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A Moment in the Life of Future Stars’ Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Every Wednesday, you will meet campers from a variety of camps at Purchase.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com

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Meet Parker, this is his first year at Future Stars Camps and he’s enrolled in quite a few camps.

Farah:  I heard this is your first year here, what camps are you joining?

Parker:  I started a couple of weeks ago. I was in lacrosse and I’m doing diving later. I have a brother in tennis and a sister in soccer.

Farah:  What camp are you in this week?

Parker:  Football

Farah:  What have you been working on this week?

Parker:  I have been working on throwing the ball, catching the ball, and tackling the wheel.

Farah:  What is your favorite part of this week?

Parker:  Probably passing the ball because I like throwing and I’m a good thrower. I like to throw deep.

Farah:  What are you most looking forward to this week?

Parker:  I want to practice to be a wide receiver.

Farah:  Do you have a favorite counselor?

Parker:  CJ because he throws the pretty deep balls and I like to catch them because they are more fun and challenging.

Farah:  Is there someone that you look up to or admire in sports?

Parker:  Tom Brady because he’s a pretty good QB

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Farah: What are your hobbies?

Parker:  I throw the ball around with my brother or my dad. I also swim and dive, and play soccer and lacrosse.

Farah: What is the best part of being a kid?

Parker:  Well, I like being a kid because when you get older you can’t run as fast and I like to run fast.

Farah:  What grade are you in? What do you most enjoy about school?

Parker:  I’m going into 2nd grade. I like to write!

Farah:  What do you want to be when you grow up?

Parker:  Maybe a football player, I’m not sure.

Farah:  What is your favorite memory from camp?

Parker:  Just hanging out with my counselors and my friends.

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Farah:  Great meeting you Parker, have a great rest of the summer!

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For more information about the Football program at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Football page, today.

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

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A Moment in the Life of Future Stars’ Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Every Wednesday, you will meet campers from a variety of camps at Purchase.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com

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Meet Sofia, I met her at Cheerleading camp.

Farah: How old were you when you first started at FS?

Sofia:  I am 11 and this is my first year at Future Stars Camps.

Farah:  Welcome to your first year here!  Do you have siblings and are they with you at camp?

Sofia:  Yes, I have 4. My oldest sister used to go to Basketball camp, but all of my siblings are either too old or too young to come to FS.

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 Farah:  What are some things you love to do at home?

 Sofia:  Cooking. 

 Farah:  Me too! What do you like to make?

Sofia:  Fruit tarts. 

Farah:  That’s so cool! That sounds so hard to make!

Sofia:  It’s so hard to make but soooo good.

Farah:  What’s your favorite TV show?

Sofia:  I would have to say ‘Friends’ or ‘Stranger Things’.

Farah:  Do you have a favorite singer or sports player?

Sofia:  If I had to pick a singer it would be Sia and for sports I would pick Messi for soccer. 

Farah:  Do you have an idea of what you want to be when you grow up?

Sofia: I want to be a veternerian.  

Farah:  I love that!  Do you have pets?

Sofia:  I have 4. I have 2 dogs, 1 cat and fish. 

Farah:  What kind of dogs do you have?

Sofia: I have a mini schnauzer and a mini poodle.

Farah:  Aw! I have a mini golden doodle. Pets are the best!  What’s your favorite food to eat?

Sofia:  Sushi

Farah:  How many weeks will you be at camp?

Sofia:  Next week, I’m away and then I’m back for a few more weeks.

Farah:  What’s the best part of being a kid?

Sofia:  Not having too much responsibility.

Farah:  Is there anything you would want people to know about you?

Sofia: That my real name is not Sequoia!

Farah:  Thats right! I heard everyone calling you Sequoia! Why do you go by Sequoia?

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Sofia:  Because on Tuesday we were doing pyramids and they lifted me and I screamed “Sequoia”! They said, “OMG is that your name”? Because that’s what I scream when I’m scared. So now everyone calls me Sequoia.

Farah:  What’s your favorite memory of camp, so far?  

Sofia:  I don’t know, it was all really really fun. I would have to say learning all of the stunts. Learning how to throw people up in the air but not in a scary way! 

Farah:  Thank you so much for sharing some interesting things about yourself and camp.  I hope you have a great week away!

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For more information about the Cheerleading program at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our page, Cheerleading  camp page, today.

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

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Cheerleaders, You Can Take Constructive Mental Time Off

Cheerleading is a year-round sport and physically and mentally intense.  If you thrive on working year-round in the gym, you should know that you can give yourself some mental relaxation time without leaving the gym.   Cheer Daily shares some ways that you can do this:

  • take the time to enjoy adding technique to skills that you are already good at, for example:  if your back tuck travels back half a panel, try a set technique to work on landing in the same spot every time.
  • come up with ways to build team spirit and get to know your team mates
  • be mindful and assess any areas that you can improve, talk to your coach, and come up with a plan and goal to fine-tune these points
  • consider being a counselor at a cheeleading camp or clinic with younger kids

It’s summer, so whatever time you take off, enjoy and remember there is a lot to do out there!

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For full article:  4 Ways to Take A Mental Break Without Leaving the Gym

For more information about the Cheerleading program at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our page, Cheerleading  camp page, today.

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

 

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After-School Tennis Lessons?

Summer is probably at a half-way point and it might be time to look in to plans for the Fall.   Are you considering after-school tennis lesson for your child?  My Tennis Lessons shares 5 good reason as to why enrolling your child in an after-school tennis program makes sense:

  1. Tennis teaches your child accountability, as when they are playing they can only rely on themselves unless they are playing doubles.
  2. Builds self-esteem as “tennis is based so much on skill, muscle memory, and repetition that just about anyone can become a good tennis player”.
  3. Take advantage of participating in a non-contact sport.
  4. After-school lesson times can be more flexible as you are more in control of the schedule instead of being at the mercy of pre-set team practice schedules.
  5. Tennis lesson cans also be customized to fit the personality and skill level of each child.

Tennis is fun and you don’t ever age out of the sport.

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For full article:  5 Reasons Why After- school Tennis Lessons Make Sense for Your Child

For more information about the Tennis program at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Tennis camp page, today.

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

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A Moment in the Life of Future Stars’ Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Every Wednesday, you will meet campers from a variety of camps at Purchase.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com

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Meet Amelie, this is her second year at Future Stars Camps and I caught up with her at Tennis camp.

Farah:  Hi Amelie, it’s nice to meet you!  How old were you when you started at Future Stars Camps?

Amelie:  I was 9 years old and I’m 10 now.

Farah:  Do you have siblings and are they here at camp with you?

Amelie:  Yes, I have siblings.  And, no they’re not at camp. They are way older than me. My sister is studying to take the bar test to become a lawyer.

Farah:  What are some of your hobbies?

Amelie:  Playing with my best friend Fizza, I like to relax, I drink a lot of water, I go to the beach, and Play Land.

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Farah: What are some of your favorite television shows?

Amelie:  Oh. I have a lot. I watch one and keep going. I watch ‘Jesse’ all the way to ‘Bunked’, and they are all on the Disney channel.

Farah:  Do you have any idea of what you want to do or be when you grow up?

Amelie:  A chef.

Farah:  Wow, so what’s your favorite food?

Amelie: Probably soup or pasta.

Farah:  What kind of soup?

Amelie: My mom makes this simple soup, she cuts potatoes, puts it in chicken broth, she adds noodles, then chops cilantro up,and calls it simple soup.

Farah: Do you have a pet?

Amelie: No. I used to have two fish.

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Farah: What grade are you in?

Amelie: 4th going into 5th.

Farah: What do you most enjoy about school?

Amelie:  P.E., it’s really fun. I also really like some parts of math and science.

Farah: What is the best part of being a kid?

Amelie: You don’t have to worry and you can just enjoy being a kid! I’m having a great childhood!

Farah:  What is your favorite memory from camp?

Amelie: Spending time socializing with friends from this year and last year. Everybody being nice to me. I never met a single person here who was mean to me!

Farah:  Great meeting you Amelie, have a great summer with all your Future Stars friends!

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For more information about the Tennis program at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Tennis camp page, today.

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

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Tennis Games for Kids

Active Kids shares tennis games to play with your kids to build skills and create moments of enjoyment:

  • Serve and Step to improve your serving skills. Start 5 feet from the net and serve the ball into the appropriate service box. For every successful serve, move one step backward and for every misstep, take one step back toward the net.
  • V-O-L-L-E-Y to  work on your volleying skills.  Hit from each section in the correct order and spell out Volley:
  1. V – left service box
  2. O – right service box
  3. L – left half of the service court beyond the service line
  4. L – right half of the service court beyond the service line
  5. E – left alley of the doubles court
  6. Y – right alley of the doubles court
  • “Rally in the Alley” to improve control over the ball. With a partner stand within the doubles alley and hit as many shots back and forth as you are able.  Be creative and limit to either forehands or backhands. or set a target of 15 -20 shots per rally.

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For full article:  4 Simple Tennis Games for Kids

For more information about the Tennis program at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our Tennis camp page, today.

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

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Coding and Writing Skills Work Well Together

Coding is the wave to ride now and into the future.  Parents, you do know that coding is a skill that your children should be learning sooner than later.  When coding includes digital storytelling, your children tickle their imagination, ignite their writing skills and have fun improving skills that will serve them well.

What role does coding play in imaginative writing:

  • Writers use words and sentences.  In addition, a coder has access to pictures, music, and animation.  To top it off, programming can even make their story react to audience input.
  • Script writing for story-based games requires the important skills of being exacting with details and consequence in characters’ actions.
  • Coding removes the “blank page” syndrome as, “The program starts at the child’s point of interest and evolves to a final product through a process of experimentation and iteration.”
  • Coding teaches children to be concise.  In the beginning, moving a character across a screen can take as much as five lines of code.  Practice and creativity teaches them to manipulate coding tools to express ideas efficiently and directly.
  • Planning and organizing thoughts are integral to coding, as are both skills necessary to write a comprehensive essay.

For details:  How Coding Can Improve Your Child’s Writing Abilities

For more information about the S.T.E.A.M. program at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our S.T.E.A.M. camp page, today.

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

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A Moment in the Life of Future Stars’ Campers

Welcome to “2019 Camper Moments”!  Every Wednesday, you will meet campers from a variety of camps at Purchase.  Please contact us with any requests to know more about Future Stars Camps at: purchase@fscamps.com

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Meet Katherine and Neela, I found them both happily working away at our S.T.E.A.M. camp’s Coding session.

Farah:  Hello ladies, what have you been working on? 

Katherine:   A couple of things together. I am making a quiz game. There is an app that we are using called Scratch and it gives us pieces of code, and then you put the pieces together to make games or animation.

Farah:  Are you both doing games?

Katherine:  I’m making a funny quiz game. Its called, “The Impossible Quiz”, and it’s supposed to be funny because it’s all trick questions. I’ve been trying it on campers and I want to try it out on my brother. There’s one question where you click on a sprite, which is a character or animated character that I created.

Farah:  That’s so amazing! I can’t believe you made that! Tell me a little about yours, Neela.

Neela:  My game is a maze. At the beginning, you choose a sprite, which is a character. They are all fantasy characters like a unicorn, a gryphon, a goblin, or a wizard. Once you choose a sprite, it changes the backdrop which is the background. It changes to a maze that we made together. You use the up and down arrow keys to move your character through the maze and then once you finish it, it changes to a background that says, “You Won!”.

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Farah:  How did you hear about Future Stars Coding camp?

Neela:  This is my second year here.

Katherine:  This is my first year. I used to go somewhere else but I wanted to go somewhere different because I didn’t really like it. I would cling to my mom. But I’m really happy here!  I really like it.  I’m making friends and having a good time.

Farah:  What are you most looking forward to this summer at camp?

Katherine:  I’m doing a few different S.T.E.A.M. things but I’m also looking forward to going to Horseback Riding camp with my friend. She’s moving away this summer but we get to go to Horseback Riding camp together before she leaves.

Neela:  I’m doing the same thing I did last summer- S.T.E.A.M.,  Softball and Tennis. I have a friend that’s coming too and we’ll be doing softball and tennis together.

Farah:  What do you like to do outside of camp?

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Katherine:  I like to play a lot of computer games and watch stuff and play piano.

Farah:  That’s great! How long have you been playing piano?

Katherine:   Maybe about a year, maybe two.

Neela:  I like to practice softball and tennis with my dad. When I’m not doing that I use Scratch and practice coding. I make games and animations.

Farah:  Is there anyone in sports your admire?

Katherine:  I don’t really like to watch sports too much.

Is there anyone in tech you admire?

Neela: For sports. I like Serena Williams. For tech, I like Neil Degrasse Tyson even though he’s not technology completely.

Farah:  Why do you admire him?

Neela:  For the way, he changes the world for the better.

Farah:  Do either of you know what you’d like to be when you grow up?

Katherine:  I want to do something completely different. I want to be a teacher because it sounds like fun.

Neela: I don’t know yet.

Farah:  What’s your favorite food?

Katherine:  It would have to be pasta or like anything related to cheese.

Farah:  Whats your favorite cheese?

Katherine:  Brie

Neela:  I’m going to say pizza.

Farah:  What grade are you girls in?

Katherine:  I’m going into 4th this year.

Neela:  I’m going into 6th.

Farah:  So far, what is your favorite memory of camp?

Katherine:  Well, I just started but I really loved playing gaga ball! I won a lot of games.

Neela:  My favorite memory is from last year, just having so many people that I could make friends with.  I’ve seen a lot of them this year too!

Farah:  Thank you girls! I hope you have more wonderful days here at Future Stars camps!

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For more information about the S.T.E.A.M. program at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our S.T.E.A.M. camp page, today.

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

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Need Resources to Teach Your Child Coding?

Giving children a head start is a parental goal – getting your kids to think about coding and starting them early on is a great choice. The world we live in and the world the children will inherit will be populated by smart devices that can do almost everything.  Teaching your child to code will give them the ability to interact and understand their world with clarity.  If you are like some parents and feeling a little out of your league when it comes to coding, don’t fret.  Blogging dot com shares 10 good online resources for you to tap into with your kids and get some basic coding skills under your belt (some are free, others have a free trial, and others are subscription or fee based):

  1. Code.org: a non-profit foundation website is a great starting point for coding novices.
  2. CodeCademy: teaches kids basic code through fun and simple exercises.
  3. Code Avengers: offers courses in building web pages, apps, and games covering languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, and more. According to their website, classes are designed for ages 12+ but are successfully used by many 8 to 11-year-olds.
  4. CodeCombat: is a platform for students to learn computer science while playing through a real game.
  5. Code Monster: is a system that uses JavaScript and features two adjacent boxes
  6. Khan Academy: is an online school is known for a variety of classes, but they also have basic programming tutorials that teach kids how to build graphics, animations, interactive visualizations, and more. Their courses focus primarily on JavaScript.
  7. Tynker: is another website that lets kids learn to program by modding games such as Minecraft, controlling drones and robots, creating their own apps, and more.
  8. Made with Code: is Google’s project to encourage girls to pursue careers in computer science. Each coding challenge has a different purpose and topics range from the most basic ones suitable for complete beginners to advanced topics for those who already have some coding experience.
  9. Stencyl: a software system that’s available for Windows, Linux, and Mac that makes learning code fun by using a drag and drop interface to create code blocks.
  10. Scracth: is one of the most popular coding tools for kids, designed to help students get started with programming. Students can create animations and stories by using “building blocks” that behave like computer code does

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For details and more resources:  10 AWESOME ONLINE RESOURCES THAT WILL TEACH YOUR KIDS TO CODE

For more information about the S.T.E.A.M. program at Purchase, or to enroll, visit our S.T.E.A.M. camp page, today.

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps