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How Sewing Teaches Children Sustainable Living Practices

Posted by Catalina Lassen on Fri, May 20, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

In today’s disposable world, garments are discarded after losing a single button. Shirts are thrown away because of ripped sleeves, and a dress is worn only three times as it goes out of style.

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Instead of disposing of slightly damaged clothing, teach your children how to be more sustainable through sewing. Having your child learn to sew in a classroom, camp setting, or in the comfort of their home will support their love for fashion and encourage them to practice sustainable rather than wasteful living practices.

Repair Damaged Clothing

As part of handwork techniques in a sewing camp or classroom, children learn to sew buttons on different garments, mend tears in clothing, and adjust hems. Instead of casting away clothing because it’s too short or long, loose or tight, they can use sewing skills to alter garments, so they fit comfortably and are fashionable once again!

With newly acquired sewing skills, clothing no longer needs to languish in closets unworn. You won’t need to go on as many shopping trips for new clothes. Plus, you’ll be participating in greener activities all while saving money on replacing their wardrobe!

Repurpose Old Garments

Instead of buying new clothing in department stores and malls, why not visit a thrift store? More often than not, second-hand clothing just needs a little TLC. By repurposing used clothing, your child can hone their sewing and fashion skills while reducing waste. That designer top can become new again with a fresh set of buttons. By adding a fringe, cutting off sleeves, or extending a skirt with lace, your little fashionista can update a neglected piece of clothing and realize their creative side.

Make Their Clothes

While your child isn’t likely to start a sewing shop anytime soon, they can create designs from scratch. Or, if they’re still learning the basics, they can follow patterns, find inspiration online and from sewing books, or work on a project at sewing camp. By picking eco-friendly fabrics, such as organic hemp or recycled wool, they can help the environment while developing their skills. They’ll realize the rewards of hard work - a fashionable new skirt - and start working towards a more sustainable fashion future.

Learning to sew helps your child extend the life of their - and maybe your - clothing and adopt sustainable living practices. Instead of throwing away clothes, only to have them dumped in a landfill, they’ll learn how to recycle, reuse, and repurpose their wardrobe.

Do you think your child would benefit from learning sustainable living practices? Register your creative kids for sewing summer camp today!


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How Working at Camp Can Prepare You to Be a Leader

Posted by Catalina Lassen on Wed, May 04, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

From the time you’re in grade school, you’re taught leadership skills that will hopefully prove beneficial throughout your teenage and adult years. The ability to clearly communicate instructions, multitask, and set an example is key to becoming an effective leader. It’s important to continue building these skills in the workplace, especially if you’re working with adolescents who require support, guidance, and direction.

Summertime offers great opportunities for not only supplementing your income but also gaining leadership skills that will help you advance your career. If you’re looking to assume a leadership role in your career, a position at a summer camp staff may be just what you need.

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Multi-tasking and Decision-Making

As a summer camp counselor, you’ll work with children of all different ages and skill sets, meaning you’ll need to adapt to varied roles. Working as a counselor will help you develop multitasking and decision-making skills. Juggling several activities and catering to various learning styles will shape your proficiency as a leader.

Depending on the camp, counselors will be engaging in a range of activities. From fishing to hiking, sewing to weaving, staff members will learn how to provide clear direction and prioritize the tasks at hand.

Becoming a Role Model

Camp counselors serve as role models for camp attendees. Dealing with children from various backgrounds and age groups will prepare you for managing an entire team or department in future positions. Although some camps are age-specific, many camps offer programs for all ages. Your teaching practices and leadership style will ultimately depend on the camp and the circumstances. For example, an eight-year-old child will require more direction and assistance than a twelve-year-old. To effectively lead and instruct campers, you will have to wear many different hats just as you would in a leadership role at any company.

Communicating Effectively

To become an effective leader, you must develop exceptional communication skills. Camp staff members are regularly managing and conversing with large groups of children. They learn how to provide clear expectations for campers’ behavior and steer their behavior in a constructive direction. They ensure camp activities run smoothly and provide campers with the best experience possible. Teaching campers a range of skills will prepare you for training new employees and managing team members with diverse backgrounds and experience.

Working at a camp is a great opportunity to prepare you to be a leader, whether in your career or at home. It’s a rewarding experience that enables creative individuals to work with children of all ages and backgrounds. You’ll offer campers a home away from home and an authority figure they know they can trust.

Do you think you’d enjoy working at a summer camp? Find a location near you and apply today.

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