Summer camp is a phenomenal chance to form new and long-lasting friendships.
Like many other kids my age, I grew up watching camp movies like The Parent Trap and Camp Rock. Though those movies admittedly aren't the most realistic portrayal of summer camp, watching them made me long to have a magical summer camp experience as the main characters had.
Summer vacation can be the most enchanting time of a child’s life, or it can be the most boring. And a boring summer vacation is like a firework with no color or sound; it lacks the magic. Serenity relates to this idea wholeheartedly as she feels summer is a “waste of time” without camp.
Summer camp is an important aspect of a child’s life. It is a time for relaxation, human connection, growth, and serves as a brief respite from the chaos of our technology-filled world.
As someone who works with teachers and early educators, I have frequently been asked, “Do masks interfere with language, speech and emotional development of young children?"
As a camp kid you see the fun, the freedom, the adventure and joy. It is the time to break free from your parents, find your voice and flex the muscles of independence. Camp is important.
Current research indicates that COVID-19 has greatly increased the amount of depression and anxiety in children and adolescents (Current Psychology, 2020). As children return to school, they show increased anxiety and depression. Depression and anxiety are often expressed as anger in children and adolescents.
Camp Fire First Texas has earned The Best Place For Working Parents business designation that recognizes a commitment to supporting working parents through family-friendly policies and practices.
Camp Fire First Texas was notified two after school programs located at IDEA Achieve & IDEA Rise Public Schools were certified as Two-Star quality programs from Texas Rising Star (TRS).
While working remotely quickly became the new normal for some, there were others who – because of the nature of their work – could not work from home. Such is true of the early childhood education workforce.