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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

Bike Skills

For some, especially those new to cycling, their skill levels don’t match their strength. But you can work on it. Bike handling is a key requirement, not just to staying safe on the bike but also to becoming a better rider.   TVS teaches bike handling skills through a variety of games, drills, road rides and practice races.

Basic bicycle handling skills

  • Turning/Steering
  • Descending
  • Moving in/out of the saddle
  • Braking Balancing on your Bike

More advanced bicycle handling skills

  • Clipping in and moving off
  • Clipping out
  • Looking ahead
  • Leading/Following
  • Keeping straight while looking around
  • Pedaling efficiently
  • Choosing an appropriate gear
  • Riding in a closely bunched group
  • Getting the maximum shelter when behind another rider
  • Riding through & off in a working group
  • Braking
  • Cornering
  • Descending
  • Dealing with obstacles/hazards on the road
  • Using one hand on the bars while eating or drinking
  • Collecting handed up food, bottles, clothing etc
  • Putting on or removing clothing on the move
  • Dealing with physical contact from other riders

Some of the favorite drills are Bump & Thump and Garbage Ball.  The games are so much fun they hardly know they are learning a skill!

Primal Wear Donates Youth Jerseys

In support of the Tri Velo Series Camp Program, Primal Wear is donating youth jerseys to the camp for parents/campers to purchase as well as donating clothes for the clothing exchange held at each camp.    This is only a few ways that Primal Wear supports the camps demonstrating their ongoing support to give back to the community and get everyone on bikes!

Order a youth jersey today!   They are being sold at the reasonable price of $30 and all the funds will help subsidize the room and board of the very qualified coaches that work at camp!

Click here to order one today!

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CX Nats 2016 Results

Colorado was on fire in Asheville NC!  Unbelievable results – especially with the juniors!  It should be noted that everyone that lined up to race at Nationals is a champion because it is the best of the best racing from all over the country.  Everyone deserves great kudos for lining up!

That being said here is the list of Colorado Juniors that made it to the podium:

Place First Last Team Category
1 Gage Hecht Alpha Jr. Men 17-18 1, 2, 3
1 Haydn Hludzinski BJC Jr. Women 9-10
1 Kaya Musgrave Avout Jr. Women 11-12
1 Tea Wright BJC Jr. Women 13-14
2 Henry Rapinz BJC Jr. Men 9-10
2 Denzel Stephenson BJC Jr. Men 17-18 1, 2, 3
2 Ashley Zoerner Alpha W Non-champ 9-22
3 Eric Brunner BJC Jr. Men 17-18 1, 2, 3
3 Reagan Long BJC Jr. Women 11-12
3 Rosemary Morrissey BJC W Non Champ Cat 4
3 Petra Schmidtmann Rage Jr. Women 15-16
3 Jared Scott Rage Jr. Men 13-14
3 Lauren Zoerner Alpha Jr. Women 13-14
4 Chase Bailey BJC Jr. Men 9-10
4 Dakota Cline BJC Jr. Men 13-14
4 Carden King BJC Jr. Men 11-12
4 Kaya Musgrave Avout W Non Champ Cat 4
4 Petra Schmidtmann Rage W Non-champ 9-22
5 Kahill Bailey BJC Jr. Men 11-12
5 Ashley Zoerner Alpha JW 17-18

Some other interesting Colorado statistics:

  • 190 Racers
  • 11 1st Places
    • 10 National Champions
    • 1 Non Championship 1st
  • 8 2nd places
  • 13 3rd places
  • 10 4th places
  • 6 5th places
  • 75 Coloradans with top 10 places

Download the lists:

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CX Nats 2016!

It is that time of year where the Colorado CX scene hits the road and travel to USA Cycling CX Nationals to race against the rest of the country.   This year there Coloradans will be on the start line 204 times.  There is a Colorado racer in 38 of the 50 non collegiate categories, and in 4 of the 5 collegiate categories.  59  of the Colorado crew will race twice and 3 energetic folks will race 3 times (Eric Fossell, Deirdre Garvey, Payson McElveen).   And that does not include the officials, Pre-juniors, support folks and spectators from Colorado that will be in attendance.  The Colorado presence will be strong and that is no surprise!

Check out the lists of Colorado racers!

Some photos from CX Nats 2015 in Austin

 

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