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 …

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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 …

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Adventure Outdoors in Bled and Its Surroundings

Nothing prepared us for the beauty of Slovenia’s Bled and Lake Bled. A small town in northwest Slovenia, Bled’s claim to fame is its lovely picturesque lake and the thermal springs which have earned it exclusive spa resort status. To boot, a wealth of outdoor adventure travel activities are on offer here and in the surrounding area.

LakeBled

LakeBled, the jewel in the crown, is a picture of near perfection, a tiny island perched in its center and its castle, guarding the lake protectively from a high crag above. This beautiful lake, which is quite small, affords one of the most relaxing and lovely walks around its banks where one can take in the spectacular scenery. A visit to the church on the island is a must – public transportation is available by motorboat or gondola, but hiring a boat and rowing out is a much more satisfying and exciting experience. Overlooking the lake and perched atop a cliff, Bled Castle offers amazing views of the whole of the lake and the many valleys in the background.

Vintgar Gorge

A short drive from Bled, you come upon Vintgar Gorge, an impressive canyon whose wooden walkway built into the rock crisscrosses the Radovna River and affords great views of cascading falls and rapids. Walk in these beautiful surroundings, with the refreshing mist of the river spraying your face or take an easy white water rafting trip down the nearby river rapids. Vintgar Gorge is a superb place for adventure outdoors!

Postojna Caves

The Postojna Caves, a mere half hour’s drive from Bled, are without a doubt some of the most spectacular caves to visit. A small train takes you through approximately 4 km of the caves, where gallery after gallery of incredible rock formations in hues of black, red …

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How To Plan For Camping in the Outdoors Anytime

There’s nothing quite like waking up in the early morning at a campsite you have chosen to have an outdoor adventure in; after all, nature offers it all – fun, relaxation and the opportunity to engage in various exciting activities. There is a variety of places to start your exploration of the great outdoors which would be perfect for your outing. While many people consider mountains to be an ideal setting for an outdoor camping trip, the beach, the countryside or even the desert are great places for fun activities, or to simply relax and take in the tranquility of nature.

A nature getaway is ideal whether you plan to travel alone, with your family or with a group of friends. So whether you’re interested in taking a week-long retreat, or you’re simply looking for a great way to spend a weekend, start planning your outdoor adventure today. Your activities will vary widely depending on the setting, so it’s a good idea to consider all your options before you set off on your adventure.

There are loads of activities to take part in which will increase your enjoyment of the great outdoors, and hiking, camping, relaxing in a swinging hammock and sleeping under the stars in a warm sleeping bag are undoubtedly some of the most popular. Hiking is a terrific activity for individuals and families alike, and it’s a great way to experience beautiful areas within a short distance from home. Relaxing in a safe environment is a common way to enjoy the outdoors and get out of the rat race of the regular work week. If you are in a place where you don’t need a tent for shelter, sleeping out under the stars can be a thrilling experience. You will never have thought that there …

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Tailgate Party Success? You Need Outdoor Adventure Yard Games!

Tailgate parties (aka ‘tailgating’) are social events that signal the arrival of autumn. Usually held in the parking lot next to a stadium before a big game, the guests, sports fans all, gather around the tailgate (back end of a truck or SUV) where food is catered.

Eating and socializing take center stage. These sporting parties are fun for all ages, especially teens.

The most successful tailgate parties usually involve a bit more than eating and drinking. What’s their secret to success? Innovative or classic outdoor yard games! If you have the right outdoor yard games at your tail gate party, you’ll have an outdoor adventure to beat the band that plays at half time.

There are some basic criteria for an outdoor yard game to make it to our list of favorites for a tailgate party. The game must be readily transportable, not take up a lot of room (you need the space for the food and maybe a portable grill!), light weight, easy to assemble and most of all, fun!

Here’s a few of our top favorite outdoor yard games that are worthy of your precious tail gate time:

1. Washers: Washers is simply one of the best toss games around. It’s a great conversation opener when not everyone knows each other. Human nature being what it is, everyone has an opinion about the best tossing technique for this outdoor yard game.

The goal is simple: toss a metal or plastic washer into a cup. Depending on how competitive the players, the selected distance for the cup placement will vary. The usual placement is about 25 feet apart.

2. Frisbees: Did you know that Frisbees started when a young couple started tossing a cake pan back and forth in a Southern California park? Some passersby wanted …

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