Our blog’s purpose is to help parents navigate the Kindergarten and elementary school phase of their children’s education. In Colorado, we are given the opportunity of “choice” in our search. This program gives parents many options when it comes to choosing a school for their child outside of their neighborhood school. The process can become overwhelming with the myriad of choices including faith-based schools, private schools, charter schools, and magnet schools – each with varying programs and curriculum. The entire process can be very mind-boggling.
We created ScoopToo.com as a result of this daunting search and discovery process endured not long ago while researching the right school for our children. After charts, graphs, phone calls, tours, interviews, testing, researching, seeking advice from friends, it became a huge commitment and sacrifice of time. We felt strongly about helping other parents in this arena and that a collective resource for information on related topics would help abundantly. So, therein lies the inspiration for ScoopToo.com.
Our blog consists of school profiles, parent interviews, national and local education related articles, a Two Cents series, events, posts on educational topics we’ve researched, etc. Please grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine, kick back, and start reading.
It is our belief that the more educated you are with this process, the more empowered you will feel about making informed decisions about your child’s education. We’d love for you to spread the word about ScoopToo.com to your family, friends, and colleagues and wish you the best of luck in your journey. If you want further guidance and coaching regarding your school search, please contact Kerri to learn more about the services she provides for families.
Common Core State Standards. What are they? How will they affect my children? Were teachers involved in creating the standards? How do the Common Core standards compare to the previous state standards? Why are so many people angry about the standards? Why are others in favor of them?
These are some of the questions I’ve heard again and again over the past few months. There have been numerous articles either supporting or opposing the standards as well as many misconceptions surrounding them.
Before you choose a side, be sure to do your homework to gain a better understanding of what the Common Core is by visiting this website. The site provides a comprehensive look at the standards and their importance in preparing our children to be work and college ready when graduating from high school.
Since many of us will be sending our children off to either day camp or overnight camps in a few months, I thought I would share my own experience of “letting go” when my twin boys embarked on their first 2 week sleep away camp last summer.
Overnight camp is a big deal for many of us (parents and children alike) and letting go is hard to do! It was something I thought about for a couple of years. When should I let them go? How do I know which camp will be a good fit? Will the experience be fun and safe? What if one gets homesick or hurt? These were a few of the many questions that raced through my mind.
I asked the boys from time to time when they thought they would be ready for overnight camp. They weren’t sure but assured me they were always up for an adventure. I thought by the time they were in upper elementary school, it would be the right time. Their love of the outdoors along with the independence and maturity they displayed led us to believe it was time.
My husband and I always knew we wanted them to experience sleep away camp. We never experienced this growing up but were confident we wanted it for our children. The thought of adventure, nature at its finest in our beautiful state of Colorado, meeting new friends from near and far, working with others, and problem solving new situations were experiences that would empower our boys to become leaders, take risks and build self-esteem. Many friends I spoke with who attended summer camps had such vivid memories of these experiences.
When I started researching some of the sleep away camps, I looked for specific activities that my boys were interested in doing. I learned more by reading camp websites and making phone calls inquiring about things that were important to us. I listened to other moms share their thoughts and experiences about the camps their children attended including one of my dearest friends who had been telling me about a camp she and her siblings attended as children. She was so passionate about this camp that her eyes welled up each time she spoke about it. Finally, the decision was made. The deposit was sent. Our family watched a camp video showing the amazing adventures they would have during their two weeks. My husband told the boys he wanted to go with them because it looked like such fun! We spoke about it from time to time so they would anticipate the experience and this particular camp sent something in the mail every month to our boys inspiring them of the adventures to come.
When the day came to drop them off to their venture, the car packed to capacity with equipment, I was sick to my stomach. How could I let them go? I couldn’t help but think of what the day would be like when dropping them off to college. I quickly dismissed that thought reassuring myself I had many years to prepare for that time. As we drove away past the gorgeous acreage of the Colorado landscape, the horses, the tents and yurts, the pool, and the “literally” happy campers, tears welled in my eyes at the idea of letting them go.
When we welcomed them home two weeks later, my boys returned with huge smiles, seemed so relaxed and content, a bit taller and chomping at the bit to share with us their endless stories of adventure. I smiled to myself. Although letting go is difficult to do the experience benefitted not only my children but us in realizing its vital role in teaching our children about life, independence and going out into the world and making it on their own.
Helpful Tips In Choosing An Overnight Camp
- Be sure your children are ready to be on their own physically and emotionally.
- Research camp websites.
- Call the individual camps and ask questions that are important to you.
- Discuss with friends/acquaintances re: their own experiences with camps their children attended (pros/cons).
- Ask your child what types of activities they’d wish for in a camp and make sure the camp offers some or most of them.
- Consider duration of the overnight camp, cost, distance, mission of the camp, staff training, programming, etc.
- Have your children watch videos or read brochures about the camp.
- Attend a meeting for the camp (some camps visit the Denver Metro area and hold informational meetings during the year).
- Schedule overnight camp with a good friend. This may help your child be more confident when knowing that a friend is close by.
- Trust your gut.
It’s time to think about summer camps for the kids! As you know, here in Denver, a slew of camps are offered and we must act fast because spots fill quickly.
Many of our Denver Metro Area private schools provide summer camps as well as museums and other organizations across the city. Summer camps are a time for children to explore their interests and passions in more depth.
Here is this year’s list complete with updates and new additions. Please share your feedback, updates, additions and suggestions. We would like to make this the most useful list we can!
Happy planning–summer will be here before we know it!
The Scoop Two (Kerri & Jenn)
SUMMER CAMP 2014
List Compiled by:
For those with TWINKLE TOES:
- Cleo Parker Robinson Dance - http://www.cleoparkerdance.org/school.html
- Cherry Creek Dance - http://www.cherrycreekdance.com/
- Dance Conservatory of Denver - http://www.danceconservatoryofdenver.com/
For the ANIMAL LOVER:
- Denver Zoo - http://www.denverzoo.org/
- The Wildlife Experience - http://thewildlifeexperience.org
- Butterfly Pavilion - http://www.butterflies.org/
- Denver Urban Farm – http://theurbanfarm.org/summer-fun-on-the-farm/
For the OUTDOOR ADVENTURER:
For those with GLOBAL SIGHTS:
- Denver Montclair International School- http://denvermontclairinternationalschool.com/summer-camps/
- Denver Language School– http://register.asapconnected.com/Courses.aspx?CourseGroupID=10953
For the SPORTS ENTHUSIAST:
- University of Denver - http://recreation.du.edu/familyyouth/?sec=co&main=6&main2=139&main3=287
- The First Tee of Denver - http://www.thefirstteeofdenver.org/
- Denver Fencing Center - http://www.denverfencingcenter.com/camps.html
- Gates Tennis Center – http://www.gatestenniscenter.info/
- Nike Sports Camps @ DU - http://www.ussportscamps.com/tennis/nike/university-of-denver-nike-tennis-camp/
- Little Kickers – http://www.bladiumdenver.com/
- Skyline Soccer - http://www.skylinesoccer.org/home.php
- YMCA of Denver - http://www.denverymca.org/
- University of Denver - http://denversoccercamp.com/
- Kinder Kixx – www.kinderkixx.com
- Gamebreaker Lacrosse Camp - http://www.laxcamps.com/
- DenverLacrosse Club - http://www.denverlacrosse.org/
- Stapleton All Sports - http://www.stapletonallsports.com/
- University of Denver Youth Camps- http://www.du.edu/ritchiecenter/youthprograms/passcamp/index.html
- JCC - http://www.jccdenver.org/summer-activity-2014/
- Bladium - http://www.bladiumdenver.com/
- Dream Big Sports Camps - http://www.dreambigdaycamp.com
- YMCA of Denver - http://www.denverymca.org/summer
For the next PICASSO:
- Art Students League of Denver - http://asld.org/youth-programs/summer-camps.php
- The Art Garage –
Mizel Museum - http://mizelmuseum.org/
- Artful Journey - http://artfuljourneyschools.com/
- The Denver Art Museum- http://www.denverartmuseum.org/see-do-dam/kids-families
For the next OCSAR WINNER:
- Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids- http://www.theaterforkids.net/
- Catchpenny Theatre - http://www.catchpennytheatre.com/
- Denver Center for the Performing Arts - http://www.denvercenter.org/Libraries/Education_Brochures/2014_Summer_Children_Teen_Brochure.sflb.ashx
- Rocky Mountain Conservatory Theatre - http://www.youthactors.com/
- Wolf Theatre Academy (JCC) - http://www.jccdenver.org/summer-activity-2014/theatre/
For the MIT BOUND:
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science - http://www.dmns.org/learn/children/summer-day-camps/
- Lego Camp - http://play-well.org/schedule/class/state/state/Colorado
- Science Matters - http://www.sciencematters.tv/currentCampScheduleViews
- Mad Science of Colorado -
- Mathletes and Bookworms - http://mathletesandbookworms.com/2014-mathletes-and-bookworms-summer-camp-registration/
- Young Americas Center for Financial Education – http://www.yacenter.org/pfe/summer-camps.html
- PI Q Math - http://www.piqmath.com/PiQMath/Camps.html
For the TECH INSPIRED:
- Open World Learning - http://www.openworldlearning.org/programs-2/summer-camps/
- iD Tech Camps - http://www.internaldrive.com/
For the PIONEER:
- Four Mile Historic Park - http://www.fourmilepark.org/
For those with PATENTS PENDING:
- Camp Invention- http://www.campinvention.org
For the NATURALIST:
- Denver Botanic Gardens - http://www.botanicgardens.org/
- Denver Urban Farm - http://theurbanfarm.org/summer-horsemanship-program/
- Bluff Lake Nature Center- http://www.blufflake.org/wordpress/programs/summercamps/
For the CREATIVE:
- Denver Children’s Museum - http://mychildsmuseum.org/daily-programs/camps.aspx
- All About the Arts - http://arvadacenter.org/
For the FOODIE:
- Sticky Fingers Cooking - http://stickyfingerscooking.com/
For the ROCKER:
- Camp Jam - http://campjam.com/denver
For the DAY CAMPER (various programs):
- Dream Big Day Camp - http://www.dreambigdaycamp.com/
- JCC day camps - http://www.jccdenver.org/summer-activity-2014/
- Colorado Academy- http://www.coloradoacademysummer.org/
- Montessori School of Denver- http://www.montessoridenver.org/index.php/programs/summer-camp/
- Stanley British Primary - http://www.summeratstanley.org/
- South Suburban Parks & Rec - https://www.sspr.org/
- Girl Scouts of Colorado- http://girlscoutsofcolorado.org/
- Paddington Station - www.PaddingtonStation.org
- Denver Parks & Recreation - http://www.denvergov.org/RecPrograms/
- Kent Denver - http://www.kentdenver.org/summersession
- The Logan School - http://www.theloganschool.org
- Denver Waldorf School - http://www.denverwaldorf.org/summer-camp/
- Denver Academy - http://www.denveracademy.org/summer
- St. Mary’s Academy – http://www.smanet.org/index.php?/schoollife/summer-programs/
For the OVERNIGHTER:
- Sanborn Western Camps - http://www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/
- Geneva Glen - http://www.genevaglen.org/
- Camp Chief Ouray - http://www.campchiefouray.org/
- Cheley Camps - http://www.cheley.com
Posted on 05. Feb, 2014 by KB.
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