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 /

  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 as seeing how your shadow falls upon […]

You Have to Be There

25 Jun / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

  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 or daughter, who normally […]

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

25 Jun / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

  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 visual processing skills. Mostly though, we know […]

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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 […]

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30 Activities for Kids to Beat Summer Boredom

28 Mar / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

Need ideas to keep your kids occupied this summer? Here are some activities that will keep your crew from boredom until it’s time for summer camp. 1. Read a book together. 2. Volunteer as a family. 3. Participate in library story times and activities. 4. Reading contests. 5. Paper airplane races. 6. Train the family […]

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Going Outside Improves Teens’ Quality of Life

22 Mar / by: CCCA / 0 comments /

Did you know teens who spend more time outdoors are better students? This study found teens who played outside regularly performed better in school than those who didn’t. The same study found teens who don’t go outside as often as their peers are more likely to be lonely and shy. Going outdoors reduces anxiety and […]