For many children, camp may be the only way to experience the kinds of outdoor activities that were once thought of as a normal part of childhood. Camp is For Kids is a reminder of the importance of summer camp and the outdoors in the lives of children.
posted on 4:49 PM, July 21, 2015
Sasamat Outdoor Centre plays a significant role in program and policy development, public education, and program delivery in the areas of outdoor play and organized camping. The evidence is well documented. Outdoor play is critical to children's health and well-being. Organized summer camping programs and outdoor education programs for school-age children, play a significant role in improved learning and in creating controlled-risk play opportunities that promote healthy child development.
There needs to be greater understanding by parents, educators and governments, of the value of outdoor play in order to ensure that programs that best exemplify outdoor learning are in place and easily accessible across the socio-economic spectrum.
A recent position statement on active outdoor play, is the first of its sort in Canada. It acknowledges a deficiency in opportunities for children to spend time outdoors that has left children vulnerable to health and personal development problems. The answer to these problems seems simple - get kids outside.
posted on 1:19 PM, March 31, 2015
At camp, things sometimes feel very rushed - get the kids onto the bus, get to camp, get them organized, get to the first activity... and the next, and the next... get the kids back on the bus.
I often encourage counsellors to slow down with their campers. Sit under a tree and spend some contemplative time instead of hiking all the way to their destination. Where you are right now can be as good a destination as where you were planning to go, unless you have a real reason to go there. Today's children often spend much of their time being rushed from place to place. Some slow time is needed and camp can be just the place to slow it down.
Children are becoming increasingly hardwired to work, play and think faster and the younger the child, the more hardwired for speed they are likely to become as technology continues to demand more and more from them.
Adults are also susceptible to becoming overwhelmed by the pace of life that seems to be a requirement in today's world and, in interacting with children, perhaps don't provide them with the slow time they need to process and learn from their experiences.
Dr. Christopher Thurber, a clinical psychologist and well-recognized researcher and author on camp related issues, has recently posted an article titled "10 Reasons to Give Kids 10 Seconds" on the Canadian Camping Association website. (http://www.ccamping.org/category/newsfeed/). It's a good reminder of some of the ways that we, as adults, can help children, and ourselves, to slow it down for everyone's benefit.
posted on 12:55 PM, January 8, 2015
Congratulations Emily, Gordie and Becky! These three submitted the winning photo for the first annual Sasamat Holiday T-Shirt Contest on our facebook page and will be the recipients of the gift basket this year.
Thank you all for your participation, we will look forward to your photos next year!