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February 10, 2020
Three Ways Outdoor Adventure Boosts Mindfulness

 

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.

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Topics: Skills Learned at Summer Camp Benefits of Outdoor Adventure

January 27, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Survival Skills Camp

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.

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Topics: Skills Learned at Summer Camp California Summer Camp Colorado Summer Camp Day Camp

December 17, 2019
Cautious to Confident: Secrets to Encourage Even the Most Wary Child

“Being introverted is not something to outgrow; it is something to accept and grow into—and even to cherish.” - Susan Cain

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Topics: Skills Learned at Summer Camp Inclusivity Overcoming Fear

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: (+ 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