Expect to capsize and swim occasionally when paddling a canoe, kayak or raft - it’s part of the sport! But when you hit the water unexpectedly, even strong swimmers need a lifejacket, also known as a personal flotation device (PFD). It allows you to concentrate on doing what’s needed to execute a self rescue and will allow you to assist others. Nearly 70% of all drownings involving canoes, kayaks or rafts might have been avoided if the victim had been wearing a lifejacket! 

We at Swift Nature Camp believe that your child’s safety is the most important part of camp. That is why we have a strict Lifejacket rule. Everyone must wear a PDF when in a boat. No exceptions, staff and campers alike. THis is true if on a river canoe trip or on on our own camp lake. Water is so much fun and kids love it but it is dangerous and we must be prepared. We even have a special “titanic test” to ensure that our lifejacket fits nice and snug in case of an emergency. Campers learn this the first day of camp.

Although a trip to summer camp is highly anticipated by over 11 million children and adults each year, sending a child off to summer camp can be a source of anxiety for parents. Findings from a new study published in the December issue of Injury Prevention should ease their concerns however...
 
According to the American Camp Association's Healthy Camp Study, the first to examine the epidemiology of injury rates in a large sample of resident camps located throughout the United States and Canada, the risk of serious injury at resident summer camps is relatively low compared to other popular youth activities. 
 
"The good news for parents is that our data show that serious injuries are uncommon at resident summer camps," said Dawn Comstock, associate professor at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. "The reported injury rate among campers was comparable to those in similar youth activities like sports or playing on playgrounds." 
 
According to the study, less than 3 percent of camp injuries required hospital admission, while almost all who sustained an injury either remained at camp for treatment or returned to camp after off-site treatment. Nearly 75 percent of the injuries were sustained by campers with just over 25 percent sustained by camp staff members. 
 
The majority of injuries occurred during scheduled camp activities. Barry Garst, director of program development and research application at the American Camp Association® (ACA), stated, "One popular opinion is that injuries at camps occur most frequently during unsupervised events. Our findings suggest that this may not be the case." 
 
While the overall risk of serious injury was low, long-term camp sessions, lasting 14 or more days, did present an increased risk of serious injury. "Long-term camps may be offering higher risk activities," said lead author Eric Goldlust, who conducted this research at the University of Michigan. "Uncovering injury patterns such as these should help us determine the best ways to help camps prevent injuries in the future." 
 
To help parents choose the best camps for children, ACA has developed a comprehensive summer camp resource for families -- offering expert advice from camp professionals on camp selection, readiness, child and youth development, and issues of importance to families. Visit
www.CampParents.org for more information. Some tips from this site include how to identify the best camp for your child, determining your child's readiness for camp, and questions to ask the camp director including questions regarding the camp's philosophy, program emphasis, and information on camp counselors and other staff. 
 
The Healthy Camp Study is funded by Markel Insurance Company. Sponsoring institutions include the American Camp Association®, the Association of Camp Nurses, and the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. 


At SNC First, and most importantly is our campers safety. This is everyone at camps biggest concern. It starts from the top, where our registered nurse cares for all campers and staff, from bug bite to keeping medications under lock and key. In addition all staff are trained in first aid and CPR. As camp director I also hold an American Red Cross Instructor certification in First Aid, CPR and Life guarding. Last year over 60% of our staff were lifeguards, one of the highest of any camps. We believe that safety is so important to us we have started a â??safety eyesâ?? program in which campers are on the look out for areas that might be unsafe and are rewarded publicly for telling us about them. Bottom line I think our track record speaks for itself. Over the past 15 years under my direction the 2 worst accidents are: one broken leg and one broken arm. Both of these were accidents that could have happen at any place kids are playing. If you have Concerns please call us so we can chat more 630-654-8036 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Summer is on the way and children around the world are flocking to USA summer camps. THis uniquely American institution offers kids the opportunity to gain independence while learning school curriculums, music, sports, dance and acting camps. Yet one of the most popular is the traditional summer camp experience, where children play in nature and learn camping skills.
Regardless of the type of camp you and your child choose often parents feel separation anxiety from their children, especially in the case when this is a first time experience. Parents tend to become lonely when their are not around. However, parents just like children need to feel comfortable away from each other. Ones desire to be together is only proof of how well you are parenting. Here are a few ideas to reduce your anxiety while waiting for your camper to return.
• Be sure that you feel comfortable in the camp you have selected. Call the director a few times with in the first week to make sure your child is doing well. Now that you have no safety reason to worry it time to try and move on.
• Enroll in a special interest class. While your kid is away learning something new during the break, you too could see this as an opportunity to also address your personal interests. You could try enrolling in cooking classes or yoga courses. Whatever your preference might be, there is an available adult summer class for you.
• Date Night ! I once had a parent tell me”Now that the kids are not home me and the misses are going to be home all night in our undies” I don’t know if you need to do this but you can go out for a nice dinner and see a movie. 
• Learn a hobby. You could learn how to do cross-stitching, baking, photography, or other things that interests you. This is the perfect time because your children won’t be around in a few days so nobody could disturb you. So take a class at the park or Jr. College.
• Finish or start reading your piles of books and finish watching your tons of DVDs . Nothing beats days of lazily doing nothing in the house and just being a couch potato. It would feel like you are back to being a teenager again because there are no kids to tend to.
• Pamper yourself for a day in the spa and a stroll in the mall to shop. Surely, you won’t really be depressed if you experience the things you love, right?
Remember camp is a growing experience for our children but at the same time its getting us ready for the day they move out to college.


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Our campers have always known that Swift was a great place, thats why 70+ percent return year after year. You have always known Swift was a great camp now it’s official! This summer, as many of you know we had our inspection by the American Camp Association. The ACA sets over 300 standards for camps helping to ensure safety, staffing, programming, health care, food service, and more. Of the nearly 12,000 camps in the USA less than 25% have received the A.C.A. Accreditation. We are proud of the wonderful score we got. Making us one of the best camps around..but you knew that!

Ever wonder why SNC is Soda free? Do you know what happens when you drink soda? More than you might imagine. Look at the various health effects of that sip of soda on your body, from your teeth to your heart to your bones. Maybe you will stop drinking it at home as well.

soda-health-pop
Live Long and take care of your Health.... Make good choices

Although a trip to summer camp is highly anticipated by over 11 million children and adults each year, sending a child off to summer camp can be a source of anxiety for parents. Findings from a new study published in the December issue of Injury Prevention should ease their concerns however....
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According to the American Camp Association's Healthy Camp Study, the first to examine the epidemiology of injury rates in a large sample of resident camps located throughout the United States and Canada, the risk of serious injury at resident summer camps is relatively low compared to other popular youth activities. 
 
"The good news for parents is that our data show that serious injuries are uncommon at resident summer camps," said Dawn Comstock, associate professor at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. "The reported injury rate among campers was comparable to those in similar youth activities like sports or playing on playgrounds." 
 
According to the study, less than 3 percent of camp injuries required hospital admission, while almost all who sustained an injury either remained at camp for treatment or returned to camp after off-site treatment. Nearly 75 percent of the injuries were sustained by campers with just over 25 percent sustained by camp staff members. 
 
The majority of injuries occurred during scheduled camp activities. Barry Garst, director of program development and research application at the American Camp Association® (ACA), stated, "One popular opinion is that injuries at camps occur most frequently during unsupervised events. Our findings suggest that this may not be the case." 
 
While the overall risk of serious injury was low, long-term camp sessions, lasting 14 or more days, did present an increased risk of serious injury. "Long-term camps may be offering higher risk activities," said lead author Eric Goldlust, who conducted this research at the University of Michigan. "Uncovering injury patterns such as these should help us determine the best ways to help camps prevent injuries in the future." 
 
To help parents choose the best camps for children, ACA has developed a comprehensive summer camp resource for families -- offering expert advice from camp professionals on camp selection, readiness, child and youth development, and issues of importance to families. Visit
www.CampParents.org for more information. Some tips from this site include how to identify the best camp for your child, determining your child's readiness for camp, and questions to ask the camp director including questions regarding the camp's philosophy, program emphasis, and information on camp counselors and other staff. 
 
The Healthy Camp Study is funded by Markel Insurance Company. Sponsoring institutions include the American Camp Association®, the Association of Camp Nurses, and the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. 

At SNC First, and most importantly is our campers safety. This is everyone at camps biggest concern. It starts from the top, where our registered nurse cares for all campers and staff, from bug bite to keeping medications under lock and key. In addition all staff are trained in first aid and CPR. As camp director I also hold an American Red Cross Instructor certification in First Aid, CPR and Life guarding. Last year over 60% of our staff were lifeguards, one of the highest of any camps. We believe that safety is so important to us we have started a â??safety eyesâ?? program in which campers are on the look out for areas that might be unsafe and are rewarded publicly for telling us about them. Bottom line I think our track record speaks for itself. Over the past 15 years under my direction the 2 worst accidents are: one broken leg and one broken arm. Both of these were accidents that could have happen at any place kids are playing. If you have Concerns please call us so we can chat more 630-654-8036 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Summer is on the way and children around the world are flocking to USA summer camps. THis uniquely American institution offers kids the opportunity to gain independence while learning school curriculums, music, sports, dance and acting camps. Yet one of the most popular is the traditional summer camp experience, where children play in nature and learn camping skills.
permalink=”http://www.swiftnaturecamp.com/blog”>
Regardless of the type of camp you and your child choose often parents feel separation anxiety from their children, especially in the case when this is a first time experience. Parents tend to become lonely when their are not around. However, parents just like children need to feel comfortable away from each other. Ones desire to be together is only proof of how well you are parenting. Here are a few ideas to reduce your anxiety while waiting for your camper to return.
• Be sure that you feel comfortable in the camp you have selected. Call the director a few times with in the first week to make sure your child is doing well. Now that you have no safety reason to worry it time to try and move on.
• Enroll in a special interest class. While your kid is away learning something new during the break, you too could see this as an opportunity to also address your personal interests. You could try enrolling in cooking classes or yoga courses. Whatever your preference might be, there is an available adult summer class for you.
• Date Night ! I once had a parent tell me”Now that the kids are not home me and the misses are going to be home all night in our undies” I don’t know if you need to do this but you can go out for a nice dinner and see a movie. 
• Learn a hobby. You could learn how to do cross-stitching, baking, photography, or other things that interests you. This is the perfect time because your children won’t be around in a few days so nobody could disturb you. So take a class at the park or Jr. College.
• Finish or start reading your piles of books and finish watching your tons of DVDs . Nothing beats days of lazily doing nothing in the house and just being a couch potato. It would feel like you are back to being a teenager again because there are no kids to tend to.
• Pamper yourself for a day in the spa and a stroll in the mall to shop. Surely, you won’t really be depressed if you experience the things you love, right?
Remember camp is a growing experience for our children but at the same time its getting us ready for the day they move out to college.
Ever wonder why SNC is Soda free? Do you know what happens when you drink soda?More than you might imagine. Look at the various health effects of that sip of soda on your body, from your teeth to your heart to your bones. Maybe you will stop drinking it at home as well.

soda-health-pop
Live Long and take care of your Health.... Make good choices

Ellen has a new cause which all in the child profession or with kids must take note. It’s to Stop Bullying. She devastated by the death of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi. If you don't know, Tyler was a bright student at Rutgers University whose life was senselessly cut short. He was bullied on the internet and when he could not take it any longer he took his own life..
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Something must be done. This month alone, there has been a shocking number of news stories about teens who have been teased and bullied and then committed suicide; like 13-year-old Seth Walsh in Tehachapi, California. Asher Brown, 13, of Cypress, Texas and 15-year-old Billy Lucas in Greensberg, Indiana. This needs to be a wake-up call to everyone: teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country, and the death rate is climbing.
One life lost in this senseless way is tragic. Four lives lost is a crisis. And these are just the stories we hear about. How many other teens have we lost? How many others are suffering in silence? Being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you.
My heart is breaking for their families, their friends and for a society that continues to let this happen. These kids needed us. We have an obligation to change this. There are messages everywhere that validate this kind of bullying and taunting and we have to make it stop. We can't let intolerance and ignorance take another kid's life.
I want anyone out there who feels different and alone to know that I know how you feel. There is help out there. You can find support in your community. If you need someone to talk to or if you want to get involved, here are some organizations doing great work:
The Trevor Project at 866 4U TREVOR. It's a 24-hour, national help line for gay and questioning teens. You can learn more about The Trevor Project at their website: 
thetrevorproject.org.
Angels and Doves is a nationwide anti-bullying non profit organization. Their website is 
AngelsandDoves.com
The National Center for Bullying Prevention is helping to promote awareness and teach effective ways to respond to bullying. You can learn more about them at their website: 
Pacer.org/bullying
The Matthew Shepard Foundation runs Matthew's Place, an online community and resource center for LGBTQ youth. The website is 
matthewsplace.com
GLSEN is also a great organization that is working to eradicate bullying and bias in schools. Their website is: 
glsen.org
STOMP Out Bullying is focused on reducing bullying and cyberbullying. Find out more on their website: 
stompoutbullying.org
Things will get easier, people's minds will change, and you should be alive to see it.

Read more:http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2010/09/its_time_to_end_teenage_bullying_0930.php?icid=ellen|ws&ncid=webmail#ixzz118Uvajd5

Ever wonder why SNC is Soda free? Do you know what happens when you drink soda?More than you might imagine. Look at the various health effects of that sip of soda on your body, from your teeth to your heart to your bones. Maybe you will stop drinking it at home as well.

soda-health-pop

Live Long and take care of your Health.... Make good choices

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