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March 1, 2019
Overnight Camp Video Series - A Stepping Stone and Times Have Changed from Avid4 CEO

Overnight Camp Video Series - A Stepping Stone, How Times Have Changed

At Avid4 Adventure Overnight Camps, kids have the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence which they can carry into all aspects of their lives beyond camp. Avid4 Adventure CEO, Paul Dreyer explains two reasons to send your child to Overnight Camp.

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Topics: Overnight Camp Risk Management Benefits of Outdoor Adventure

February 25, 2019
A Director’s Guide: How to Convince Your Parents to Send You to Overnight Camp

A Director’s Guide: How to Convince Your Parents to Send You to Overnight Camp

The buzz is all around you and you’re getting the feeling the universe is trying to tell you something. The ski season excitement is slowly winding down and your friends are starting to think about summer. You’ve heard the mention of a family trip here and there, but someone the other day mentioned how pumped they are to go to overnight camp  the endless activities, the sweet traditions, the friends they’re excited to see, the trips they get to go on  and no parents? It caught your ear in the moment but you think, 'There is no way my parents would go for that.'

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Topics: Tips and Tricks Overnight Camp

February 18, 2019
Not Just Knots and Paddle Strokes — Transferable Skills Kids Learn at Summer Camp

Not Just Knots and Paddle Strokes — Transferable Skills Kids Learn at Summer Camp

At Avid4 Adventure, we are well known for introducing children to a variety of outdoor sports. We use a solid curriculum that helps campers build a foundation of technical, hard skills. Campers then have the chance to build on those skills at each camp they attend. However, it’s not all knots and paddle strokes. The beauty of spending time outside at camp is that every day includes learning transferable skills that are applicable to a child’s day to day life. Kids walk away from camp with life skills that will help them grow into well rounded and happy adults.

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Topics: Skills Learned at Summer Camp Soft Skills

February 11, 2019
Three Ways Outdoor Adventure May Benefit a Child's Mental Health

Three Ways Outdoor Adventure May Benefit a Child's Mental Health 

At Avid4 Adventure, one of our core values is balance, meaning that we as outdoor educators live and encourage the balance of work and play in our lives. However, as screened entertainment continues to absorb the attention of children, outdoor play can disappear as a potential outlet for kids struggling to find mental and emotional harmony. The physical benefits of outdoor recreation are well-known today, such as reduction to risk of chronic illnesses and obesity. What are often not discussed are the benefits to a child’s mental and emotional health. Many researchers have studied the effects of exercise in natural, outdoor environments on mental health, and have found the following trends on outdoor adventure:

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Topics: Benefits of Outdoor Adventure Mental Health

February 7, 2019
Forbes Podcast: Avid4 Adventure Camps to Combat Decreased Physical Education Funding

Forbes Podcast: Avid4 Adventure Camps to Combat Decreased Physical Education Funding

Avid4 Adventure CEO, Paul Dreyer was invited to speak on the ForbesBooks Radio Podcast. He spoke about why Avid4 Adventure was founded, the main goals of programming, the current lack of opportunities that children have to lean into risk and more.

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Topics: Skills Learned at Summer Camp