Compassion, empathy, kindness and feeling thankful are the core values of every summer camp and program. They make me think of Ted Lasso, a TV show I’ve been watching lately. I believe if everyone, no matter the age, embraced a little bit of the messaging behind this show then we would see a real change of compassion, empathy, and kindness. Sometimes it feels these fundamental human traits have been neglected throughout our recent world of navigating Covid. But with the world slowly returning back to a new normal wouldn’t it be amazing to bring back the humanity aspect of living? Summer 2022 will feel fresh, with camps being less restrictive and trips being able to offer more locations, we can experience these programs with not only new excitement, but a fresh mindset. Let’s welcome 2022 with a fresh mindset to believe in humanity and these core values. I’m suggesting we start with a little bit more kindness. It doesn’t take too much effort to spread some random acts of kindness. Start in your own neighborhood. Drop off a cup of the holiday blend coffee flavor to a neighbor, deliver a card with a positive message in a friend’s mailbox, or simply offer a smile or compliment. Share kindness and be thankful, it doesn’t have to cost anything more than a little thought and time.
Archives for November 2021
Climate Change~Endangered Animals & Marine life~Social Issues & Racial Justice~The Environment~Worldwide Hunger~Children in Underserved Communities in the US & Around the Globe….All issues affecting teens and at the forefront of the next generation.
The Tips on Trips and Camps team just spent three days meeting with summer camp and teen program directors learning about the successes of summer 2021 and planning for summer 2022. It was wonderful to be together in person as a team and have so many directors come to present.
This is what we learned…
- Following the successes of summer 2021, overnight camps for kids and teens will stay true to the values and activities that have been the mainstay of their summer programming. They successfully made adjustment for Covid protocols but reported that camp was still wonderful and more important than ever for children’s development.
- Depending on the status of Covid and vaccination recommendations, most teen programs and many camps will require that campers and staff be vaccinated.
- Teen travel programs will aim high with many destinations listed on their websites. We feel, and programs agree, it makes sense that families should discuss a second trip choice in case the first-choice trips are not available due to travel restrictions.
- There is increased interest from teens for career focused programs and the options to dive deep with hands on experiences in medical, business, law, neuroscience, entrepreneurship, public health, engineering and more will be offered on pre-college campus programs. Some of these are available to middle schoolers as well as high school students.
- Parents are enrolling their students now, and camps, pre-college enrichment, language immersion, community service and teen travel experiences are filling earlier than ever before. Many offer generous cancellation guidelines and some offer early enrollment incentives, be sure to ask about them.
To make the most of summer 2022, start your research now!