五彩缤纷夏令营,TA的最爱是哪个

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如何找寻孩子最喜欢的夏令营,首先需要好好考虑TA希望从中得到什么(the wants),而方法上一定要引导 / 指导孩子自己去思考发现;然后再选择确定最符合目标的一个具体项目。

这里简单总结了夏令营的一些主要益处和目标,可以作为参考点与孩子开展讨论。

结识朋友 / 发展友情

孩子们需要不断锻炼社会交往能力,和积累发展朋友圈子。殊不知,游戏玩乐、团队活动和集体生活是发展友谊的重要手段。而夏令营创造了一个非常出色的场所和机会,尤其是住宿营。

比如说,如果需要在Kidsprograms.ca网站上查询住宿营,请在首页选择Summer Camp,输入具体的关键字(如kayak);然后可以在结果页面通过Filter(如Specialty & Other Features, Overnight)进一步筛选,例如Girl Guide

  • Ontario Council - Summer Camps
  • North Toronto Christian School (NTCS) - Camp Ke-Mon-Oya
  • Conservation Halton - WoW Summer Day Camp

锻炼身体

不管是疯玩,专题体育训练,还是野外 / 室外活动,夏令营必然是锻炼身体、补充新鲜空气的最佳选择。

可以考虑专题活动类(篮球、棒球、网球、体操、高尔夫、舞蹈、足球、蹦床等)、综合 / 多项运动类(activity, multi-sport, general sports)、或者传统夏令营(overnight,包括丰富的水上和陆地活动)。

其实许多其它类别的夏令营也包括半天或1~2小时的运动内容。

比如说,如果在Kidsprograms.ca网站上查询的话,请在首页选择Summer Camp,输入具体的运动项目(如soccer);然后可以在结果页面通过Filter(如Sports相关的选项)进一步筛选,例如

  • Summer Camps at TAC Sports
  • Toronto Summer Swim Camp
  • Lyntton Park Sports Camp
  • Skateboard camp at Evolve / City of Toronto / Richmond Hill / Markham / Mississauga

补习功课 / 加强学业

孩子们可以利用夏令营的机会在学业方面迎头赶上;或者对于有学习特长、也有兴趣和决心的孩子,可以在相关学科方面进一步加深学习和探索。

举例说,法语学习、ESL、计算机、机器人、各项学科竞赛、辩论、科学、数学、生物学、法律、医学、商业管理等,不少大专院校都会提供这类活动。

比如说,如果在Kidsprograms.ca网站上查询的话,请在首页选择Summer Camp,输入具体的学业专题(如Math);然后可以在结果页面通过Filter(如Academic)进一步筛选,例如

  • University of Toronto - Faculty of Law Youth Summer Program (Law YSP)
  • U of T - DEEP Summer Academy
  • UTS Summer Camps (neuroscience / urban design等)
  • York University SciX & Helix in in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
  • McMaster University - Venture Engineering & Science Camp

培养发展兴趣爱好

如烹饪、木工、摄影、电影或卡通制作、音乐、表演、美术、设计、帆船、野外探险 / 生存、环境生态、马术、甚至魔术。

比如说,如果在Kidsprograms.ca网站上查询的话,请在首页选择Summer Camp,输入具体的兴趣爱好关键字(如HipHop);然后可以在结果页面通过Filter(如Dance)进一步筛选,例如

  • Chess Day Camp at Chess’n Math Association
  • Sailing at Toronto Brigantine
  • 许多Dance Intensive夏令营
  • Movie production camps at TIFF
  • Durham College Glee Camp
  • Canadian Opera Company Opera Camps、Ryerson Theatre School Summer Camp
  • Horse riding at the Hollows Camp
  • Aerospace & Robotics at Logics Academy
  • Ontario Science Centre - Day Camps
  • Fashion camp at Design Exchange
  • Minecraft Game Design & Plug-In Development

锻炼独立性、领导力、情商、社会活动 / 社区服务能力等

特别是在7、8年级以后,孩子们需要更多地考虑这些方面的发展,为服务社区,参加义工活动,或者下一步找工做准备。

比如说,如果在Kidsprograms.ca网站上查询的话,请在首页选择Summer Camp,输入具体的关键字(如Community Service);然后可以在结果页面通过Filter(如Leadership & Self-Development)进一步筛选,例如

  • YMCA GTA Girls In Action
  • MaRS - Future Leaders Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Teens‏
  • City of Toronto Counsellor-In-Training

探求宗教信仰

如果在Kidsprograms.ca网站上查询的话,请在首页选择Summer Camp,输入具体的关键字(如buddha);然后可以在结果页面通过Filter(如Specialty & Other Features, Faith)进一步筛选,例如

  • Buddhist Day Camps at University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre
  • Canterbury Hills Camp (Christian)
  • North Toronto Christian School (NTCS) - Camp Ke-Mon-Oya

放轻松

丢开课本、远离电脑、抛开竞争压力,尽兴地玩吧!比如说适合小年龄孩子的综合活动夏令营,更适合年龄稍大孩子的住宿营,还有短途旅游(local trip / excursion)等。

比如说,如果在Kidsprograms.ca网站上查询的话,请在首页选择Summer Camp,输入相关的关键字(如swim);然后可以在结果页面通过Filter(如Specialty & Other Features, Mixed Activities & Games 或者 Clubs & Adventures, Outdoor/Excursion/Adventure)进一步筛选,例如

  • Crestwood Valley Day Camp
  • Adventure Valley Day Camp
  • Hillside Nature Camp
  • City of Toronto - Riverdale Farm Specialty Camp

其它

除此之外,孩子可能会有犹豫不决的情况(正常现象),建议引导他们学习排先后顺序。其实,有些夏令营可能符合其中的几项目标;而且十周的暑假也是完全有可能参加几个夏令营,分别考虑前2~3项目标。

同时,通过思考和讨论所确定的、所谓的最爱,都有不少期望和预想的成分。真正的最爱应该来源于积极、快乐地参与和投入到实际活动中,放开自己,挑战自己,最大化具体项目提供的机会和条件。

也就是说,最爱也在于心态和过程,在于孩子个体和夏令营群体之间的正向互动(positive engagement)。


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