Build a Teen's Self-Confidence in a Boot Camp

Build a Teen’s Self-Confidence in a Boot Camp

One expression which is often misunderstood is that of ‘boot camp’. Many people associate a boot camp with a military lifestyle, with route marches, heavy packs and orders being barked at miserable teens who are there as a form of punishment. This is certainly not the case with most camps. In fact they are holiday camps. They are places which operate for kids during school vacations. They are a godsend for parents who worry their kids will become bored and get up to mischief. Or, just as bad, their kids will spend their holidays sitting in front of the television and not get proper exercise or be challenged to make something of their life.

This is where a holiday camp under the title of a boot camp is the ideal answer. It will give your child a wide variety of wholesome activities. It will enable your child to learn new skills and face new challenges. It will most likely motivate and excite your child and, in so doing, give their self-confidence a real boost.

Variety, they say, is the spice of life and one thing your child will never face at a holiday boot camp is boredom. There are so many programs available that every day brings new games and challenges. It might mean hiking, climbing, cycling or water activities like kayaking. These give a healthy boost to the growing bodies in the camp and help develop teamwork and the opportunity to build leadership qualities. Those activities may take residents away from the camp base but closer to home are gym courses, trampolines, boxing, martial arts and other solo and team-orientated activities which are fun, healthy and helpful. Whatever else your child will find at these adventure boot camps, they won’t find free time and boredom.

The holiday boot camp follows many of the traditions of other boot camps. The residents get to wear the camp uniform, the staff has military titles and simple drills, marches and parades add to the military atmosphere.

Because the activities are so active, the children really become hungry and that’s where another first class benefit of these camps is seen. Professional catering staff provide plenty of appropriate food to help the growing bodies of camp residents. One fear parents have for their children when on holiday is that they will eat badly and not exercise. These two factors will certainly not help your child. But on an adventure boot camp, there is a heap of exercise, no junk food and plenty of nutritious offerings to help your son or daughter grow healthy.

The end result of their time in this type of camp is the development of their self confidence. They face challenges in the physical activities and they succeed, they may become a leader of their team and carry out their role with distinction. Their body will feel tired but healthy and having the right diet only adds to their happiness. From an adventure boot camp, your son or daughter can return home … Read More

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10 Reasons to Go to Camp

10 Reasons to Go to Camp

Here are 10 quick thoughts about the physical, mental, and emotional health benefits of summer camp:

1. Make New Friends: Camp offers the opportunity to create friendships that will probably last a lifetime.

2. Explore Outdoors: Camp takes the children out of the couch, away from the computer and into a new environment that is often outdoors that offers a myriad of benefits.

3. Get Rest from the Family: Camp allows everyone in the family to have a little rest from each other. Children can learn about themselves in a new environment.

4. Downtime from Daily Routines: Our lives are full, full, full! Camp allows for a break from the fast-paced lifestyle that we are all accustomed to. This is a good healing tool.

5. Enhance Socialization Skills: Camps take on their own social networks and lives, because each session allows a new start. This is a great real life, real social networking application.

6. Improve Communication Skills: Camp introduces new people to new situations, encourages conversation and recognition skills. As the campsite develops, children move from the introductory phase to supportive communities, increasingly developing communication skills.

7. Explore one’s Physicality: Outdoor adventure and campsites create new forms of training for athletes and non-athletes. Sport challenges participants in different forms of exercise, allowing children to explore their bodies in different movements and environments.

8. Personal Empowerment: A successful camp experience allows children to feel a sense of accomplishment, and this success can come in various forms, be it social, athletic, or anything else. Their self-awareness and self-confidence explode, empowering children in their future endeavors.

9. Try Something New: Camp offers a myriad of new experiences. Exploration of new things in a new environment enhances learning and growth, simply because adrenaline, focus, and unknown elements create a strong learning experience that doesn’t exist anywhere else.

10. Move, Get Healthy: Hey, this is a fact of life – we are in more and more rooms and we are attached to our electronics even when we are not. Wandering outside the house is definitely good for you: good for the mind, good for the body.

If that’s an option, say yes to summer camp! From the years we have carried camp, the positive changes we have seen in our camp have been amazing.… Read More

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Women on the Water and in the Woods

Women on the Water and in the Woods

There was a time when one would be hard pressed to find a woman who was willing to go fishing, hiking, backpacking, or hunting, much less one who actually wanted to participate in these activities. However, theses days it’s not uncommon at all to find a woman in the field, in a tree stand, on the water, or hiking the Appalachian Trail for that matter.

Even today not all women are interested or willing to attempt one of these sports or outdoor activities. More often than not, it will depend on the woman and/or the activity. You’ll find, for instance, that some women will attempt anything at least once, while others will only have an interest in certain types of outdoor sports or activities. You may find one woman that will enjoy stream fishing but doesn’t care a bit about fishing from a boat. Likewise, you may find other women that prefer dove hunting over deer hunting and really care nothing about fishing.

Over the years men have used hunting, fishing, hiking, and other types of outdoor recreation as a means of escape and therapy. Women need escape and therapy as well. Don’t get me wrong; I still enjoy going to the lake or the field by myself or with my buddy from time to time. However, I consider myself very lucky because it turns out my woman has come to love boating and fishing just as much as I do. I don’t get out in the dove fields much any more, and I never got into deer hunting. My favorite therapy is fishing. When my lady and I go fishing, we both leave all of our troubles and worries at the boat ramp. It takes little effort to relax and enjoy the outdoors, the tranquility, and the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer. We have both come to realize that this time is very therapeutic for the sole, and we find it equally therapeutic for our relationship. It’s hard to explain how such time can remove you from the every day frustrations and distractions of life in general. For the two of us we find it very peaceful and refreshing. It also helps us appreciate this world we live in and the things we often take for granted. If you haven’t already done so, try introducing the woman in your life to the outdoors. Invite your lady to that next fishing trip or hunting excursion. If she shows no interest, talk to her about it, and find an outdoor niche you both might enjoy. My woman enjoyed riding in the boat with me but initially could care less about fishing. When she was finally ready to let me show her how to fish, she was hooked. Spending time outdoors really is special, and it’s a wonderful way to spend quality time together. … Read More

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Three Great Destinations to Travel to in North Central Washington

Three Great Destinations to Travel to in North Central Washington

North Central Washington is a great place to travel to, particularly for the beautiful natural areas that are found there. The region features high mountain peaks, arid desert like areas, and tons of great sources of water. Here are three great places to travel to in the North Central Washington area.

Conconully State Park

Conconully State Park is located in the upper reaches of North Central Washington. The park sits on the shore of Conconully Lake and offers a wonderful chance to experience a remote and somewhat secluded vacation spot. Camping at Conconully State Park is a great time and something the whole family can enjoy. Activities available include fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, hiking, and more.

Stehekin

The community of Stehekin sits just south of the North Cascades National Park and falls within the borders of the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. It also sits on the northwestern shore of beautiful Lake Chelan. There are less than 100 year round residents of Stehekin. The community features a lodge and campground where visitors are free to spend the night, as well as some privately owned rental properties. There are roads and vehicles in Stehekin, but they only service the local area, none of them actually connect to the outside world. The only ways there are to get to Stehekin are by trail, by airplane, and by boat. A ferry regularly operates between the city of Chelan and Stehekin on a daily basis and taking the ride up the 51 mile long Lake Chelan into the heart of the North Cascade Mountains is a great opportunity for a once in a lifetime vacation experience.

Banks Lake

Banks Lake is a man made reservoir that occupies the northern portion of the Grand Coulee. The southern end is dammed by the Dry Falls Dam and water is pumped up into the lake from Grand Coulee Dam in the north. Fishing is a popular activity on the lake, as are boating and the riding of personal motorized watercraft. Steamboat Rock State Park is located about halfway up the 27 mile long lake and is a very popular destination for those looking for a great place to headquarter as they visit the area. Other popular attractions in the area include Grand Coulee Dam, Dry Falls, Sun Lakes State Park, and Lake Roosevelt.… Read More

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How to Build a Sturdy Halfpipe

How to Build a Sturdy Halfpipe

Materials Needed In Constructing A Half Pipe

The materials needed are two by four stock, eight sheet of inches wood, ten inches PVC pipe, nails, laminate, one ” screws.

Tools

The tools needed are circular saw, hammer, drill with different bits, fishing line, pen and paper and tape measure.

Steps In Creating A Half Pipe

Look for a location for your project and decide the size of your set-up. Consider the normal sizes of wood when evaluating the size of your half pipe. Start by carefully placing the frames of your project. Remember that there should be two equal sides. Create a four inches wide and eight inches long bracing framework from two-by-four stock.

The set-up’s lower portion should be in 2 parts four-by-eight with the joists of the floor space seven 7/8 inches apart. After that, place the horizontal and vertical braces. The overall height should be three inches. Create a total of 3 pieces. Place a 5″ seven 1/2″ radius curve with the help of a fishing line. This will serve as the bowl of the pipe. Build the braces of the set-up’s side parts.

Use the radius line as the basis for creating additional support. The supports for the lower portion should match up with the vertical support and base support. Connect the cross members with the pair of vertical side supports. They should have a space of 7 1/2 inches from one another. You should reinforce the members where the seams of the wood meet so that the wood will not break when you use it. Install wood decking with the help of three inches screws. Reinforce the decking ramp and the beginning platform.

Place the ramp to the wood for a smoother surface. The beginning platform should be supported by additional joists to accommodate several individuals at once. The grinding rail is the intersection of the starting area and the decking. You have to install an additional element in this area of the pipe to protect the decking and the board.

Place a block in the transition point. Use a ten inches PV pipe and use screws to place in the support frame and wood. A single screw for every eight inches will do trick. This will serve as the cushion for the transition point. Remember that the set-up needs to be easily taken apart since you need to store it away during bad weather. You can also use a cover to the set-up from rain and other elements.… Read More

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