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Longmont Recreation Services Register beginning April 15 for a wide variety of youth summer camps and summer programs for all ages.

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Coed or single gender camps provide alternative options

Top: Girls study with a teacher during a French language summer camp. Bottom: Boys battle it out on the lacrosse field. Boys and girls lacrosse camps are separate because of different rules. (Courtesy Alexander Dawson School)

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By Kristi Ritter For most campers, choosing a coed or single gender camp may not be a concern. While single gender camps may have less showing off and reduced self-consciousness, coed camps allow kids to become socialized among all genders. There are pros and cons to both, but ultimately the choice comes down to preference and comfort with a child. Giselle Lehman, child care and summer camp director at the Ed & Ruth Lehman YMCA in Longmont, says its camps are coed, a point in which their organization stands for. “I think it’s important to not put barriers around the sexes,” she says. “It’s the celebration of what makes us the same and what makes us different.” While the YMCA may split some activities for genders due to sensitive issues, Lehman says they want to make sure all campers have equal opportunities. And yes, there will always be stereotypes among the population, but the YMCA focuses on finding ways to work through them. Coed camps, whether they’re day or overnight, provide kids with a glimpse into the real world and what they will experience throughout life. Not only will campers learn to be friends with the other sex, but they learn the principle foundations of what a friend is, not the gender-role stereotypes that may come with it. Tyler Brooks, camps director at Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette, says they offer both coed and single gender camps not only because of safety, but different growth spurts that genders may go through. Basketball, volleyball and lacrosse are offered in single gender camps at Dawson, mainly because of girls’ and boys’ abilities and strengths. Lacrosse, for example, also has different rules, which dictates the games need to be separate. “If you put kids in a situation with something they love, they have something to focus on rather than being self-conscious about others in the room,” she says. Coed camps may also have advantages for families with both a boy and girl to attend at

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the same time, leading to one trip to drop off and pick up. They may even feel comforted knowing their sibling is nearby. At single gender camps give some kids a different and uniquely supportive environment where they don’t have to worry about how the other gender perceives them. Brooks says people may notice somewhat better social skills among kids in a single gender camp, mainly because they feel more comfortable. “Sometimes it’s nice for some girls in particular to feel more confident, without feeling someone will make fun of them,” she says, adding that girls in particular have a tendency to back off a little in a coed option because they feel intimidated. Single gender camps may also give kids a special bonding between friends or the opportunity to come out of his or her shell without feeling intimated by someone of the other gender. The camps may also give kids increased confidence and the ability to be re-energized when they go back to a coed world. Terry Martin, director of the Bendelatour Scout Ranch near Red Feather Lakes west of Fort Collins, agrees there is a certain bonding between peers when they are all of the same gender. “Quite often it’s because they have the same interests,” he says. “There is always some healthy competition between the peers, it’s just a different competition when you don’t have a mix of gender.” Age also contributes to the confidence level felt between different genders. Brooks says when kids reach the middle school age, there is a different feel. “Kids might withdraw a little in order to find their place,” she says. The middle school age may also be a time when romantic distractions may get in the way. While most camps address appropriate behaviors for these actions, in a single gender camp people don’t have to deal with it. “There’s no need to impress, kids can kind of just be themselves,” Martin says. Coed or single gender is only one of the many questions parents should answer before choosing a camp. Ultimately, it comes down to knowing the kid and what he or she feels comfortable with.

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Camps teach life skills By Nikki Downs For a camp kid, summer means a lot more than no school and trips to the local swimming pool. Every child who has attended an outdoor summer camp knows that at camp the bar is raised, and daily activities include kayaking, mountain biking, learning to read a map and wilderness survival skills. But what kids may not realize is that camp is about far more than the practical skills and adventurous activities that draw them to the outdoors each year. It’s not enough to teach the basic head knowledge of survival and adventure, says founder and director David Secund of Avid4 Adventure, a Boulder based summer camps program. It’s equally important to deliver the experiences that build character and teach youth how to become responsible leaders. So what long-term effects can come from an outdoor summer camp? Patrick McCue, a counselor and former camper at Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park, has seen everything from self-confidence to lasting relationships develop during summer camps, both within himself and in the teens he now leads. Sedentary Kid Syndrome It all starts by getting kids off the couch, out of the house and into the outdoors. When Secunda first started getting his mind around what would one day become Avid4 Adventure, he made a point of surveying school boards and parents nationwide to see what it was that kids weren’t getting from their traditional education. What he found, he says, was a lack of physical activity during leisure time.

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Kids these days, he says, are filling their free time with video games, television and texting as early as first grade. “Leisure time means locking onto a screen,” he says. Taking kids away from screen oriented entertainment and getting kids “outside for life” became a founding pillar of Avid4 Adventure.

McCue agrees that one of the best things summer camps have to offer is a chance for kids to escape bombardment from technology and information. “They get to slow it down a little bit, really take hold of the moments,” McCue says. No one is thinking about tomorrow, no one is texting or on the phone, no one is updating their Facebook status. “It’s all about living in the moments,” he says. Walker adds, “A huge part of the traditional summer camp experience is personal immersion in the natural world.” Being that close to nature brings reality into perspective, giving kids a chance to reflect and recharge. Autonomy In a culture rooted in individual freedom and liberty, the concept of autonomy as responsible self-governance can be overlooked. But McCue says this is the most valuable lesson he has learned from summer camps. A sense of personal responsibility, developed in a fun and unique way, is invaluable for most kids. “You really get to learn what it’s like to be your own person (and) be responsible,” McCue says. Why is this concept of autonomy more powerful in a camp setting than it is at home or at school? McCue thinks it has a

lot to do with being away from home and from parental supervision for so long. Kids are free to make their own choices, and can work through consequences on their own terms. Take the concept of positive risk taking for example. Most kids, Secunda says, are not exposed to complete independence until college and transitions are non-existent. So many kids find themselves making poor decisions and going off the deep end for lack of experience in decision making and risk taking. “Kids are insulated, living in fool-proof worlds,” Secunda says. They need opportunities to interact with risk, to develop what Secunda calls an internal barometer for appropriate risk taking. “What we’re doing is working the muscle of positive risk taking.” Outdoor summer camps fit the bill because under the careful supervision of adult mentors and counselors, kids are taught what risk is and what it is not, as well as how to take appropriate risks. They equip kids with responsible autonomy and practical skills necessary to work through potentially dangerous situations without harm. Walker agrees that responsibility both to themselves and to others is a valuable part of the camp experience. “The social world of camp provides

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Lasting Friendships While all these aspects of camp are fundamental to each child’s development, the interaction with other campers and staff members can’t be overlooked. Summer camp is a place for kids to work on team building development and tightly bonded relationships. Kids share something with each other that is unique to each experience and camp; and kids that would have nothing otherwise in common form friendships that last far beyond a week or two of summer camp. The combination of being away from home, being challenged mentally, emotionally and physically, and the uniqueness of the experience is heightened by the camaraderie shared by campers. “Everyone’s in the same place, and you get really close,” McCue says. Friendships naturally occur among campers, Secunda agrees, if a staff member simply does his job. There is also something special about the


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Preparation key for a successful time at camp By Summer Stair Most adults can recall a time when they left home and went to camp. Memories of sitting around the campfire at night with friends, doing fun activities during the day and maybe even learning about the outdoors still hold a special meaning. With that said, going away to camp is an adventure one shouldn’t miss. Leaving home for an extended period of time can be a big step for many kids, but an important one. Mary Ann Degginger, assistant director at Camp Chief Ouray through the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, says it’s important to know a kid is ready to be away from home and their family. “Parents are usually the best judge of when a child is ready to go to camp,” she says. “If a child has had successful sleepovers with friends and are excited for camp, then they’re usually ready.” Deb Kulsar, wilderness program director for Science Discovery Wilderness Camps at the University of Colorado at Boulder, says it is also fun for kids to have a good friend go to camp with them. Having one close friend offers familiarity and can help prevent home sickness, she says. The next step to having a successful time at camp is to be prepared. Parents, as well as the camper, can play a big role in preparation plans. “The best thing a camper can do

Science Discovery Wilderness Camps at the University of Colorado at Boulder offers several wilderness adventures with wolves. (Courtesy Science Discovery Wilderness Camps)

to prepare for being away from home is to approach it with the right attitude,” she says. “Being away from home and going to camp for the first time is an exciting adventure where they get to meet new people, try new things and sleep in a cool cabin.” Other things parents and kids can do to prepare is read about the camp and its offerings, review the packing list and pack in advance while marking everything with their initials. “All these activities give parents the chance to talk about how much fun the camp will be,” Degginger says. Kulsar agrees that parents should play a big role in preparation so kids can be comfortable with the idea of leaving home. At Science Discovery Wilderness Camps kids and parents get the chance to meet the staff, ask questions and get in-person information about the itinerary and what will be expected of them at a pre-trip meeting. Kulsar says the pre-trip meeting also help parents, kids and the staff get to know more about each other before they leave on the trip. “We want it to be the right trip, for the right kids, at the right time with the right staff,” she says. The way parents handle the first day of camp is also important. “Don’t make your departure a big deal, even if you are nervous to leave,” Degginger says. “One of the best things camp does for a child is to teach them independence and self-reliance and camps can’t do that if parents don’t give them a chance.” If parents want to keep in contact with their kids, Camp Chief Ouray encourages parents to send an up-beat card or letter in the middle of the camp session, because kids love getting mail during mail call, Degginger says. Since Science Discovery Wilderness Camps are based outdoors in tents, parents instead will get twice-a-week e-mail updates from the camp director. Both Camp Chief Ouray and the Science Discovery Wilderness Camps staff are welltrained in dealing with homesickness and

Kids enjoy camp activities while away from home. (Courtesy Camp Chief Ouray – YMCA of the Rockies)

work hard from day one to make kids feel welcome and a part of the camp community. If homesickness is a problem both camps will work with the camper on helping them through it. Degginger says, “We let the campers know it’s OK to miss their family, because when they get home from camp they will have so many stories to tell them about all of the fun things they did and their family will be so proud,” she says. “We focus on making those great memories that take the place of any thoughts about missing home.” Through it all, going away to camp can be a life-changing event. With a little preparation and support from parents, kids can have a successful time away from home and make long-lasting memories and friends at camp. Most importantly, it can help kids learn something they might not have known about themselves. “Camps help you find out who you are, what your place is in the world and what you can learn being outdoors and traveling together as a community,” Kulsar says. “It is an awesome experience to have.”

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By Nathalie Winch Day and overnight camps offer children lifelong memories and teach a variety of skills. And although some might consider summer camp to be a luxury, parents shouldn’t assume they can’t afford it without researching their options. There is a camp for every child, and for every budget. According to the American Camp Association, camps can cost between $75 and $650 per week. The average cost of one week of day camp is around $180, and $390 for one week of sleep-away camp. Although the average might seem high, there are ways to fit it into almost any budget. The city of Longmont offers options for those who wish to send their children to a city-run camp, says Suellen Dabney, the city’s recreation programs supervisor. “The city’s day camp has different pricing structures so that if you can’t pay for it all up front, you can work out monthly payments,” Dabney says. The city also offers a $100 scholarship for children ages 18 and younger. The money can be discounted from the price of any of the city’s recreation programs, including summer camps. To apply, parents or guardians can fill out application forms available at any recreation facility. The federal government also offers affordable options. Parents can find tax relief for day or sleep-away camps by the federal government and the International Revenue Service. The IRS has an income tax credit service for parents sending their children to day camps, if the camp takes the place of necessary daycare services. Visit their Web site for more information about this Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit at A Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account is also offered through the federal government. This allows parents to be reimbursed for daycare expenses, including summer day camps and some transportation to day camps, as long as the costs fit under the

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Camp counselors gain great experience By Annie Walsh For kids, nothing is better than summer vacation with every day full of sunshine and adventure. At summer day camps, there is plenty of fun to be had for energetic campers, as well as staff members. Sadly, there is an age cut-off for summer camps, but just because you’re older doesn’t mean camp-life is over. Being a camp counselor may be the perfect summer job to gain experience working with kids, while developing leadership qualities. The Ed & Ruth Lehman YMCA offers a variety of summer camps including a general summer day camp, sports camp and aquatic camp. Each of the camps specialize in different things and have a variety of camp counselors. The counselors start working at age 16 and go through a training course every summer that focuses on new learning techniques and teaching trends for working with children. YMCA Sports Director Darren Cole looks for a variety of qualities in camp counselors. “The camp counselors need to be good role models for kids, have good attitudes and values,� Cole says. It’s important for the counselors to be energetic, responsible and positive because the attitudes trickle down to the kids.

Kelly Cody, top left, has been a camp counselor with the city of Longmont for several years. (Courtesy city of Longmont)




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The skills that a counselor develops in a few weeks can translate into the rest of their lives. “Their self-esteem is better and they know that they can do these types of things,” Cole says. Being a camp counselor is a wonderful way to spend a summer working hard and learning new ways to relate and connect with others. “These are life lessons that they’re learning and can take with them to the workforce,” Cole says. “They can apply these tools to everyday life in any field.” Regan Mason has been a returning camp counselor for seven consecutive summers at the Longmont Recreation Center. After his years of experience he knows the qualities it takes to succeed in this fun, yet demanding environment. “You need to be good with kids, first of all, and find a way to relate your personality that acts well with them,” Mason says. “The biggest thing is being patient. It’s important to keep them safe and have fun. The more fun you have, the more fun that they have.” After receiving his undergraduate in elementary education, Mason spent a summer working with the Longmont Recreation’s Teen Camp that works with special needs children. His experience as a camp counselor steered him in the direction of his career and he now works at Fort Collins High School as a special needs teacher. The summer day camp at the rec center also includes a program that Mason is an advocate for. The program, “One to One,” integrates campers with disabilities with the rest of the children in the camp. For the campers, it’s a wonderful opportunity for both groups of kids to have fun and learn from each other. It was easy to see Mason’s passion for the camp and its campers. “It’s neat to see typical campers that are taken back at first, and after a couple weeks it’s cool to see the integration,” Mason says. For a thoughtful and accountable teenager, or a young adult that isn’t ready to spend their summer in an office, working at a summer day camp provides the perfect balance of hard work and an exciting camp experience.



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“We teach our staff four core values: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and we try to work those things into their vocabulary,” Cole says. Still, he says, the most important job of the counselors is to create a safe and fun environment. The Longmont Recreation Center’s summer day camp has similar goals and expectations from its camp counselors. Although the job is incredibly rewarding and the days are spent outside, not everyone is fit to be a camp counselor. The job takes creativity, energy, initiative, teamwork and good communication skills, says Debbie MacDonald, recreation program supervisor. Camp counselors play an integral part in the campers’ daily experience. “They have the responsibility for leading activities and securing the safety of children in the summer day camp,” MacDonald says. Camp counselors are required to have a CPR or first aid certificate. Aside from being responsible for daily tasks and safety, camp counselors also develop special relationships with the younger kids. “For those campers who are at camp for the first time, counselors make special efforts to ensure everyone is included and is having fun,” MacDonald says. Some campers have more independence, while others need more attention and care. For the counselors, it’s important for them to know their team members and the needs of each individual child. Camp counselors quickly learn that a successful day and camp relies heavily upon teamwork and communication. “They learn to build relationships with the kids and the parents and are able to talk about certain situations – the good and the bad,” Cole says. By the end of the summer, camp counselors transform into role models and problem-solvers who can navigate through almost any situation. “Leadership and maturity would have to be the biggest growth areas that we see within the counselors over the summer,” MacDonald says. A camp counselor also plays an integral role in a child’s development and serves as an example of good behavior and sportsmanship.

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Nick Crowell, right, a camp counselor for the city of Longmont, interacts with kids at the day camp. (Courtesy city of Longmont)


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I have witnessed, first-hand, the incredible journeys of children who come to recognize their own power in steering their own destinies. Camp is a stepping-stone to self-reliance. It is one community in which children can learn to navigate on their own without wellintentioned parental course-plotting to avert choppy waters. As a parent, I confess to the compelling desire to negotiate smooth sailing for my own children. Yet, throughout the years, as a camp director, I have witnessed, first-hand, the incredible journeys of children who come to recognize their own power in steering their own destinies. Opportunities for decision-making and problemsolving at camp, which foster a culture of success, allow children to discover their strengths and their abilities to make good choices and to influence positive outcomes for themselves. After all, coaching kids to feel capable is what camp directors do. Not quite so obvious but just as central is their proficiency to coach parents to support their children with just the right combination of back-up and encouragement. Kids learn quickly to rely upon themselves and the adults they trust at camp instead of their parents, who could be one hundred miles away or more. Ariel, a second-year camper, casually asked me during camp, “Does my Mom still call every day?� She and Mom had fallen in-

to a predictable pattern: Ariel would tell her mom about “what was wrong� (we know that kids tend to “save� things for their parents!), and Mom would dutifully call the camp to “fix� the problem. They were each doing their jobs. Carefully and slowly, with appropriate guidance, Mom came to understand that she was perpetuating a cycle that was preventing her daughter from being independent. As trust increased, she started redirecting her daughter’s pleas, encouraging her to speak with someone at camp who could more quickly and efficiently help her resolve the situation – yet still validating Ariel’s feelings. I was gratified to answer Ariel’s query: “Actually, no,� to which Ariel quickly responded: “That’s because I stopped complaining to her!� Lessons learned for both parent and child! “Aha’s� like this happen every day at camp. How can parents and camps cooperate to help children gain just

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What is the counselor-to-camper ratio? ACA standards require different ratios for varying ages and special needs.

What is the camp director’s background? American Camp Association minimum standards recommend directors possess a bachelor’s degree, have completed in-service







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Marla Coleman is the parent liaison at Camp Echo in Burlingham, New York. The immediate past president of the American Camp Association, she is a coowner of Coleman Family Camps, which includes Camp Echo and Coleman Country Day Camp. Adapted from CAMP Magazine, reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association. Copywrite 2006 American Camping Association Inc.



What training do counselors receive? At a minimum, camp staff should be trained in safety regulations, emergency procedures and communication, behavior management techniques, child abuse prevention, appropriate staff and camper behavior, and specific procedures for supervision.

stage of their development. Do not offer to rescue your child that only confirms for him that you believe he cannot cope with something that is difficult. • Get on board with the notion of supporting kids to solve their own problems or asking a trusted counselor for help; let her experience the real world in the camp setting, not the one that you sculpt for her during the rest of the year. Picture success.




the right degree of independence? • Many camps have a designated contact person. During the decision-making process of “which camp,â€? ask questions that give you an idea of the partnering and communication philosophy of the camp and learn who the primary contact person is – build rapport early. • Remember that directors have a reservoir of experiences to back their counsel to you. Know, too, that they have your child’s best interests at heart and the skill to guide your child toward an appropriate level of independence, self-confidence and success. • Keep in mind that kids often triumph over their adjustment to a new environment before their parents can accept the next

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training within the past three years, and have at least sixteen weeks of camp administrative experience before assuming the responsibilities of director. SC-144077

What is the camp’s philosophy and program emphasis? Each camp has its own method of constructing programs based on its philosophy. Does it complement your own parenting philosophy?



Questions to ask camp directors before sending your kid to camp When you receive a camp’s brochure, you will invariably have questions for the camp director. Get to know the camp director as a person through telephone conversations, correspondence and a personal visit. Have the director describe the camp’s philosophy and how the staff implements it.

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