As a summer camp and program advisor, I am constantly being asked whether a specific program will look good on a teen’s resume, or if a specific camp will improve their camper’s athletic or artistic skills. As a parent of 3 teens, I am beginning to realize that these manipulated experiences are only part of the picture. Let’s take a step back and really think about what we want for our children – health, happiness and success. As parents we put so much pressure on ourselves to help our children achieve all these goals. When I think back to my children’s path to happiness and success, I have to admit, I didn’t do it alone. I probably didn’t do most of it – camp did! Camp gives my children the chance to be independent, problem solve, form true personal relationships and all these things create happiness and I hope down the road, success. Don’t believe me? Read this article with quotes from Steve Jobs, head staff at Harvard and MIT, as well as well known authors:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2016/05/09/can-sleep-away-camp-give-kids-a-competitive-advantage-in-life/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a44dcc820e69
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Camp fairs continue to be a valuable resource for families as they research summer overnight camps, tween activities and teen trips and programs for their children. Attending one will help kids and parents learn about the wide variety of summer options for students ages 7-18+. There will be some you may not have thought to consider! Here is a blog Barb Levison wrote a few years ago that outlines the reasons why camp fairs are still worth visiting. https://www.tipsontripsandcamps.com/blog/looking-sleepaway-camp-come-camp-fair/
To find a fair near you click on this link: https://www.tipsontripsandcamps.com/summer-advice/local-camp-fairs/
A summer overnight camp or teen program is an invaluable gift to give your child, providing endless possibilities for growth and memories that last a lifetime. With the holidays behind us and school back in session, the new year is a good time to shift the focus to what they will be doing next summer. Winter is the perfect time to research sleep-away camps, teen travel, adventure trips, college campus study, community service programs and the myriad of other opportunities for an exceptional summer for your child.
Please take a few minutes to listen to this fabulous video, The Value of Summer Camp, by Madeline Levine, PhD, https://youtu.be/ADGPlOeZW2U and see why camp plays such an important role in our children’s lives!
As we ring in this year and ring out last
Summer will creep up on us all very fast
Vacations are over; kids back in school soon
Now what will you do with them this coming June?
This is where we Tips ladies come in
Calling us for help is always win/win
We come up with ideas in and out of the box
Somewhere you will find opportunity knocks
Traditional camp? Maybe Travel? Maybe sports?
Our advisors have programs of all kinds and sorts
In Europe, Asia or in the US
We have options almost anywhere you can guess
Instrumental music, performance or voice
How do you begin to make the right choice?
Tips ladies hone in with expertise and precision
To help clients make just the right decision
Who do you call for the advice that we give?
Well this will depend on where you all live
We have Jen in CT, in Westchester Michele
Lisa and Debbie in Florida if you’re a southern bell
Helene is your girl if you live southwest
And Jill in CA if you’re looking for the best
For those in the midwest feeling clueless
Try the J’s in Chicago or Mindy in St Louis
Not that we’re bragging or anything fancy
But we even have a Paris rep, her name is Nancy
Lois helps you in Philly; she is fun, smart and witty
Stephanie in DC; Barb in New York City
And if you are wondering: How did Tips grow to be so grand?
It’s due to Eve Eifler in Maryland
Well I seem to have gotten off the New Year’s track
So now I will attempt to circle back
May your new year be filled with good health and joy
And may you find the right camp for each girl and boy!