How do Summer Camps Help Your Child Stay Active?

Childhood obesity is a major problem in our current society. With snacks and treats so easily accessible and schedules so busy, children are not often given the best foods to eat or get a great deal of exercise. It is important as parents to help our children stay healthy and active. With summer day camp, you provide an outlet for your child to exercise while still having fun. Summer camp activities will keep your child moving, which helps them stay in shape and live long and healthy lifestyles.

Staying Active

Summer day camp is all about staying active. Your child needs to move in order to burn calories and stay fit. With a full schedule of activities, your child will be able to keep their body moving, working their muscles, all the while having fun. To your child, they will be enjoying themselves and not focusing on the actual exercise part of the activity. This is a great way to keep your child active. At camp, a number of activities are offered, such as sports and swimming. By taking part in these activities, your child may find a new hobby which will keep them busy throughout the year. With regular exercise, your child will live a healthier lifestyle, feeling better physically as well as gaining self-confidence.

Pack Healthy Meals

During day camp, lunch time will take place and if the camp provides the food, then a nutritious meal will be offered. However, if you are packing your child’s lunch, be sure to offer healthy options. Fruit, veggies and lean meats are good choices. Since your child will be exercising and burning calories, you want to feed them items that will continue on the health trend. Putting sugary treats in their lunch will only slow them down. Fresh fruits and veggies gives them the energy they need to keep playing sports and having fun.

Encourage Your Child to Try New Things

When going to camp, your child may encounter a new sport that seems too hard or too exhausting to play. Encourage your child to try the sport anyway. Explain that while it may seem hard at first, they should keep trying. They might end up having a great time and find a new sport to enjoy at home and throughout the year. Always encourage your child to try new things. Explain that without trying, they will miss out on a great number of things throughout their lifetime. It is better to try and find out that you don’t like something, than to never have tried at all.

Overall, you will find that summer camp helps your child stay active in a fun way. At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer a number of programs to keep your child on the move and having fun. Contact our office today to find out what options are offered for your child based on age group, as well as activity or program type. We guarantee you will find something for your child to enjoy!

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5 Fun Reasons why Sports Summer Camp is the best for your child

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Summer day camp is an excellent way for kids to have fun during the summer months. Once the excitement of being out of school for the summer wears off, kids quickly look for something to occupy their time. With summer camp in Toronto, your kids can stay busy and have fun, especially when sports are involved. Sports are a great way for kids to stay active, make friends and just have a good time. Read on to see why sports summer camp is so much fun!

Competition

Nothing gets the blood pumping more than a little friendly competition. With sports camp, kids are able to compete while playing a variety of sports including basketball and baseball. It can be quite thrilling to take on the best players at camp and win the game! Kids learn how to build self-confidence during competition as well as how to be a good sport, both of which are beneficial going into adulthood.

Making Friends

Sports camp puts kids in groups with other children who have similar interests. If a camp focuses on basketball, then your child can meet other kids who like to play the game as well. Fast friendships can form and your child may bond with some lifelong friends due to their common love of sports.

Exercise

For most kids, they feel better moving and running around. With sports camp, kids are constantly on the go, moving from one sport to the next. With this exercise option, your kids will stay fit while still having fun.

Tournaments

Many camps will offer tournaments for each sport which makes the day at camp even more fun. Once the sports have been mastered, teams can compete in games, with kids cheering on their friends as they try to make it to the final round of the competition.

Simple Fun

Kids love sports. There is no doubt about that. Children who love to take part in activities are guaranteed to have fun at sports camp. Day camp will offer a variety of sports including swimming, basketball, baseball, etc. Kids can spend their day playing and learning new skills. They can then come home and share with you what they have learned. You may be surprised to find that your child excels in a particular sport and goes on to play in high school and even college!

When your child enjoys playing sports, consider enrolling them in a sports day camp. They will have fun, make friends and be able to exercise away from school.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer a wide range of summer programs including sports camp. Your child can enroll in our sports camp and enjoy learning skills in a variety of sports. Learn more about our camp options by contacting our office. Enroll your child and provide them with an outlet for entertainment during the summer months that they are sure to enjoy. We look forward to assisting you and your child with summer camp opportunities.

5 Helpful Items For Your Child to have with them at Summer Day Camp

When you enroll your child in summer day camp you can expect that they will have a great deal of fun. The summer months can be long as your child is used to going to school and staying busy. With summer day camp, your child has an option for activities for a few hours each day they go. By staying busy, your child is active and able to expend energy, which helps them to sleep at night and not be stir crazy at home! If this is the first time you have enrolled a child in day camp, you might be unsure as to what they need to bring for camp. While each camp is different, you will find the suggestions pretty universal when it comes to camp needs.

Lunch/Snacks

For most camps, lunch and snacks are not provided. You will need to check with the camp to see exactly what your child would need and what options or restrictions are in place for lunch/snacks. You want to avoid sending any foods that might be associated with allergies among other campers and send items that are considered appropriate based on camp standards.

Swimming Gear

If your child will be attending camp where swimming will take place, you want to be sure to send their swimming gear. This would include a swimsuit of course and a towel but you may also need to send earplugs, swim cap and goggles depending on your child and the camp. Be sure to find out what is required before camp.

Change of Clothes

Accidents tend to happen, especially when small children are involved. Be sure to send an extra set of clothes for your child, to be kept in a cubby or backpack, while your child is at camp. This way, if an accident occurs or they spill food on themselves during lunch, they have the ability to change clothes and remain comfortable for the remainder of the day.

Comfortable Shoes

Since it is the summer, you might be set on allowing your child to wear open toe shoes such as sandals and flip-flops to camp. This is not the best idea. You want your child to have comfortable shoes on so they can take part in fun activities like basketball, tag, etc.

Comfort Items

If you are sending a small child to camp, you might want to see if comfort items are allowed. Small children tend to lean on small stuffed animals or blankets for comfort. While away at day camp, it might be a good idea to bring such items, if allowed, so your child can begin to feel comfortable with the new environment while away from home.

Overall, you need to check with camp counselors or the director to see what is allowed at the camp your child is enrolled in. You want to be sure that your child is prepared and has what they need to enjoy a quality time at camp.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we offer only the best camp options from swimming programs to day camps. Contact our office today to see what camps we have available and register your child for a fun and exciting summer.

Easy Nutritious Lunch Ideas for Day Camp

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Why Summer Camp is Worth Every Penny

Going to summer camp means your child is set to have a great time, enjoying fun games and sports, making new friends and just enjoy being a kid. Whether your child goes to a summer day camp for a full or half day, you will most likely be providing lunch. When preparing your child’s lunch each day, you want to provide something nutritious but also stay within camp guidelines. Camps normally do not want children eating a ton of sugar or bringing any nut products as they may result in an allergic reaction for other kids. After a few days, you may run out of ideas for your kid’s lunch without them eating the same thing over and over. Below are a few nutritious lunch ideas that your kids are sure to love for summer camp.

Rev Up a Sandwich with Wrap Style

Instead of sending the standard turkey sandwich, choose a tortilla and create a fun wrap. You can use the plain flour tortillas or use a spinach wrap to add in extra vitamins and minerals. Use your child’s favourite sandwich meat and cheese, adding in veggies they enjoy as well for a full wrap. You can even cut the wrap into pinwheels so that they have bite-size pieces to enjoy. Add some fruit to the lunch and you have a full meal!

Meat and Cheese

Speaking of meat and cheese, why not pack your kids a little mix of their favourites. Take a few slices of sandwich meat, cheese cubes, pretzels and fruit and you have a nice tray of assorted items that your kids are sure to love. This can be done in a variety of ways so your child never gets tired of this meal idea.

Leftovers

When mornings are busy, leftovers are a great way to send a delicious and nutritious meal for your child to enjoy. After dinner, if there are leftovers, go ahead and pack them up and have it ready for the morning. This way, you can simply grab the meal and go!

Soup

If you have an older child in summer day camp, it can be quite nice to enjoy a cup of soup. Older children will be better capable of eating soup without making a mess and will be able to benefit from the vitamins and minerals included.

Following Camp Rules

Be sure to learn what rules the camp has on food items. You want to be sure that your child’s food can be heated if needed or send items that don’t require heating. You also want to learn about any allergies of children attending the camp, that way you won’t send food items that could harm them.

Alternatively, if your child’s camp provides a catered lunch option, let the camp take take away the hassle of meal planning and meal prep. Catered camp lunches provide a healthy and substantial food option ensuring kids get the nutrients they need. Many children’s catering companies are in nut free facilities and are conscious when catering to children with allergies.

At Zodiac Day Camp, we make it easy for you to pack nutritious lunches or to order the catered camp lunch, both of which your child can enjoy.  We are happy to provide more lunch tips!

Building Future Leaders: How Day Camps actually develop Leadership skills

Attending day camp provides your child with an outlet for their energy as well as a chance to make new friends, learn new skills and just have fun. But what many parents do not know is that day camps actually help your child to develop leadership skills in a variety of ways. Read on to see how day camp is helping to build future leaders in our children.

Starting Early

From an early age, children are taught what it is like to be a leader. Your child will take part in group activities in which leadership skills are taught as well as be asked to assist counselors with simple tasks. Children are praised for a job well done which leads them to want to continue learning new skills and advancing leadership qualities.

Team activities

During day camp, children will take part in team activities such as baseball, soccer, swimming, dance and more. During these sports activities, children will be able to learn new skills and find which sports they excel in. Take for example swimming. If your child begins to excel in swimming, they can use what they have learned to help others, which helps to form leadership skills. Helping others to do better is an essential leadership skill that will help your child as they enter their teenage years and well into adulthood.

Leadership Camps

Many facilities, such as Zodiac Day Camp, offers day camps for kids that specialize in leadership training. Your child can take part in specialized leadership and development programs  to learn particular skills that can be used later on in life in positions such as a babysitter, camp counselor or lifeguard.

Babysitting courses and home alone courses help your child to be better equipped to handle such activities as looking after smaller children or staying home alone while you are at work. These classes are open to preteens and teenagers, helping them to build leadership skills to take charge.

Other advanced leadership courses  include First Aid classes and lifesaving courses. Your child will be able to take a class based on their skill level and then build upon their skills to be ready to become a camp counselor or lifeguard. These skills are useful to your child in many ways including water safety, first aid assistance and building leadership skills that can be used in the future.

From a young age, children can be introduced to summer day camps and learn skills and qualities that are beneficial to being a great leader. At a young age, children begin to learn how to work well with others and complete group tasks during activities. As the child attends summer camp each year, they are introduced to leadership activities and learn even more skills that will help them become productive adults in society, along with simply having fun!

At Zodiac Day Camp, we can provide your child with quality summer camp programs where they can make friends, learn new skills and have fun. Contact our office today to learn more about the programs we offer that will meet the needs of your child.

Interesting Facts about Day Camp Parents may not know

When signing your child up for summer day camp, you know that they will be enjoying a host of activities such as sports, swimming, crafts and more. While you may get the gist of what summer camp can provide, there is most likely a few things that you do not know. Below we have gathered a few interesting facts to help you see just how fun and exciting, as well as beneficial summer day camp can be.

Skills Learned are Beneficial in High School and Beyond

There are many things that kids will learn in camp, from participating in sports to arts & crafts. With each activity, children are gaining several skills. Leadership, self-confidence and more. Children are able to learn what activities are of interest to them, which can be continued throughout the year as an after school activity which may turn into a long term interest. Consider this. If your child gains an interest in swimming, they can add to their skill level while at summer day camp. Their skills can be used in later years to try out for a swim team which could even result in a swimming scholarship in college.

Camp Counselors

Many summer day camps train pre-teens and teenagers to be camp counselors. When your child is small, they will develop relationships with their counselors and may want to train when they get older. Being a counselor gives your child childcare experience, an opportunity to be a team player, a role model, and take on a leadership role, ,many qualities that schools and future employers look for.

Discounts on Registration

For many parents, they never considered that summer day camp is affordable and that discounts can exist. Look for summer camps that offer discounts for early signups or other means of cutting down on the cost of camp. You will find that registration takes place during a certain time period so you will need to meet this requirement in order to take advantage of the discount. When paired together with other discounts that may exist including, pay by cash or cheque, multi-session, or other loyalty discounts, the total savings can really pay off.

Lasting Friendships

You know that your kids will make friends during summer camp but attending year after year means they will have the opportunity to build friendships that last a lifetime. Your child will be able to enjoy playing with kids their own age who have similar interests and take part in the same activities. Watch your child increase their social skills and gain new friends as they enjoy going to summer camp.

 

At Zodiac Day Camp, we provide several options for summer day camp. We have programs for children of all ages starting in the toddler stage and ranging to the teenage years. We can offer your child activities for the summer months, keeping them busy and engaged. To learn more about our programs, contact our office today. We look forward to providing you and your child with fun and exciting activities this summer.

7 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Choosing A Summer Day Camp

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Summer day camp is an option for children who need an activity to keep them busy once school has ended. There are so many summer day camp options to choose from that it can be difficult for parents to know which camp to choose. Mistakes can be made which can leave you spending too much money, your child miserable and make it difficult getting your child to camp. Read on below to discover more of what to look for and what to avoid when trying to choose a summer day camp for your child.

Keep Interests in Mind
The first mistake that a parent can make when it comes to summer day camp is keeping the child’s interests in mind. If your child enjoys swimming, then a swim camp would be a great option. Think about the interests of your child to make the right decision. Never sign your child up for camp with an activity they will not enjoy.

The Price of Camp
You must also consider the price of camp. Different day camps will have a different price point. You want to be able to afford the camp cost. Find out how much camp will cost on a weekly or monthly basis. Be sure this is a price point you can afford so your child can go for the duration.

Time Frame of Camp
The time frame in which the camp will take place should also be considered. Sometimes parents sign kids up for day camp and then realize that they must scramble to find transportation for their child due to work conflicts. Be sure to know the pick-up and drop-off times and if they offer extended hours if needed.

Age Group
The age group of the day camp should also be considered. You want to enroll your child in a camp that includes children of their age group. You want your child to be able to make new friends and have an enjoyable experience, which will easily be done when they are surrounded by children their own age.

Pushing Your Child
Remember to not push your child to enjoy camp. Sometimes kids do not enjoy particular activities. If you find that your child is having a difficult time at camp, even after giving it a go, consider another option. You may need to enroll your child in a different camp to find the right activity they enjoy.

Not Listening to Your Child
Be sure to listen to what your child says after camp. Are they enjoying themselves? Is everything alright, such as getting along with other children? If a problem exists, address it so that your child can have an enjoyable experience at day camp.

Negative Comments
Avoid making negative comments about camp. You may not like certain aspects of the camp or counselors while your child is perfectly happy. You may also miss your child while they are away. Voicing your opinion in a negative manner can result in your child having a negative experience at camp. Talk positively about camp so your child will be ready to enjoy the experience.

To learn more about day camp options, contact Zodiac Day Camp. Offering a wide range of camps, Zodiac can provide your child with the best activities during the summer months.

Basic Swimming Rescue Skills For Your Child

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A Rescue Swimmer School candidate performs a body sweep to check for entanglements or injury in the pool at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

One of the most important life skills to learn is swimming. Drowning is ranked the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States. This tragic ending can be prevented with the proper water safety instruction and skills, and it should be taught at a young age.

There are bodies of water all over the world such as  lakes, seas, rivers, oceans, dams and pools. Drowning comprises of about 10% of unintentional injuries per day in the United States, many of which lead to death. About 73% of people who drowned in 2012 alone were children aged 14 and under.  The good thing is that many of these accidental drowning can be prevented by following safety regulations, and also by being equipped with the necessary rescue skills. With this in mind, you would agree with me if I argued that it is vital for your child to learn some of the basic swimming rescue skills. Due to this fact, Toronto swimming lessons are tailored to equip kids with safety swimming skills.

By making sure that your child learns the basics of swimming reduces his or her chances of drowning. In many swimming programs, the first lesson involves teaching the kids some of the basics of swimming. This includes certain styles to prevent drowning such as treading water, doggie paddle, and crawl stroke. This will improve your child’s confidence when in the water which is very important. But, it should be noted that even the best swimmers can drown, therefore being overconfident is not an option.

Kids especially those who swim in beaches should be taught how to spot and evade strong currents. If possible they should avoid swimming completely when there are huge swells in the sea. The ‘rip currents’ are very fast and pose a lot of danger to the swimmers, especially to those who are beginners. There are certain signs that can tell you that you will be in for very strong currents in the next few minutes. The water around changes its color, the waves change patterns from time to time, and there occurs steady movement of debris in the sea. Once you spot these changes in the beach, you should consider getting out of the sea immediately. Fortunately, in some Toronto swimming lessons the kids are taught how to handle themselves when they go to their swimming programs.

If by bad luck you find yourself in strong currents, the first thing is to stay calm. Many people drown because they panic. Once you are calm, then think quickly of what to do next. If there are people around call for help. In the unfortunate event you find yourself alone, don’t fight with the currents. Make a 90 degree turn and move parallel to sea shore. Rip currents are majorly active in narrow channels therefore by swimming in a parallel direction, it gives you a better chance of landing where the waters are a bit calmer.

If you realize you are losing control of yourself when swimming the best thing is to let yourself float on water instead of fighting to stay on cause. In Toronto swimming lessons, treading water is an important technique taught to kids as a safety mechanism to prevent drowning. Fighting to stay above the water only depletes your energy thus decreasing your chances of survival. Simply turn upright and try sweeping water with your arms in order to stabilize yourself, then easily do the kicking motion with your legs to stay afloat, and then you can call for help.

Finally, kids should avoid the use of drugs at all cost. The use of drugs only impairs your judgment. You might think you are on the shallow end when actually you are on the deep end of the pool. Also, drug abuse gives an individual false confidence which can lead to accidental drowning.

Zodiac summer camp is one of the best summer camps in the area. It offers first class swimming programs along other amazing programs such as adventure sports, fashion design, robotics and jewelry art for kids. For more info visit their website www.zodiackids.ca

Why is First Aid Training Important

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We are living in a world where no one is completely safe. We cannot deny the fact that at some point in our lives we have been involved in situations that have called for our immediate actions. Accidents, food poisoning, electrocution, terror activities, choking, heart attacks just to name a few of them, are some possibilities that may happen at any time and therefore call for our preparedness. Having the knowledge of the course of action to take at these times can save a dying man or prevent a worse condition that was deemed to happen, such as paralysis. It’s therefore important to teach kids at a tender age these skills for their own benefits and also to help others. Kids are most prone to emergencies as their immune system is less developed as compared to adults.

Reasons for first aid training

  • Every second counts– It would take less than six minutes for someone bleeding seriously to lose consciousness and die. Also some deep cuts, if not treated or cleaned earlier, may lead to infection. Therefore the earlier the pre- treatment is administered, the better. After all, the basis of first aid is prevention of the worst.
  • Makes people feel more secure– There is the aspect of believing you are safe when you know that someone is looking after you. Maybe that’s why we are more comfortable in our homes as compared to when we are outside. The same case applies to first aid skills. You will feel safer knowing that in case of any accident, there is someone around you who can come to your aid.
  • As a job requirement– There are certain jobs where first aid training is a strict requirement. These jobs may include kids summer camps where kids go for holiday vacations. There are a lot of childrens activities that go on in these camps, and truth be told, you can’t prevent kids from jumping all over the place; after all ‘that’s why they are on vacation’. The kids might hurt themselves and may require urgent attention from a qualified personnel.
  • Disaster– When a natural calamity such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes strike, it’s not possible to access medical attention quickly. Therefore, it’s up to those who are better off to help those badly hit by administering urgent attention like bandaging their wounds to stop bleeding or natural resuscitation to help them keep on breathing as they await medical assistance.
  • Helps to reduce pain– Not every injury requires a person to visit a health center. Some cuts which are not deep can be treated at home or temporarily before official treatment.

After having seen the importance of first aid training, it is also vital to ensure that all buildings or premises including our homes are well equipped with the first aid kits. The essentials of a first aid kit include adhesive bandages, gauze rolls, sterile gauze pads, elastic bandages for wrapping wrist, knee and elbow, sterile cotton balls, and of course latex and non-latex gloves.

In every workplace it’s key to have one or more trained first- aider; depending on the size of the premises. For instance, in day camps for kids you expect a large influx of kids and therefore one first- aider may not be enough. You may require to hire more than one depending on the size of population.

Finally, it’s of utmost importance for each and every one to embrace first aid training as an asset to use in the future as we don’t know what tomorrow holds for us.  

Summer Day Camps: Why Go To Camp?

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Children are like bursts of energy that are sometimes very difficult to contain. And sometimes, in your own busy schedule you tend to forget spending quality time with your child, especially during summer holidays when your child has nothing but time to spend. What better way could there be to give him his experience of a life-time without the feeling of guilt that you didn’t do enough?

Kids are innocent souls who have yet to see the world with their own eyes and understand it. Imagine a place where you could get your kid to experience all those events that would otherwise be difficult in a daily routine – a place where he gets to explore on his own and explore new things.

Day camps that run summer camp programs are ideal places for such occasions where you can safely send your child and know for sure that he will certainly return with a bag full of wisdom and will be proud of that.

So, what do day camps have to offer?

Summer getaway: Summer programs for kids give them the opportunity to utilize their never ending energy. Before they get bored of sitting at home while you get busy in your own routine, send them to a day camp where they have their own stories to make.

Life-changing experience: Not every child is the same and every parent knows that. Some are smart while some are shy, some are active while some are studious. So, when you send your child to a day camp, they meet a lot of other kids and gets a completely different experience that they can cherish for a life-time. Things they would learn in a day camp will prove to be the building blocks of their character when entering adulthood.

Change in environment: Being a parent you will have a good idea about how easily kids get bored and how easily they get distracted. Constantly living in the same environment and following the same routine becomes very boring for kids. And at this prime age where they ought to have fun and explore the world, day camps provide the very opportunity that is needed.

Making new friends: Day camps have kids coming in from all over the place which provides a change of scenario for your child, and he gets the opportunity of making new friends and learning new things that he will not get the opportunity to learn in the mundane of home-to-school-and-back routine. Making friends from different backgrounds gives a new outlook to your child.

Activities: Kids love nothing better than playing around and exploring new places. Summer camp activities are designed keeping this very idea in mind. In day camps, they get to play around and engage in activities that make them learn a thing or two, all under the supervision of trained professionals. It boosts your child’s confidence. So, it is a win-win for your child as well as you, because you will know that your child is safe.

Build self-esteem: Summer camp programs are designed for all kids whether they are highly active or extremely shy. It provides the opportunity to your child to build his self-esteem and observe his surroundings. A learning experience builds your child’s decision making ability and you will see a great change in your kid.

So, after all this when your child returns home, they have not only made a new set of friends but is  proud because they found new courage to self-assess and explore new skills. A day camp certainly will leave a lasting impression on your child.

If you are in a dilemma of providing the best summer for your kid but don’t know how, then send your child to a day camp and watch him grow. Zodiac Day Camps has so many options to choose from. Visit zodiackids.ca for more details.