The time has come for summer camp to end. It’s been full of adventures, silliness, and memories. But that doesn’t mean that it has to be gone from your hearts forever. Here are a few ways to keep living the camp life style even as the new school year comes rolling on in.
Sing and play often. You made a bunch of new friends, have tons of inside jokes, and learned a ton of new songs and games. An easy way to keep the spirit of camp alive is to pay it forward. Teach your friends back at home the songs and games. In no time at all it’ll feel like you are breathing that mountain air again!
Turn those new camp friends into lifelong friendships. A great way to help make that happen is by being each other’s pen pal. Sit down a write out a thoughtful letter. Writing by hand not only allows you to think longer about the person, but it takes more time, energy, thought, and meaning than just a simple text message.
Reminisce about camp. Take out those pictures, sit down with friends or family, and tell them all about your crazy adventure. As you tell the silly, crazy, and fantastic stories, more details may come to light that you may have overlooked the first time.
Follow AstroCamp on our journey. We are on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. We post fun science videos and pictures of space and camp life. If you ever feel like camp is too far away from your heart, just look us up online and remember that AstroCamp is always right around the corner!
AstroCamp: the summer frontier. These are the voyages of the campers who attend. Their one or two-week mission: exploring strange new worlds, to seek out new friends and new interests. To boldly go where they have never gone before.
There are so many strange new worlds to explore during a summer at AstroCamp, from the fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons to the bridge of a spaceship in Artemis. These new worlds offer not only a sense of discovery for our campers, but a creative outlet.
When playing D&D, there are rules in place, but the real limit is the imagination of the player. You decide what your character is like as a person, how they interact with the world and characters around them, and what they do. The dice and dungeon master tell you if your actions are successful, but the more creativity you apply to it, the more fun it is for you and all the other players.
With Artemis, campers each play a role (engineering, navigation, etc.) on the bridge of a fictional spacecraft. Each person needs to complete their job and work together for the mission to run smoothly. Again, the more creativity they bring to the task at hand, the more enjoyable it is. Campers will even play characters rather than just participate as themselves, engaging creativity, teamwork, and problem solving at once.
Technology is practically inescapable in today’s day and age. Everyone has a smart phone, computer, tablet, gaming system, or some combination. It is used every single day for communication, entertainment, or as a tool.
Here at camp we highly encourage all of our students to put away their electronics and focus on the experience at hand. However that is not to say that we don’t love using technology. In fact, we try to focus on technology that is mindful rather than mindless. But how can you tell the difference between mindless technology and mindful technology?
Mindless technology can be the use of cell phones, video games, surfing the internet, etc. It is a way to simply pass the time with minimal interactions of thought processes or other people. It is the scrolling through a news feed or flicking through images. This is the technology that we are ditching at AstroCamp.
Instead, we have a few classes focused on mindful technology, the use of electronics to expand your brain. A few example are building robots in our robotics class, using special programs to design something to be 3D printed, making a windmill, creating extreme videos of awesome adventures such as mountain biking or scuba diving. Mindful technology is using computers, cameras, and other electronics as a resource and tool. This is the type of technology that we want our campers to get experience with and their hands on.
So the next time you are on your computer or smart phone ask yourself, is this for mindless or mindful reasons? If it is for mindless, is there a way that you can turn it into mindful? Your time is valuable and important. Don’t cheat yourself by wasting it away. Rather, create something or learn about something every chance you get.
To most natives of Southern California, AstroCamp’s hometown of Idyllwild is a quaint tourist destination. Some are drawn to this mile-high haven’s local businesses, secluded vacation homes, and panoramic vistas. Then there are those for whom the mountains aren’t a background, but a playground.
Idyllwild holds a storied place in the development of rock climbing. Lilly Rock, an imposing buttress on the side of nearby Tahquitz Peak, is the birthplace of the Yosemite Decimal System, and the the greater Tahquitz area is known as Little Yosemite in the traditional climbing community. World-class hiking trails, including a stretch of the PCT, criss-cross the majestic San Jacinto range. An extensive network of fire roads doubles as a resource for mountain bikers.
AstroCamp clients experience this natural playground under the guidance of adventure instructors as passionate as they are capable. They learn to climb, for instance, from teachers who have explored historic granite from Tahquitz to Joshua Tree and beyond. Day hikes to the top of the mountain are led by instructors whose idea of a great weekend involves backpacking or peak-bagging.
Our many outdoor programs are united by a common philosophy: challenge by choice. We know that everyone comes to camp with unique life experiences and attitudes. We’re here to give campers opportunities to meaningfully expand their horizons in a fun, safe space.
No matter your comfort level or skill level, AstroCamp has just the adventure for you!
I would never have become the person I am without camp. Growing up I was shy, easily embarrassed, and lacked confidence. Forget about dancing in front of people, I barely liked talking in front of them. Camp changed all of that for me. Everything that I have accomplished and the stronger, more confident person I have become is rooted in my experiences at camp.
Camp is a safe haven where everyone is friendlier, more compassionate, thoughtful, empathic, and supportive. The camp environment is such a warm, nurturing, and safe place that even the most shy and reserved individuals are able to let their guard down and be the person that really want to be. Without fear. Without judgement. Without restriction. Camp allows you to be your true self and provides a caring and supportive environment to help you grow into the person you want to be. And you never have to do it alone; there is always an entire community to support you and cheer for you to succeed and grow.
Growth happens through new experiences, and camp provides seemingly endless possibilities to grow and expand your horizons. Whether its jumping off a platform and flying through the air on the zip line, launching a rocket that you built yourself or looking at the rings of Saturn through a telescope, your experiences at camp are only limited by the hours in the day.
Far an away, the best part of camp is that it is FUN. Yes you will grow, have new experiences and meet new friends; but the essence of camp is that it is incredibly FUN. If it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be nearly the same experience. Too often in life we forget to have fun, but never at camp. Instead, you are constantly reminded how important it is to laugh, enjoy yourself, and sometimes to Shut Up and Dance.
Take a moment out of your crazy day, close your eyes, clear your mind, and picture yourself or your child at our archery range. What are the first thoughts that come to mind? Possibly…dread of never hitting the target, or feelings of joy and excitement or maybe all you image is Katniss Everdeen. Now remove all your preconceived notions from your mind and remember this fact. Not only is archery fun but it also teach useful life skills so it doesn’t matter if the target it missed. There are numerous important skills that can be learned from archery however we are going to discuss three of them.
1. Creativity and Imagination – Our archery range isn’t any ordinary place. It is a place where heroes live, where the helpless receive aid, and thieves steal from the rich and give to the poor. It is called Pendragon Pines and is modeled after the story of Robin Hood. The story can get as elaborate or as simple as the participants want. The sky and the imaginations of the participants are the only limits.
2. Concentrations or Focused Attention – Pretend the arrow is already loaded on the bow. Although most of the time that process only takes a few seconds it also takes concentration. Loaded bow is ready to fire however there are more steps that take concentration. Breath in, breath out, aim and if luck is with you, you can fire. It sounds simple enough however there are several factors that take complete attention. Such as keeping both the bow and arrow steady, aiming, and firing without being distracted by any elements (aka other people, the wind, your arrow slipping from the bow) around you. It is much more difficult than it sounds.
3. Determination and patience – Archery is a sport that takes time and practice. The more practice given to this sport the better and more accurate the arrows fly. Determination and patience are needed to make successful improvements.
At the end of the day participants leave the archery range with more refined skills, a feeling of accomplishment, and wonderful memories of a great time at AstroCamp.
Beware All Who Enter You Might Have Fun And Learn Something!
Music Credit: Robin Hood Prince Of Theives Theme Song Mp3
We live in an era of growing consumption of technology. Even children under the age of two spend an average of an hour per day plugged in. This makes it even more critical for children to disconnect from both technology and the real world. Don’t worry mom and dad, time away from you can be a very healthy experience for your child, and for you.
These eight and nine year olds pose with their counselors after pushing their boundaries to conquer the skycoaster!
Whether the time away is for a week, three weeks, a month, or the whole summer, this brief time away will allow your child to grow in ways you have never imagined. Regardless of how your child lives the rest of the year, the camp living environment is different!
Campers are together 24 hours a day requiring teamwork, continuous communication, patience, and problem solving to live in harmony. This intimate environment allows campers to build strong friendships in a relatively short time. The friends your child will make at camp will be unlike any others in their lifetime. If you ask any child about their camp experience, they will often talk about things that only their camp friends can understand. These friendships are one of a kind because camp friends see you in a huge variety of circumstances. Whether its at your best, soaring down the zipline for the first time, or at your worst, hungry and grumpy and losing your cool. Learning to cope with failure and success are vital life skills.
One of the boys’ cabins gets takes a walk on the wild side!
The time spent away at summer camp gives your child the opportunity to explore who they are in a completely new environment. Challenging them to handle experiences on their own and outside their normal comfort zone. Camp provides your child with a safe nurturing environment to test the boundaries of what he/she thinks they are capable of. When they succeed, they build confidence in themselves and if they fail they have a diverse group of peers and staff to support them.
While we pride ourselves on our unique and top of the line activities, sometimes the most important times for kids are when they are just playing together!
At camp your child can try new things, focus on and excel at familiar activities that meet their interests, build confidence in him/herself, become part of a unique camp family, and find or rekindle a love of nature! There are hundreds of summer camps available that would greatly benefit your child. AstroCamp is unique because of its amazing location, the adventurous and educational programs, and the passionate, well-educated staff. Not only does the staff ensure the safety of your child, they are experts in their field and have a focused appreciation, respect and love for everything they do. Regardless if they are teaching arts and crafts, scuba diving or exploring the surroundings, they foster educational experiences through fun interactive activities!
The benefits of summer camp are endless and lasting. We can’t tell you how many times we meet timid children who leave camp with newfound confidence. These quiet campers grew out of their shell. They sang in front of the entire camp, learned to rock climb or mountain bike, and shared too many laughs to count with their friends. These are the experiences that are magical and priceless! Don’t let your child miss out on everything camp has to offer.
We hope you enjoyed our silly video on how we at the Guided Discoveries office pack for camp. Now, we need your help!!!We want you to put together a silly, creative, short video on how and/or what you pack for camp. The video should be no longer than one minute and no shorter than 6 seconds. Your video might be shown on any or all of our social media platforms. Please email your videos to Alisa VinZant at email@example.com. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-625-1423.
If you don’t want to or you don’t like doing videos then there is another option for you to win. We want to know why camp is important to you? How camp has made a difference in your life? What do you love about it and why do you keep coming back? Basically, what does camp mean to you! Please write your answers in paragraph form. You are welcome to write as little or as much as you wish!
Again, please send all videos and what camp means to you paragraphs to Alisa VinZant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call 1-800-625-1423 if you have any questions or concerns. All entries must be received by May 22, 2015. Happy taping and writing! We look forward to seeing you at camp soon!!!
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