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Program News: New Slackline!

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Slackline is a great total body workout. It improves posture and core strength; better coordination, stretching and focus are awesome side benefits. It’s also used as a cross training for other sports, on top of being a ton of fun times with your friends with lots of laugh!

With DiscoveryLand Camp you get the 5i experience- 5 Improvements in: Leadership, Health, Sport, Confidence, Creative Thinking; while having fun in overnight kids camp near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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SUP, Fastest Growing Water Sport in the World – This Summer in DLC!

stand-up-paddle-board-summer-camp-toronto (2)We have great news from our DiscoveryLand Camp community: SUP is going to be one of the most exciting activities in DLC this year! In the last two years it took the water sports world by storm, and its rapidly growing popularity spread through Toronto and Ontario. It’s up to you swim on it: you can sit, you can lie, you can kneel, you can stand – whatever you like.

 

What is SUP?

SUP is a  new outdoor sport that is turning kayaking on its head, except now you can sit, lie, kneel, or stand on your feet. SUP is an acronym that stands for “stand-up paddle-boarding” using a surf style board and a long paddle. In a way, you can think of it as a cross between surfing and canoeing with the best of both worlds.

Stand-Up-paddle-board-summer-camp-torontoWhere does SUP comes from?

Stand-up paddle-boarding has its roots from the place of practically all water board sports- Hawaii. Stand-up paddle-surfing existed since ancient times as Hoe hee nalu, but became more popular in modern times among surf instructors and photographers due to the view and the many different ways it can be surfed on.

SUP in DiscoveryLand Camp

This sport has massive appeal because anyone can do it. In the camp, it will be available for both Kids and Teens Clubs. That doesn’t mean other paddle sports are going anywhere! Kayaks and canoes remain better for long distance water treks. And each sport has its own challenges paddling a stand up board in the wind, as we will learn later in the summer, is definitely a challenge you want to try!

Play and Surf with Paddle Board!

summer-camp-toronto-Stand-Up-paddle-boardSurfing! Yes, you can surf a SUP. You can catch smaller waves allowing you to practice more and under easier circumstances. That is perfect for places in Ontario like Huron Lake, where bigger waves are few and far between. When standing you can also see the sets rolling in much better (and farther out) than from sitting. Surfing on stand up board is going to be amazing!

We are big believers in the idea that your workout should be fun. You shouldn’t dread going outside and moving around – you should be super excited about it and counting down the seconds till you can try it! SUPing will give you that. A stand up board is relatively easy to handle and gets you amazing view and epic workout in a short time.
There is a reason that SUPing is considered the fastest growing water sport in the world. Try it in DiscoveryLand Camp this summer!
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8 Questions to Answer Before Making an Overnight Summer Camp Decision for Your Child

When you are making an overnight (sleepover) camps decision, the most important questions are: “is my child ready for the overnight summer camp?” “is it in his/her best interest?”

By answering the following questions you might get better arguments for your decision:

-Do you think that the overnight summer camp that you choose is a good opportunity for your child:

  1. to develop and improve his/her social and communication skills?
  2. to gain a unique life experience? to learn new valuable skills?
  3. to enjoy favorite programs or activities? to try new activities that he/she dreamed of?
  4. Is it a best way to solve a child care question?
  5. Will the kid receive at least 60 minutes of structured physical activity most days of the camp session?
  6. Does you child like overnight experiences with friends or family members?
  7. Does you child like adventure?
  8. Does you child usually enjoy new experience?

If you answered “yes” to more that half of the questions, it looks like your child is ready for a successful camp experience.

It’s really helpful if you got such a great experience during your childhood and can share the best memories with your kid.

If your child is not certain to commit to a camp (which is common, if he or she come alone without sibling or friend), gentle encouragement is usually the key. Show the camp website, brochures, pictures and discuss the list of activities. Sometimes the child is ready and willing to go to a camp, but you have some concerns. Again, if you are first time camp parent, or are sending your child to this particular camp for the first time, it’s natural to worry. Remember that it’s always better to talk to the camp’s staff than to share your concerns with the child.

Looking for overnight summer camps in Canada, Ontario, not far from Toronto? Summer camp with life lasting benefits? DiscoveryLand Camp: 59 fun filled programs for kids and teens. Leadership, sports, art, and weight management.

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How to green your kid’s summer

adventure summer camp rock climbing Summer is the best time to engage your child with the natural world. If you’d like to help your kids learn the importance of caring about the planet, here are some activities you might want to try based on their age and personality:

  1. Choosing a summer camp with adventure outdoor program
  2. Enrolling to environment educational summer program
  3. Making outdoor activities a constant part of family plans
  4. Involving the child into your own green lifestyle

1. Choosing a summer camp with adventure outdoor program

Search for a summer camp with lots of outdoors activities. Choose a combination of outdoor trips and sports with water activities (swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing). Many of the overnight (sleep away) summer camp are located close to natural lakes and rivers and can be really healthy options for a green summer. Just forget about city routine and chlorine water pool. Consider the camps located at farms as well. Why are overnight camp experiences considered as an essential aspect in green education of young people? It is a place where kids live without parental supervision and the things they’re dealing with are rated higher in their life value scale, as it is their own choice. That’s why nothing can be better that a couple of weeks of such eco adventure during summer for you kids to build connections with the nature.

2. Enrolling to environment educational summer program

Search a local community green activities, e.g. planting trees program, environment learning classes in libraries, etc. It’s important to remember that the best way to learn for kids, especially in the summer time, that they considered as efforts-free time, is through fun. So choose the educational activities that are presented and organized in a way your kid enjoys it. Never force the child in this direction to avoid the opposite effect.

3. Making outdoor activities a constant part of family plans

Take your kids for a hike or a weekend camping trip regularly. During camping trips please leave computers, TVs, and electronic games at home. Explore water trips as well. Don’t forget about a bike ride out in the woods! Talk with your children about the plants and animals you saw while you travel, encourage them to explore more and writing it down is even more fun. It’s even a better idea to keep a journal in which you can encourage your kid to write down everything you did everyday.

4. Involving the child in your own green lifestyle.

Summer is a great time to take your kids to:

  • a community garden or a farm where they can learn how others grow fruits and vegetables and why they taste better when they are locally grown. Apart from learning, pick-your-own activities are fun for the whole family, as well as fruit pizza and salad cooking from farm fresh berries and apples.
  • a local park to pick up litter. Don’t forget hand sanitizer, rubber gloves and garbage bags. You can discuss reasons why it’s not a good idea to litter.
  • a recycling center to see the new things made from the old items. Getting children excited about composting or recycling starts right at home.
  • your backyard to build a birdhouse, plant seeds, care for them and watch them grow. your backyard or a park to find and observe different animals. Even if you live in urban area, there are a lot of creatures living right under your nose and children can have fun spotting them.

During the summer time, kids are happy, hyper, and very energetic; therefore it’s wise to offer them to try some green creative projects and ways to give old things a new life.

Overall, the best we can do for kids to help them understand the importance of green living habits is to constantly demonstrate it with our own examples in everyday life.

It might take a bit of your effort to help your child to become a ‘green person’, but the deep respect to the environment formed in childhood will be a valuable contribute to the healthy future of our planet.

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