This guest blog post comes from Kim Graydon of Glen Bernard Camp.
As a parent, wouldn’t you just love to find that ONE gift for your child they would continue to love their whole life through? Ready? It IS out there….it is the gift of summer camp. But what exactly are the benefits of summer camp for kids? What are you giving your son or daughter by investing in the gift of camp? You are buying them fun, adventure, outdoor skills, an extended slumber party, freedom and acceptance to dress up in crazy wigs and clothes, a break from their technology and more! As someone who went to camp from the age of 7 through to 20, here is what I know my mother bought me (and now what I am giving my children).
I was given life skills. She gifted me the exposure to finding out I was resilient. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. I’m one of those people. I can thank her for giving me the skills and knowledge to find my way out of a forest using a compass. This is still a relevant skill despite what our children say!! I am proud to have been given the network of women I am a part of today. I can call on any of my “summer sisters” for advice, support or potential job prospects. It is like a club but you don’t have to pretend to be something you aren’t. PHEW! Kudos to her for teaching me that my behaviour CAN impact the life of a child. I learned at the age of 16 that I was a role model and part of a team.
Your gift of camp will teach your child that she/he matters to people in addition to their family. They will learn to belong to a group that feels like family. Your investment will equip them with skills that will not only help them, but that will be used to give back to others as they go through life. You will ensure that your child begins to learn conflict resolution in a safe, supportive environment. Your gift will bring a lifetime of happiness and fond memories. Isn’t that amazing? Imagine if you gave your child a toy that brought them happiness for decades? There would be a crazy rush during the holidays to get our hands on that one, elusive gift.
There are so many different types of camps to choose from. Start investigating! Talk to other Moms, go online, get referrals or book a tour of a camp you are interested in. Some camps will even come to your house and visit with you and your potential camper! Camp is a lifelong learning adventure. Take the plunge!
About the Author:
Kim Graydon is the Associate Director of Development at Glen Bernard Camp in Hunstville, Ontario.
Summer is soon approaching and if you’re like me, you remember your days at summer camp. There’s something so nostalgic about seeing a canoe paddle and hearing campfire songs like “Great Big Moose.” However, for me, summer camp didn’t end when I was a kid; I loved it so much that I worked as a camp counselor for 4 years and even did a year-long stint as an outdoor experiential educator, otherwise known as a professional camp counselor. I’ve seen my fair share of kids come through the doors with great gear and, sadly, leave without it.
These days it’s pretty normal for kids to head to camp for weeks at a time. And that usually that means a lot of gear is needed for the trip up north – not an inexpensive thing. Living in such close quarters with each other proves to be a great lesson in keeping your things organized. Learning how to fold clothes properly is fun, but what happens when none of the kids can remember if that is their shirt or not? From my experience, the lost and found box is usually full after day 3. One thing I learned at camp was to LABEL EVERYTHING!
Packing is tough – you have to plan for all types of weather and make sure there’s enough clothing to last the entire time at camp. And parents tend to shop at the same stores for their kid’s camp gear, especially for towels and clothing. The best thing to do to ensure your kids are coming home with everything they went to camp with is to make sure the kids know which items are their own.
Kid’s clothing, water bottles, towels, toiletries, and shoes will be put to the test. They’ll get wet, they’ll get dirty, and some camps even offer laundry services. Simply writing their name on the tags, from my experience, isn’t enough. Many permanent markets don’t hold up to the abuse that the gear will go through.
Take it from me: kids bring a lot of stuff to camp, the costs add up. Instead of replacing items, use a label and they’ll come home!
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It’s always busy around Mabelhood HQ and we wanted to share some of the fun stuff that we’ve been up to this month.
A very cute bunny icon hopped its way into the Mabel’s Labels family of designs, just in time for spring!
The Community Relations Committee challenged each department to battle it out in an April food drive for Mission Services Opportunity Centres in Hamilton. The fact is 35,000 people in our community go without adequate daily food and 36% of those people are children. Everyone can help make a difference by donating what they can.
As always Julie Cole is super busy, you may have spotted her on CanadaAM on April 7. She was part of a parenting panel discussion. The following morning, Julie and her son Mack were on CHCH discussing autism.
In the spirit of earth day this week, today we’re out beautifying our adopted park (Jackson Park) and heading back to the office for our first BBQ of the season! We hope everyone gets a chance to head outside and enjoy the beginning of this beautiful spring weather!