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Take a Break

07 Feb / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

Honestly, today’s teens need a break—a break from demanding schedules, cafeteria food and probably their siblings. Wouldn’t it be nice for the adolescents in your life to press pause on their normal routines and come back a better version of themselves? Camp supports that. When we asked parents of campers if their kids were nicer […]

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Help Teens Swap Stress for Summer Camp

28 Jan / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

Between academic pressures, staying up on social media and maintaining friendships, the levels of anxiety and stress seem to be increasing for teens. School guidance counselor Mari Campbell says, “What I see with high school teens—many balance a lot of responsibilities between school, extra curricular activities, work, family [and] friends. Many do not have the […]

Be Still

17 Jan / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

The stillness we’re longing for still exists. Finding it takes a little more effort than it used to, perhaps, but it’s attainable if we’re willing to seek it out. Camp is one place it can always be found. Located in remote settings, the opportunities to put aside distractions and pursue quiet are abundant at camp. […]

You Were Made for This

13 Jul / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

[media-credit name=”Photo courtesy of Grace Adventures” align=”aligncenter” width=”1000″][/media-credit] The long summer days bring a certain kind of splendor. They ignite creativity, allow friendships to form, memories to be made. And one of summer’s many luxuries is extended time to explore nature. There’s something about the outdoors that makes us feel more alive. Something as simple […]

You Have to Be There

25 Jun / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

[media-credit name=”iStock Photo” align=”aligncenter” width=”960″][/media-credit] Sometimes you just have to be there. You know those moments – you’ve spent all day as a family at the park, at the beach or doing some other activity. Then, a special moment happens. One of your kids drops a deep thought, feeling or fear on you. Your son […]

Let’s Bond — Camp Crafts to Do With Your Kids

25 Jun / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

[media-credit name=”Photo Courtesy Word of Life” align=”aligncenter” width=”518″][/media-credit] We know campers love the craft shack at camp. In a research project conducted by Elmer’s (yes, the ubiquitous glue company) experts discovered many ways that crafting is good for kids. It improves fine motor skills, increases executive function (the ability to plan next steps), and encourages […]

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Don’t Waste Your Summer

04 May / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

If you’re a student looking for a way to spend your summer, consider working at camp. There are so many ways to serve, and it could be one of your best summers yet. Picture yourself: Interacting with kids Building life-long friendships Learning from peers, leaders and campers Impacting the lives of those around you Programming […]

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Setting Aside the Smartphone

20 Apr / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

It’s fairly common to see teens give undivided attention to their phones, and cultural trends indicate smartphone use won’t be going away anytime soon. Parents and youth leaders want to help adolescents navigate technology with wisdom. It can be a challenge when students’ devices are readily accessible, offering a false sense of comfort. The effects […]

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How Camp Builds Lifelong Friendships

09 Apr / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

As a student, your days are structured and there are schedule limitations for building friendships. Your interactions with peers probably take place during classes, club meetings and a spread of other activities. But extended, uninterrupted time is hard to come by. In a camp setting, you will have opportunities to meet new friends and build […]

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Can summer camp help kids and teens be more empathetic?

03 Apr / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

Students’ schedules are packed, and there’s not a lot of uninterrupted time to be still, hang out with friends and process life. They go from school to sports to homework. Then it’s time for bed and the tireless cycle continues. Amidst a full schedule, there may be some margin for friendships, but a recent study […]