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by Turn On Social on August 20, 2012

You know that feeling…summer is approaching and your children have nowhere to go!
What they need is a fun-packed yet ultimately wholesome summer that provides them with an opportunity to making lifelong friends.
Camp Canyon is the place to be this summer! It is set in stunning grounds, spread across a 1300-acre campus surrounded by breath-taking scenic mountains in West Virginia.

This summer camp provides the perfect location for children aged 7-16 to spend their summer, enhancing positive learning experiences such as developing self-confidence, social skills as well as all the dedicated training of a specialist camp in any areas of interest. But most importantly, it is seriously FUN!

According to Teens Today; ‘Camp is an excellent environment to learn and practice positive risk taking.’ (SADD / Liberty Mutual Group) Negative risk taking leads to things like reckless driving; drinking; drug use; early sexual behaviour. But having the confidence to approach situations positively makes for well equipped and well rounded individuals. Camp Canyon’s tailor-made programs give kids the freedom to laugh, freedom to explore and freedom to grow. Ultimately encouraging confidence in making their own decisions and developing their individuality guided by positive value systems to be who they really are.

Camp Canyon’s unique philosophy of offering a ‘distinct combination of traditional camp activities mixed with specialty camp skill instruction and general camp option’ is ideal for allowing kids to focus on their development while still developing trust with both peers and their counsellors.
Whilst many abandon traditional summer camps for other camps which focus on individual skill development, Camp Canyon celebrates diversity and strives strongly in nurturing well-rounded individuals. We focus on seeing kids go on to become better people.

So what are you waiting for? Make the most of this summer! Help your kids discover their identities, make new friends, and explore new adventures to build memories that last a lifetime!



by Camp Canyon on August 10, 2012

A parent’s greatest concern is the development of their child. Providing the best opportunities to nurture children is of great concern. So many things come into play: schooling, extracurricular activities, their environment and parental guidance. The list is huge but every parent wants to ensure their Kids can develop to their maximum potential. With so many negative influences coming into play from outside their home, the parents can be left feeling a little helpless.

Enter Camps…
In the 1880s, many rising middle-class families worried that industrial society had broken off some piece of the American soul and its ties to the frontiers. Boys were growing soft: too much time with their mothers and their teachers, not enough MANLY activity.
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So they started up camps. Promising, as was so eloquently put by one of the early founders, to put “weakly boys out into camp life in the woods … so that the pursuit of health could be combined with the practical knowledge outside usual academic lines.”
Those first campers were really wilderness tourists; today a wilderness is any place without a cell reception. Despite it’s strange mandate, it did achieve what it set out to achieve – healthier, well rounded individuals.

Today, summer camps herald a pure relief for both the Kids and the parents out there. They provide an important platform for children to build confidence, independence, lifelong friends and skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.Canoeing Fun They offer a vital diversion of the day to day distractions caused by out gizmos and humdrum routine.
Everyone needs a healthy amount of distance, not just physical but psychological; let your kids stand on their own two feet and relish fresh challenges that force them to forge creative ideas, work in teams and communicate effectively.


Words Really Do Matter: How Negative Labels Can Hurt Kids

July 31, 2012

The other night, T was playing “Spaceman Spiff.” Nope, it’s not a video game; it’s something he picked up from his obsession with Calvin & Hobbes. It’s an activity best enjoyed by donning a huge backpack (jet pack), bike helmet (space helmet), and adult-sized lab goggles (for x-ray vision), and requires wild dashing around the house, and making PYOOOOO! noises, which, of course, is the sound the jet pack makes as it propels you into the stratosphere.

Thinking of and referring to our kids in more positive terms can help us be better parents and raise more self-confident children.

Anyhow, he had lugged his old car seat into the center of the living room and was just about to squeeze into it when I exclaimed, “Hey! Don’t sit in that! That’s baby sister’s new car seat. You’re much too heavy for it now and you might break it!”

It wasn’t one of my finer moments. I was sleepy, muscle-weary, and my head was throbbing. Spaceman Spiff’s loud and crazy antics were not amusing.

Shoulders sagging, T plopped down next to the car seat and gave me a wounded look. “But Mommmm, it’s my space shuttle and I’m using my CREATIVITY!”

I was exasperated but I stood corrected. He was right. What I had interpreted as loud and obnoxious behavior was actually something quite endearing:  He was playing make-believe! Who was I to squash his imagination?

This moment was a turning point for me. The fog parted and I began to realize that many of T’s “annoying” behaviors were actually outward expressions of some very admirable personality traits.

The Importance of Labels

In the book Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, the author talks about the importance of labels, or how we think of and refer to our children. (Yes, even if we just *think* the labels without verbalizing them, they still affect how we treat our kids.) Such labels can have a lasting impact on a) how we parent and b) how our children ultimately view themselves. Labels can even have a self-fulfilling prophecy.

According to Kurcinka, all of the negative labels have positive counterpoints. It’s all just a matter of finding the potential in the “misbehavior” and reframing it in a positive way.

Taking the author’s advice, I made a list of T’s most “tiresome” habits and traits. And then I put a positive spin on them.

Old Negative Labels: New Positive Labels: Needy Connected Fidgety Energetic, active Talks too much Communicative, conversational, thinks out loud Asks too many questions Curious Loud Enthusiastic, animated Impatient Eager Always in the middle of everything Bold, outgoing, confident Dislikes playing alone Prefers the company of others Distractible Perceptive Relentless Persistent Doesn’t listen Focuses on task at hand Talks to strangers Friendly, makes others feel at ease

I was astonished. This exercise gave me hope. The positive labels were enlightening—my little T is an extra, extraordinary person! I haven’t completely botched him up yet! What a relief.

Now that I better understand the impetus behind T’s behaviors, I just need to figure out ways to work WITH these traits. Thankfully, the simple act of positive reframing will make this endeavor a little easier. According to Kurcinka, “Researchers have found that when we hold positive thoughts, it changes *our* behavior. We are more open, tolerant, and creative, and as a result, we smile more, give more information, and are more patient.”

Words Matter

Words really do make a difference. I’ve seen it first hand. I’ve told T things like, “You ask a lot of questions. You’re very curious about how things work.” And I’ve heard him parrot it back to my husband: “I’m curious and I like to ask lots of questions. It’s how I learn new things.”

I am giddy about how this is unfolding. T now has a way to positively describe his impulses, and he can feel GOOD about them, too! Kurcinka says, “It’s easy for a child to build a healthy sense of self-esteem when the words used to describe him are ones like ‘creative,’ ‘curious,’ and ‘zestful.’ Words that create positive images wrap our kids in a protective armor, giving them the strength they need to make the behavior changes that actually turn the inappropriate behavior into acceptable actions. In other words, kids who like themselves, behave themselves.”

What Others Say

Someone once told me they thought that T could be perceived as “bratty.” I was crestfallen. “Bratty”? Really? That hurts. I couldn’t help but feel insulted for my son as well as for myself.

But I’ll take this tip from Kurcinka: “Don’t let others intimidate you with hurtful labels. Teach them to use words that reflect your child’s potential by using them yourself. You don’t even have to argue with them. Merely reflect their thoughts in more positive terms.”

Here’s what I might say the next time someone refers to him as “bratty”:

“He is pretty goal-oriented and motivated to get what he wants, isn’t he? Let’s see how we can help him succeed.”

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” What do you think? Do labels have an impact on our children? Or on the way we parent?

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AGES 14-16

May 28, 2012

Tailor Made Programs
Campers can choose from a number of diverse athletic programs including all of your camp favorites like baseball/softball, tennis, basketball, flag football, soccer and much much more

We also offer outdoor adventures options like hiking and kayaking and many artistic and creative options such as broadcasting live on the radio station, performing on stage in the auditorium, creating a masterpiece in arts & crafts or rocketry and music. In addition to all of these programs, campers can choose to participate in one of our specialty options such as Personalized tennis, Golf or Equestrian.

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AGES 11-13

May 28, 2012

Camp Canyon’s program is unique.
We offer a distinct combination of traditional camp activities mixed with specialty camp skill instruction and general camp options to create a well-rounded program tailored to your child’s skills and interests.No cookie cutter schedules here!
So this means that the program can be as focused as a specialty camp or as flexible as a general camp.

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AGES 7-10

May 28, 2012

Welcome to the new face of camping
Summers will never be the same again as Camp Canyon sets the bar for combining skill acquisition, having fun and making life long friends.
We offer a wide range of programs including Athletic, Creative and Specialty tracks giving campers a choice of a variety of indoor and outdoor skills.
Camp Canyon really brings together the best of traditional camping with our state of the art facilities.

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