Ready to Ride this Summer?
Riding in the outdoors across open fields, through forests, and in rivers in the amazing nature of Slovenia with Ranch Marina is exciting in itself but everything great has to start at the beginning. So if you’re new to horseback riding, we always choose to begin with the basics so our Junior and Tween campers can enjoy it more. Some basic tips from our team are:
#1 Sit up straight and use the stirrups.
#2 Think of your horse as your partner.
#3 Be a leader.
#4 Hold the reigns low.
#5 Reward your horse.
Child Safety is always #1
Summer camp for kids is a time to build memories – a place for kids to enjoy the summer hours but also a time to develop new interests and skills.
However, the key to any successful international camp is ensuring the emotional and physical safety of its campers. But what makes a camp safe enough for your child?
The American Camp Association has researched and come up with a list of questions to help potential parents when looking at staff safety within a camp.
#1 What is the staff to camper ratio?
The minimum is approximately 8:1 though many camps have more. Having the appropriate amount of staff is very important especially when considering child supervision in and around water.
Explorer Camps has a ratio of 5:1 and often 4:1 for Junior Campers. In addition to this our outdoor activities such as rafting, paintball etc. all are under the extra supervision of certified hotel staff.
#2 How old are the staff?
At least 80% need to be over the age of 18 as the maturity level of those working with your child is essential. The older the staff member, the more experience they have.
At Explorer Camps all of the counselors are over 18 years of age. In fact, our Senior Counselor are all over the age of 30 with an extensive background in teaching.
#3 How many counselors return?
Most camps have a 40 – 60% return rate. It signifies whether the team working on camp believes in the vision, and enjoy being there. A high return rate is clearly what you’re aiming for.
At Explorer Camps it’s currently 100%.
#4 What training do staff receive?
Training is the first step to ensuring whether your child is truly safe as it signifies how serious a camp is when looking at its campers. How long does the training go for? What does it cover?
At Explorer Camps there are 3 online trainings covering behavioural management, child abuse prevention, supervision procedures amongst others. Then two on-site live trainings in addition to an extensive Counselor Manual outlining all of the steps involved.
#5 What do parents think?
If a camp has a high return rate then this is a clear sign that the campers and parents are happy especially when it comes to safety. Check out camps’ Facebook feedback forms, while most should share their feedback on their website.
Explorer Camps has a return rate of over 70% which extremely positive feedback!
A Chance to be Creative
Many people believe teaching children art, music and drama is not as important as teaching them Maths, Technology and Science. What’s the point of teaching my daughter art as she’ll hardly make a living as an artist, will she?
That may be true in many cases, but children shouldn’t be taught creative subjects with the end goal of being a famous artist. No, children need to be taught creative subjects as creativity is needed in any job that they will end up doing.
Whether they are an accountant, a scientist, a teacher, a secretary, a shop assistant or a lawyer. They will be required to use their mind creatively and the best time to start that is when they’re young.
Explorer International Kids’ Camps has creativity sessions to inspire not only children from Slovenia but all around the world. Every afternoon they get a choice to use their creative side including:
- Photography and movie making.
- Painting and drawing.
- Martial arts and yoga.
- Sculpting and pottery.
- Culinary arts and baking.
- Drama and public speaking.
- Building and construction.
A Healthy Lifestyle – Can Children Do It?
Recent research shows that the current generation of children may have shorter life expectancies than their parents for the first time in over two centuries. The main reason behind this is child obesity with 340 million children and adolescents aged 5 – 17 overweight or obese in 2016.
What can be done about this? A simple approach is to increase regular physical activity (60 mins a day), eat more fruits and vegetables, while limiting the amount of fats and sugars in a child’s diet.
Explorer Camps is helping fight childhood obesity and creating a healthy lifestyle by:
1 ) Creating a new healthy menu focused on using locally grown produce that reduces fat and sugar intake.
2) Offering a fruit snack every day and selection of fruits at breakfast.
3) Continuing to provide plentiful active opportunities outlets such as swimming, hiking, canoeing, biking, rafting, yoga etc.