Purls of Wisdom

How skills learned at summer camp can be applied during the school year

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Aug 09, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is important to not lose the skills learned at summer camp during the school year. Similar to how students are required to do summer work so that they do not forget their math or reading skills, it is also important to keep practicing summer camp skills during the school year. The easiest way to do this is to incorporate it into your weekly activities. Use these tips to continue practicing all of your skills from summer!

 

Take a break from homework and go outside to practice sports:

            Whether your camper attended a sports camp where they got an introduction to many different sports or it was specialty one where they really developed their skills, encourage them to get outside and practice after school. Taking a break from homework, especially when it is getting overwhelming, is the perfect time to get some fresh air and practice the new techniques you learned at sports camp. Not only will the fresh air have you feeling refreshed when you go back inside, but you will have the chance to practice the skills you learned at summer camp. As they say, practice makes perfect. By continually practicing anything, you will only get better at it.

 

Practice handwork and art skills by decorating your school supplies:

            Lets be honest, most notebooks and binders students have to get for school are pretty boring and you can bet that at least one other student has the same one. A great way to make your school supplies unique while also practicing art skills is to decorate them! You can decorate your notebooks or binders with puffy paint or stamps, creating fun designs so that it is easily recognizable. Decorate your backpack or pencil case by sewing on patchwork or sewing on fun designs. This is a sure way to liven up the school day. Practicing these skills from art camp will allow you to become even better at them and make your school supplies stand out.

 

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Enroll in after school classes:

            Why should camp only be for the summer? Year round camps are a great way to continue practicing the skills you learned at summer camp during the school year. By working with knowledgeable instructors, students will be able to really hone the skills they learned during summer camp. It is also a great way to stay in contact with friends met at summer camp. Like year round art camps, a great way for those who attended sports camp to continue to develop their skills, is to sign them up for an intermural year round team. They will get to practice every week and make new friends.

 

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            The Handwork Studio is a kid’s needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion camp. During the summer they have locations in 10 states but during the school year, they offer spring break and winter break camps, as well as classes, workshops and birthday parties at the Narberth, PA location. The Handwork Studio offers classes year round so that their students can turn handwork skills in to a passion, not just a summer hobby.

 

            If you think your child would be interested in year round classes with The Handwork Studio, visit their website or call 610-660-9600 for more information.

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Why summer camp is the perfect place for kids to discover their true passions

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is typical of children to have a new interest every week. They are constantly exposed to new and exciting things. However, it is also during this period that a lot of children find their true passions. At summer camps, children are exposed to a lot of new activities where they are constantly learning things, which make it a great place to discover what they are truly passionate about.

 

They Will Try Many New Things

            At any type of summer camp, whether it is a sleep away camp, day camp, or specialty camp, campers will constantly be exposed to new things. This can include sports, arts, theatre, and even people. The exposure to new activities and people will allow young campers to learn about things that they haven’t before. As they see their new friends at camp trying the new activities, they will be encouraged to do the same. Hopefully one of the new activities will become a life long passion for a camper.

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Creative and fun environment

            Summer camp is supposed to be a fun and stress free environment. This atmosphere allows children to try new things without having to worry about being tested on it. The fresh, exciting atmosphere of summer camp will encourage children’s creativity so that they are able to really explore all of the new things they are participating in. In this creative and supportive environment, campers may experience a new excitement for any activity they try. This environment won’t make children feel self-conscious when they are trying something that they don’t know how to do. Instead, both counselors and campers will support them in the new activity by providing guidance and encouragement.

 

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They are out of their comfort zone

            Great things can happen when a person ventures outside their comfort zone. For a lot of young children, going to camp is one of the first times they are away from home. They are in a new setting with new people participating in new activities. For these reasons, summer camp is a great place to do things you are not accustomed to doing. Whether it is trying out for the camp play or playing a new sport, campers are required to do something where they are not comfortable. While this may be scary at first, once they decide to try, they may find that they love it.

 

            At The Handwork Studio, campers are taught new skills and are given the chance to create their own handmade projects to bring home. These skills can give them a great introduction into needle art, machine sewing, and fashion. If you think your child would be interested in any of The Handwork Studio’s programs, visit our website or call 610-660-9600 to get more information.

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Art Camp Helps Develop Life Long Skills

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

            People of all skill levels can attend art camp. There are entry-level introduction camps and camps for experienced artists. Whether your camper is new or experienced, they will see the benefits regardless. While art camps are a great place to hone your skills, whether it’s in painting, sewing, or pottery, it is also a great place to develop life long skills outside of the studio. Campers will learn practical skills, test their patience, and learn to appreciate different perspectives.

 

Practical Skills

            Art camp is a great place to practice and improve your skills but the techniques you learn there can also be applied outside of art. Painting at art camps usually focuses on figures and landscapes but now that you have developed an understanding of painting and the use of colors, that might translate to the color you use in your home. While at painting camp, if you find that a certain color makes you happy, that might be a good one to use when painting your house. Sewing camp will also give you the ability to make or fix your own clothes. Most sewing camps teach either hand or machine sewing, if not both. This will give you a creative outlet and an easy way to save money.

 

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Patience

            No art project can be finished in five minutes. It takes a lot of time and patience to complete any art project, whether it is waiting for paint to dry, clay to harden, or ripping out seems in a garment you are sewing. Due to this, art camp is a great place to learn patience. If you want your project to turn out well, you need to give it time to finish so nothing gets smudged, cracked, or when sewing, you can wear it with pride. In this day and age of media gratification, patience you learn in art camp will be applicable for your whole life. Whether it is in work, with your family, or with friends, there will always be times when you need to exercise that patience. Being able to develop patience early on will make it that much easier when you get older.

 

Respect

            One of the great things about art is that it is subjective. Any one piece of art can be interpreted in many different ways and there is no right answer. While, at art camp, most campers will all be making the same project, every project will look different. Even if you don’t understand another person’s project or how it fits the theme, you will understand the effort that it took to make that creation. Each camper spends a lot of time on their projects and deserves to be proud of it when they are finished. Understanding the time and effort that goes into an art piece will give you an appreciation whether you like a style or not. Be respectful of how other people put their own, unique spin on a project even if you don’t agree with it.

 

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            There is so much more to art camp then just coming home with creative projects. While you are in the process of making these, you will learn practical skills, such as painting and sewing that will be useful as you grow up. You will also learn patience and respect, which will benefit you in every part of life, whether its work, family, friends, or hobbies.

 

            The Handwork Studio is a kid’s needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion camp that teach kids practical skills that can help them through out life. If you think your child would be interested visit The Handwork Studio website or call 610-660-9600 for more information.

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5 Ways Summer Camp Instills Independence

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is important for young children to develop a sense of independence early in their lives. This sense of independence will give them confidence in what they do and the courage to go out on their own to try new things. Summer camp is a great place for children of all ages to become more independent. The new setting they will be in and the new people they will be surrounded by will force them to speak up for him or herself and to make decisions on their own. The sense of independence they develop at summer camp will serve them for the rest of their lives.

 

You’re away from home- either all day or sometimes for weeks

            For a lot of young campers, going to camp is the first time they are away from home. Whether it’s just for the day or if it’s for a few weeks, it is a big adjustment for children. By starting camp at a young age children will be more comfortable being away from home, as they get older. This comfort in new places will allow children to be themselves no matter where they are. It will really benefit them when they are leaving for college. Your child will feel confident beginning a new experience in a new place.

 

You’re with new people

Similar to being in a new place, first time campers will also be surrounded by new people, both campers and counselors. They will learn how to interact with others, make new friends, and how to be civil with people they do not get along with. The last point is extremely useful because all through a person’s life, they maybe faced with people with whom they don’t get along. Being able to be civil and respectful of those people will show a sense of maturity. Surrounding yourself with new people helps instill independence because you have to learn how to communicate with others and be confident that you’ll be able to make new friends.

 

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You have to try new activities

            It’s easy to only do activities that you know you are good at but trying new activities will help you become more independent. For example, if you attend a specialty camp you may get to focus on a skill that you may not be exposed to in a more traditional camp setting. These specialty camps can include machine sewing, theatre, or science. In a traditional camp setting, campers will be going to and from different activities all day. These can include different sports, arts, swimming, and more. Trying new activities will get you comfortable with trying new things later in life. You will meet new people and have to test yourself with these new activities and while it may be daunting at first, trying new activities will help you become more independent, which will benefit you through out your life.

 

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You have to speak up for yourself

            To be independent, you have to be able to get by on your own. An important part of this is being able to speak up for yourself. As young children, we are dependent on our parents to meet our needs. However, at camp, without their support, you have to be able to ask for things yourself. This will ensure that you have what you need and are taken care of, which is important once you are living on your own.

 

You have to make decisions for yourself

            Learning to make smart decisions is an important part of growing up. We are constantly learning from our mistakes and learning what decisions will give us the best outcome. At summer camp, without parents there to help, campers have to make decisions on their own. They can be minor things, such as what you should have for dinner; to larger ones like what is the risk of sneaking out of your bunk. Being able to make your own decision and to tell the difference between right and wrong is an important aspect of independence. It shows that you can be trusted to do the right thing.

 

            If your looking for a great camp experience where your child can become more independent, The Handwork Studio offers a bunch of unique classes where campers learn new and useful skills.

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Why summer is the perfect opportunity to learn things you don't in school:

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Through out the school year, students are required to follow a set curriculum. They will cover math, english, science, history, art, and P.E. during the day and with afternoons focused on homework, there is little time to dedicate to learning something new. Whether that is sports, arts, theatre, or cooking, in the summer children have the free time needed to devote to life-enriching activities. Summer is a great time for your child to learn things that they don’t have the opportunity to learn during the school year.

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Plenty of Free Time

            Spending the entire day at school and usually a few hours in the afternoon doing homework and participating in a sport, it’s hard to find the time to pick up a new hobby. However, with summer comes a lot of free time that can be dedicated to picking up a new hobby. Besides going to camp during the day, children have the opportunity to take advantage of their free time to pick up a new activity. Whether they are interested in art, cooking, or learning a new language, it is easy to schedule in time either on the Internet, at camp, or in books.

 

Warm Weather Puts You In A Better Mood

            There are many studies that prove good weather improves your mood. So, what better time to learn something new than when you’re feeling good? Trying something new is always nerve-wracking. You don’t know if you will be good at it or if you will like it but with a positive attitude due to the warm weather, you will be more open to giving it a try. This will keep you optimistic when it gets difficult and you get frustrated. Keeping a positive attitude when trying something new is extremely important. It will encourage you to not give up and look on the bright side even when you are feeling discouraged.

 

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Stress Free Environment

            Summer is a time to have fun! There are no tests, quizzes, or homework to worry about so taking the time during the summer to learn something new should be stress free. If you can, get outside to do your new activity. The fresh air will inspire and increase creativity. It is also important to only focus on learning one new thing at a time. Besides the fact that you need to focus on the new activity if you want a genuine understanding of it, multi-tasking is also a big cause of stress. If you take the time to dedicate your focus to one activity at a time, not only will you be better at it, but you will also be able to enjoy it more. Take advantage of your stress free summer by learning a new activity and possibly finding a new passion.

 

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            It’s important to take time during the summer doing something you’re passionate about or to explore a new activity. It can be draining during the school year when you only focus on what you have to, rather than something that excites you. Spend your summer learning something new that you don’t have to opportunity to learn during the school year. The stress free, open schedule, and good weather of summer makes it the perfect time to do so!

 

If your children are not already signed up for a camp, you can look into specialty camps. These camps will focus on one specific activity so that campers can really perfect new skills. The Handwork Studio is a specialty camp with a focus in kids’ needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion. With multiple classes offered through out the summer and school year, The Handwork Studio works to instill a love of handwork arts in your children and teaches them skills that will last a lifetime.

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Why Working At Summer Camp is a Great Place to Learn Leadership Skills

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is important for young adults to develop leadership skills before they head off to work or college. These skills will teach them communication skills, to be hard working, dedicated, and able to be assertive in their workplace. One of the best ways to develop these skills is to look into counselor-in-training (CIT) programs at local summer camps. To be a part of the CIT program, you are usually a few years older than the oldest age group at the camp. You will assist the lead and junior counselors with the campers, usually picking up their lunches or taking them to the bathroom or to different activities through out the day. However, the responsibility and assertiveness you must have to be respected in this position will teach you great leadership skills that can be applicable in every stage of life.

 

You are responsible for children

            Although, as a CIT you are not solely in charge of a group of campers, there will be times where you have to take the campers from activity to activity without an older supervisor. Due to this, you need to have a sense of responsibility. You’ll have to know how many campers you have and where they are. Parents and lead counselors are leaving these campers in your care so you need to show that you are responsible enough for this position. Probably the biggest responsibility a CIT will have is their campers’ safety. Since they are in your care, you have to ensure that they are returned to their parents happy and healthy at the end of the day. Once in the workplace, leaders take responsibility for their actions and manage their own time and work.

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You have to set an example for your campers

At camp, you are one of the leaders of the group and due to this, you have to set an example for what is acceptable behavior. Young campers are extremely impressionable and will look to you for clues on how they are meant to act in certain situations. If you are setting a bad example through your language or behavior, they will mimic that. This teaches all CITs to be aware of their surroundings and who is listening. This awareness will be beneficial once you begin working in an office environment. Knowing how to behave in different environments will make you an attractive employee.

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You have to work with others

            In a camp setting, you are constantly surrounded by people, both counselors and campers, who need your attention. This will require you to not only create a balance between where you are needed but also to learn how to communicate effectively. While being in charge of young children, it will be crucial for you to communicate with lead counselors to let them know what you are doing. Lead counselors are in a position of authority, so you cannot speak to them as if they are one of your friends. Learning how to communicate with lead counselors will be good practice for when you have to communicate with your boss. Learning how to differentiate who you are talking whether it’s a supervisors and camper is a valuable skill to have.

            If you are interested in gaining these leadership skills, visit The Handwork Studio’s job listings page to see what is available or call 610-660-9600 for more information.

 

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A Parent's Guide to Summer Camp

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

 

            Gone are the days when a camper’s only options for summer camp were day camp or sleep away camp. Luckily, besides those two awesome options, we now have even more! There are still the classic sleep away and day camps but also specialty camps, volunteer abroad programs, and virtual summer camps. To make your summer planning a little easier, here is you guide to summer camps.

Day Camp:

            Day camps usually touch on a wide variety of activities so that campers can move around through out the day. This includes different sports, swimming, theatre, arts and crafts and more. Day camps are great for younger children because they are given the opportunity to try many different activities to see what they have a genuine interest in. They are also a great introduction into camps for those who aren’t quite ready to leave home for the summer.

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Sleep Away Camp:

            Like day camp, sleep away camp also has campers moving from activity to activity through out they day. However, rather than ending their day in the late afternoon like day camp, these campers will stay over night for up to a few weeks. Due to this, sleep away camps will usually offer some nighttime activities such as dances, barbeques, and movie nights. This allows campers to develop deeper friendships that will last a lifetime; however, do be prepared for the homesick campers.

 

Specialty Camps:

            While day and sleep away camps allow campers to try out many different activities, specialty camps focus on one specific area so that campers can really enhance the skills needed for it. Specialty camps can be found for sports, theatre, the arts, and more. It’s a great way for campers to either develop skills in a new area or get more practice in something they already love.

 

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Virtual Camps:

            As technology continues to advance, it will continue to play a larger role in the lives of your children. You can order your groceries online to have them delivered, get a college degree online, or do all of your clothing shopping online. Now, campers are also able to participate in virtual summer camps. At these camps, campers can make projects, research new ideas, and go on “virtual adventures”. Many of these camps are specialty-oriented, free and provide the campers with individual attention; however, they do lose the nature aspect that other summer camps offer.

 

Adults Only Summer Camp:

            Why should the kids have all the fun this summer? The New York Times recently reported on adults-only summer camp to get you disconnected from your technology. Camp Bonfire is an adults-only summer camp but with the same activities and atmosphere as the sleep away camp you went to as a child. This is a great opportunity to get outside and de-stress from work and technology while your kids are also away at camp.

 

            Planning for summer can get lost on you when the end of the school year is so busy. Hopefully this outline of all types of camps available in the summer will make your planning a little less stressful and if doesn’t, check out that adults only summer camp!

 

The Handwork Studio is a specialty camp that focuses on kids' needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion. With locations up and down the east coast, The Handwork Studio employs professional artists, instructors, and teachers that will teach their campers skills such as hand and machine sewing, knitting, embroidery, and quilting. During the one-week sessions, campers will put theses skills to the test and bring home treasured handmade projects.

 

 

 

 

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4 Projects to Get Ready For Summer

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 11:00 AM


As the weather continues to heat up, we know that summer is here and with that comes a whole handful of preparations to make sure that your kids are ready for the beach, camp and whatever else you have planned. Here a 4 fun ways to get your kids ready the summer:

 

Tie-Dye Your Own Beach Towel:

            Rather than going out to buy brand new beach towels that you threw away last summer, find an old white one (or even some old bed sheets) in your linen closet and tie-dye it! You can roll up the towels however you want and tie it up into sections with rubber bands. Once that is done, get your tie-dye ready – it is probably easier to buy some at a store but there are ways to make your own using food coloring. Now that everything is prepped, put on your gloves and you can start tie dying by squeezing the dye into the each section of the towel! Make it as colorful and crazy as you want but be sure to let it dry for 6-8 hours before untying it and rinsing it off with a hose.

 

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Make a Pillowcase:

            When going away to sleep away camp, its always comforting to bring something personal from home. A great project to do with your camper before they leave for the summer is to make a pillowcase. All you need is two pieces of fabric, needle, thread, and whatever you want to use to decorate your pillowcase. The fabric can come from an old blanket or you can buy it at your local crafts store. To make the pillowcase, measure out the two pieces fabric to be the same size – or a little bit bigger- than your pillow. With your needle and thread, sew three sides of the pillowcase together, leaving one opening at the top for the pillow to fit into. Now that your pillowcase is made, you can decorate it by sewing on other patches of fabric or get iron-on patches. This is a great way to send your kid off to sleep away camp with a little bit of home.

 

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Decorate Your Backpack:

            At summer camp, whether it is sleep away or day camp, campers’ bags usually get thrown in with everyone else’s. So what better way to make your camper’s bag stand out than by decorating it with some patchwork? This is very easy to do and you hardly need to buy anything! You can use the same backpack from the school year and some old t-shirts or blankets. Along with these supplies, you’ll need a sewing needle and thread. Cut up your old t-shirts and blankets into shapes or letters and then sew them directly onto your backpack. This is a great project to get your kid ready and excited for camp this summer!

 

Make Your Own Sleeping Mask:

            A camper’s bunk at sleep away camp is usually nothing like their bedroom at home. They will probably be in a cabin with the rest of their age group who might be using night-lights and flashlights late into the night. A great project to do before they leave for camp is to make their own sleep mask. It will be a thoughtful reminder of home and help make the night a bit more peaceful. All you’ll need is two pieces of fabric, a piece of elastic, and two cut outs shaped like you mask and then you are ready to sew it all together either with a sewing machine or by hand. Click the image of the sleeping mask to be linked to The Handwork Studio’s How-To-Tuesday video to get a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own!

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If your child has an interest in sewing, design, or any other handwork crafts, go to The Handwork Studio website for our fall and summer camp schedule and live chat with Miss Catalina or call 610.660.9600 to see what would be best for your camper!

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4 Activities to Help Your Child De-stress

Posted by Laura Kelly on Tue, Jun 07, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Adults tend to view children as happy and carefree. Free from the daily stressors of the real world - bills, traffic jams, and a 9-5 job - we assume children have nothing to worry about but playdates, bee stings, and playground scrapes.

But even very young children deal with stress. Overscheduling, conflicts in the family, and problems with peers are all sources of stress for children. In fact, according to the WebMD Stress in Children Consumer Survey conducted during the summer of 2015, 72% of children showed negative behaviors linked to stress over the past year. The survey also found that children were complaining of physical symptoms linked to stress, with 44% of parents reporting that their children suffered from headaches, and 38% children complaining of nightmares or trouble sleeping.

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So, how can you reduce your child’s stress and anxiety? These relaxing activities can help your child manage stress successfully.

1) Drawing

Studies have shown that drawing and making art can effectively combat stress. The rhythmic motion of drawing with a pencil or using a paintbrush can induce a relaxed state. Even coloring with crayons can help not only children but adults relieve stress, as shown by the rising popularity of adult coloring books.

When children are drawing, painting, sculpting or participating in any artistic activity, they’re completely focused on the task at hand. This absolute concentration allows them to let go of their worries and simply enjoy creating art.

2) Cooking

Cooking also acts as a stress reliever for children. Cooking diverts your child’s mind from daily stressors and refocuses their attention on preparing a meal. Children learn basic cooking skills that will prove beneficial into adulthood while relaxing and enjoying themselves. Not to mention, cooking can serve as an ideal bonding experience for children and older family members.

3) Meditation

Meditation enables children to relax and concentrate on the here and now. Even a few minutes of meditation can relieve stress and restore emotional well-being. Meditating on a regular basis will increase self-awareness and help your child manage stress in the future. Meditation apps, such as Headspace, will teach your child simple meditation techniques they can practice everyday.

4) Knitting

Knitting and other handwork techniques can serve as an effective tool in building children’s self-esteem and reducing stress. The repetitive work of knitting can have a soothing effect for children. According to Dr. Herbert Benson, author of “The Relaxation Response,” needle arts can lower heart rate, blood pressure, and harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Needle arts forces children to stop and live in the moment, as they cannot multitask when knitting. Children can let go of their worries and focus on the project at hand. They’ll learn basic skills in a world of technology all while gaining self-confidence from successfully completing a project.

Do you think your child would enjoy learning handwork techniques? The Handwork Studio offers needle arts summer camp programs for a range of ages. Children will learn the tradition of needle arts and machine sewing in a nurturing and positive environment. Register your child for summer camp here!

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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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