5 tips to choose right summer camp

It’s time to start looking for right Summer Camp for your child.

Have you been to any summer camp as a child? If yes you would agree to what we are going to share here and if not, then get engage with your friend or child who has experienced it.

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Camps that get it right provide a safe haven away from parents in which children learn to stretch their wings and experience life with a different sort of autonomy.

 

1. Talk about expectation and objective

Before you begin your research to identify right camp, discuss idea of camping with your child and try to understand what he or she would like to do. What he would like to do? With whom she would like to go? What are his concern?

Also share your idea about camping. Do make them understand that to go beyond comfort zone is important for real fun as well as development. But make sure not to push beyond certain limits and make their first experience nightmare.

2. History of organization and experience of team

Second most important thing is background check of organization as well as team. Only no of years are not the proof for better organization, check their past record, read online reviews given by other parents, check background of team, check if anyone from your known circle have been to the camp and what was their experience etc.

3. Study Camp Brochure or Website

Carefully study camp brochure or website. This will not only help you understand camp details but also philosophy of the organization. Also let children go though these details and see pictures or videos of the program you are considering to register for.

4. Safety during the program

Do check what kind of measures have been taken for safety of the child. Beside physical safety also try to understand how are they taking care of emotional, social and intellectual safety.

5. Still not sure, begin with parent and child program

If you are very unsure if your child will be able to manage on its own or you are feel he or a child is not confident enough to go alone, you can begin with Parent and Child Camp. Such programs not only gives an opportunity to you to understand organizations way of conduction but also child get familiar with the facilitators and norms of camping. You can also keep safe distance and let your child manage on its own. Letting him or her sleep with other campers at night is also a great start.

 

Nature Trail & Trek : A Family Date

20191124_103713Today we trailed to Upper Kanheri at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which is the lung of our metropolitan city of Mumbai. There were 10 participants right from the age of 8 years to 45 years. As per, google dictionary, trail means, “walk or move slowly or wearily”. And today that’s what exactly our group did. Special thanks to our curious participants as well as an excellent naturalist Nilesh Mane who guided us.

According to me like any facilitation, key to facilitating the trail is to be in the moment, be aware of what is present in the environment, simplify narration so that participants can easily connect, encourage their curiosity and seek for an opportunity of transference. WhatsApp Image 2019-11-24 at 8.57.40 PM

Now a days due to environmental hazards, bombardment of messages on social media and several awareness campaigns done by social activists, we all talk about saving the environment but hardly can contribute towards it. I feel one of the major reason for this to happen is absence of true motivation. Unless and until we don’t love our nature, urge to take an action to protect it will never rise. And to love something we have to spend time with it, hug it, listen to it, experience it, appreciate it. Which will never happen by moral talks or forwarding msg on social media. For that we would have to go on a date with nature. Once we experience it first hand, I am sure true change will begin. Because change doesn’t happen from mind but from heart. The problem is in our today’s lifestyle we have completely gotten disconnected with nature. We don’t even think before cutting trees, if they come our way. But I am sure once we will start dating with nature, it won’t be that easy to cut the trees.

WhatsApp Image 2019-11-24 at 8.57.47 PMOne more thing which Nilesh shared was how nature has been the motivation for so many innovations like Japan’s Bullet train. In Japan,the bullet train was having troubles with sound waves created due to its speed. This sound was so loud that it was affecting the surrounding environment as well as buildings by damaging their structures. Eiji Naktsu, a passionate bird watcher, general manager of the technical development department of bullet train found its solution by observing a kingfisher bird attacking its prey. He noticed that the shape of kingfisher’s beak is playing one of the major role’s in creating a surprise attack. Its beak helps the kingfisher in cutting through water with minimal noise and ripples. This is how he came up with the brilliant idea of restructuring the front shape of the bullet train…

He rightly said that we spend so many resources on experimenting for innovation but if we observe nature closely there are so many proven examples. Nature is experimenting, evolving for millions of years. There are so many examples of innovators who were motivated by some natural phenomena.

So whatever motivation we have, to connect with nature, going on trails is one of the best ways to spend your weekend with your family 20191124_092101