With the pandemic disrupting our sense of normalcy, children’s mental health has been greatly impacted too. Over the past year, youth have faced extreme challenges, including changes to their routines and breaks in their continuity of learning. And with many practicing extreme social distancing, experts agree that for the welfare of our children, the mental health benefits of summer camp are more critical than ever.
A month ago, our hunkering down started. Since the very beginning, I have been acutely aware of how I will show up for my girls during this time and how I will offer anchors like the ones we have in our “normal” lives. Having breakfast together, giving hugs before they start school, asking about their day when they are finished, having dinner together, and our nighttime ritual of going to bed. There have been some added fun activities that I hope will be positively etched in their memories like, having lunch together, family bike rides, soccer games (adults versus kids, of course) and game nights. I am driven daily by making this a positive memory of their childhood because I think it can be.
We are very excited to be diving in. Similar to our podcast, we hope to bring you inspiring stories about our camp community, share the knowledge we glean from various trainings that we attend, be your partners in raising thriving children and be in touch with the Cheley community that we hold dear.