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It turns out it's not the kind of thing you can push on kids.
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While I'm happy he'll get to spread his wings, experience independence and have fun with his friends, this is a big deal for me. I'll miss him and I'm afraid I won't know how to let go. I will worry about him constantly. Is he eating well? Is he wearing sunscreen? Is he homesick? Is he crying?
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Imagine watching a movie made by someone with autism, rather than about someone with autism. Wouldn't that be a refreshing change from the norm? Individuals with autism found themselves the subject of countless documentaries and feature films rather than the creators and the mavericks calling the shots.
Sometimes having a mentor can make all the difference in choosing a career path or field of study. Mentoring youth has positive impact on their development and academic achievement. Mentoring is also critical in helping youth explore and develop their interest in the fields of STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math.
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The fun and games are a key step in easing their transition into a strange country with unfamiliar customs.
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As school winds down for the year, many kids will partake in day or overnight camps with their friends and siblings. Some will stay local, attending camp at their community centre; others will travel up north and stay at overnight camps in the woods. But wherever they are headed, if they have food allergies, their parents will probably worry.
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"They're excited to learn more about Canada and its traditions. And what more Canadian a tradition is there than summer camp?"
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Dylan's chronic condition comes from an abnormal response from his body's immune system. It causes excruciating pain, with frequent trips to the washroom creating great embarrassment. In practical terms, it has influenced every aspect of his life, leading him to quit hockey, miss field trips, and decline invites to social outings.
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Because camp isn't just a place, it's a state of mind.
Care packages are little packages of goodies and gifts that parents, friends or family put together and mail off to their little campers as reminders of home and to let them know we're thinking of them. However as many camps will tell you, parents often do not understand what is appropriate to send.
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These kids don't hold anything back.
Camp is an exciting opportunity for kids to make new friends, explore their interests and enjoy the summer sun. But for some, the very idea of leaving home for more than a few days can be a real sourc...
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Those feelings of being homesick and missing my family (and my dog) happened again the second year that I went to camp, but I was ready for them and knew how to handle them and that it was going to be okay. Here is some advice for people who are going to overnight camp for the first (second or third) time.
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School is out and parents everywhere are preparing to send their kids to camp. Leaving home for camp can be an anxious time for both the parents and the kids -- here are 10 tips from Professional Organizers in Canada on how to get organized and curb camp anxiety.
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My daughter's Girl Guide leader grabbed me by the shoulders, looked me squarely in the eye and said: "Goodbye Mama." "But, but, but," I sputtered, aghast. I was dropping my 10-year-old daughter off at her Girl Guide camp.
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For some Canadian kids, summer means the chance to return to the only place in the world you truly care about — camp. This ritual of shipping off children to a northern, wooded region has long had the...
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Summer is a time for play, and kids know it. The pressure is off, and it's time to relax! Homework and tests are replaced with bike-riding and swimming. If you're lucky, you even get to go to camp. What the kids don't realize is, there's as much to learn at camp as at school, and those lessons can't be taught with books. What they're learning is how to deal with life.
You go to bed exhausted and you wake up way too early. Campers love to stay up whispering to each other (about who sucked at field hockey, that sort of thing), just like moms jump at the chance to hang out with adults, whose food they don't have to cut up, and who don't argue with you about why you can have another glass of wine, but they can't have another pop.
Growing up, I never went to a proper sleepaway camp. I don't know if it's because I wasn't interested or my parents didn't want me to, but I never really thought I was missing anything. That is, until I watched the latest reality series, Summer Camp.
The July long weekend is always busy at my house because it's when we get the kids ready for camp. This year they'll be away for six weeks without any parents, homework, city pollution, cell phones, TVs or computers. They are off the grid at camp. I love knowing this.
Daily updates of the scandals washing over politicians from Montreal to Ottawa to Toronto have some officials looking more like Clay Davis of The Wire's Baltimore than much else. Where have all the leaders gone? Part of the problem, surely, is who we deify. We are guilty of perpetuating a celebrity-obsessed culture, whether those figures drop rhymes, dimes, or guidelines.
My two youngest children are away at camp, and this reprieve from the usual melee that goes on at my house has allowed me to reflect on those things that kids do, and that use up equal measures of time and patience in ways you wouldn't realize unless you had kids, and then suddenly they were gone. Allow me to explain...
If outdoor camping, summer picnics, and family BBQs are all on your to-do list for the next few months, meal planning is the first way to stay organized. "If you're going camping for the weekend, for...
Cottaging is a way of life for Canucks. Going to camp, hitting the cabin, swinging by the lake house/beach/what-have-you: it's in our blood. When you decide to make your grand escape, there are some basic summer cottage principles to keep in mind...
A summer camp north of Toronto has been accused of having children play games involving inappropriate acts in order to get treats, the Toronto Star reports. Counsellors at Camp Chimo in Markham, Ont....