It’s a challenge to understand what overnight camp is really like. On our website, you’ll see photos of kids taking on outdoor adventure sports. You might also see photos of campers eating meals together in the dining hall at Resident Camp or setting up basecamp on Expeditions. What you can’t see are the transformations that happen—the moments that become punctuation points in a child’s life leaving them forever changed as they continue their adventures after camp is over.
So, you’ve heard about Avid4 Adventure and are thinking of signing your child up for the program. Yet, like any good parent, you want to do your homework first. When you visit the Avid4 website, the first thing you see are smiling children outdoors. They are clearly having fun and doing adventurous things. However, is that really what camp is like? Actually, it’s more! If you’re considering sending your child to camp, here's what a day in the life of your child at Avid4 day camp would look like.
One of the most valuable moments we introduce to kids at camp is one of mindfulness. We plan our hike days to include silent hikes, where they are encouraged to temporarily leave conversations and focus on the sounds, smells and scenery of the trail. On rock climbing day, we ask them to check in to feel and notice their excitement or nervousness before getting on the wall. We encourage brief periods of silence while kids are on the water so they may observe their surroundings. These moments are invaluable because we teach kids to slow down and take in the present moment—techniques which they can take back into their daily lives where there are constant sources of distraction.
When you read about the other summer day camps that Avid4 offers, they sound pretty self-explanatory. Rock climbing campers go rock climbing. Those signed up for whitewater kayaking or SUPing go paddling. But what exactly is survival skills camp? Quite simply, it’s about empowering kids to not only feel comfortable outdoors, but to thrive there as well. Plus, survival skills camp teaches campers how, with some knowledge, they can create their own tools and solve problems. Here’s everything you need to know about survival skills camp at Avid4 Adventure.
“Being introverted is not something to outgrow; it is something to accept and grow into—and even to cherish.” - Susan Cain