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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Being Invited To A Business Party

Being Invited To A Business Party

You may feel like you’re not doing that great at work so you have to throw a business party so you can impress your boss. You may figure that if you have one, then he will recognize you more and maybe you will get a chance to talk to him about work stuff. Maybe that might not be a good idea to bring up but you may feel like you have to.

You may feel a lot better once you have the party so that way your boss will come up to you to tell you what a good job you’re doing. He may come up to you on his own, but he may not. If he does not, then you have to be the bigger person and talk to him about what has been going on at work. You should be thinking about when the right time to do this would be.

It makes more sense to talk to him about every thing that has been going on in your mind when he’s alone. It is no one else’s business except for you and your boss. No one should have the right to be listening in and jumping to your conversation because you would not do that to a person who would do that; you would have more respect than they do.

This may not be the right time or the right place to talk to him but you had to get him over here otherwise how else were you going to talk to him. You are not able to talk to him at work because he is so busy running around and trying to help everyone out. You might be afraid that he would snap at you and tell you to go back to work if you tried talking to him about something important.

Maybe your problem at work could be that you’re not doing very well and you need some help and some advice on how to get better. Thats what any good employee would have the guts to do. The only problem is for you is that you’re having trouble finding the right time to talk to him because you do not want to get your head bitten off.

It may not be fair to your boss for you to discuss something like this at the party you’re throwing, but this could be the only way you could get his attention and where he is not surrounded by your co-workers.

The only thing is you have to have the courage to go talk to him about your problems at work now that he is alone. You may even be worried for nothing because he may give you some pointers right then and there. He might give you something that would help you out as well, and he also might tell you that if he’s busy then you can as one of your co-workers that’s doing a outstanding job.

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