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Jr. Coach Opportunity – Spring Training

SPRING TRAINING JUNIOR & FAMILY CAMP

Canyonlands Ranch, Monticello, UT
Sunday March 26 – Saturday, April 1

The Program:

  • Opportunity for everyone in family to start preparing for the 2017 Road Season
  • Professional coaching
  • Designed to provide base mileage and skills training
  • Each day serves up multiple ride options. Cyclists choose to ride as much or as little as they want
  • Focus on Road but there will be some mountain biking
  • Adults and youth will be in separate groups
  • Time to explore the area off the bike as well
  • Organized evening activities

Campers:

  • Sunday, March 26 – Arrive before Opening Dinner
  • Saturday, April 1 – Have Breakfast, clean your room and say good-bye!

Sr. Jr. Coaches/Jr. Coaches

  • Arrive: Saturday, March 25
  • Depart: Sunday, April 1 after camp is cleaned

AccommodationsCanyonlands Guest Ranch

  • Beds and mattresses with linens provided for all

Sr. Junior Coach Opportunities (4 openings available)

  • Oversee a youth group for 2 training sessions per day for 5 days
  • Responsible for creating one evening program for 1 of the evenings
  • Developing and implementing the program from start to finish
  • Participate in Off the Bike activities as needed to successfully run the Camp
    • Bike Maintenance (2 times during the week) check bikes with mechanic, clean as needed
    • Kitchen Duty (2 times during week) work with Chef Barbara to help serve a meal and clean up
    • Hydration Station (2 times during week) Set up hydration station
  • TVS provides lodging, meals, transportation in TVS van to Utah and $200 stipend (or certificate for community service hours in lieu of stipend)
  • A 4-hour Red Cross First Aid & CPR Certification course will be provided in February (Valued at $85)

Junior Coach Opportunities (4 openings available)

  • Assist a Coach with an Adult or Youth Group for 2 training sessions per day for 5 days
  • Participate in Off the Bike activities as needed to successfully run the Camp
    • Bike Maintenance (2 times during the week) check bikes with mechanic, clean as needed
    • Kitchen Duty (2 times during week) work with Chef Barbara to help serve a meal and clean up
    • Hydration Station (2 times during week) Set up hydration station
  • TVS provides lodging, meals, transportation in TVS van to Utah and $100 stipend (or certificate for community service hours in lieu of stipend)
  • A 4-hour Red Cross First Aid & CPR Certification course will be provided in February (Valued at $85)

To apply send an email to Deirdre (deemmoynihan@gmail.com )  by January 6, 2017

Value of Overnight Camp

Benefits of Camp: Psychological Aspects

 Camp And Youth Development Outcomes

Parents want the best opportunities for their children. They want them to have whatever it takes to be happy and successful – good health, ability to get along with others, thinking and problem solving skills, a good self-concept. Children need resiliency skills: self-esteem, life skills, self-reliance, and pro-social behaviors. The camp experience offers a nurturing environment away from the distractions and, in some cases, the hostile environment of the city.

Peter Scales, Ph.D., is a senior fellow with the Search Institute in Minneapolis. A noted educator, author, and psychologist, Dr. Scales says, “Camp is one of the few institutions where young people can experience and satisfy their need for physical activity, creative expression and true participation in a community environment. Most schools don’t satisfy all these needs.”

In recent years camps have put a greater emphasis on what leaders in the child development field have been saying about the needs of children today. Camp activities and group living in a natural environment are the tools used to create camp communities that provide for successful, healthy development and a place where having fun is a daily criterion. In such a structured environment, children interact with positive role models who have time to listen, talk, relax, and reflect. They learn to work together, make choices, take responsibility, develop creative skills, build independence and self-reliance, and gain confidence. All are necessary steps on a child’s path to a healthy, productive life.

Advice from the Experts

The camp experience is recognized by child development professionals as valuable in helping children mature socially, emotionally, intellectually, morally, and physically.

“The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school.”
Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist and founder of Active Parenting

“The biggest plus of camp is that camps help young people discover and explore their talents, interests, and values. Most schools don’t satisfy all these needs. Kids who have had these kinds of (camp) experiences end up being healthier and have less problems which concern us all.”
Peter Scales, Ph.D., noted author/educator, and Senior Fellow, The Search Institute

“At camp, children learn to problem-solve, make social adjustments to new and different people, learn responsibility, and gain new skills to increase their self-esteem.”

Child Development Experts Endorse Concept of Camp as ‘Community’ for Children

Noted experts in child development have expressed their thoughts on summer camp as a valuable resource for giving children the value of belonging to a community of their own. This position is being forwarded by the American Camp Association, which believes that the critically important sense of community for children is rooted in enabling and empowering children to be belonging, cooperating, contributing, and caring citizens.

Bruce Muchnick, licensed psychologist who works extensively with day and resident camps, said, “Each summer at camp a unique setting is created, a community is constructed that allows participants to get in touch with a sense of life that is larger than one’s self. The camp community seeks to satisfy children’s basic need for connectedness, affiliation, belonging, acceptance, safety, and feelings of acceptance and appreciation.”

Bob Ditter, licensed clinical social worker specializing in child and adolescent treatment, added, “It is in the crucible of this community that children gain self-esteem with humility, overcome their inflated sense of self, and develop a lifelong sense of grace and wonder.”

Michael Brandwein, noted speaker and consultant to the camp profession, continued, “What makes camp a special community is its focus on celebrating effort. In this less pressured atmosphere, children learn more readily what positive things to say and do when they make mistakes and face challenges. Brandwein also said, “The traditions and customs of each different camp are like a secret code that allows those who know it to feel embraced by something unique and special.”

He continued, “Campers are urged to include, not exclude, others. They are praised for choosing new partners and not always the same ones. They are encouraged to respect the differences between people. In an increasingly sarcastic, put-down-oriented world, camps aim to be an oasis of personal safety where demeaning comments and disrespectful behavior are not tolerated, and children are taught responsible and positive ways to resolve conflicts.”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former chair of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, had his own perspective on the value of a summer camp experience for children: “It gets them away from a neighborhood or situation that may exist in their neighborhoods that isn’t healthy . . . It teaches them how to get along with other people – both other young people as well as adults. To give our children a safe place to learn and grow–camp does that.”

Excerpt from American Camp Association

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