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    Healthy Habits You Learn At An Overnight Summer Camp

    Overnight Summer Camp is full of fun, sun, and games, but camp can also help children to pick up some important healthy habits. While most kids at camp are more focused on taking on new adventures and meeting new friends, healthy habits are developed naturally during a stay most California summer camps. While at camp, children are given endless opportunities to make decisions and push their own limits, which can ultimately lead to the development of healthy habits. Here are four of the many healthy practices that kids might learn from their time spent at camp.

    Making smart food choices

    Camp often presents itself as the first time a child gets to experience true food freedom. While counselors and camp staff might suggest healthy meal choices, when the options are endless, kids will often test the limits. Although loading up a plate with pizza and french fries might yield some short-term tummy trouble, kids ultimately learn from their unhealthy food choices and figure out how to find balance in their diet. In time, allowing children some freedom in what they eat, as is often the case at camp, can help children to develop healthy eating habits that will keep them choosing healthful options and feeling great in the future.

    Staying active

    Kids today spend more time in front of a screen than any generation of children in the past, and thus our kids spend less time being active and outdoors. At this Overnight Summer Camp, where the distraction of computers, televisions, and phones are removed, kids can truly discover the fun there is to be had beyond the screen. With the fast pace of a day at camp, kids are swept up into activities that they might have previously shown no interest in. All summer long, even the most resistant campers gain interest in sports, art, dance, music, and so much more. Although these interests might or might not have been born at camp, the experience of a summer free of screen time forces kids to think outside the box when trying to stay occupied. Camp kids enjoy more than just a summer of engaging activity- camp often inspires children to continue exploring their interests and to stay moving all year long.

    Getting rest when needed

    Children, especially when in exciting environments, do not have the ability to regulate their energy the way an adult usually can. Camp, with its abundance of high-energy activities, is a recipe for exhaustion among children, teens, and even camp staff. Rest time is embedded into nearly every Overnight Summer Camp day to prevent campers from completely tuckering themselves out, but kids are still ultimately responsible for ensuring that they get the rest they need. After a few long days of fun in the sun upon arriving at camp, nearly every camper realizes the importance of getting rest- both during the day and at night. Campers learn the happy balance between pushing themselves to the limit and taking it easy, which allows kids to better regulate what their body needs in terms of rest both at camp and at home. By the time campers get back home at the end of the summer, they might have a whole new appreciation for sleep and bedtime!

    Keeping up with hygiene

    While the thought of camp probably renders up images of filthy children frolicking through mud, in reality campers tend to learn a thing or two about hygiene during their stay at camp.  After a full day of swimming, playing, and sweating it out, even the most slovenly campers find pleasure in getting to hit the showers and freshen up. Overnight Summer Camp activities often encourage kids to get in touch with their messiest selves, but camp also encourages kids to take responsibility for their own cleanliness at the end of the day. And while brushing teeth might be a nightly battle at home, at camp, keeping their smile clean is an enjoyable and social part of each day. Good hygiene is all about establishing positive routines, and camp is just the place for kids to take ownership of their daily practices and to begin taking better care of themselves.

    While your child might not return from camp loving kale and flossing twice a day, camp can help your child to discover ways to keep themselves feeling at the top of their game. At camp, children are constantly challenged to find healthy balances in their eating, play, and rest time, and these experiences can help a child to maintain a healthy lifestyle outside of camp. A summer at camp is a great step in helping your child become the happiest and healthiest they can be all year long. Learn more today!

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    Teachers Love Having California Overnight Summer Camp Kids As Students

    Every first day of school, as students share what they did over the summer with their friends, teachers quietly listen in, hoping to hear those magic word- ¨I went to California Overnight Summer camp.¨ Those five words are music to a teacher’s ears and teachers all over hope to have at least a handful of students who spent the summer away at camp. Why are residential campers so desirable in the classroom? Kids who go to camp have gained experiences and skills that other children often don’t possess. These skills make students more successful in the classroom and in interactions with their peers. Check out four of the many reasons that teachers love having camp kids as their students.

    California Overnight Summer Camp kids know how to be independent.

    If there is one quality a teacher hopes for in their students, it is independence. The ability to work independently is important for student success in the classroom as well as for increasing a teacher’s productivity.   Students who have been to camp have copious practice in developing independence throughout their time at camp. Camp challenges children to make and stick to a schedule, prepare themselves for a day full of activities, and to make choices on their own throughout the day. When children practice managing themselves and making decisions (even small decisions like what to eat for breakfast), children become more prepared to continue being self-sufficient outside of camp. Independence in the classroom allows for teachers to work with small groups, enables students to keep busy if they finish work early, and makes students more ready to work on homework or classwork with little support.

    Students who spent time at camp are resourceful.

    In a California Overnight Summer camp setting, kids are often forced to make something out of seemingly nothing- whether they need to plan a last minute skit for campfire or they are tapping into their creative side during an arts and crafts period. Working with limited time, supplies, or help can make campers grow into more resourceful and innovative young people that can make them successful throughout their stay at camp. This ability to be resourceful is a benefit to students in the classroom as well. Students are constantly pushed to meet deadlines and to adapt to different classroom conditions. Since kids who have been to camp understand how to think outside of the box and to make due with what is available to them, these students are more prepared to meet the demands of school.

    Residential campers are able to work well in groups.

    Collaborative learning is a huge part of most classrooms today, and collaboration requires students to have a wide range of social skills. Students who have spent time at a residential camp have extensive practice in meeting new people, getting along with bunkmates, and working through problems that arise between campers. These experiences translate into an ability to work with new and diverse partners or groups in the classroom and an understanding of how to make group work a success. Spending time with groups of other campers around the clock at camp can make working in groups for projects or classwork seem like a breeze.

    Camp kids have heightened confidence.

    Summer camp provides children with a wide range of opportunities for success. Campers learn new activities, perform skits and talents in front of peers, and form new friendships. Each of these small triumphs helps children to build confidence in themselves and their abilities. The confidence that camp inspires outlasts the child’s time at camp and is carried with that child to home, school, and beyond. Self confidence is a quality that makes students more successful at school and in their relationships with peers. A confident student is more likely to take healthy risks at school and is more able to overcome setbacks. A student with high levels of confidence is also better able to make and keep positive relationships with other students and adults.

    The California Overnight Summer Camp experience at Canyon Creek has benefits that far exceed the length of the summer. Many of these benefits make children better prepared and more successful at school, as well as adored by their teachers. Although academic success rides on a wide range of characteristics and skills, the happiness and growth that can be attributed to a summer at camp is sure to make any student feel more prepared than ever to take on the new school year.

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    What I Learned About Friendship At Camp

    We all know that California summer camps are a great place to learn how to make friendship bracelets, but camp can also teach you a thing or two about making the friendships themselves. Kids Camp Los Angeles provides campers and counselors with endless opportunities to grow and learn, and one of the most important opportunities that camp provides you with is the ability to meet countless new friends. And while making friends at camp might seem a bit nerve wracking, the friendships that grow from camp are well worth the effort and experience. Of all the important things you can gain from a summer at camp, friendship tops the list. Here are a few of the many lessons to be learned about friendship from your time at camp.

    Everyone is in the same boat

    Regardless of whether you are heading to camp with a bus full of friends or you are making a solo journey to camp, everyone departs on their camp experience with a similar goal in mind – to make new friends. Everyone also feels a little nervous about venturing out to meet new people. Even counselors come to camp each year with butterflies in their stomachs in anxious anticipation of the friends they will make. Once you realize that everyone at camp- both campers and counselors alike- is just as nervous and excited to meet people as you are, you might just realize that you are surrounded by future friends who are ready to get to know you.

    It’s easier than it sounds

    The idea of making friends can seem like a daunting task but once you get down to it, making friends at camp is easier and far less scary than it sounds. While at camp, you are constantly surrounded by potential friends at activities, evening programs, meals, and during bunk time. Each activity period or meal time presents itself as an opportunity to strike up a conversation or work cooperatively with other campers, which are great first steps towards building a friendship. Since camp is a place without the constant interruption of cell phones or computers, there is more time and less distraction to forge genuine bonds with those who surround you. With all of this time dedicated to genuine interaction, it is nearly impossible not to make a few great friends while enjoying your time at this Kids Camp Los Angeles. Making sure the camp is accredited is very important. Canyon Creek is proud to have become accredited by the American Camp Association in its very first year.

    Every friendship is different at Kids Camp Los Angeles

    The friendships you form at camp are as unique as the people you meet at camp. There are literally no two that are quite the same. Campers come from all different walks of life and with very different life experiences that shape their friendships with others. Some friends rely on constant communication and togetherness, whereas other friends find themselves content in giving each other independence and freedom. A friend you meet during your bus ride to Kids Camp Los Angeles will likely lead to a much different friendship than that with a friend you meet in your bunk and choose to spend every waking moment with. Regardless of how a friendship begins or how the relationship is structured, all friendships can bring a whole lot of fun, laughs, and memories. Having diverse friendships can be complex but the reward is immeasurable as each different friendship brings its own benefits and lessons. It does not matter if you are from California, Utah, New York or even from outside the Country, having diverse friendships can be complex but is so worth it as each different friendship brings its own benefits and lessons.

    What you put in is what you’ll get out

    Like all relationships, friendships take effort, but the time and energy you put into meeting new friends and maintaining friendships will benefit you long after your summer session ends. Being at Kids Camp Los Angeles might also put certain demands on your friendship- whether those demands are finding time to spend together, overcoming disagreements, or balancing several different friendships- that might take work to navigate but ultimately make your friendship grow. When camp ends, new challenges may arise as you are forced to leave many of your new friends who might live in different cities, states, or even countries. Distance might make maintaining friendships challenging, but putting energy into being a good friend, even from afar, often leads to relationships which are resilient and some of the best. Logging some hours on the phone or on Skype can lead to lifelong friends that you will be so glad you chose to commit to.

    Kids Camp Los Angeles friends are unlike others you meet at school or on a sports team. With your camp friends, you have so many shared experiences that form an unbreakable bond. While you might feel nervous about making camp friends, rest assured that year after year, the friendships are what keep campers counting down the days until their return to camp, where they can pick right up where they left off with some of the best friends they could possibly ask for.

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    Five At Home Activities for When You Miss Camp

    You just spent the ultimate adventure at the California Summer Camps of a lifetime with us at Canyon Creek Summer Camp. With the summer wrapping up and if you are anything like us, the annual feeling of being ¨campsick¨ is starting to sink in. Getting back to post-camp life can be difficult when you are constantly missing the fun and excitement of the summer, but the fun of camp doesn’t have to end as the summer comes to a close. Instead, here are five tricks to try when you start missing camp the most. With the help of these year-round activities, you can make the camp spirit last all year round.

    1. Take a trip down memory lane

    Nothing brings back great camp vibes like looking through some pictures of the time you spent at camp. Flip through pictures you took during your time at camp or check out videos posted of your session at camp. If you are feeling particularly crafty, print out some of your most hilarious pictures and make a scrapbook that captures the best of your camp experience. Show off your pictures to your friends and family to spread your camp spirit with all those around you. Seeing photos and telling stories from your time at camp will be sure to put a smile back on your face.

    2. DIY a day at camp

    Although camp might be months away, you can bring some of your favorite activities into the comfort of your very own home to get yourself back into the camp spirit. Make a run to your local craft store and grab a tie-dye kit and a pack of friendship bracelet string to get a good taste of some quintessential camp crafts. THIS video will help you in case you are stuck or do not know where to begin.

    Build a tent or a fort in your backyard and rock out to some of your favorite camp songs. To top of a perfectly California Summer camp inspired day, make some at-home s´mores. Grab some graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows- even if you don’t have a campfire readily available, try putting your marshmallows under the broiler for a few minutes and voila, a camp delicacy from your very own kitchen!

    3. Get outdoors

    Not a lot screams out camp spirit like the great outdoors, so instead of missing the summer season, head outside. Camp often inspires a love for the outdoors, so spending some time appreciating nature can get you back into a great camp mindset. Gather some friends and take a hike around your local park or hiking trails. If you have missed out on the daylight, push back your bedtime and head out to your backyard for some reminiscent stargazing. A little fresh air and sunshine can cure even the worst case of campsickness.

    4. Keep in touch

    Unquestionably, saying goodbye to camp friends is the most difficult part of leaving the summer behind, and missing those friends who live far away can make waiting for the next summer terribly challenging. Luckily, our tech savvy world has made staying in touch easier than ever. Whether your camp friends live close by or are out of state or even out of the country, sending a text or calling one of your camp besties can keep your camp friendships strong all year long. Using Skype or Facetime to video chat your California Summer camp buddies can make you feel like your bunkmates never left your side. Feeling a little more old school? Get out your favorite stationary or some paper and craft supplies and write a good old fashioned letter to your camp friends from afar. Sending and receiving snail mail might just give you some flashbacks of letter writing at camp and can add some serious excitement to checking the mailbox throughout the year.

    5. Start a countdown

    It is never too early to start preparing for next summer, so get your countdown started! Get out some construction paper and make a paper chain- one colorful loop for each week (or day, depending on your time commitment) until you head back to camp. If you aren’t feeling too crafty, check out It’s Almost to personalize your fun, online countdown that will keep you counting down the minutes and seconds until the summer returns. Creating a countdown can make the wait for camp seem manageable and exciting all year round.

    The end of the California Summer camp season can be tough, but bringing some of the spirit of camp home with you can make all the difference. With a little effort and some at-home camp inspired activities you can kiss your campsick feelings goodbye. Start the countdowns, make a few s’mores, sing a couple camp songs, and the summer will be here before you know it. We look forward to seeing you next year. And don’t forget, follow all the off-season fun on our FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM accounts, there is always fun competitions and prizes given out.

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    Why California Summer Camp CCSC is the right choice

    We have heard it before- why waste a season at one of many California summer camps while our kids could be doing something “productive?” With summer options out there like SAT prep camps and competitive sports training programs, it is likely that traditional summer camps like Canyon Creek might be slipping to the bottom of the summer priority list. But choosing summer camp isn’t choosing to allow your children to waste a summer- instead, it is choosing to instill skills in your child that are otherwise unteachable. Independence, creativity, and character develop when kids are given the chance to explore and experience things that are different, challenging,

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    Why California Summer Camp Fairs are GREAT!

    It’s that time of the year again- camp fairs are coming to town. Between baseball practice and dance recitals, it might be hard to find the time to get to a camp fair, but these fairs are extremely important and useful events for you and your camper. Searching California summer camps for the right one for your kids are a challenge.  Camp fairs offer an amazing opportunity for new and old camp families to learn about and explore hundreds of camps and to enjoy themselves while doing so. Still not convinced? Check out these five highly important reasons for making the time for camp fairs: (more…)

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    Disconnect While at Camp – From your California Summer Camp

    We´ve all seen it- people so intensely attached to their phone or tablet that they seem only loosely aware of reality.  The constant buzzing, vibrating and ding of notifications, emails, or texts is a daily distraction to us all. And children are as much a part of this world full of incessant screens, updates, and tweets as we are.  According to recent studies by Common Sense Media, kids between the ages of eight and twelve spend an average of almost six hours plugged into various types of media and electronic devices a day.  Even more alarming, teenagers are reported to spend an average of about nine hours using technology each day. (more…)

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    Benefits of California Summer Camps

    Benefits of California Summer Camps

    Sleepaway camp is a wonderful, growth-filled experience. Parents, however, may underestimate the benefits of residential camp and what it will do for their child. “Some parents think their money is better spent elsewhere, particularly if they themselves did not attend sleepaway camp as a youngster,” says Nick Coffing, Camp Director for a California Summer Camp. (more…)

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    10 things to look for when registering for summer camp in 2016

    Nothing helps to get through the long, cold winter quite as well as planning for an exceptional summer to come, and for many, that means planning to send the kids off to summer camp.  Whether your child is a first time camper or a camping veteran, there are numerous factors to consider (more…)

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    Los Angeles Summer Camps List – What’s right for you?

    Choosing The Right Los Angeles Summer Camp

    Summer Camp Is For Everyone

    Choosing the right Los Angeles summer camp and area for your child is not an easy task. There are more options today than even five years ago. Today, there are camps to meet every interest, price range, and schedule. Knowing your options, as well as your child’s personality, will help you identify programs from which your child will benefit most. We are one of a bunch of Los Angeles summer camps you should consider for your childs ultimate experience! (more…)

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