Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Power of Camp

Nature and the out-of-doors experience

Today’s youth suffer from an alarmingly limited access or interest to the natural world.We can look at the alarming 18 percent obesity rate of children alone and realize physical activity and access to the outdoors have been drastically altered (CDC, 2010). This change in activity has been precipitated by any number of things, including technology, food additives, and the fear most parents have of allowing their children to play outside unsupervised, due to the unlikely possibility of harm and abduction.
Activity has also been modified by the number of hours young people spend in front of screens — an average of seven and a half hours a day. Sadly, our time spent outdoors has decreased by 50 percent in the last two decades, and the benefits of nature and the outdoors go well beyond physical well-being. Nature supports cognitive, psychological, spiritual, and social well-being. (Keniger, Gaston, Irvine, Fuller, 2013.) Direct experience in nature is important to a child’s intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical development (Kellert, 2005). Most traditional summer camps are based outside, and require that children explore, enjoy, and resiliently persevere in the elements! At my camp, when parents ask,“What do you do when it rains?” I answer first that we call it “Liquid Sunshine,” and that often we’ll actually sing, dance, and jump in puddles in the rain — good old-fashioned fun, that kids thoroughly enjoy!

Friday, April 10, 2015


Play:  This is not a four-letter word.Yet, modern society has severely marginalized play, which denies a rite of passage — childhood! We have unfortunately witnessed a 25 percent decline in play in our lifetime. Play is a normal developmental process. To tinker with normal child development is a dangerous experiment. Children (and adults) who are not allowed, encouraged or choose not to play have less energy, less interest, and less enthusiasm about life.And we’re not talking about playing video games in the basement against friends sitting in their basements! We’re talking about hand-to-hand, face-to-face, old school, getting dirty, scraping your knee, hurting your feelings, real stuff that helped shape us into adults that we are today.
Play is a critical stage of learning. It is a learning process that is experiential and active. Play allows young people to practice “how” to survive and thrive in a community. It teaches young people “how” to learn, gaining the skills of persistence, grit, participation, failure, encouragement, and perseverance. Play is a process of experimenting and redefining important life lessons — a form of self-regulation. It sets a foundation for personal mastery.

People in this world that do great things for others, make this world awesome!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Do Kids Need Friends? - Having friends

Having friends
About 75% of preschoolers meet friends in school. By adolescence 80 to 90% are reported having mutual friends, usually including one or two best friends and several good friends.

The formation of groups is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Belonging to a group, whether it's a sports team, fraternity or political party, provides a sense of belonging. Between the ages of 10 to 12 cliques may begin to form; as children mature and rely less on their parents for guidance, they turn to their peers.

The amount of time spent with friends increases the most during middle childhood and adolescence. Teenagers spend almost a third of their waking time in the company of friends. Most adolescents move away from relying on family and parents and begin to develop close ties with friends.

The quality of friendship are important. The well known "peer pressure" effect which starts in early adolescence, although positive for many, can also have negative consequences. Learning to deal with peer pressure, competition and difference is a necessary part of development. Helping children deal with pressure from friends is more important than protecting them from it.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Do Kids Need Friends? - Why are friends important?

Why are friends important?
⦁    Helping children develop emotionally and socially
⦁    It is  a training ground for trying out different ways of relating to others
⦁    Setting up rules, weighing alternatives and make decisions when faced with dilemmas
⦁    Friendship teaches us how to win, how to lose, what's appropriate, what's not
⦁    We learn about social standing and power - who's in, who's out, how to lead and how to follow, what's fair and what's not
⦁    We see examples of how they're both similar to and different from others
⦁    Developing friendships and belonging to a group, because it helps children improve their sense of self-esteem

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Do Kids Need Friends?

Human beings are social beings. We come into the world programmed to respond and relate to others. Early in life children begin to interact with children outside the family - in child care settings, play groups, and preschool programs. The friendships children have with each other are different than those they have with parents and relatives. Starting young and continuing through adulthood, friendships are among the most important activities of life.  Friendships are not just a luxury; they are a necessity for healthy psychological development. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Summer Camp Counsleor Jobs

Blue Dolphin Summer Camp is looking for warm, nurturing, empathetic people who will contribute to the sense of community and well-being of our campers, who range in age from 3 to 15, and our staff.

Blue Dolphin Summer Camp takes great pride in striving to be among the best day summer camps for kids. Many of our counselors come back year after year. Only highly qualified candidates are hired to care for and teach our campers. 
Candidates must complete an interview process to ensure that each counselor is someone who embodies the values we espouse at Blue Dolphin Summer Camp. An annual background check is run on every staff member.

If you are interested, please come to our next open house to fill out an application. All applicants must be at least age 17.

Summer Camp Open House information 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Open House Next week Tuesday February 3rd 4:00pm-6:00pm

I went to camp expecting make friends, but I ended up with family. 

Every time a "summer song" comes on I immediately think of camp.