Outside Guide Summer Camp Matters
Kids (and adults!) who grow up attending summer camp usually have great stories to tell about adventures and learning. Whether it is church, band, Scouting, or an athletic camp, parents who make the financial and time sacrifice to get their kids to camp reap the benefits for a lifetime. Of course, as a kid, it will simply be viewed as an escape from the normal routine, but upon reflection they will giggle at all the things learned, intended and un-intended.
There is so much research on the value of summer camp for kids of all ages. The intended learning of camp specific content, like musical scales or athletic techniques, are the obvious gains for kids. But, perhaps the more memorable and life-shaping learnings are those that fall in the un-intended category. The exposure to a diverse range of fellow campers opens up an individual’s world and helps one to begin to appreciate that everyone is not like me. For example, from something as simple as morning and nightly routines, we learn a lot from observing, adapting and adjusting to what others need and do. Then there are the shenanigans that kids do, just because they are kids. From pulling off the greatest heist in history, stealing the boys’ pillows to the heartbreak of saying goodbye to your new best-est friend, we learn a lot from camp.
Nevada Outdoor School is proud to offer summer camp opportunities for kids 4 – 17 years old. Nature is our backdrop and outside is our favorite location. The focus of our camps is to challenge kids to analyze their actions, evaluate their impacts, and choose wisely. From outdoor recreation such as hiking and ATV riding, to dealing with peers, parents, and teachers, understanding the link between action, impact, and choice empowers children to be responsible stewards of the environment and themselves. We want all kids to grow up to be healthy, happy, and engaged community members who are connected to their natural world and choose to behave responsibly.
Nature in the Park programs introduce 4 – 7 year olds to the natural world, and will be offered in eight locations (Elko, Spring Creek, Carlin, Wells, Winnemucca, Imlay, Battle Mountain, and Paradise Valley). Our Adventure Camps for 8 – 10 year olds begin to expand knowledge and skills, and for many is a first camp-out experience. Pathfinder Camps for 11 – 13 year olds builds on the knowledge and skills to stretch kids to expand their nature- and self-knowledge. For the 11 – 13 year olds we also expand their horizons with our expeditions to Angel Lake, the Santa Rosas, Wildhorse and Jarbidge. Finally, Backroad Explorers and Backpacking Adventures for 14 – 17 year olds tests physical skills and prepares campers to be leaders in outdoor recreation. This year we will also be taking 14-17 year olds to Lake Tahoe and the UNR Campus to explore outdoor recreation, education and natural resources career opportunities. And for the kid at heart – we will once again lead an adult (18+) backpacking opportunity to become a kid again!
Our highly-capable and trained staff and team of AmeriCorps Outdoor Educators are prepared to deliver the most amazing summer camp opportunities for kids of rural Nevada. The Nevada Outdoor School team is excited to welcome your children (or you!) to one of our 2023 Summer Camps! Enrollment opens April 17th, 2023! Visit nevadaoutdoorschool.org to register today.
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