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Summer Camp 2018: It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up!

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 06, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

There are numerous benefits of summer camp, including these we listed in a post in May 2018: 

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6 Activities to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 16, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

“Summer break may be only about 10 weeks long, but during that time kids can forget a lot of what they spent the previous nine months working hard to learn. Recent studies have shown that kids can lose up to two months' worth of reading and math skills over summer vacation—and that means teachers have to spend precious classroom time each fall bringing them up to speed.” (Parents.com)

So, how will you help to prevent brain drain? Here are six ideas.

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Avoid the Summer Slide: Ways to Promote Summer Learning

Posted by Dave Smith on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

What happens to your child’s brain development during summer break? Between the end of the school year and the start of the next, every student is at risk of learning loss.

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8 Summer Activities that Build Gross Motor Skills

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 09:48 AM

We’ve been talking about activities that help toddlers and preschoolers develop gross motor skills by exercising the large muscles in the legs, arms and trunk.  Today, we continue our list of summer games that parents can play with their children to encourage gross motor skill development:


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Topics: preparing your child, summer camp, afterschool, Horizon Education Center

Social Development Benefits of Summer Camp for Kids

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school.” —Michael Popkin, family therapist and founder of Active Parenting

“The biggest plus of camp is that camps help young people discover and explore their talents, interests and values. Most schools don't satisfy all these needs. Kids who have had these kinds of (camp) experiences end up being healthier and have less problems which concern us all.”Peter Scales, noted author/educator and Senior Fellow, The Search Institute

Both of these quotes come from the American Camp Association, which shares the benefits of summer camp for kids, including social development benefits. To be successful in life, according to the ACA, children must learn to be resilient, and that includes developing self-esteem and self-reliance, life skills and strong social behaviors. Summer camp provides this development because children get to participate in a true community environment. These camps encourage and facilitate healthy development that includes large doses of fun, where children “interact with positive role models who have time to listen, talk, relax, and reflect.”

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Why Day Camp Puts Your Child Ahead

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

The American Camp Association (ACA) has listed three crucial components of a true camping experience:

  • Intimacy with nature
  • Authentic human connection
  • Human-powered activities

The ACA said day camps that follow these three traditional camping pillars are “important” and provides this description of a quality summer day camp for kids: “a beautiful natural site where caring counselors help children create new connections and reach outside of their comfort zones to try new things. Laughter bubbles as jokes are shared and new friendships are built. Campers unplug from technology to commune with nature, realizing their roles in stewardship of the land. Skills develop throughout camp, both in physical things like swimming, horseback riding, and art and social/emotional things like teamwork, creativity, and self-confidence. Then, at the end of each day, a fleet of buses rolls out of camp, returning campers to their families.”

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Benefits of Summer Camp for Kids

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“Laughter, singing and cheering are all common sounds heard in and around summer camp . . . Summer camp is a special environment where kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lifelong friendships and memories.” (Parenting New Hampshire)

As we mentioned about a year ago, summer camps have existed for so long it’s hard to imagine not having them. In fact, the first organized summer camp for kids was founded more than 150 years ago (1861) and it was so successful that the program was repeated for the next dozen years. (Of course, there were no camp buses then, so the group needed to hike to the camp site, lugging all of the equipment!)

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How to Help Your Child Avoid Summer Learning Loss

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 08, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

If your child has difficulty adjusting to school in September, he or she may be struggling with summer learning loss. Summer learning loss happens when a child forgets important skills and concepts during summer vacation because they do not have the opportunity to practice what they learned during the school year. Horizon Summer Camps are built to prevent this gap with fun and engaging field trips, lesson plans, games and more.

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Is Your Child Ready for Epic Adventures Horizon Education Summer Camp?

Posted by Savannah Heck on Wed, Jun 01, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

This summer, your child will love learning and growing during Horizon Education Centers Epic Adventures Summer Camp. The learning themes are built to prevent summer learning loss and engage hands-on science, math, reading and art skills and experiences important to their development.

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Summer Camp Memories Last a Lifetime

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 06, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

We’ve been reading an intriguing blog called Everything Summer Camp, where stories are shared about celebrities and their experiences at summer camp. The most recent post reveals the story of Halston Sage, a young woman who has appeared on the television series How to Rock in 2011, plus The First Time and Nickelodeon programs Victorious and Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures.

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