Children spend the entire school year counting down the days until summer vacation. They look forward to two months of fun, outside of the classroom. Parents look for opportunities to fill those two months with experiences that are both engaging and beneficial for their children. Here are five tips for a positive and engaging summer, according to the experts on youth development from Frost Valley YMCA, the nation’s premier Y Camp. To ensure that they are making the most of their summer break, many parents send their children to either overnight or day camp. Going to camp is often one of the first times children experience independence. “Campers at Frost […]

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When summer camps come up in conversation the focus is on a few things: that it is a great place to make friends, try new things, and make life-long memories. One of the things that is sometimes overlooked is the intrinsic health benefits that are associated with sending a child to camp. I recently visited the New York State Legislature in Albany. The trip was organized by the New York State Camp Director’s Association and the aim was to have discussions with Assembly Members and State Senators about issues that are important to children and to accredited camps in New York state. The camp directors who were present were divided […]

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