Re-Booting The Camp Mentality

Healthy and active programs for children have a pivotal role in today’s recreation industry. The child-obesity rates reflect a lack of understanding, interest, or opportunity in living a healthier lifestyle. It is imperative to reach out to children at their most influential stage in life and provide them with accurate information. When lifelong health and well-being are at stake, this type of healthy lifestyle is both an obligation and a commitment.

Last year, the LynchburgParks & RecreationFairviewCenter in Virginia hosted its first “Fairview eXtreme” summer camp, which focused on creative thinking and experiential learning. Participants

Parents noticed a change in their children's energy level after participating in physical training at day camp. Photos Courtesy Of Gary Takacs, CPRP

Parents noticed a change in their children’s energy level after participating in physical training at day camp.

Photos Courtesy Of Gary Takacs, CPRP

were challenged by numerous activities daily, some of which came as a surprise even to the staff. Campers hit the ski slopes at the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre on Candler’s Mountain, navigated across swinging suspension bridges on the Creekside Trail, and reached new heights at an indoor climbing wall!

At another event—Olympic Day—campers were joined by NFL cornerback and Lynchburg native Chris Cook as well as two Lynchburg Hillcats baseball players who discussed the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and athleticism. Campers competed in various events on an “Olympic-based” stage, while being cheered on by the athletes. While this may seem only a small perk, it was a thrill for the campers to get that close to a professional athlete.

Running And Physical Training

In addition to bringing role models to further emphasize a commitment to healthy and active programming, two other activities were created to help drive home the point. Fairview eXtreme incorporated its first 8-Mile Challenge and physical-training curriculum to its daily schedule.

The Challenge consists of 8 miles—4 walking and 4 running—during each of the 4-week sessions. Upon completion, finishers were awarded a souvenir medal and a certificate. Make-up days were

The Challenge consists of 8 miles—4 walking and 4 running—during each of the 4-week sessions.  Photos Courtesy Of Gary Takacs, CPRP

The Challenge consists of 8 miles—4 walking and 4 running—during each of the 4-week sessions.

Photos Courtesy Of Gary Takacs, CPRP

scheduled to give everyone the opportunity to complete the event. By the end of the first session, Challenge finishers logged a total of 152 miles! Other participants who fell short of the 8-mile requirement logged a total of 70 miles (that’s 222 miles in the first session)!

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