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Still Need Summer Plans? Try this Virtual Camp Fair from ACA New England

Still Need Summer Plans? Try this Virtual Camp Fair from ACA New England (You can sign up in your jammies).

Still don’t have summer plans for the kiddos? Same here – I missed yesterday’s time slot to chat but it’s open today 4-8 pm and I’ll be home, because of, you know, the snow. What is it now #Marcus? Sheesh.

Anyway, check out the great camps and plan your summer.

There’s no better time to think about summer planning than during a massive snowstorm! 

Join us February 8th & 9th at the Virtual Camp Fair!
Sign up today!

What’s a Virtual Camp Fair? You can easily “attend” this camp fair from the comfort of your favorite computer. It’ll be will be a great place to start your camp search! During fair hours you can browse virtual booths, explore what camps are doing, watch some videos AND, most importantly, interact with camp reps from the ACA Accredited camps in New England who are participating.

– See more at: http://www.acanewengland.org/families-public/smore-about-camp-a-blog-for-camp-families/find-your-new-england-summer-camp#sthash.vw3T68YE.dpuf

See more here! From the ACA New England website:

Mission

The American Camp Association, New England enriches the lives of children and families through quality camp experiences.

– See more at: http://www.acanewengland.org/about-us#sthash.xtE9cee6.dpuf

The American Camp Association, New England is a community of camp professionals who, for more than one hundred years, have joined together to share knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. ACA New England accredits nearly 400 day and overnight summer camps in the six New England states. ACA New England fulfills its mission and advances camp excellence by:

  • Promoting – as New England’s camp knowledge center for families, child-serving professionals, and media – the value of a quality camp experience.
  • Providing the most comprehensive and reliable camp-related resources in print and online.
  • Administering the ACA Accreditation program in New England and educating the public about its importance.
  • Establishing and furthering best practices in the summer camp industry through excellent educational opportunities for camp owners, directors, and staff in fourteen essential areas of quality camp management.
  • Offering educational programs in a variety of settings (corporate, university, school, and community) on how to choose a well-suited camp, and on the benefits of a summer camp experience for children.

 

ACA New England is an Affiliate of the American Camp Association, Inc.

– See more at: http://www.acanewengland.org/about-us#sthash.xtE9cee6.dpuf

Camp Rules

Camp Rules. Or Camps Rule. Either way, it’s true.

IMG_9781Now something you should know about me, I was a Girl Scout, although, in hindsight, Mrs. B, my troop leader, probably shouldn’t have awarded me that sewing badge.  I am, however, prepared. Yes, since 1947 the Girls Scout motto has been “Be Prepared”, the same as the Boy Scouts, and since I like to take things up a notch – over-prepared. I even have a badge.

So, I’m an over-prepared ex-Girl Scout on a mission.  I have a few million (okay, 16 plus)  years of experience with day camps, sleep-away camps, school camps, sports camps, to art and farm camps. That’s a lot of camps. And, lucky you, I like to share. So when I was asked to the Cedar Hill in Waltham to see what they’re up to, I dug out my over-prepared badge right away.

Cedar Hill is a short drive from my house – how I did I miss this wonderful camp for my girls? That’s another reason I’m sharing, so you don’t miss it, too. May be if I used the ACA Camp Finder tool  from the American Camp Association New England, I would have known about it. Here it is for your camp finding needs. It works like a charm. Trust me, you want to use this to set up next summer.

The staff at Cedar Hill is wonderful, caring professional and enthusiastic, the campers are engaged and enthusiastic (when we arrived, it was to the sounds of Let It Go being performed by some of the campers) and the grounds are vast – over 90 acres and just lovely in a low-key camp friendly way.

DSCN4051 The week’s theme was a take on the show Chopped, and the campers designed the menu, prepped, cooked, and ate the food, and there were several awards for different categories.  It was wonderful to see so many girls working together and so excited about the week long theme and the fantastic final day of the competition.IMG_9651

Kids have always been the toughest food critics (only now we have television shows are making it legit), and with the increased awareness of food allergies and sensitivities, preferences for religious reasons, food more than ever is a  a larger part of our focus and camp programs have evolved along with our expectations.

Gone are the days of bug juice and now it’s more likely to be a sports drink at a sports camp or 100% juice, and Popsicle sticks for crafts (although I do still love a good Popsicle stick craft).

Summer is a perfect time to explore interests outside of the classroom and learn in a hands-on, group environment, not just specific interests but sharing, social skills, independence, and community building. Camps have long been a cherished part of summer and they continue to evolve and involve the things we as parents most care about, most importantly, our children’s health, growth and happiness.

 

 

For more information and to finds great camps, check out American Camp Association New England and the Camp Finder Tool.

 

 

 

 

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