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    Why Parents Should Send Their Kids To Camp

    Choosing a camp for your child is a very important decision, and it’s one that we don’t take lightly at Canyon Creek. Parents browse hundreds of camp websites, carefully selecting camps that appeal to their child’s interests. All of this work can often leave the parent (and camper!) unsure of which camp to choose. This is why word of mouth is such a vital aspect to the growth of a camp, and is one of the biggest reasons why we have seen such a large growth at CCSC.

    Parents are great at finding information to help guide their decision, but hearing personal stories and testimonials are key in helping make the final choice of a camp. Don’t want to take our word for it? Great! Take the word of some of our parents! 🙂

    • “My son’s first camp experience was everything that we could have hoped for. He had a great time and cannot wait to go back!”

    • “My child can’t wait to go back to camp. Every day she keeps talking about her canyon creek experiences (she calls it her happy place). She comes back from camp with so much confidence, enthusiasm, and lifelong friendships. She literally counts the days until next summer.”

    • “Canyon Creek is my daughter’s happy place! She counts down all year until she can get back there to be with her friends and get on that lake!”

    • “I love Canyon Creek, I feel at home and Family and Respect does come home with me, it’s one of my favorite places on earth, I feel purified and I feel like myself.”

    • “We love CCSC! Our family completely trusts that our daughter will have not only have an awesome time at camp but will be safe and happy during her time up at the Creek!”

    • “My son loved the huge variety of activities, from Scuba to yoga to the weekly lake trips. But what really blew me away is how invested the directors are in the success of every camper. Canyon Creek has so much heart.”

    • “Canyon Creek is my daughter’s favorite summer place to be! She absolutely LOVES it! “It is fun and the counselors are superb!” We love everything from the T-shirts (which she wears daily) to the Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and all the great times in-between! • Canyon Creek brings out the best in your child. Finds strengths you didn’t even know they had.”

    • “CCSC is my happy place in the summer”

    • “Benjamin began attending Canyon Creek Summer Camp in 2013 at age 9. He attended a 2-week session that first year and has built up to staying at camp for six weeks each summer, including participating in the NBA All-Star Basketball Camp for three years! Benjamin found a place where he can be himself, is becoming independent, tries new activities and continually increases his confidence. There isn’t an activity at camp that he doesn’t love and he truly considers Canyon Creek to be his “home away from home.” Benjamin gets excited when he talks about all the wonderful counselors he’s had over the years and is counting down the days until he is old enough to become a CIT, then a counselor and someday becoming Camp Director. Thank you CCSC for making Benjamin’s summers an experience he’ll always remember!”

    At camp we are often so caught up in the moment, that it’s tough for us to take a second to appreciate the amazing things that we accomplish every summer. That’s why getting testimonials from our parents is so rewarding for us. Testimonials are a collection of personal affirmations on why camp matters, and to us, there’s no better thing!


    How Camp Teaches You To Plan Ahead

    A summer of camp means endless fun and memories- but time at camp can also provide you with the opportunity to build important life skills.  One such skill is the ability to plan ahead.  Strong planning abilities are critical for success in school, future jobs, and in the day to day life and it is a skill that is regularly practiced and developed through experiences at camp. Here are a few of the many ways that you can work on your planning skills during your time at camp.

    Pre-camp packing

    Before you even set foot on camp property, your ability to plan ahead is put to the test when you start packing your bags for your stay at camp.  Packing involves planning for a wide range of activities that are available to you at camp to ensure that you have the appropriate clothing and supplies necessary to feel confident and prepared for each camp event.  Packing for camp also carries a great weight with it since as soon as you head to camp, anything that was left at home is no longer accessible- so planning out what and how you will pack is of the utmost importance.  Although you might enlist the help of a parent or other adult while packing for camp, you are the one who directly benefits from smart packing decisions, so pre-camp packing is a great time to start gauging the importance of having strong planning skills.

    Scheduling activities

    Once you make it to camp, you are thrust into a world full of fun and options.  As you decide on what activities you might choose to pursue, you again get the chance to work on planning ahead. While signing up for activities and thinking through your plan for the day or week, you must think about not just the immediate future but also the days and even weeks ahead of you.  Not only are you challenged to make decisions about the types of activities you might wish to pursue, but you also need to think through the logistics of your schedule and how to navigate making the most of your camp experience. Putting in some forethought can save you a lot of stress and time during your time at camp.

    Getting Ready for the Day

    Each and every day at camp is full of fun and excitement from the moment you wake up until the second you close your eyes at night.  Getting the most out of every waking moment at camp requires some planning in order to keep the days running smoothly.  To keep from wasting time and missing out on activities, you often have to plan out your day before you even leave your bunk for breakfast.  Thinking through the clothing requirements for the activities you plan to attend and any special events coming up that day can help you utilize your time well and can get you on your way to being a strong planner.

    Preparing skits and performances

    One of the best parts about being at camp is that there are so many opportunities to showcase your skills and talents.  Whether you are interested in participating in the talent show, putting on a skit for campfire, or simply performing your greatest skills for your bunkmates, planning, and organization is required to ensure that your performance goes without a hitch.  Preparing for shows or skits is a great way to gain time management skills since you will need to find time in your busy days at camp to create your routine, plan any costumes or props, and practice for your big show.  Preparing for skits and shows is also a great way to expand your ability to work with others and can be great practice for engaging in group work and projects at school or in future job settings.

    Planning is a skill that can lead to great success and far less stress in school, daily life, and in future employment opportunities.  With some practice, you could find yourself better prepared to take on school projects, college applications, and whatever else life throws your way. And really, can you think of anywhere better to build you planning skills than surrounded by friends, laughter, and fun at camp?


    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.


    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.


    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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    Benefits of California Summer Camps

    Benefits of California Summer Camps

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