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Happy Camper

Who doesn’t want to pass on a childhood filled with love, security, excitement and a true sense of belonging? Parents spend so much of their time devoted to ensuring a well-rounded life experience for their darling daughters and sons, because they know from their own lives how critical those memories are. What is even more significant is the battle for our children’s attention. Technology is altering experiences paramount to everything generations past had relied upon and are now known to be integral to well-rounded development.

But are the days of imagination gone? 

The simple answer is no. That’s up to the family. According to a study listed on the American Camp Association’s website, “To become happy, successful adults, children need certain social skills to develop positive relationships with others (Crosnoe, 2000).” While at school, we can be fairly certain our children will harvest social connections, be required to learn about subjects that open their young minds and join in activities that mold their emotional and physical health, but what about the off time?

What about summer?

Who isn’t familiar with the term “happy camper”? There’s a reason that phrase is so well acknowledged. If positive social experiences are a marker for overall well being then sending your children to a real summer camp, a place of consistent positivity and social growth is a no brainer. Which begs the question?

What summer camp is right for my children?

Every single family has starkly differing needs. Some may desire a way to increase skills necessary for those competitive college applications but most want to blend activity with a familiar and safe environment that hones in on those key markers of well being. In essence, they desire an experiential real camp environment, much like the camps of generations past. Where crafts, sports and camp counselor “good-mornings” feel like a warm summer hug. And most importantly it’s the consistency that creates what the ACA referred to as, “…traditions — singing, dancing, telling stories and jokes, and playing outdoors — increase positive emotions, which lead campers to feel what they describe as happiness." (ACA) Real camp, real relationships, real memories… isn’t that what camp is all about.

What will you be doing this summer?

 

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2017 Open House Dates

Mark Your Calendar

All open houses are 11:30am to 3:00pm

Sundays, March 5, 12, 26
Sunday, April 2
Saturday, April 29

Camp Hours:

Summer, 2017: June 14 - August 25

9:30-3:30, M-F. Drop off no earlier than 9:15. Pick-up at 3:30.

Extended day care available starting at 7:30am and ending at 5:30pm.

 

  • "Our daughter LOVES Keystone - the best day camp experience ever!"

    Diane, Camp Keystone Mom
  • "I wanted to say how much Austin LOVES camp!!! He couldn't get out of the car fast enough on Monday. He is only 6 but told me last night" he is going to go to Camp Keystone forever, but not ride the horses cuz they are too bumpy and dirty" As a mommy, thank you to everyone for their incredible energy, happiness and warmth for my son (and all campers)!!!"

    Allison, Camp Keystone Mom
  • "We love, love, love Camp Keystone! You are always thinking of great ways to add more fantastic things to do for our camper kids. Thank you."

    Shari, Camp Keystone Mom
  • "Thanks to the amazing staff Tanner had a fantastic summer! Thank you so much."

    Jonathan, Camp Keystone Dad
  • "Ellie & Layla LOVE Camp Keystone!! Thanks for sending them home with stories of awesome adventures and everlasting memories."

    Mindy, Camp Keystone Mom
  • "The best summer experience a child can have!!! Thanks Camp Keystone and its amazing staff!!! "

    Kelly, Camp Keystone Mom