Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Back to School!

Happy Tuesday from Big Blue Lake! Today marks the first day of school for many of our campers and as we jump into training our Fall Outdoor Education staff, we are thinking of the thousands of summer campers and outdoor education students we will see in the next 12 months!

Recently, we heard from a parent who shared with us that her daughter "always came back from camp a little grown up and a little more mature" and that she believes Pendalouan "helps kids become better students, and later adults." We couldn't agree more! Summer camp is much for than just fun in the sun - it's teaches youth many skills that, if referenced often, can be shown, embraced and expressed throughout the school year as well!

Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camping Association, has a short video to parents that highlights this idea. She lumps these skills into three C's. Below is a short summary and the video:

So along with those camp friends and songs, encourage your camper-student to remember the skills he or she learned this summer. These skills are sure to get the school year started off right and help your child thrive all year long!

  • Confidence — All through the camp experience, children and youth have tried new activities and been successful; they feel empowered.
  • Curiosity — Camp has given children and youth the chance to explore, study, and observe in an experiential learning environment.
  • Character — Camp has challenged children and youth to develop character — through fostering respect for each other, a sense of community, and the ability to solve problems.

But just because school has started, that doesn't mean the fun of Summer Camp has to end! September is still full of many sunshine-filled, warm days that are just waiting to be enjoyed in the outdoors. Need some ideas of where to look for ideas? Check out this list from It includes activities like star gazing, skipping stones, and whistling a blade of grass!

But soon Fall will hit with full force and the leaves and temperatures will change. Stay tuned for our next blogpost, which will give a preview of the upcoming fall events at Pendalouan - including Women's Adventure Weekend, our alumni Reunion - Pendalouan Day, and Halloween Camp!

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YMCA Camp Pendalouan is a fully accredited resident and day camp. While at Pendalouan, kids and teens make friends, create life long memories, and learn new skills all the while having fun in a safe environment. At Pendalouan, you are a part of a family and campers are led by highly qualified and trained staff. If you would like to learn more about Camp Pendalouan, check out our website, the Camp Blog and our Facebook page.

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