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July 29, 2019
Kids Overcoming Fear: Inspiring Outdoor Adventures that Will Give You Goosebumps

Kids Overcoming Fear: Inspiring Outdoor Adventures that Will Give You Goosebumps

Take a moment to think back on your childhood. Remember those long summer days when your greatest concern was getting back home before dusk? Your main responsibilities consisted of making sure your room was clean and helping with chores around the house every once in awhile. Ok, now that you've successfully time-traveled, think about a time when you were faced with a decision to overcome a childhood fear when trying something new. Maybe you were a little nervous at first or maybe even flat out terrified to step outside of your comfort zone. After some encouragement (or persistent convincing) from a friend or relative, you finally built up enough courage to get on that bicycle, jump into the deep end of that pool or try that weird, new food. Afterwards, you felt like you were on top of the world and nothing could stop you (ok, maybe not after you tried brussels sprouts for the first time but you get the point)!

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Topics: summer camp Skills Learned at Summer Camp Overcoming Fear

July 15, 2019
Cooking Outdoors with Kids: A Few Bites of Dirt Never Hurt (+ Recipes)

Cooking Outdoors with Kids: A Few Bites of Dirt Never Hurt (+ Recipes)

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Topics: Colorado Family Adventures California Family Adventures Skills Learned at Summer Camp Cooking Outdoors

June 17, 2019
Is Avid4 Adventure Right for My Unadventurous Kid?

Is Avid4 Adventure Right for My Unadventurous Kid?

The summer has started and you would love to see your child get outside this season and push their boundaries. Yet, you also know that your child has struggled with being adventurous in the past. Maybe you've looked at our website and photos of kids rock climbing or mountain biking have you thinking your child needs to be an experienced athlete to sign up. What to do? If you were wondering whether Avid4 Adventure is right for your unadventurous kid, the short answer is yes! Read on to learn more about how Avid4 Adventure can help your child tap into their adventurous spirit.

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Topics: Skills Learned at Summer Camp Benefits of Outdoor Adventure Day Camp

May 23, 2019
Five Ways to Help Your Child Build Confidence

Five Ways to Help Your Child Build Confidence

It’s no secret that parents want their children to succeed. The same goes for camp instructors: we want to see your children learn how to rock climb for the first time, or try something they’ve never done before. It makes our day. More importantly, we want to be there with them on that journey of learning and exploration. And while helping kids succeed may seem like an easy task, teaching them to learn confidence can be much more daunting. So, from someone who has worked with kids her entire adult life, here’s how to support your child through any challenge they might encounter—and help them build confidence while doing so.

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Topics: Skills Learned at Summer Camp Soft Skills

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