For many city-dwelling children, camp may be the only way to experience the outdoor activities that many parents, and certainly most of today's grandparents, 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 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!
posted on 12:51 PM, December 16, 2014
In the spirit of the holidays, we invite you to throw on your favourite Sasamat t-shirt, some holiday glitter and take a fun photo! We are searching for some holiday camp spirit out there and eager to see what you can come up with! The top five photos will be selected by staff, posted to our Facebook page (Sasamat Outdoor Centre OFFICIAL) and whichever photo receives the most "likes" will win the holiday gift basket for 2014!
Gift basket includes: an assortment of new and old apparel, a voyageur canoe memento from our fallen boat, and a lovely box of chocolates!
Photo submission deadline: Friday December 19, 2014. Email photo submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.