Kennolyn works with families to accommodate special diets and our professional kitchen staff takes pride in the food we serve. Evenings are a special time at camp with camp outs, evening games, weekly dances, and campfires to close out our

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Kennolyn Campers have been visiting the local beaches and the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk since the camp began. These special days allow us to make the most of our location just a few miles from the ocean. Santa Cruz is the perfect location for a camp. Summer temperatures in the mid to high 70s keep us outdoors all day long. International and out of state campers usually arrive into San Jose airport and it is a short 50 minute bus ride to camp. Camper safety is a high priority, of course. 2 RNs are on site 24 hours a day with a doctor on call just minutes away. Kids challenge themselves and grow up here but it’s important this is achieved with an emphasis on safety. Kennolyn Camp is proudly accredited by the American Camp Association.

CREATE. PERFORM. INSPIRE. For two weeks, let us put you in the spotlight. Join us for an exciting, cutting edge downtown theater experience that helps you develop your talent. • Design your own program, based on your interests • Meet other teens who are passionate about shaping the future of theater • Study with experts in the areas of acting, singing, dancing, and more • Have access to a state-of-the-art blackbox theater • Explore how performance can change the world Summer 2013 dates are July 8-19, 2013. The program will feature talented teaching artists from Amas Musical Theater, MCC Theater, and The Red Fern Theater Company.

FREE Workshops and Camp Preview Wednesday, April 10th—Actor Skills—5:00-6:30pm Blocking? Script Analysis? Bring your questions and get ready to learn some great tricks of the trade.

Sunday, May 12th—D.I.Y. Theater—1:00-2:30pm Learn how to create your own pieces of theater about what matters most to you.

For Students Entering 6th Grade- Entering 9th Grade. No experience necessary. Programming will include audition prep for High School Auditions. Questions?  Contact, or call 646-395-4322

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This is a place for those of us who need to get our hands dirty in order to truly learn about the Wild Lands of New Mexico.

Explore the Wilderness of the Southwest This is an adventure - a true expedition - through the Wild Lands of New Mexico. Backpacking, hiking, river trips, and rock climbing are at the core of everything we do.

Discover the Culture of the Southwest We take you on world-class backpacking excursions, but the Gulch is much more than that - we also use our hands to explore Southwestern art, archaeology, reptiles, dinosaur bones, and the Native American culture that makes this land so unique.

Create your own Legacy What sets the Gulch apart from other adventure programs (in addition to our setting in glorious New Mexico) is that we give you the chance to CREATE your own legacy project. Our professional staff will help you silversmith your own turquoise bracelet, make a star chart of the night sky, restore burrowing owl habitat on our prairies, reconstruct an 800-year-old pot with our archaeologist, or build a new chicken coop for our organic farm.

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I want to wander down backroads, along paths, and through the wilderness for the rest of my life. This place has taught me that.

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Bach To Rock is the Music School for students of all ages. B2R’s unique

method is based on the knowledge that students learn best when they join together to play the music they like the most. That’s why we use special arrangements of the music of our time and combine individual lessons with group instruction. B2R offers a variety of music camps for kids aged 4+.

Rock Band

is designed for new or existing students. It is taught by real musicians who will have them playing full songs in no time! Students are placed in a band according to their age and skill level and the requirements of ensemble playing, teamwork and achievement of musical objectives are stressed. Each weekly session culminates in a public performance and the recording of a CD.

Glee Club

inspired by the television sensation, is a premier choral ensemble offering a dynamic atmosphere for male and female students to unlock their inner star! Each student will explore fun vocal exercises, singing in harmony, and cool choreography while performing arrangements of popular songs. The B2R Glee Club provides a group learning experience that emphasizes reading music, intonation, listening skills, rhythm, and healthy vocal technique. The club will also get to show off its talent in a public performance.

Rock City World Tour

is the place to find real music education for your 4 - 7 year old. Through dynamic musical and movement-based activities, exposure to live instruments and musically inspired story-time, budding young musicians gradually develop the skills needed to read music, play simple rhythms and develop fine motor control - skills that are essential for future success in playing an instrument. Camps focus on foundational musical concepts such as fast and slow, sound and silence, high and low and even singing and playing major scales.

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Record a Studio Demo Do you have an awesome band that’s rocking covers and writing songs, but not sure of what to do next? Come learn how to promote your music and get gigs! Find out how to create a press kit, including one sheets, photos and even a professional demo. Work in a state of the art studio with professional engineers to create your own signature sound.

Using state-of-the-art recording technology, such as Pro Tools and Digidesign compatible control surfaces, students gain hands on experience manipulating sound in an industry level environment. Participants have the opportunity to create original music and record live bands in B2R’s professional recording studios.

Beat Refinery (Bethesda and Herndon Sites Only) If your child loves music and technology, this is the camp for them! Students get hands-on experience while learning the fundamentals of mixing songs, scratching sounds, and DJ music theory. Learning from world class DJ instructors, students work on individual state-of-the-art DJ workstations and will record and perform a short 2 to 3 song mini mix at the end of the program. No previous DJ experience required. This camp is for kids 10+. Vol. 2, Issue 2


HealthKick Kung Fu Summer Camp For Kids Shaolin Kung Fu is a martial art that has been made famous by movie starts like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and most importantly, Po, the Kung Fu Panda! It is an ancient Chinese martial art originally developed at the Shaolin Temple. The Temple is situated in a remote area of China in the middle of a verdant mountain range. When many people think of martial arts training, they picture long, wide austere matted rooms with uniformed students punching in formation. Shaolin Kung Fu, from its inception, was quite the opposite. This legendary martial art has always been practiced in the great outdoors. This summer, have your child be a part of this timeless tradition how it was meant to be practiced….outside! HealthKick Kung Fu operates throughout the year on the Near Northside of Chicago. Our desire was to take our urban children and give them a martial art encounter similar to what is experienced by kids practicing in China. Summer is the perfect time to take our training outdoors and Chicago’s Lincoln Park is our gateway to the natural world. Kung Fu is much more dynamic than other martial arts. Campers develop increased jumping ability, better footwork and agility, improved coordination, above average core and leg strength, and dynamic and elastic muscle force generation. The fields, natural inclines, beaches and public monuments of the park provide a wide variety of environments for developing this athleticism in our Campers. Camp curriculum is comprised of 4 components: forms, weapons, practical self-defense and sparring: • Forms training is a series of movements linked together that exercise the body and serve as a basis for martial application. There is an artistic quality to Shaolin forms and they should be pleasing to the eye as well as powerful. The bulk of the Camp training consists in learning and performing these sets.

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• Weapons training is an extension of the forms. Children use light-weight flexible practice weapons which are safe and fun to work with. They start with a simple staff and progress to the fan, straight sword and broadsword. • Practical self-defense pulls out movements from the forms and teaches counter response application for real-life situations. • Sparring teaches penetration of techniques with the use of hitting pads and light contact sparring with safety gear. Campers who do not want to participate in this type of contact continue to develop their forms and practical self-defense with no pressure to take part in contact sparring. This type of training has always been an excellent way for children to develop the skills they will need to handle many of life’s difficult situations. While developing these skills, Campers acquire increased confidence, self-discipline and respect for themselves and those around them. They become calmer individuals with an increased ability to focus on any task at hand. But what would summer be without time to relax and smell the flowers? Our Kung Fu Campers also have time between exercise segments to sit in the grass, feel the warm breeze on their skin, watch a butterfly shed its cocoon or take a refreshing dip in the lake. Special days are scheduled that include trips to the zoo, conservatory and beach. We are a half-day camp that offers plenty of flexibility to attend all nine weeks, select weeks, or specific days at-a-time. Come and join us for the mythical magic of Shaolin Kung Fu!

Paula Lazarz Owner HealthKick Kung Fu 773-879-0063 Vol. 2, Issue 2


Why MMA Summer Camp?

Marine Military Academy

Summer Camp: Why Should You Bother?



t is getting close to that time of year when young men are looking forward to the end of the school year. Thoughts are filled with ideas of how they are going to spend the summer months away from classes, books and homework.  They are thinking of sleeping in late, hanging out with friends, staying up late, watching TV or maybe going on a vacation with family for a week or so or just relaxing until the next school  year begins.  Why in the world would anyone ever consider spending a major portion of their summer at a camp?  Well, just ask yourself “What did I do last summer?”  Was it something so memorable that thoughts of it dance in your head or are you struggling to remember just what you did?  If every summer seems to be a rerun of the last one or you can’t remember anything special about it, then maybe it’s time to consider a summer camp.  Not just anysummer camp and not one that will fill you with memories of leather crafts, hikes and sitting around a campfire singing songs and roasting marshmallows.  I’m talking about a summer camp where you are on the go from sunup to sundown.  Where you will take on adventures that you see in the movies or on Discovery Channel.  I’m talking about Marine Military Academy’s Adventure Summer Camp.  We do more before 9:00 AM than most people will do in a full day and we do it every day for four weeks! Vol. 2, Issue 2


irst and foremost, MMA Summer Camp is a four week total immersion in action activities, group problem solving, teamwork building and just having a lot of fun. The days start before the sun breaks the eastern sky and ends after dark and you are on the go the entire time.  You will be assigned to one of 5 companies and will be billeted with 60-70 other campers in two man rooms, air conditioned of course.  All required clothing and equipment will be provided and you get one of those neat military haircuts!  Don’t worry, it all grows back.  All you need bring is a positive attitude and a sense of adventure.  The adventure will begin immediately after checking in and continue unabated for the next four weeks.  Senior Marine Noncommissioned officers will guide through each day, providing supervision and instruction.  By the time the first week ends you will be ready to take on the toughest challenges of the camp, the LEAD Complex. Multimedia-Gallery/

MMA Adventure Summer Camp on the LEAD Complex


he adventure kicks into high gear at the beginning of the second week of camp when campers take on the events on the LEAD Complex. They will experience activities such as rappelling, rock climbing and a 350′ zipline and this is just he beginning.  Campers will test their skills on our Marine Corps Obstacle Course where a combination of strength, skill and technique will help them overcome every obstacle.  Our Circuit Course will help them lose those unwanted pounds and develop that lean, mean physique.  The Confidence Course will test not only their physical abilities but their confidence at heights.  This will come in handy when the take on the High and Low Ropes Course.  the Leadership Reaction Course will test their problem solving skills as well their ability to work as a team.  The Pugil Sticks pit will test their courage and aggressivness and Rope Bridging will provide them with some fun technical skills.  Every one of these events will be run multiple times durningsummer camp with variations each time.  All of these events are broken up with a series of hikes throughout the local area, beginning with a 2 mile hike and finishing up with a good 5 mile hike.  Throw in a mud course, paintball course and a trip to the rifle range and it gets even more fun.  Boxing, swimming and sports activities round out the schedule.


Even Meals are An Adventure

ven meal times are special at MMA Summer Camp. No bologna sandwiches and chips.  “Every meal a feast” is no idle boast.  Full home style cooking with plenty of fruit, salad and desserts.  Breakfast gets the day going and it’s all you can eat with plenty of choices; eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal and drink.  We try to make sure they get plenty of fluids at every meal to offset the South Texas heat.  After the noon meal you get to go back to your air conditioned room for an hour to relax and regenerate for the afternoon activities.  The evening meal may include chicken, fish, lasagna,  roast beef, ham, turkey and all with plenty of side dishes. Whichever meal  you sit down to you won’t leave hungry.  We even throw in pizza and spagetti once in while to keep things interesting.  We know what a growing young man needs to keep the motor running and we provide plenty of it!

MMA Summer Camp Wraps Up with a Wild Final Week


very day of MMA Summer Camp is an adventure however, the final week of camp it all comes to crescendo with several events to wrap it all together. Campers take on the Iron Man, a team competition that covers the entire campus and is composed of over a dozen different event.  Campers hit the LEAD Complex for their final time during the Back 40 Round Robin where they get one last chance at all the major events.  Rappelling, zipline, obstacle course, confidence course and high ropes course make up the event and it is a whirlwind of activity as the move from one event to the next.  Camper put their close order drill to good effect during the summer camp drill competition where the Commandant of Cadets grades each platoon on their drill movement.  The annual Field Meet wraps up the four weeks of activity and is the one event parents have the opportunity to watch.  At the end you will find that you are more physically fit, selfconfident and ready to take on the world.


o if you still are wondering why you should consider summer camp at Marine Military Academy? You should only consider it if you want to experience the time of your life, to have memories that will last a lifetime and do things that your friends will marvel at when you tell them all about it! Vol. 2, Issue 2


Learn, Grow and Have Fun at Camp Ramapo Summer can be a perfect time for children

to leave their everyday environments and discover new opportunities. Camp Ramapo in Rhinebeck, NY offers a traditional residential summer camp for children aged 6 to 16 with social, emotional or learning challenges, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Ramapo is based on the belief that

all children seek the same things: to learn, feel valued, have friends and experience success. The Ramapo Approach centers on personal relationships, positive role models, thoughtful rituals and routines, collective celebration of individual accomplishments, open communication, and reflection. By bringing these factors to bear in the context of emotionally safe, nurturing environments, Ramapo helps young people learn to align their behaviors with their aspirations.

Children who benefit from the Ramapo

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and take home skills that move them forward in the classroom, at home and in life.

“ Living within a group helps children form healthy relationships ”

Jeffrey came to Ramapo with delayed

communications skills and hyperactive behavior. In addition, he was hypersensitive to sound, so it was difficult for Jeffery to be around large groups. On the first day of camp, Jeffrey’s counselor brought him to the all-camp opening ceremony before the crowd arrived. This tactic helped Jeffrey feel comfortable with his surroundings not just that first night, but had a lasting impact throughout his weeks at camp. He became comfortable enough to manage group settings like the dining hall where he sat and ate with his peers.

“ Camp helps children make good choices and develop self-confidence ”

Michael came to camp having trouble sitting

still and having frequent outbursts. Ramapo believes that difficult behavior like Michael’s is the language children use when their needs are not being met or the demands of their environment are misaligned with their social, emotional and learning challenges. Michael was really concerned about safety while camp, and enjoyed acting as the camp’s security guard. Counselors would send him on secret safety “missions” that engaged his interests productively and made him feel valued. By giving Michael opportunities to succeed on his “missions,” his self-confidence grew; after eight weeks at camp, Michael improved on what was previously difficult, choosing to participate in activities without his usual outbursts.

This summer was truly life changing for my son and not only did he acquire some great new tools, but he also shed some bad habits! - Parent of camper

Camp Ramapo kicks off June 23, 2013 and

holds three sessions. Come for two weeks or stay the whole summer, but it’s best to sign up early! For more information, visit or call 845-876-8403.

Campers live in bunks with an average of six peers and enjoy activities like swimming, arts and crafts, sports, hiking and more. Camp Ramapo maintains a one-to-one staff-tocamper ratio and provides a safe, predictable, and highly structured environment. Our kind, patient and committed staff is expertly trained to help children learn to live within a group, form healthy relationships, make good choices, develop self-control and experience success. Vol. 2, Issue 2


2013 WEEKLY SUMMER CAMP 720-933-8301

Running Wolf Riding Center Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Pick your days and weeks

Begins June 3rd -August 9th, 2013 For Ages 6-15. All levels welcome. Students will learn everything from the ground up, such as the care of horses, feeding, first aid, grooming, tack, and riding skills. Students will have one formal lesson per day. Trail rides will be also included in weekly rides. There is limited space for 6-8 campers per day. We want to make sure that students experience the highest quality of instruction, and that they are getting all the attention we can give them! Sharon will be teaching these camps. Assistants may help with lessons.

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RWRC 2013 Summer  Camp Topics What to Bring

2-Snacks,  wear Sunscreen, 2 cold Water Bottleswrite your name on it, I will provide fresh water, Rain coat and Warm Hat and Gloves if weather gets cold. Long pants for riding. ,Boots with a heel Tennis shoes, for after they ride and shorts and tee shirt for painting.

Week 1 : Basis horsemanship-101

Week 2 : Basis horsemanship-101

Week 3 : Horse Breeds

Week 4 : Barn Management

Week 5 : Trail course challenge

Week 6 : Horse riding disciplines

Basic Horse Safety 101-Learn how to take care of a horse. How to brush, bath and groom and keep tack clean. How to be safe around horses, how to tie, and tack up your horse with saddle and bridle correctly. Proper attire for riding discussed. Using protective leg tack.

Herd behavior- learn all your favorite breeds and coats. Minis,  Connemara Ponies, Shetlands and Drafts.

Learn a course to ride your horse through, help design and set up a trail and obstacle course for our horses. Trail week, practice riding over water, gate opening, log crossing and more. Art-Clay pots, painting jumps.

How to care for your horse with an injury or illness. Guest speaker –My Farrier talk and demonstration on hoof care, confirmation, and more about the muscles in the legs and what types of injuries to look for. Horse body parts, Saddle and bridle parts.

Horsey Chores- how to keep it clean from flies and more. Who knew chores could be so much fun? On a hot day it’s really fun to clean a water tank, or sit in the shade and polish bits and bridles. Campers will also help with turning horses out to pasture, cleaning stalls. This gives campers a chance to learn how much it really takes to care for their favorite animals.

Learn about what type of disciplines there are, and what they mean. English riding disciplines are-dressage, jumping, eventing courses, cross country. Western-pleasure and reining.

Week 7,8,9, and 10 we repeat the topics that riders missed. Vol. 2, Issue 2



Q. What activities do you offer? A. Our camps offers numerous opportunities for fun in the outdoors . . . • Windsurf, Sail, Snorkel, Fish

Interview With

Scott Domino

Camp Director for Boy Scouts of America-Crystal Lake Scout Reservation Q. How long has your camp been operational? A. Our programs began in 1935 with a small Summer Camp program. Since its beginning, our camps have grown to offer year-round programs serving 10,000 campers a year. The CLSR offers premier camping programs year-round including: Cub Scout summer opportunities at Akela’s World, Boy Scout & Venturing summer camp opportunities at Tesomas Scout Camp, week long high adventure treks through Hanna Venture Base and winter camp programs for all ages. Q. Where are you located? A. Nestled in the pristine Northwoods of Wisconsin just outside of Rhinleander, the Crystal Lake Scout Reservation is the perfect place for outdoor adventures. From simple overnight camping opportunities to week-long summer camps to kayaking in the Apostle Islands, the CLSR offers a wide variety of programs to fit the needs of our campers. Q. What is your Camp philosophy? A. Our staff aims to share the “Tesomas Experience” with all who venture into our woodland haven. We will strive at any cost to make camping fun for those with whom we share our home and hearts, here “Where Camping Is King!”

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Campfire Programs

Order of the Arrow Programs

First Year Camper Area

COPE & Climbing

Scuba Adventures

Sea Kayaking Adventures

Adult Leader Activities

• Exciting Dining Hall Experience • Family Camp Options • Provisional Camping • Rifle, Blackpowder, Shotgun Fifty-plus merit badges - Some of the badges are difficult to earn anywhere but at camp. Others you wouldn’t expect to find at camp. And some are just plain fun. Q. How much staff do you have and how do you select your staff? A. We hire about 100 Summer Camp staff members and 25 winter camp staff members. We recruit through our website, mailing lists, during the summer at our camps and also through job fairs around Wisconsin. Q. Why should parents send their kids to your camp? A. While the association of Boy Scouts and the fun of outdoor adventure is a natural one, it is perhaps more important to understand that camping experiences provide more than just fun. Summer Camp offers Scouts the opportunity to participate in physically and intellectually challenging activities, introduces them to new and rewarding experiences, and provides them with supportive and caring relationships. Summer Camp delivers campers experiences in critical areas of healthy youth development.

Interviews Interview With

Page Ives Lemel Camp Director for Keystone Camp

Q. How long has your camp been operational? A. Keystone is the oldest private Summer Camp still in existence in the Southeastern United States. We were founded in 1916. Q. Where are you located? A. We are located in Brevard, NC. Q. What is your philosophy? A. Our Philosophy is to teach our girls lifelong skills and values. Q. What does your camp specialize in? A. We are best known for our program of daily horseback riding. We have strong canoeing, rock climbing, tennis, arts and crafts, and more.

Q. When does your camp enrollment start and finish? A. It usually starts around the first of August. It is a first come first serve basis.

Q. Is there anything else that would be helpful for parents to know about your camp? A. It’s important to find a Camp that has a philosophy and environment that is a fit for your child. Q. What is the best way for parents to reach you to register for Camp? A.They can register online or they can call our office any time and we will help them. We can also give local references, and provide tours & visits of our Camp as well.

Q. What activities do you offer? A. We have 18 structured activities. Girls can sign up for their choice of activities. Q. What are the typical session lengths and approximate pricing for your camp? A. We offer a 5 day camp, we offer a 2 week, 3 week, and 4 week program as well. Q. How much staff do you have and how do you select your staff? A. We have more than 55 staff over the summer. We take selection very seriously. Q. Why should parents send their kids to your camp? A. We are a small camp, where a child gets to be known by everyone who works with her. She makes new friends and the Camp becomes part of her life. Vol. 2, Issue 2


Interviews Q. How long has your camp been operational? A. We have been running Summer Camp programs since 1998, 14 years. We started with one camp location in Central Phoenix and have expanded to 7 valley wide locations.

and beautiful fields. Q. What is your camp’s philosophy? A. Hubbard Sports camp believes in providing a safe, active environment which encourages physical, social and emotional growth in our campers. We believe ins a

encouragement with the campers. In our world today of technology and computers, we find many kids are being entertained with screens. We want kids to be active, love playing outside and enjoy team sports. We focus on growing and learning in a

Interview With

Ann Marie Sunderhaus

Camp Director for Hubbard Sports Camps

Q. Where are you located? A. We are located across the valley. We started a wonderful relationship last summer with Rancho Solano schools which has allowed us to expand our camp experience across the valley. We run our camps our of their 4 school locations, 1 in in Gilbert off South Gilbert Road between Warner and Ray, 1 in East Scottsdale at Rancho Solano’s new middle school and high school location off the 101 and Via de Ventura, 1 off Greenway and 56th Street and 1 in Peoria at 75th Ave and Deer Valley. We also have 3 more great relationshipSunnyslope High School which has awesome indoor facilities near Dunlap and Central, Phoenix Swim Club located on 29th Street and Campbell and Tesseract Middle School on 39th Street and Shea offering a great gym

positive attitude, the value of true sportsmanship and the importance of team play. We encourage and value teamwork and building relationships between campers and staff. Our priority is to teach campers starting as young as 4.5 to love and enjoy being active. We want learning to be fun and exciting. We want campers to discover their new abilities through skills, games and play. Their enthusiasm and selfconfidence grows along with their skills. We focus on staff involvement. We constantly mentor and guide our staff in engaging with the campers and developing strong bonds. We hire staff with energy, enthusiasm for sports and nurturing, caring personalities for campers. Q. What does your camp specialize in? A. I believe we specialize in staff involvement and

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safe, emotional environment. Hubbard Sports Camp staff are enthusiastic and energetic. We want each camper to believe their counselor is amazing! Q. What activities do you offer? A. Our campers play soccer, basketball, volleyball, swimming, archery and fields sports throughout the day. They learn new skills and incorporate games into each session. The counselors and coaches are constantly coming up with new games that the campers immediately make their “camp favorites.” Q. What are the typical session lengths and approximate pricing for your camp? A. We do one week sessions throughout the summer. We start Tuesday, May 28th the day after Memorial Day and run through August 9th.

Interviews Depending on the location, the dates vary due to school stop and start dates. We offer full day and half day options, provide lunch for full day campers on Monday and Friday, they bring their own self cooled lunch Tuesday through Friday, and snacks and water for all campers. Our pricing is in the range of about $215 for full day campers and $160 for half day campers. Q. How much staff do you have and how do you select your staff? A. With growth of locations our staffing needs increase. We are very lucky to have amazing leadership. Our directors are teachers, parents, and/ or Hubbard Swim School staff who work for the camp in the summer. One of our directors has been with us for over 15 summers. He is a teacher and father of 4. We have school teachers and PE coaches who are awesome at working with staff, campers and parents. My assistant Katie and I have been running Hubbard camp together for at least 10 years. We have interviewed many applicants and spent a lot of time training and mentoring staff. We are lucky in the sense that a lot of our staff are returning. We already have 60 returning staff members who we have re-interviewed this

winter and scheduled for the 2013 summer. We receive a lot of applicants from referrals, nearby high schools and universities as well as school programs, such as teachers. Q. Why should parents send their kids to your camp? A. Because it is awesome! We believe our camp is well run with great staff, organized and a lot of fun. We love seeing campers learn new skills and improve

on the ones they may already know. We offer a fun, active day for each camper. They campers are able to play different sports, go swimming, participate in camp games and feel part of a fun summer program. We love watching friendships develop over the summer. Many of our campers who return are “summer camp friends.” They come back to hang out with their friends and counselors from Summer Camp. Parents love that when they pick their kids up from camp they can feed

them dinner and the kids are ready for bed. We think it is an awesome place for kids to be during the summer months. My 6 and 4 year old simplified it for me: “Mom- we get to play all day!”. Q. When does your camp enrollment start and finish? A. Our camp enrollment is up and running. You can sign up at any time throughout the summer! Q. Is there anything else that would be helpful for parents to know about your camp? A.My input for parents it to always talk to the staff. Let them know your child’s personality. If they are struggling coming in the morning, or on the quieter/shy/nervous side, let our staff help. We want each and every child to enjoy their camp experience. We are open to communication. Many children are learning sports for the first time, or going to camp for the first time. Let the camp staff help the parents and campers with this transition. We want what is best for your child! Q.What is the best way for parents to reach you to register for Camp? A.We have online registration! They are able to register whenever is the best time for them. It is so convenient. Vol. 2, Issue 2






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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.

Taum Sauk

Kookie Doodle Craft

499 County Road 368, Lesterville, MO 63654 Ph: (573) 637-2489 http://

7924 Santa Fe, Overland Park, KS 66204 Ph: (913) 387-4065 http://

Lake County Forest Preserves

Camp Horizons

1899 West Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048 Ph: (847) 367-6640 http://

3586 Horizons Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 Ph: (540) 896-7600 http://

Summer Engineering Camp

Amphibian Young Actors Workshop

1851 East Highway 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 Ph: (218) 322-2370 http:// www.itasca.mnscu. edu/academics/area-of-study/ engineeringprogram/camp.html

120 South Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104 Ph: (817) 923-3012 http:// education-outreach.htm#youngactors

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Airport YMCA summer camp 3524 Central Drive, Bedford, TX 76021 Ph: (817) 571-3371 http://

Independent Lake Camp

Orson, Orson, PA 18449 Ph: (800) 399-2267 http://

Colorado Academy Summer Programs

3800 South Pierce St, Denver, CO 80235 Ph: (303) 914-2531 http:// www.coloradoacademysummer. org


Elite Gymnastics Academy Summer Camps

North East River Yacht Club Learn to Sail

The Candyman Summer Rock Camp

Silver Lake Camp and Conference Center

12500 Chowen Ave S, Ste 100, Burnsville, MN 55337 Ph: (952) 882-9012 http://

851 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505 Ph: (505) 983-5906 http:// www.candymanstringsandthings. com

10000 Wakes

Co Rd 33 & 62nd ST, New Germany, MN 55367 Ph: (763) 443-5503 http://

Iroquois Springs

PO Box 487 Bowers Road, Rock Hill, NY 12775 Ph: (631) 462-2550 http://

Summer LIFE

129 Yerger Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473 Ph: (610) 296-6725 http://


1045 S Ancona Avenue, Suite Eagle, ID 83616 Ph: (410) 287-6333 http://

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 323 , Minneapolis, MN 55401 Ph: (612) 871-0359 http://www.

Camp Lake Hubert for Girls

PO Box 1308, Lake Hubert, MN 56459 Ph: (800) 242-1909 http://

NYU Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Summer Co 35 W. 4th Street, Suite 1077, New York, NY 10001 Ph: (212) 998-5424 http://

Greater Reston Arts Center Summer Art Camp 2611 Viking Drive, Herdon, VA 20171 Ph: (703) 471-9242 http:// Summer.htm Vol. 2, Issue 2

Austin Film and Arts Academy

700 Antelope cove, CEDAR PARK, TX 78613 Ph: (512) 537-1151 http://

WAY-COOL Cooking School

Eden Prairie, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 Ph: (952) 949-6799 http://www.

unflint Lodge

143 S. Gunflint Lake, Grand Marais, MN 55604 Ph: (800) 328-3325 http://www.


Various Cities, South Brunswick, NJ 00000 Ph: (949) 548-5424 http://

Bohemian Adventure

4143 N 10th Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 Ph: (616) 430-9750 http://


Camp Whatchamakeit Colorado YMCA Camp Loma Mar

9900 Pescadero Creek Rd, Loma Mar, CA 94021 Ph: (650) 879-0223 http://

Sizzling Summer at Horizon Christian Learning Cent

23370 SW Boones Ferry Rd. , Tualatin, OR 97062 Ph: (503) 691-1054 http:// admissions/learning-center

Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids Denver 2290 South Clayton St, Denver, CO 00000 Ph: (303) 245-8150 http://

3924 Bingham Hill Road, Fort Collins, CO 80521 Ph: (970) 488-3091 http://

Adirondack Woodcraft Camps 285 Woodcraft Road, Old Forge, NY 13420 Ph: (315) 369-6031 http://

Tualatin Riverkeepers Summer Day Camp 11675 SW Hazelbrook Road, Tualatin, OR 97062 Ph: (503) 218-2580 http://www. summercamp2013.html

Wildwood Nature School Summer Camps 14140 NW Newberry Rd, Portland, OR 97231 Ph: (408) 656-6916 http:// www.wildwoodnatureschool. com

Academy by the Sea 2605 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008 Ph: (760)434-7567 http://

UU Kids Kamp

4027 E. Lincoln Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85253 Ph: (480) 406-3616 http://

Wolf Ridge

6282 Cranberry Road, Finland, MN 55614 Ph: (218) 353-7414 http://

Fashion Camp NYC

New York, New York, NY 10001 Ph: (866) 909-6911 http://

URJ Henry S Jacobs Camp

Maine Environmental Summer Session for Youth

3863 Morrison Road, Utica, MS 39175 Ph: (601) 885-6042 http://www.

116 O’Brien Ave., Machias, ME 04654 Ph: (207) 255-1214 http://

No 1 Soccer Camp Morrisville State College

New England Camp Cedarbrook

80 Eaton Street/ PO Box 901, Morrisville, NY 13408 Ph: (703) 993-3288 http://www. Soccer/New-York/Morrisville-MSU.html

67 Cedarbrook Way , Lyman, ME 04002 Ph: (207) 247-5251 http:// Vol. 2, Issue 2



Camp Quality Northwest Missouri

P O BOX 9044, St Joseph, MO 64508 Ph: (816) 232-2267 http://

Environmental Education Center 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach , CA 92663 Ph: (949) 645-8489 http://www.

Creative Expressions Summer Art Camps 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD 20722 Ph: (301) 277-2863 http://

The Fashion Class

21 W 39th Street 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018 Ph: (646) 329-6663 http://

Antietam Recreation

9745 Garis Shop Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740 Ph: (301) 797-7999 http://

7571 S Willow Dr, Suite 103, Tempe, AZ 85284 Ph: (480) 331-3068

Camp Shane Weight Loss and Fitness Camp

Hickory Hill Camp

Camp Dellwater

MindStretch Travel Adventures

28826 Heavenly Drive NW, Pinewood, MN 56676 Ph: (218) 243-2061 http://

3124 Landrum Road, Columbus, NC 28722 Ph: (828) 863-4235 http:// www.mindstretchadventures. com

Dearing Studios

Pok-O-MacCready Camps

Ferndale, Ferndale, NY 12734 Ph: (914) 271-4141 http://

Camp Weequahic

210 Woods Road, Lakewood, PA 18439 Ph: (877)899-9695 http://

Summer Computer Camp for kids age 3-7

10806 N. 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85028 Ph: (480) 313-9901 http://

Summer ROCKS

6085 - 7th Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432 Ph: (763) 572-3570 http://

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502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson, GA 30824 Ph: (706) 595-7777 http://

1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996 Ph: (800) 982-3538 http://www.

Tennis Life Camps

800 West College Avenue, Saint Peter, MN 56082 Ph: (507) 933-8000


Pleasant Vineyard Ministries 1259 Swann Beatty Road, Camden, OH 45311 Ph: (937) 452-3347 http://

Around The World In 30 Days 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, AZ 85249 Ph: (480) 782-2895

North Texas Endurance Academy

9375 Jack Gray Road, Pilot Point, TX 76258 Ph: (817) 915-8455 http://

Sports Performance Training Camps Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 Ph: (480) 503-8212

BASEcamp at Bachman Academy

OMSI Science Camps

1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214 Ph: (503) 797-4661 http://

414 Brymer Creek Road, McDonald, TN 37353 Ph:(866) 397-2267 http://

School of Rock

1131 Sherman Place, Evanston, IL 60201 Ph: (847) 864-7625

Quillian Center Camps

3663 Westcenter Drive, Houston, TX 77042 Ph: (713) 458-4705

Mr Jimmys White Tiger Martial Arts Summer Camp

1123 Maryland Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21740 Ph: (301) 790-1123

National Football Academies

2001 Omega Rd, Suite 100, San Ramon, CA 94583 Ph: (866) 735-3267 http://www. nationalfootballacademies. com

Falcon Sports Camps

2110-F Walsh Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050 Ph: (408) 969-1900

Grier Summer for Girls

Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO 80840 Ph: (719) 333-2116

Marine Military Academy Summer Camp

Rock-it Science

2522 Grier School Road, Tyrone, PA 16686 Ph: (814)684-3000

Texas Ballet Theater School Junior Intensive

320 Iwo Jima Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550 Ph: (956) 423-6006

540 Mall Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76116 Ph: (817) 763-0207 Vol. 2, Issue 2



Cancer Camps for Kids

956 Rainey Creek R P.O. Box 12, Swan Valley, ID 83449 Ph: (208) 483-4345

Camp River Run

1045 S Ancona Avenue, Suite Eagle, ID 83616 Ph: (208) 286-1078

BCRD Summer Youth Program Day Camp

P.O. Box 1013, Ketchum, ID 83340 Ph: (208) 578-2273

Camp For All

6301 Rehburg Rd, Burton, TX 77835 Ph: (979) 289-3752

Camp Pinerock

Camp Indian Springs

Bold Earth Teen Adventures

2387 Bloxham Cutoff Rd, Crawfordville, FL 32327 Ph: (850) 926-3361

1400 Pine Drive, Prescott, AZ 86303 Ph: (928)445-8357

2308 Fossil Trace Drive, Golden, CO 80401 Ph: (303) 526-0806

HealthKick Kung Fu Mo-Ranch Summer Camps

2229 FM 1340, Hunt, TX 78024 Ph: (800) 460-4401

1327 N. Larrabee, Chicago, IL 60610 Ph: (773) 879-0063

Hiram House Camp Dickinson Football Camps

291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, ND 58601 Ph: (701) 483-2181

33775 Hiram Trail, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 Ph: (216) 831-5045

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YMCA Camp Icaghowan

899 A 115th Street, Amery, WI 54001 Ph: (763) 479-1146

Katherine Michiels School

1335 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 Ph: (415) 821-0130

Bricks 4 Kidz

2505 S Brentwood Blvd, St Louis, MO 63144 Ph: (314) 252-2254

NNJ Volleyball Spring Skills Sessions 1575 Linda Way #101, Sparks, NV 89431 Ph: (775) 355-8600

rningit.” a e l “For all theseahastot n i eachusandall thefun Seacamp, located on the clear blue waters of the beautiful Florida Keys is a summer camp with a passion for marine science experiential education. Teens 12-17 from all over the world spend 18 days exploring the ocean on a quest to discover, learn, and have fun with a goal of taking away a conservation ethic that reaches far beyond their stay with us. Seacampers create their own schedule from a variety of programs including marine science, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, creative expressions, and arts & crafts. Join us for our 47th summer at Seacamp - dive into your summer adventure!

Marine Science & SCUBA summer camp for teens12-17 June 24-July 11 July 14-July31 August 3-August 20 ®

Seacamp Association, Inc. 1300 Big Pine Avenue Big Pine Key, FL 33043 Ph: 1.877.SEACAMP Accredited by the American Camp Association Resident February 2013 • 1

Campnavigator Volume 2 Issue 2  

CampNavigator Magazine covers the latest Camp trends, Camp news & events, and more. is one of the best websites in the wor...

Campnavigator Volume 2 Issue 2  

CampNavigator Magazine covers the latest Camp trends, Camp news & events, and more. is one of the best websites in the wor...