More Than S'mores

A blog from the Kennolyn campfire

The Importance of Fresh Air Activities for Kids in the San Francisco Bay Area

Posted by Kennolyn on February 17, 2017

For all of its beauty and its life, the Bay Area has some of the worst air quality in the nation, affected by everything from vehicle emissions to drought. But it’s hard to believe conditions are really this bad as I stand on Kennolyn’s 300 acres of largely undeveloped land in the Santa Cruz Mountains. When I breathe deeply, I’m reminded that I’m surrounded by giant trees, “effective air filters by design, filtering out not only gasses that are harmful to humans, but also harmful to earth’s ecosystems as a whole.”

Mindfulness Activities in and out of Summer Camp Lead Kids to Deeper Resources

Posted by Kennolyn on February 14, 2017

When you’re on the back of a horse, you’re living to a different rhythm. At first, the measured bouncing jars you, but as you get used to it, your body learns to balance. Your breathing, which may have started out tense and uneven, softens again, sinking into the spaces between hoof falls.

All of this disorientation-turned-synchronization brings you more into the present moment, where there’s nothing else to do but experience this new pulse and look around at all of the colors and textures of life on the trail.

6 Reasons Why the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Perfectly Represents Our Summer Camp

Posted by Kennolyn on February 3, 2017

My family and I only make it to the Boardwalk a few times a year, but it’s definitely a favorite spot. Every time we go, my son wants to stop in at the “museum place,” one of his favorite parts—believe it or not! The Historium showcases some photographs that are more than 150 years old, and he is fascinated with the beachgoers’ old-fashioned swimsuits. He looks at the old panoramic shots of the boardwalk, and I know he’s trying to wrap his mind around the fact that those crowds filled this very spot over a century ago.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Summer Camp–and the Answers to Listen for

Posted by Kennolyn on January 27, 2017

While you’re trying to figure out what makes one camp stand out from the rest, your child may still be wondering what summer camp even is. The best way to satisfy your curiosity and your child’s is by visiting a camp and experiencing its magic firsthand. Beyond the answers you can find in your research or even over the phone, you’ll be able to talk to camp staff directly and get a sense of the people who will be responsible for both your child’s safety and for setting an example during a time of major exploration and growth. Kids will be able to connect with the place and the people experientially, too, and to conceptualize things that may be brand new.

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