I read this blurb about camp providing opportunities for youth development on the ACA - American Camp Association - website (www.acacamps.org) and was reminded of our "new" mission statement: 

Mission: To ensure opportunities for youth, families, and adults to participate in proven educational programs that develop life skills, responsible citizens, and leaders. I was also reminded of a statement that the NOVA 4-H Center Board of Directors said many years ago, that "It is easier to build a child than repair an adult."

The author of the blurb is Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association. She has twenty-six years of experience working with children, youth, and families.

June 16, 2011

Do You Really Matter?

Child and youth development are not only a young person's right, but imperative if he or she is to grow up to be healthy, contributing citizen in our global community. However, be sure to read the warning label.

WARNING: Tamper with the developmental stages of growth and development by eliminating opportunities for social, emotional, and physical development while practicing, failing, and learning in safe, intentional environments, and you risk seeing normal adolescent behaviors resurface in adulthood.

I fear we are witnessing such behaviors in far too many adults today — not pretty, huh? You are doing important work!

Camp is like a perfect greenhouse for kids. It is an enriched, thriving environment designed to promote and nurture positive growth and development.