It’s that time of year to look for a Santa Rosa Summer Camp for your kids. If you’re in Santa Rosa or the surrounding Sonoma County communities, we think we have a pretty special summer camp for you to consider.
We are in a day and age where there are countless choices on what summer camp to put your children into: piano camps, rock climbing camps, drawing camps, horse riding camps, life guard camps… There seems to be a summer camp for just about any activity you can think of. I’d like to talk about the important key points to look for when choosing a camp for your children….and of course why you should consider PHAS3 Santa Rosa Summer Camp!
Having a camp focus on one discipline or activity can seem attractive at first but, as with any true discipline, there needs to be a healthy balance between structured work as well as carefree and creative free time. Especially when your children will be in this environment from 8-5, 5 days a week.
If you’re not familiar with us, PHAS3 is a well-established and respected martial arts school. We are focused on the art of Muay Thai and also Judo. What sets us apart is our family atmosphere that makes everyone feel welcome and encouraged whether they are an absolute beginner or seasoned fighter training to compete professionally.
The summer camp program at PHAS3 has between 1-2 hours of actual Kickboxing training a day. The rest of the time is focused on multiple activities that include:
– Structured games i.e. dodge ball, tug of war, fort building, etc.
– Informative interaction i.e. nature walks, dance lessons, science experiments, etc.
– Creative competitions such as lego challenges, costume contests, etc.
– Off site field trips such as beach day, bounce house day, roller skating
– Simple free play time
We find that providing the kids with strong and structured guidelines common in the world of Martial Arts is important, but must be softened with a chance to run, play, be creative and interact as kids need to. Because at the end of the day summer camps are places where the children receive the experiences they need to
build up their social skills and coping abilities. There are simple ways of doing this, such as how to perform a proper kick or cleaning up the gym to prepare for the next activity. But there are also much more complex and important social skill sets to be learned. These can include cooperating with your team to achieve a common goal, or learning to play fair even if it means you will lose.
As you look around for a summer camp for your children this summer, remember that the general theme of the camp (from circus camp to math camp) is not quite as important as whether the team of leaders in charge understand the gentle balance your children need to be mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy. And I have to say that of course the PHAS3 Summer Camp Team has all of those bases covered!