Thankfulness and The Early Bird

IMG_2989 1Whether you sit down for turkey dinner or not, this is a good time of year to remember all the things to be thankful for. At Camp Friendship summer camp in Virginia, we’re thankful for having the most incredible children attend our camp, and thankful for the parents who decide to choose our camp for their children. We’re thankful for a dedicated staff who goes above and beyond, facilitating the most amazing conversations and exciting experiences for our campersA great group of leaders who allow our campers ample opportunities to learn, create, and grow individually and as a team.

Before the holiday’s come into full swing, don’t forget to take advantage of Camp Friendship summer camp early bird discount which ends on December 1st. Many sessions at Camp Friendship fill up quickly. We encourage you to register early, before the holidays, to reserve your child’s space for summer camp 2015.

Camp Friendship‘s Ice Skating Event is December 7th from 2pm-3:30pm in Ashburn Ice House. Free for everyone. Go to our Upcoming Events page to reserve your spot.

Keep up to date and check in often to see whats happening at Camp Friendship on our events page.

To everyone – Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Building Life Skills At Camp

IMG_3465We all want our children to live a better quality of life, accomplish their ambitions and live to their fullest potential. By learning new skills they increase their understanding of the world around them and become better equipped with the tools they need to live a more productive life. Life skills are not always taught directly but often learned indirectly through experience and practice. By presenting a goal such as summer camp, your child can think about it, focus and strive for it all year long. Whatever it is that gets your kids excited you can make sure that is incorporated on their focus of summer camp. Like adults, when children have something to look forward to, it helps them to complete their tasks and responsibilities and stay on track. They can look forward to reaching their goal and reward. As your child gets excited you can talk about your expectations of them. You can also let them make some mini goals themselves that they can accomplish along the way and discuss these together. A countdown always seems to add a thrill as the goal gets closer and closer. A visual reminder can teach them that hard work pays off and that putting time and effort into something is worth it, teaching them about hard work, patience and determination. Getting your child involved in goal setting and giving them something to look forward to is an important skill that they will benefit from and use during their entire lifetime. Remember to register early and give your child something to look forward to next summer at Camp Friendship in Virginia!

• Early Registration Discount for the summer camp 2015 is only available until December 1st, save $100 per week plus you can qualify for additional discounts.

• Ice Skating Event is December 7th from 2pm-3:30pm in Ashburn Ice House. Free for everyone. Have to go to the Camp site to Upcoming Events to reserve their spot.

Keep up to date and check in often to see whats happening at Camp Friendship on our events page.

Camp Friendship Tennis Pro Is New QuickStart President

Friendship Tennis Nov12_14Hurray for our Alina Ackenbom, Camp Friendship’s Tennis Pro, was recently elected as the new President of QuickStart of Central Virginia (QCV) non-profit organization. QuickStart Tennis is the USTA’s kid-sized, age- appropriate format for teaching kids ages three and up the “sport for a lifetime.” QuickStart Tennis tries to grow tennis from the ground starting by introducing tennis to young kids through school, pre-school and afterschool. Tennis has always taught kids valuable character-building life skills like integrity, sportsmanship, dedication, determination and teamwork. QuickStart adds FUN fitness and conditioning activities that work on agility, balance, coordination, footwork and reaction time. QCV is helping create “play pathways” in the communities we serve. Kids have so much FUN with QuickStart that they don’t even know they’re learning, and they’re learning a lot. Alina’s term is for the next 3 years.

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Just more confirmation that Camp Friendship knows how to find quality people to teach your kids!

Don’t forget to keep checking our events page to find out about upcoming events.

Starting To Think About Next Summer

Camp Friendship Thinking about next summerWe’re slowly approaching less than 200 days until summer camp begins. I can’t wait! I’m not sure if it’s the cold weather approaching, the shorter days or simply missing all the fun, that moments like these are already becoming more frequent.

During this time of year the staff at Camp Friendship is thinking about what new changes we should incorporate for next summer to make it better than the last, as well as wondering who will be coming back to join us. By now parents likely have adequate feedback to be able to evaluate the value of their kids spending the summer at Camp Friendship sleep away camp, and soon decide to register their returning campers. Some campers who know they are returning, might be looking forward to the coming summer just as we are, waiting to see friends and counselors with whom over the years they’ve built strong bonds with. We all are looking forward to more memories, adventures and new options and opportunities as they begin to present themselves.

So much happens at camp each summer, it’s easy to see that by not returning–even for a summer–campers could miss out on something big! Probably the most important thing to contemplate when deciding whether to return to camp is that next summer could be a camper’s best summer ever! With that being said, we at Camp Friendship are really missing

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everybody and hope to see you all again next year!

Don’t forget to keep checking our events page to find out about upcoming events.