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Summers are better at NORDC

posted Apr 27, 2017

Summers are better at NORDC

As the official summer season draws near, many will find themselves looking for quality programming and events to kick back and relax, while also remaining active and productive.  A recent online survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) found that Americans favor going for a walk/hike, going to the beach and having a picnic/barbeque over other common summer activities.  The survey also found that, compared to older generations, millennials prefer going to the pool versus going for a summertime walk/hike.  

Great weather and outdoor activities are just a few things that make summer one of the world’s most anticipated seasons. It also provides significant benefits to overall health and wellbeing.  Being outdoors in the sunlight and taking up extra physical activities helps to regulate almost every bodily process, as well as acting as psychological encouragement to improve lifestyle and morale.

Every summer NORD provides residents with an array of quality programming, classes, and events.  From swimming lessons, open swim, family game nights, fishing, canoeing, summer sports leagues, piano & dance lessons; NORD offers programming at no cost to all. 

A recent online article conducted by Psychology Today, found that summer camps are places where children get the experiences they need to bolster a range of social and life skills.  The best summer camp experiences offer opportunities for manageable amounts of social and physical skill based activities.  Youth and teens participating in summer camps benefit in many ways:

  • building new relationships, not just with peers, but with trusted adults other than their parents.
  • building confidence in front of others and in self-efficacy skills to become better problem-solvers in new situations and in groups.
  • at camp kids get what they need to develop physically.  Ideally, fresh air, exercise, a balance between routine and unstructured time, and all the good food their bodies need.  A good camp helps kids find healthy lifestyles.
  • perhaps best of all, camps offer kids a chance to feel like they belong.  Camps create a sense of common purpose and attachment to the identity that camps promote and may go a long way to offering kids a sense of being rooted.
  • and finally, camps can offer kids a better sense of their culture.  Camps give kids both cultural roots and the chance to understand themselves a bit more as they learn about others who have cultures very different than their own.

To find out more about summer at NORDC, please visit http://nordc.org/activities/.   

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