A Parent’s Recommendation!
My daughter loved the camp. She asked me if the camp ran all week, and when I told her it did, she asked if she could go on the weekend, too. She really liked the games and being outside in the creek. She has wanted to be a marine biologist since she could talk so she knows quite a bit about fish, and she loves Salmon Days, so she knows quite a bit about the salmon life cycle. She learned about watersheds and enjoyed that. She also loved feeding the trout. She wants to attend again next year. The crafts were really great. Overall I would give the camp a 10, and I will recommend it to friends. Thanks for a great week!No organization could ask for a more glowing recommendation than this one. We work hard to make sure that our summer camps are fun and educational but it really makes us feel good when we hear it directly from parents. We know the kids are having fun and learning to appreciate our amazing salmon. The real test of quality comes from parents who hear directly from their children about what they are learning, the games and activities that occupied their day and their eager response to the program. Whether your child is 3 and just learning about the natural world around them or 11 and thinking more globally about human impact on our environment, our summer camp program provides the opportunity to explore, be creative and think holistically. Playing outdoors in the summer sun is a time honored tradition of childhood. Why not expose your child to the wonders of our amazing salmon and the role they play in expanding our understanding of our watershed, at the same time? CLICK HERE to sign up for Summer Camp!
Summer Camps Make Kids Resilient
We recently ran across an article by Michael Ungar, Ph.D., who is a family therapist, a researcher at Dalhousie University, and the author of “The WE Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids.”
Dr. Ungar says that summer camps are perfect places to help children optimize their psychosocial development and where they get the experiences they need to bolster their range of coping strategies. There are the simple challenges of learning to do new things, but there are also the more complex challenges of getting along with a new group of peers, learning how to ask for help from others, or taking manageable amount of risks without a parent following after you.
He goes on to point out seven things a camp should have to help children develop coping strategies:
- New relationships, not just with peers, but with trusted adults other than their parents.
- A powerful identity that makes the child feel confident in front of others
- Help children feel in control of their lives.
- Kids get what they need to develop physically.
- Make sure that all children are treated fairly.
- Camps offer kids a chance to feel like they belong.
- Camps can offer children a better sense of their culture.
Summer Salmon Day Camps at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery are by design small groups of children. Activities focus on the salmon life cycle and taking care of the environment so that salmon can thrive. Because the group is small (eight to twelve children) we are able to design activities to be flexible and focus on the interests of the specific group of campers in any given week. There is more opportunity to meet the needs of each individual child. And a small group allows children to get to know everyone, forge new friendships, and provides opportunity for campers to test out their interests and strengths.
In addition to interacting with a group of children their own age, campers also interact with Celina Steiger, the FISH Education Coordinator who is also our Camp Director, and with our adult summer staff counselor and teenage camp helpers who also work with the children throughout the week. Children learn how salmon are important to our cultural heritage here in the Northwest and have the opportunity to talk about their own history and culture. And children are active outdoors as they explore the hatchery and Issaquah Creek, play games and act out the salmon lifecycle.
To learn more about our Salmon Summer Camps: CLICK HERE and you’ll be redirected to the page to sign up.
To read more of the article by Dr. Ungar, CLICK HERE to be redirected to his website.
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