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You Could Meet Your Best Friend At Day Camp

You can never have too many friends. If you’re in the market for a Best Friend Forever, look no further than your local day camp.

Best friends are the friends you can share anything with. They’re the kids who will bring you up, get you smiling and stay loyal to you no matter what. You can trust your best friend with anything, you know your secret is always safe. Your best friends believe in you even when you don’t believe in yourself, they’re the kids cheering you on at the finishing line. They help you to be the best version of yourself, they make you laugh so hard your sides hurt and they’re always free to help out when you need them.

Day camp is the perfect place to find your best friend. Why? It’s simple. The kids at day camp are awesome – and so are you. At day camp, you’ll be able to get to know each other really well. You’ll compete against each other, work on the same team and get to know each other inside and out. You won’t be bunkmates, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be any less friends. You don’t have to share a log cabin in the woods to become buddies.

You’ll meet lots of new kids at day camp so you’re bound to find a BFF you can bond with. You’ll spend your days having fun and playing games together – the perfect way to make friends. Unlike sleep-away camp, where kids end up far away from home, you’ll be living nearby your newfound friends which makes it easier to keep those friendships going after camp is over. You’ll be able to invite your new friend round for dinner, meet up at the local cinema or see them again at day camp at the next school break. You won’t have to worry about sending letters across the state or skyping faraway friends, instead you’ll be able to call  each other after dinner because you’ll be living closer by.

If you want to meet new people and build some lasting friendships at camp, remember to:

  • Be yourself – they want to get to know the real you, so make sure you let them in
  • Be kind – this is important, everybody wants friends who are nice to be around
  • Have fun – enjoy yourself, don’t take camp too seriously. Remember, it’s meant to be fun
  • Include others – if you notice someone hanging back and not saying much, go out of your way to include them in the conversation. The more people you chat to, the more likely you are to find a best friend
  • Keep in touch – make sure you find a way to keep in touch with your friends from day camp, don’t let those friendships fall to the wayside now that camp is over

Have fun!

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Now you See it, Now you Don’t: Tips for Magicians of All Ages

The life of a magician is never easy, and that’s especially true for young magicians today. Magicians are few and far between, a rare breed of mystical people who instill amazement and awe into the hearts of many. If you’re a magician or are considering becoming one, you’ll need to know all about the following:

♠ You’ll Always be the Life of the Room

Not everyone knows how to perfectly pull off the tricks and illusions that Magicians make look so effortless. It is safe to say that if you know how to make someone’s secret card appear out of a deck of cards you will have the attention of the entire room. People will ask you to do the same trick multiple times and as you are showing them your best trick, you are also perfecting it with each repetition!

♥  People Always Want to Expose Your Trick

There’s always that one person who is desperate to crack the magic and ruin the trick for everyone. It’s not because they hate magic, usually it’s just a way of just showing how clever they are. You need to figure out who this person is and keep a close eye on them, perhaps distract them or get them involved as a volunteer, otherwise they’ll ruin your next trick with glee. Don’t let them spoil the fun for the rest of the audience.

♦ Nurture your Best Cheerleaders

Your parents are probably going to be your biggest fans. They’ll make you show off all your latest tricks to their friends when they come over. Take this time to try out new tricks and get feedback from a group of adults that are going to think what you’re doing is awesome no matter the result! It will sharpen your showmanship and build your confidence before you present your tricks in front of a crowd of peers.

♣ You Want To be a Professional Magician

You play coy when people ask, but of course you want to go pro. It’s fun and you get to meet lots of interesting people. Whether you end up performing at kid’s parties, wedding receptions or TV appearances, you would be doing something you love and possibly earning money for it. While your peers are busy working in part-time retail jobs, you could be working corporate events as a magician and you’ll be inspiring others to follow in your footsteps.

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5 Awesome Reasons You Should Try Circus Arts

Circus Arts has grown very popular in recent years with many young people wanting to learn circus skills such as acrobatics, juggling, and tightrope walking.

While trips to the big top to see animal performers may be a thing of the past, audiences still marvel at the skill and control of human circus performers. Once upon a time, you’d have needed to join a circus to get on the job training to master the skills necessary for a life in the circus, but these days you can learn everything you need to know at a Circus Arts Camp. Here’s why you should enroll:

1.  It Makes Exercise Fun

If you’re not a fan of doing repetitive exercise videos at home or running around the same park day-in day-out, a circus art might be just the exercise for you. Circus arts classes tend to provide a decent workout building up your core muscles as well as toning and building strength. Unlike a traditional exercise class, circus arts gives you the chance to dabble in different activities which means you won’t get bored quite so easily.

2.  You’ll Learn Control of Your Body

One thing that leaves audiences speechless is the level of control circus performers have over their body. It’s clear that these awesome performers have spent years perfecting their skills and learning how to make their body do what they want it to. You too can learn that level of skill and control by taking a circus arts class, you’ll learn how to stay in control of your body while performing amazing stunts and, most importantly, having fun.

3.  It’s Impressive

The whole point of the circus is to impress, dazzle and amaze, so you’re guaranteed to learn some impressive skills at a circus arts camp. Whether that’s twisting and spinning high above the audience on silks, performing a daring routine on a unicycle or learning how to contort your body into weird and wonderful shapes. Whatever you decide to specialize in, you’ll be guaranteed an impressive party trick to show off at your next evening event.

4.  You’ll Meet New People

Circus arts appeals to just about anybody. From city bankers to aspiring dancers, students to yoga instructors, circus arts classes can be a real mixed bag. This means you’ll get to meet a varied group of people and have the opportunity to make new friends. Whether you’re learning circus arts to build confidence, get fit or overcome a fear of heights, you’re bound to make new friends while you do it.

5.  It Could Open Up A World Of Opportunity

You never know what life has in store for you, but the more skills you have, the more opportunities there will be available to you. Learn new skills, get fit, enjoy yourself, meet new people and, you never know, you might just find that circus arts leads to a new and exciting career or hobby you never dreamed possible. If you’ve ever fantasized about running away to join the circus, this might be your chance.

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Why You Should Enroll Your Child In A Multi-Sports Camp

Multi-Sports is the perfect sports camp for your child – and that’s as true at 15 as it is at five. Whether you’ve got an anti-sports teenager on your hands or a sports-mad kid, multi-sports camp is the perfect sports camp for your child to fall in love with. As the name suggests, multi-sports camp is about trying out as many sports as possible. Whether your child is looking to take a break from year round soccer or just trying to find their perfect fit, here’s why you should enroll in a multi-sports camp this year:

1.  It’s Great for Athletes of All Levels and Ages

Multi-Sports is a great way to introduce your child to sports or a well-rounded athletic background. If your child hasn’t yet picked a favorite sport, this is a great way of letting them try out a few. From soccer to baseball, field hockey to basketball, your child will get to dabble in all the great sports. Your child doesn’t have to be a total beginner to love multi-sports, it may just be that your child is a great ‘all-rounder’.

2.  Your Child Won’t Get Bored

If you know that weeks of doing the same thing weeks on end won’t work for your child, a multi-sports camp could be just what you need. If your child gets bored easily and tires of doing the same thing, if they’re not a lover of the whole ‘practice makes perfect’ philosophy, then get them signed up to multi-sports camp today. They’ll get to play different sports every session, learn new skills and master new games.

3.  Your Child Might Find Their Passion

What better way to find your passion in life than to try your hands at as many sports as possible? Some people think they ‘hate sports’, but it’s usually just because they haven’t found the right sport for them yet. Some people love being a team player and others love challenging themselves, some people are fast and others are strategic, it doesn’t matter what makes your child tick, you can bet your bottom dollar there’s a sport out there for them.

4. Your Child Will Make Friends

Multi-sports camp is a great place to make lifelong friends. With the focus of the camp not being on one sport, children are free to try out new things and socialize with different children each session. The children at multi-sports camp are a mix of ‘all-rounders’, beginner sports fans and serious athletes, so your child will have a good mix of children to socialize with. The variety of multi-sports camp is great fun and that’s why so many children choose this camp year after year.

5. Your Child Will Learn New Skills

And so many of them! Your child will be getting faster, stronger and fitter while also learning skills specific to each of the sports they get to try. Your child will have plenty of opportunity to practice skills like balance, speed, coordination, teamwork, leadership and problem solving. You name it, your child will be doing it.

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Attending Camp with Friends

One of the many reasons behind sending children to summer camp is the opportunity to reach out and create new friendships. Does it mean sending a child to a camp which is also being attended by one (or more) of the child’s current friends should be discouraged? Absolutely not!

Added Advantage

Social interaction definitely comes easier for some children. A child attending a camp with a friend will already start the new journey with less stress. There is no doubt children get past the initial stage fright of making new acquaintances, but having a friend at the same camp  can actually make it easier for social interaction with other children.

Make New Friends

When parents agree to send a child along with a friend to camp, they should approach it in a proactive manner. Let the child know it is great to have a buddy along for the camp experience, but also instill an additional mindset – one which lets the child know it is perfectly acceptable to reach out to new children socially and discover new friendships. The parents of all your child’s friends going to camp should get together and talk about this as well. This prevents an instance of one friend having thoughts of abandonment when the other child makes new friends during camp. It allows all parents to reinforce the idea of making the most out of new friendship opportunities.

Keep the Old

Even though parents may have addressed the issue of a friend making new friends at camp, take the opportunity to make your child be aware of what to do if the ‘old’ friend feels left out. Many children would already have the presence of mind to include an old friend in an unscheduled activity, but it is always best to have parents mention this to their children. Most camps are monitored in a way where exclusion is noticed by a counselor or coach, but not everything is always noticed.

Enjoy the Camp

Depending on the camp, friends may automatically be separated in activities for various reasons. For instance, two friends attending a baseball camp may be assigned different stations or drills due to playing different positions, or by skill level of each child. Explain to children that this is to be expected and how the friends can meet up again at lunch or at another time during the camp day.

With a bit of careful pre-planning by the parents, the children attending camps with one or more friends will have the satisfaction of knowing others from the start, and parents will see such desired goals as decision making, peer social interaction and a sense of fulfillment achieved through the camp experience.

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The Importance of Scheduling in Free Play

Today’s parents – and kids – are busy, busy, busy. There are schedules to be followed, clubs to be attended, and homework assignments to be completed. But free play is important too, so how can you schedule some in?

Being a parent isn’t easy. In fact, at times it can be downright difficult. You want the best for your kids, you want them to grow up happy and confident and you want them to look back on their childhood with a sense of wonder. Experts often stress the importance of free play, but how can you allow for it in the modern world?

When you’re busy ferrying your kids around their after-school activities and clubs, it can be almost impossible to find the time to spend doing nothing. If you work long hours and want to soak up as much time with your kids as possible, you may find the weekends fill up pretty quickly too.

The Benefits of Free Play

There are many benefits to letting your kids take the lead for a little bit. Free play means that kids are free to play whatever and however they want. There are no rules, they don’t have to play in a certain way, and they can change what they are doing as often as they like. Free play allows children to develop a sense of independence, to develop problem-solving skills, and to learn  valuable skills which prevent boredom. If done in a group, free play allows your child to hone their social skills, to learn about conflict resolution, and to perfect negotiation skills.

3 Tips for Scheduling in Free Play

Now you know why it’s important, let’s look at how exactly you can fit free play into your lives:

1. Make it Routine

It sounds almost counter-productive, doesn’t it? Scheduling in free play surely isn’t free play? After all, if it’s scheduled, it can’t really be free. Well, yes, actually, it can. And if the rest of your week runs to a tight schedule, you might need to schedule in free play. And that’s fine. By including free play as a part of your regular routine, you give this important activity the time and commitment necessary. You could schedule free play for a couple of hours on a weekend afternoon or take a night off from your commitments each week to indulge in some free play. Whenever you decide to do it, make it routine.

2. Do it with Friends

Kids love free play, they can get completely and utterly immersed in a totally made up world with their friends. And, whilst the kids are distracted, you can enjoy some time with your friends as well. You can be anywhere you want to be, a local park on a glorious summer day, bundled up in raincoats in a woodland forest in the pouring rain, or in the comfort of your own home. Let the kids go wild whilst you catch up with your friends. Time well spent.

3. Encourage it

Kids are easily distracted. You ask them to go outside and play, then stumble across them inside 30 minutes later engrossed in a game of pirates. It can be frustrating, but try to remember the benefits of free play. Of course, there is a time and a place for everything, and your new found love of free play is no excuse for being late for school. That said, however, if you have nowhere to be, allow your child to embrace free play.

Do your kids get to enjoy free play time each week?