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May 13, 2019
A Mt. Whitney Mountaineering Adventure: Risk, Putting Our Egos Aside

A Mt. Whitney Mountaineering Adventure: Risk, Putting Our Egos Aside

Young, eager, and experienced, or so we thought, myself and two friends, Mike and Carl, started to put plans in motion for a winter ascent of the tallest mountain in the continental U.S., Mount Whitney. Standing at 14,505’, the mountaineering route up the face of the bewitching Whitney seemed to be the perfect trip to test our skills from a NOLS trip the previous summer.

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Topics: Adventure Stories

May 9, 2019
How to Teach Your Child to Ride a Bike: Fewer Wheels Lead to Greater Confidence

How to Teach Your Child to Ride a Bike: Fewer Wheels Lead to Greater Confidence

If you are a parent, you naturally want to see your child succeed. And chances are, if you want to see your child succeed, you might feel like you need to do everything in your power to get them there. In the context of learning how to ride a bicycle, the temptation to lend a physical hand is strong. “I’ll just steady them for a second”, you might think. Or “I can just hold one handlebar, they’re doing most of the work”, you could venture. While working for Avid4 Adventure this past summer I learned a hands-off technique to teach training-wheel-free biking that relies entirely on the power of demonstration, clear communication and patient encouragement and it blew my mind. The steps below provide an overview of this technique taught at Avid4 Adventure Learn to Bike! summer camps (though keep in mind we haven't shared all of our secrets!).

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Topics: Skills Learned at Summer Camp Learn to Bike

April 30, 2019
Is My Child Ready For Overnight Camp?

Is My Child Ready For Overnight Camp?

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Topics: how to pick the right summer camp Overnight Camp

April 26, 2019
Screen-Free Week for Kids & Adults: Will You Take the Pledge?

Screen-Free Week for Kids & Adults: Will You to Take the Pledge? 

The advancement of technology has completely transformed our society in a relatively short period of time. Can you remember the last time you went a full day without looking at a screen of some sort (as I type out this article while staring at my computer screen)? It is now a significant part of our lives. Yes, technological advancements have helped improve and simplify communication, advance healthcare and generally make things easier in our day-to-day lives. However, there are also some important statistics to be aware of which make a great case for Screen-Free Week (April 29th - May 5th). While the goal is not to vilify technology, it's important to be aware of some of the consequences of too much screen time and consider taking the pledge to intentionally pause from it.

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Topics: Outdoor Advocacy Screen-Free Week

April 24, 2019
Tips for How Team Sports Families Can Be Outdoorsy Families Too!

Tips for How Team Sports Families Can Be Outdoorsy Families Too!

Middle school is a really interesting time to be alive. It’s when you start forming your personhood. Who you might become starts to emerge—and of course—who you might not want to be too. As a middle school teacher, I was witness to so many “aha” moments. Here's how this particular moment began:

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Topics: Tips and Tricks Benefits of Outdoor Adventure