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What every parent should know about the POWER OF WORDS
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Raising Daughters
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What Makes an Outstanding Junior Theater Program?
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How to host your own backyard summer camp?
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Ivy League of Adolescent Summer Camps
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Tips for selecting best summer camps
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Summer Camp FAQs
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How good summer camps are?
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Why parents need camp resources?
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Should you send your introvert child to a summer camp?

What every parent should know about the POWER OF WORDS

It’s easy to point out mistakes and what is wrong. It’s easy to see when things aren’t good. It’s easy to talk about what is hard or get frustrated because we know our kids are capable of more.

But how do we turn things like this around and build on what is going well in order to make progress towards our goals  – especially when it seems there is a long way to go?

It’s important as parents (and teachers) to realize the powerful impact our words have.

We can point out the negative or we can look for the positive (no matter how small) and point that out instead.

It takes effort, it takes paying careful attention and it can be the thing that spurs our children on to try hard, see that they have the ability within them to work hard on something, and to keep from giving up. It’s human nature to do more of the thing we get compliments or praise for.

I have found that it is very powerful to say “I see this thing about you that is great – do that more!”

Instead of “That’s out of tune” you might say say
“You have a great ear – let’s use it to work on getting right in tune.”
Instead of “That doesn’t sound right” you might say
“You can make a beautiful sound, let’s work on doing that this time through.”

I have said such things to students and seen them stand a up little straighter and really work at something afterwards. Sometimes a single comment like this totally changes a student’s attitude.

Parenting can be hard, staying patient can be hard, waiting to see the payoff years from now from little things we are doing today can be hard. We so want what is best for our children and for them to work hard and to do well. The words we say when we’re coaching them through the hard spots or just the not-so-exciting day to day spots have a huge impact.

In my experience, what students and children need is less criticism and more adults pointing to the things they can do well, and encouraging them to strive for that.

I’m not talking about false and empty praise but someone saying “I see you – I see great things that you are capable of – let’s do this task with that in mind.”

When my oldest daughter was young I would get frustrated with her bossiness and her need to get her sister to do things her way. But, then she kept getting leadership awards in dance class and I started to look at it in a new light. She didn’t need me to point out when she was being bossy and tell her it was wrong, she needed me to teach her to consider the feelings of others and be a kind leader 🙂

We can look at many character qualities from two sides. We can point out the negative about certain qualities or we can see the potential in them when they are channeled productively.

I certainly don’t do this perfectly but I hope I choose the later most often and I hope my kids and students stand a little taller and feel a little more sense of purpose because of it. I hope you’ll join me in trying to do the same.

Source : Suzuki Triangle

Raising Daughters

As the father of three daughters (7th, 5th and 3rd grade), I want to make sure I raise them to value equality: equality at home, in school and in the workplace.  I want my girls to think beyond the borders portrayed in books, on TV, in schools and in life.  My girls will understand that the only limits they have, are the limits they set on themselves!

LIFE LESSONS:

So where do you begin? It begins with unconditional love.  The love we all have for our children.  We all naturally do everything in our power to help our children in life.  We have to be careful, however, that when doing everything we can to help, we are not creating unrealistic expectations, or limitations that can define their existence.  We have to train our girls to think and do for themselves.

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What Makes an Outstanding Junior Theater Program?

When parents enroll their child in a theater program, they have definite hopes and expectations. Most parents expect their child will gain greater self-esteem and creativity. Some hope their child will get a lead role in the final performance, with lines to belt out and maybe even songs to embrace. They hope their child will have fun and they expect techniques will be learned and applied to help their child advance to the next level. Some parents just want their child to have fun and learn something new. Here are some helpful tips and information to keep in mind as you search for a program that meets your family’s needs and rises above the rest.

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How to host your own backyard summer camp?

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When you want all the benefits of a camp — like keeping your kids out of your hair and entertained during their summer break without breaking the bank — think of hosting a backyard summer camp? That way, you can ensure that your kids lap up maximum summer fun along with neighborhood friends, all in the comfort of home and under the watchful eyes of yours. Home summer camps are especially good for kindergarten kids who can get a taste of camp before experiencing the real thing. Camp Navigator lists a few thing you will need to consider before you get a camp in place, Read on to know.

Choose your structure
The more campers you have, the freer you will be! But before that, make an estimate of kids you can handle. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests a ratio of one adult to ten 6 to 8 year old. You can run the camp for a week, with parents of each of the child taking one each day. That way, you will save heaploads on childcare.

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Ivy League of Adolescent Summer Camps

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If your little one is planning to go big on adventures this summer and wants to try his/her hands in something new and different, Ivy League camp is the place to go! This is one camp that guarantees the best of camping experience and unlimited fun under the care of supervised counselors. And if that isn’t a good enough reason to your child, tell him that every day is a new adventure at the Ivy Camp.

This is one place where kids can experience a summer full of fun and excitement, thanks to the wonderful opportunities it provides, all in a safe and nurturing environment. For all who are wondering what an Ivy League Day Camp is all about, it’s a private summer day camp located in Monmouth County New Jersey.

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Tips for selecting best summer camps

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When snow is still on the ground, summer camps seems to be a distant thing. Yet, before you know it, the school year ends, and kids trade snowsuits for swimsuits.

If you are considering enrolling your child in summer camp, it’s never too early to begin learning about the different types of programs, costs, schedules, and admission procedures.

When choosing a camp, reputations and word of mouth are meaningful resources; however, a terrific match for one child and family might not be the best match for your child or family. The best advice is to think about your child’s interests and temperament, and make a list of camp features that are most important to your family and child.

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Summer Camp FAQs

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Sending kids to a summer camp is never easy for any parents. The joy of sending your child into the woods and the wild for summer fun is often bogged down by anxiety and worries over things like safety, health, counselors, etc. Some of the pertinent questions that nag all parents are “Whether I should send my child to camp? “Is my child ready for camp?” Can I afford it?” “What kind of summer camp should I send my child to? “Is overnight better than day camps?”

The trail of unending questions is often long enough to perplex any parent. That said, it’s impertinent for parents to learn about and be comfortable with their choice of camp. And the best way to do so is to gain all the knowledge there is to be gained about the whole camping experience and the camp you are about to send your kid to.

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How good summer camps are?

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Which parents wouldn’t want their kids to flower into awesome, confident, mature, and independent adults? But only if growing up was as easy as a walk in the park, no parent would have had to sweat over making their kids confident, reliant and pro-social. Thankfully, there are institutions like camps where a child can learn all these and more, in his own, away from the secured, restrained environment of home and school.

Camp is one of those few places where children can experience and satisfy their needs for physical activity, creative expression and participation in a community — things that often school and home fail to furnish.

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Why parents need camp resources?

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In a time and age when it’s rare to see a child who walks alone to school, the thought of packing off your “little ones” to sleep-away camp can be nerve-wrecking, both for you and your children. This parental instinct to protect their offspring often deprives kids of some important developmental milestones. Hence, it’s important for parents to let them go and welcome them back ‘transformed’ as a better, stronger, more confident beings.

With summer breaks almost here, it’s time to start scouring for camps. Sending a child to camp is a big decision on the part of any parent, and an important one too. And if you are a first-timer, things can be all the more hard.

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Should you send your introvert child to a summer camp?

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Packing off your timid, shy kid to a summer camp might be an unnerving thought. Worry not! Camp Navigator team is here with best tips to help you overcome your worst fears. And the best part is that it could actually do your introvert tyke a world of good.

You can actually start off by identifying if your child is an introvert or not. Introvert children are more reserved in their interactions. They never initiate and think twice before venturing into something new and unknown. And they find peace and energy in solitude unlike the extroverts who renew their energy through social interactions.

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