Summer camp season is just around the corner. Each summer, millions of children depart for campsites around the country to swim, hike, craft, and enjoy the companionship of friends.
Summer camps in North America were first established in the 1880s and were attended by children without their parents for overnight stays. By the 20th century, summer camps had become an international phenomenon, and various organizations hosted traditional summer camps or camps geared toward religion, sports, music and other subjects and activities.
Many people put off summer camp planning until it is too late. Parents should keep in mind, camps begin registration early in the year and have specific cut-off dates for enrolment. Parents who want to beat the crowds this year can use this guide to help plan a summer camp agenda:
Attend an orientation seminar.
Take the time to visit prospective camps for a tour, and use this open house as an opportunity to learn more about the programs offered. If available, find a camp employee to discuss your child's eligibility for enrolment. Some camps may offer webinars for convenience.
Fill out the enrolment package completely.
Each camp has their own requirements for registration. Expect to submit some personal information, including a medical background and proof of insurance, names and numbers of emergency contacts, and any other pertinent information as it applies to the camper. This may include allergies, fears, physical or mental disabilities, or even preferences in camp courses.
Establish payment schedules.
Summer camps vary in price. However, many accredited camps offer some sort of financial assistance for children from families with limited financial means. If cost is a factor, be sure to broach the subject.
Prepare children for the physical challenges a camp may present.
Summer camp activities may be rigorous, and campers may need to be cleared by a physician before starting. Be sure to schedule your child a physical and bring along any pertinent forms. Children also can increase their levels of physical activity compared to the often sedentary nature of winter. Such preparation can prevent injuries when engaging in outdoor and physical activities.
Shop for supplies.
Camps are likely to provide a list of requirements with regard to clothing and other equipment campers will need. Make sure kids have enough shorts, T-shirts, socks, athletic shoes, swimsuits, toiletries, and other camp necessities before they leave.
Keep children in the loop.
Engage children in the planning process to help alleviate their fears and get them excited about summer camp. Summer camp can foster lifelong memories. Parents can help kids prepare in advance for the fun that's soon to arrive.
Between camp, going on holidays and play-dates, summer vacation can feel like endless planning and shuffling, from activity to activity. Fortunately, you can use these tips and tricks to cut down on your stress and enjoy quality family time together:
Create a schedule.
Jot down family activities and commitments on a large calendar and keep it on the fridge, so everyone can see what's coming up. This will help give the kids a sense of security and routine, often missing during the summer months. Just be flexible, and make sure to schedule plenty of free time to relax and enjoy quiet time with a book.
Cut down kitchen time. Otherwise, vacation-time could become a summer of frantic work to keep up to a schedule.
Don't like having to choose between healthy and quick, easy meals?
Look for simple, nutritious meal options, to take much of the work out of cooking.
Getting out of the house regularly doesn't mean having to use up the family travel budget. Give the kids an excuse to use up their energy and get some fresh air, by scheduling some fun, free activities. Go to the park, spend time in the library and visit your local community swimming pool. Keep the kids on top of chores and other duties, by presenting these activities as rewards for a job well done. All of these will help to keep your child fit so they will fair well during camp activities.
Adults often look back fondly on their childhood experiences at summer camp. Camps can provide the opportunity to form lifelong friendships and discover rewarding hobbies, which can enrich campers' lives for decades to come.
Choosing a summer camp is no small task, as the options at families' disposal range from overnight camps, weekday afternoon camps, to camps specializing in certain programs, such as music or dance. Cost also is likely to factor into families' decisions, costs can vary greatly depending on which camp families choose. For example, the average daily fee at a resident camp is almost double that of a day camp.
When looking for a summer camp for kids, families should make the decision together. Kids should be involved in the selection process, as they're more likely to have an enjoyable camp experience if they had a say in where they will be spending their summers. The following are some factors families should consider as they look for summer camps:
Consider the child's interests and personality before choosing a summer camp. Parents might want their children to attend the same summer camp they visited as youngsters, but each child is different. Just because mom and dad liked a particular camp does not mean their children will. Think of the overall experience affected by a disgruntled camper, not to mention the waste of valuable cash if you get a call part way through the time allotted at this camp, and your child wants to come home. Summer camps should align with childrens' interests and maturity level.
Locale may only be a significant consideration for families considering overnight camps. Kids will likely be familiar with the locations of local day camps, but overnight camps might be set on mountain ranges, near the Great Lakes or environments less familiar to youngsters. Kids who love the ocean might benefit from oceanfront camps that focus on marine biology, boating or other activities involving the water. In the same vein, youngsters who like camping and hiking might be more likely to embrace camps located in mountainous regions.
Overnight camps may last as little as one week or up to a couple of months. Session length should be considered by families considering both local day camps and overnight resident camps. Parents who want their children to enjoy a largely schedule-free summer might not want to commit their children to lengthy camp sessions, even if those sessions are close to home. If parents think their children can benefit from the same structure they're accustomed to during the school year, then an overnight camp stretching for several weeks might be what they're looking for.
Summer camps give kids a chance to make memories that will last a lifetime. Choosing the right camp is an important decision parents and kids should make together.
Mother's Day is a celebration of women who devote so much of their effort and energy to their families. Celebrating Mom on Mother's Day lets her know all of her efforts haven't gone unnoticed.
Mothers may perform similar tasks, but no two moms are the same. Finding ways to celebrate Mom's uniqueness can make the day that much more meaningful and memorable.
The Crafter: Mothers who are avid crafters may enjoy a craft-themed Mother's Day. A family crafting project can make for a fun afternoon and produce mementos Mom will cherish for years to come. Dads and kids can plan the project in advance, without Mom's knowledge, arranging all of the materials ahead of time and setting up the crafting station the night before or while Mom is relaxing on Mother's Day morning. Kids can even get a head start on the day, by making their own craft for Mom and giving it to her as a Mother's Day present. Dads can keep the craft theme going at dinner and get a laugh out of Mom if he made one of the side dishes Kraft dinner.
The Reader: A 2017 survey, from the Bureau of Labour Statistics, found, women read more than men. Women read an average of 19.8 minutes per day, which can make a Mother's Day, focused on Mom's love of books, an ideal and unique way to spend the day. Kids can write Mom their own books, and Dad can help put them together. Dads can visit rare bookstores and look for original copies of Mom's favourite books she might not find elsewhere. If it's a large family celebrating Mom or Grandma and they want to go all out, they could have a theme party and dress as some of the characters from her favourite books, for dinner time.
The Nature Lover: Fishing and other outdoor activities might have a reputation as predominantly male hobbies, but studies show that's not really the case. A 2016 report, from the Outdoor Foundation, found 46 percent of people who participated in outdoor activities were women. If Mom is a nature enthusiast, families can plan a Mother's Day enjoying the great outdoors, even giving Mom a new fishing pole, hiking gear or other items aligned with her favourite nature activity.
The Relaxation Specialist: Of course, some mothers may want to simply unwind with a relaxing morning at the spa on Mother's Day. A relaxing morning at the spa can be the perfect way for moms to begin Mother's Day, before they enjoy a brunch or dinner out with their families.
Mother's Day celebrations can be as unique as the women being celebrated.
The Ontario government is committed to helping people struggling to find affordable housing that fits their family’s needs and budget. The government has put forward a plan that will bring real relief and real choice to people in Durham.
More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan will tackle Ontario’s housing crisis. With this plan, the government is encouraging housing and building partners to do their part to build more housing that meets the needs of people in Durham and across the province.
“For many people in Durham, finding a home that is suitable for their needs and budget is a challenge,” said MPP Lindsey Park. “Our plan will make it easier to build the types of homes people are looking for at a price they can afford.”
This plan will also help tackle the issue of home-sharing among seniors, raised in MPP Park’s private members bill, The Golden Girls Act, 2019. The Bill passed Second Reading in the Ontario Legislature earlier this year with all-party support.
MPP Park’s bill was inspired by a group of seniors in Port Perry, known as the Golden Girls of Port Perry. The Golden Girls didn’t want to live independently any longer but also didn’t see themselves living in a retirement home, condo or apartment. Instead, they decided to renovate a home, to meet their needs as they aged, and move in together.
When initially pursing this housing model, they ran into obstacles created by the local municipal council, who tried to prevent them from using a house in downtown Port Perry in this way. This is an example of an innovative housing solution that will be encouraged by the More Homes, More Choice plan. The plan commits to releasing educational materials on innovative arrangements like life leases, tiny homes and co-ownership.
“There is a great need for more affordable housing options for seniors,” said MPP Park. “I am thrilled that Minister Clark will be taking action to help remove obstacles for seniors who want to pursue the option of home-sharing as they age.”
The new measures proposed in More Homes, More Choice would also streamline the overly complicated approvals process, to remove unnecessary duplication and red tape, while protecting health and safety, a vibrant agricultural sector and the environment – including the Greenbelt.
Not every town needs a thirty-story building. People need affordable places to live, whether they rent or own, that meet their needs at every stage of life. For some, that’s a home with an extra bedroom for visiting family members, an affordable place on a bus route, or near the local school. For others, it might mean living close to town, but with plenty of space for a garden and near nature trails.
The previous government created a complex housing development system that was difficult for builders to navigate, much less individual homeowners. Red tape and government fees can add years of paperwork and thousands of dollars to the cost of an average home, which drives prices up for renters and buyers alike.
Mother's Day is a special day honouring motherhood and providing an opportunity for men, women and children to show their mothers how much they appreciate them.
The tradition of Mother's Day dates back more than a century to 1908, when West Virginia native Anna Jarvis held a memorial service to honour her mother, and all mothers in Grafton, West Virginia. Her mother had passed away three years earlier, Mother's Day would ultimately become a national holiday in the United States in 1914, thanks in large part to Jarvis' campaigning. As Jarvis, who never married and never had children of her own, grew old, she criticized Mother's Day as overly commercial, even trying to have it removed from the calendar. Those efforts failed, and Mother's Day remains popular now, more than 100 years after the idea for it was conceived.
Although Mother's Day is not a statutory holiday in Canada it is still widely observed. Celebrated on May 12th, this year, it always falls on the second Sunday in May, so at least it's an opportunity to spend a whole day on Mom.
While Mother's Day traditions have changed since Jarvis first proposed the holiday, many people feel it's customary to give mothers gifts on Mother's Day, probably the very thing Jarvis was troubled about. Instead, in keeping with her aspirations, moms take the day off from chores and relax with their families, as well. Flowers make for a popular Mother's Day addition, and well-wishers who want to give the special women in their lives flowers this year can consider a host of varieties.
Carnations are popular Mother's Day flowers, perhaps because they are available in a number of colours. That means it's highly likely sons, daughters, husbands and others gifting moms this Mother's Day can find some carnations in Mom's favourite colour. Ask your florist about what each carnation colour symbolizes, as each has its own unique meaning. Pink carnations, for example, are believed to symbolize a mother's love.
Few mothers can resist roses, making them one of the more popular flowers, come Mother's Day. Roses are symbolic of love and make the perfect floral gift for mothers who like traditional flowers. If you want to spice things up, order a bouquet made up of roses of various colours.
Yellow is synonymous with spring, and daffodils can highlight the season in which Mother's Day takes place, while also providing a cheerful look, perfect for Mother's Day floral bouquets. Daffodils can be given on their own or added to mixed bouquets. Daffodils also last quite a while when cared for correctly, giving moms more than just a few days to enjoy their bouquets.
Like daffodils, freesia are long-lasting, meaning mothers will still be enjoying them long after Mother's Day has come and gone. The inviting fragrance of freesia makes bouquets of these flowers popular choices for Mother's Day memories. Freesia also come in many colours, proving Mother's Day gift givers a greater chance of finding flowers in the colours their mothers will love.
Millions of people hit the links to play golf recreationally, and many young stars of the game are inspiring others to try their hand at this difficult sport.
There has never been a better time to play golf. However, to the uninitiated, golf can be complicated. There are many different rules and all sorts of equipment to learn and lingo to follow. In fact, the experts at Golf Digest say that some people can be scared off even before they hit the green. Fortunately, all it takes is a little research to get started on learning about and ultimately embracing the game of golf. Here are six ways to get started.
1. Start off on a practice range and not on the golf course. The range is a great place to acclimate oneself to the game and practice your swings.
2. Hook up with someone who can show you the ropes. Going it alone can tame feelings of embarrassment from being new to the game. However, having someone in your corner guiding you can make it easier to learn and love the game. Work with a local golf pro or enlist the help of a friend or family member with some golfing experience.
3. Learn all you can about the clubs, including which kinds are used for various types of shots. While a golfer is allowed to carry as many as 14 clubs in a bag, you will not need that many when first starting out, nor do you have to invest thousands of dollars in a set of clubs. It's possible to find used clubs online if you want to try the sport before committing.
4. Lean toward more loft when selecting clubs. Look for drivers that have at least 10 degrees of loft and fairway woods that start at 17 degrees, offers Golf Digest. This will make it easier for beginners to get the ball into the air and can reduce sidespin so shots fly more straight.
5. Pay attention to short shots as well as the long ones. Spend as much time practising with wedges and the putter as the driver to really tighten up all of your shots.
6. Learn the proper grip and stance by working with a coach. Invest in a glove to avoid callused hands, as you'll be spending significant time practising.
With these tips, novice golfers can get on the road to developing a great golf game relatively quickly.
People may immediately think Canada's sports-based loyalty favors hockey. However, on the recreational side, golf is king in the country. Canada has the fourth most golf courses of any country in the world, says the National Golf Foundation. Plus, one out of every 10 Canadians play golf - a participation rate that is more than double that of the United States.
Storied golf history
Although golf can be traced back to the Netherlands during the Middle Ages, many people concur that the modern game of golf - played over 18 holes - is a Scottish invention.
The popularity of the sport began to spread throughout the world from Great Britain. The first permanent golf club in North America was founded in 1873 and was named Canada's Royal Montreal Club. The first 18-hole course in the United States was The Chicago Golf Club.
Understanding the terminology is key to becoming a full-fledged golf fanatic. While golf lingo is extensive, here is a sampling of some of the more popular terms to get novices started, courtesy of the PGA.
Approach: A shot hit towards the green.
Attack: The relative angle at which the clubhead approaches the ball at impact.
Backswing: The motion that involves the club and every element of the body in taking the club away from the ball.
Birdie: A score of one under par on a hole.
Bogey: A score of one over par on a hole.
Bunker: A hallow comprised of sand or grass that serves as an obstacle.
Carry: The distance a ball will fly in the air.
Chip: A short approach with a low trajectory.
Chunk: A poor shot caused by hitting the turf.
Divot: The turf displaced when the club strikes the ball.
Downswing: The swing forward from the top of the backswing.
Eagle: A score of two under par on a hole.
Golf range: A facility where people can practice golf swings.
Grip: The positioning of hands on the club.
Hole: A round receptacle on the green that the ball is aimed into.
Although a number of people start their own business, it is often rare these ventures actually get off the ground.
This is because many start-ups are plagued with issues, usually stemming from the fact business owners have tripped into yet another pitfall. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be every entrepreneur’s fate. If you want to give your company the best possible chance to succeed, then you need to be aware of which obstacles to avoid.
Here is a list of the most common issues that business owners will face:
Too Little Capital
Unfortunately, most people greatly misjudge just how much money they will need to get a company going. As such, they will end up saving or accumulating far less than they actually need. The result of this, of course is, they will run out of money during the early stages and will have to close production. To prevent such a fate, make sure you have planned out your business financing properly. Furthermore, ask someone who is familiar with the industry just how much you will need during those first few years.
Not Having a Contingency Plan
The truth is, inconveniences are bound to crop up at various stages of your company’s emergence. This, however, isn’t the biggest issue. Rather, it is not being prepared for such instances which may end up sinking your organization. So, the first thing you should do is to try to imagine what some of your obstacles may be. For instance, perhaps you may discover, you will need more equipment only once your operations have been set up. Then, it is simply a matter of figuring out the most suitable solution and timing for purchase. For this example, it may mean you need to get equipment loans to cover the cost of tools or machines, but not necessarily for all you'll ever need at the same time. Buy what's needed and maybe just enough to expand, but still keep a view for future purchases as the business grows.
Not Placing an Emphasis on Marketing
It can be easy to get caught up in the brilliance of a product or service you might be selling. This is especially true if you are offering the public something innovative or incredibly effective. Despite this, though, you will still need to invest in a marketing strategy. After all, people can't buy anything you are providing if they don’t know about your company. So, you should always have a fully formed marketing strategy from the onset, so you can start selling your merchandise as soon as possible.
Overlooking Your Competition
There is always another company selling something similar to you. While it may be tempting to disregard them, this isn’t something you can afford to do. Rather, you need to watch what your competitors are doing and what kind of moves they are making. This will give you some idea of what you, in turn, will need to do to stay ahead of the crowd. Even before you get started, you should scout out your competitors and continue to keep an eye on them throughout.
These are the top mistakes you will need to avoid as a business owner, if you hope to suacceed. Of course, since you are aware of these issues, it will now be easier for you to sidestep them.