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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 Rickie, this is his second year at Future Stars Camps and he is looking forward to new experiences.

Farah:  When did you start at Future Stars Camps?

Rickie:  Something like 1-2 years ago. Maybe 1 ½ years ago.

Farah: What programs did you do last summer? 

Rickie:   Rising Stars. 

Farah:  How old are you now?

Rickie:  I’m 7.

Farah:  Do you have siblings?

Rickie: I have a little brother. He can probably come to Rising Stars next year.

Farah:  What program are you in? Which programs are you in this summer?

Rickie:  I’m in chess now and then STEAM, maybe swimming and soccer.

Farah:  What have you been working on in Chess camp?

Rickie: The coach taught the whole group different techniques. The first one, he taught us was king and queen against lonely king. Second, king and rook against lonely king and he talked a little bit about king and pawn against lonely king. 

Farah:  Did you find these things helpful?

Rickie:  Not in games because in games the opponent doesn’t lose all of their pieces except for the king so it’s hard.

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Farah:  You played against the little computers too right?

Rickie:  Yes, the computers have good moves but they have less pieces but the computer usually does the same thing but sometimes it does different things. The coach teaches us how to get through all of the levels. The first level, I did was Ultra 1, same as the whole group and then we go up. The last day, I got to Pawn Power 4. 

Farah:  That’s amazing! How many levels is that?

Rickie:  A lot!

Farah:  What was your favorite part of the week in chess?

Rickie:  The coach in the middle of the week, after teaching us techniques, would have competitions to see who could do them the fastest.

Farah:  What are you most looking forward to at Future Stars Camps?

Rickie:  I actually do wonder about how soccer will be. I’m looking forward to it. 

Farah:  Do you have a favorite singer or musical artist?

Rickie:  I don’t really listen to music because I listen to piano songs the most. 

Farah:  Who’s your favorite musician?

Rickie:  It’s someone from China.

Farah:  Do you remember his name?

Rickie:  Yes, but you probably you won’t know him.

Farah:  What are your hobbies?

Rickie:  I usually do math 4-5 times a week and I come to Future Stars Camps. This is my 2nd to last or 3rd to last week because I might go to Swim camp.

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

Rickie:  Probably learning or something. 

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

Rickie:  2nd. They teach really good stuff.

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

Rickie:  I have no idea.

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Farah:  What’s your favorite memory from camp?

Rickie:  I really liked Rising Stars. I really liked meeting my friends and playing together.

Farah:  Great meeting you Rickie, hope you have a great time at all the other camps you will be attending and I have a feeling that soccer will meet your expectations!

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

Image Credit:  Future Stars Camps

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Chess for Beginners

Chess is a very popular two-person strategy board game that is played all over the world by millions of people of all ages.  It’s roots are believed to have sprouted from a 7th century game from India, Chaturanga.  Each player starts with 16 pieces:

  • one king
  • one queen
  • two rooks
  • two knights
  • two bishops
  • eight pawns

Every piece moves in a different way and the objective of the game is to checkmate the king or to end in a draw.  Competitive chess games have been played since 1886.

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

Image Credit: Future Stars Camps

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Some Essentials of Kayaking

Intrigued with the idea of spending more time on the water but speedboats and sailboats are not quite what fits your aquatic spirit.  Is kayaking a possibility?  REI shares some introductory tips for beginners that might whet your appetite for sunrise, sunny day or sunset kayaking explorations of the waters around you.  Here are some ways to sample kayak adventures:

  • Rent a kayak
  • Borrow a kayak from a friend
  • Visit a on-the-water outfitter that provides gear and instruction.
  • Sign up for a kayak tour from your local parks department or look for a kayak adventure-touring company.
  • Look around for a kayaking class.

Here are some things that you will need if you are in a classic kayak:  one with a cockpit and a hatch or two for stowing gear.

Essential kayaking gear:

  • Coastguard-approved PFD (Personal Flotation Device) that fits properly
  • Paddle (make sure they check that it’s the right size for you)
  • Bilge pump
  • Spray skirt (optional on warm, calm days)
  • Neoprene footwear
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Proper attire to meet  temperature of the day
  • Lightweight fleece jacket or vest (weather-dependent)
  • Spray jacket or rain jacket and pants (weather-dependent)
  • If conditions are colder than 60 F (especially the water), a wetsuit is also required

Personal items:

  • Plenty of water
  • Snacks for energy, plus a lunch for longer tours
  • Sunscreen, lip balm and sunglasses
  • First-aid kit
  • Signaling whistle
  • Water proof timepiece
  • Headlamp
  • Dry bags (for things you don’t want to get wet)

Now that you know some of the essentials that you will need, the waters are beckoning you for a kayaking adventure.

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For full article:  Getting Started Kayaking

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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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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If You Play Football, You Should Know Calder Hodge

Calder Hodge was born with fibular hemimelia, a very rare birth condition.  This meant that at age 3, his legs were amputated because he had no tibia bones in his lower legs.  He lost both his legs to amputations above the knees.   Daily, Calder wears prosthetics but when he’s on the football field he wears ” two prosthetics called “C-Leg,” which is a computerized knee that offers more stability and control”.  Calder is striving to be the first double amputee quarerback in the NFL.  Today, he is 14 and he recently won an ESPY award and is an inspiration to many.  On August 2, 2019 at the Detroit Lions practice, Calder threw a touchdown pass.

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For full story:  Double amputee throws TD, wows Stafford, Lions

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 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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Life Lessons Football Teaches

USA Football shares some life lessons learned while playing football that go beyond the field.  Here are some other ways to look at football and what your children gain from playing:

  • establishes competitive skills – study your competition and improve your own abilities to be a better individual and team player
  • builds discipline – requires discipline for rigorous practice and game schedules all while  managing academics, as well
  • develops the ability to follow – one must learn to know when and how follow
  • grows leadership skills – learning to follow well can shape strong leadership abilities
  • broadens the understanding of accountability – every player is integral to the team and each player’s actions affects the team whether in wins or losses
  • teaches the value of practice – the more you practice the better you can get
  • develops an understanding that there are no shortcuts – practice, sacrifice, endurance, dedication, etc. is required

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For full article:   15 life lessons from football that shouldn’t be overlooked

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