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How to Create a Routine and Stick to It

In today’s busy world, routines can help families who are juggling work, school, after-school activities and the needs at home.

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 20, 2019

Youth Programs

Turn your next school trip into an unforgettable adventure

When it comes to inspiring young minds, there’s nothing like a breath of fresh air. While the classroom setting is, of course, paramount, bringing school groups into the great outdoors can unlock new horizons for students, improve their health ...

By: Michael Boyce, for Fairview Lake YMCA Camps | Aug 12, 2019

Summer Camp

Animal farm provides comfort, education

Kids come to camp to form bonds with other kids. At Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, they also form bonds with some fluffy and feathered creatures. A new small animal farm has been teaching campers how to care for other living things, in addition to ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Aug 09, 2019

Summer Camp

Spirit of Color War shines with new team names

At Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, we strive everyday to be a place where children and adults from all backgrounds, and from all over the world, can play and grow together. Throughout the last century, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, and camps across the ...

By: Fairview Lake YMCA Camps | Aug 02, 2019

Summer Camp

What to expect when dropping off your camper

Will you be checking in your child this summer for their first overnight experience at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps? Here’s a guide to help you prepare for the day and know what to expect when you arrive. Before you arrive Health History ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 25, 2019

Summer Camp

How to help your child's transition from camp life

Your child has spent hours, days, weeks and possibly even the whole summer at camp. They’ve gained independence, discovered new interests and friends, and learned a new routine. Let’s face it: Camp life isn’t exactly like home ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 25, 2019

Summer Camp

7 reasons to extend your child's camp experience

Whether your child has been at summer camp for a short time or for several weeks, they are likely adjusting to a new routine, learning other campers’ names and making friends, and becoming immersed in the camp culture. There’s still ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 19, 2019

Group Camping

Tired of the same old team-building? Here are 4 reasons to get outside

Leaders from all industries will tell you they’re only as successful as their team. Without a group that’s truly cohesive and able to work as one, all the talent in the world won’t help a business operate at its best. It’s ...

By: Michael Boyce, for Fairview Lake YMCA Camps | Jul 16, 2019

Summer Camp

How to talk to your child about their summer camp experience

Asking a child to tell you about their day at summer camp is a lot like asking them to describe their day at school. “It was good,” or “It was fun,” are the typical responses. But what did they do that made it so fun? ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 15, 2019

Summer Camp

More than just the outdoors: How ETC camp instills life skills

For some kids at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, it was their first time camping or shooting an arrow. Camper Josh G., a fifth-grader from Monroe Township, NJ who loves video games and movies, was excited about sleeping in a tent for the first time. ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 12, 2019

Summer Camp

Tips for combating homesickness at camp

The first time away from home can be scary for any child. Sleeping in a different bed, eating different food and going without the usual conveniences of home takes some getting used to. It’s normal for kids to feel homesick when they’re ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jul 03, 2019

Summer Camp

How summer camp keeps kids learning

Did you know that most students lose two months of math skills every summer, and low-income children typically lose another two to three months of reading skills? That’s according to the National Summer Learning Association, which has studied ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 28, 2019

Summer Camp

Why summer camp is great for children

Summer camp is an American tradition, and millions of children attend some form of camp each year. Camp gives children a chance to grow in a multitude of ways, and is a great chance for children to develop life skills that they can practice long ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 28, 2019

Summer Camp

How children benefit from being outdoors

One of the great things about camp is that kids get a chance to be outside, get dirty and learn about the natural world. When kids are outdoors they are learning, being active and improving their health in a variety of ways. Here’s a look at ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 27, 2019

Summer Camp

Why choose an ACA-accredited camp

You may notice the fact that a camp, like Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, is accredited by the American Camp AssociationHere’s what that means and why it matters.

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 25, 2019

Summer Camp

Campers with allergies: What to ask the director

There are extra considerations families have to make when deciding if summer camp will be a safe place for their child with allergies. Allergies and the ability of staff to administer medication during an allergic reaction are common concerns ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 24, 2019

Summer Camp

Why summer camp naturally builds friendships

Summer camp is an opportunity for kids to have the time of their lives while making new friends or reconnecting with old ones. An important part of a child’s social development is the relationships he or she will make over time. Independent ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 24, 2019

Group Camping

5 ways a retreat can promote workplace wellness

With people increasingly stressed out over their workloads, employers are focusing more on how to improve their employees’ health and well-being. Studies have shown that a healthier employee population can curb absenteeism, boost company ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 24, 2019

Summer Camp

Tips for dealing with camp anxieties

Sending a child to summer camp - whether it’s the first time or the fifth time - can be challenging for both the camper and parents. Overnight camp can be especially difficult because children are not returning home each night to share their ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 21, 2019

Summer Camp

How to tell if your child is ready for camp

Camp is a great way for children to socialize, build their self-confidence, explore their interests and grow emotionally and physically independent. For many, summer camp will be filled with new activities in a new environment. Some children handle ...

By: Mollie Shauger | Jun 20, 2019

Group Camping

For a fantastic family or group experience, try camp

Long after the summer is over, its fireflies and sunny skies fading into the past, memories of camp remain clear as a July day. Camp tends to trigger nostalgia for the sights and scents of nature — think chirping crickets and fresh tree sap ...

By: Jennifer Markert, for Fairview Lake YMCA Camp | Jun 11, 2019

Summer Camp

In a world of screens, our tech-free summer camp offers children big benefits

Studies show screens can be bad for kids, but tech-free sleepaway camp offers benefits From the smell of campfires to the sound of locusts at night, summer camp holds a special place in the hearts of many adults. Today’s kids have the same ...

By: Jennifer Markert | Feb 15, 2019

Summer Camp

Fairview Lake YMCA Appoints Senior Director With Deep Roots

NEWTON, NJ — Fairview Lake YMCA Camps’ new senior director has strong ties to the year-round camp and environmental center, having served a decade as its summer programs director. “It’s like coming home,” Marc Koch ...

By: MARGARET MCHUGH | Jun 01, 2018

Summer Camp

Fairview Lake YMCA’s New Summer Camp Director Ready for the Challenge

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps’ interim summer camp director is camper to the core. “I love teaching kids skills, and connecting them to the outdoors,” Emily Galbraith said. Galbraith will oversee the 1,000 children ages 6 to 17 who ...

By: MARGARET MCHUGH | Mar 07, 2018

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