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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 Rachel, this is her first year at Future Stars Camps and she has had quite a variety of experiences this summer.

Farah:   Hi Rachel, welcome to Future Stars!  When did you start here?

Rachel:  Last week was my first week. I have a brother but he’s not here, he’s at sleep away camp.

Farah: What camp are you in this week?

Rachel:  Adventure camp and then  I will be at Diving.

Farah: What have you been up to at Adventure camp?

Rachel: We went to boundless ropes course, we went kayaking and hiking. The third day, we went to Rockin’ Jump and Bowlmor. The day after, we went surfing and it was so hard, I fell off the board but it was my first time.

Farah: What is your favorite part of this week?

Rachel: I liked everything but my favorite was kayaking. Before we got under the bridge me and my friend, Peyton had to get towed because we got tired. It was so fun!

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

Rachel: I was most looking forward to Rockin’ Jump because I love jumping on the trampoline! We mostly just jumped but we also did a jousting game where you have to fight each other.

Farah:   Do you have a favorite counselor? Why is he/she your favorite?

Rachel: I don’t have a favorite, I like them all!

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

Rachel: Lebron James and Steph Curry. I love basketball and they are 2 of the best players.

Farah:  What are your hobbies?

Rachel: I play basketball and tennis through the winter.

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

Rachel: You get away with most anything, you get more candy, your parents let you do whatever you want, if you cry about it, and you still have a lot of years to live.

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

Rachel: I’m going into 5th, I would say I like math because it’s challenging but it’s fun to figure the math problems out.

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

Rachel: I want to be a doctor or a surgeon.

Farah:  What is your favorite memory from camp?

Rachel: Learning how to do a front flip!

Farah:  Well, it sounds like you’ve had a rockin’ summer, it was nice meeting you Rachel and thanks for spending time with me.

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

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

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Basic Nautical and Sailing Terms for the Beginner

The summer has accorded you some new and fun experiences with boating or sailing and you’re thinking that this adventure could be a keeper. Discover Boating shares 10 nautical and sailing terms that every ‘sailor’ should know whether you own your own boat or just go with being an occasional pleasure boat rider:

1. Aft – Also, known as the stern – this is the back of a boat.

2. Bow – The bow is the front of the ship.

3. Port – When you are facing the bow (front of the ship), the left-hand side of the boat is called the port.

4. Starboard – When you are facing the bow (front of the ship),the right-hand side of the boat is called the starboard.

5. Windward – The direction in which the wind is currently blowing.  Sailboats tend to move with the wind, making the windward direction an important sailing term to know.

6. Leeward – Also known as lee, leeward is the opposite of windward.

7. Boom – The boom is the horizontal pole which extends from the bottom of the mast. Adjusting the boom towards the direction of the wind is how the sailboat is able to harness wind power in order to move forward or backwards.

8. Rudder – Located beneath the boat, the rudder is a flat piece of wood, fiberglass, or metal that is used to steer the ship. Larger sailboats control the rudder via a wheel, while smaller sailboats will have a steering mechanism directly aft.

9. Jibing – The opposite of tacking, this basic sailing maneuver refers to turning the stern of the boat through the wind so that the wind changes from one side of the boat to the other side. The boom of a boat will always shift from one side to the other when performing a tack or a jibe. Jibing is a less common technique than tacking, since it involves turning a boat directly into the wind.

10. Tacking – The opposite of jibing, this basic sailing maneuver refers to turning the bow of the boat through the wind so that the wind changes from one side of the boat to the other side. The boom of a boat will always shift from one side to the other when performing a tack or a jibe.

Now that you are familiar with some basic terms, the next time you go out on the seas, you will sound like an experienced seafarer.

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For full article:  Sailing Basics: 10 Nautical & Sailing Terms To Know

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

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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