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February 23
The Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors: Healthy How-Tos for You and Your Kids

Have you ever spent a day outside only to come home feeling like a different person? A little energized, a bit more clearheaded, a lot more relaxed? Or watched your kids fall instantly, peacefully to  fall asleep after spending a good long time out in the fresh air and sunshine? Those benefits of spending time … Read More

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February 21
How to Develop Grit and Determination Kids Need for Success

According to Paul Tough, author of “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character,” the qualities kids need for success aren’t taught in a classroom. Instead, Tough identifies a very different set of skills he believes are crucial to success, including perseverance, curiosity, resilience, optimism and self-control. You and I might call … Read More

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February 19
5 Tips to Help Limit Screen Time for Kids and Rediscover the Outdoors

We know our kids spend too much time looking at screens. And the negative effects of all that screen time for kids—from decreasing their ability to concentrate to increasing their risk of type 2 diabetes—are well documented. So how do we help our kids unplug and do something we know is great for them instead? … Read More

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April 18
Nurturing Nature: Why I Became an Avid4 Adventure Educator

Bringing the power of the outdoors to kids from ages three to seventeen is a mission Avid4 Adventure takes very seriously. Our seasoned Adventure Educators are charged with bringing our mission to life every day with unparalleled safety and skills training, and a devoted desire to challenge young campers. Two such devoted Avid4 Adventure Educators … Read More

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March 6
Campers dig into the meaning of grit

Our campers explore the meaning of grit. “Grit is hardcore and awesome,” says 5-year-old Avid4 Adventure camper Cedra Crews. “Dirty and amazing.” Grit is one of those intangible character qualities that Avid seems to give kids when they’re not even looking. The nature of adventure sports—the determination they demand, the confidence they inspire and the … Read More

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February 10
How To: Paddle a Kayak – an Introduction

Learn the basics of how to paddle a kayak! Enjoy this short video where you’ll learn how to properly hold a kayak paddle, where to dip the paddle into the water, and how to paddle backwards. Avid4 Adventure staff are experts in water safety and hold many certifications. in our kayaking courses, they’ll teach your … Read More

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January 19
How To: Fit a Bike for Kids

Learn all about fitting a bike for kids! Watch this short video for an easy understanding of how to fit a bike for kids. You will learn easy steps on how to adjust a bicycle seat to the proper height for your child. Learn more about our Mountain Biking Summer Camps: Grouped by grade level and … Read More

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January 18
Avid4 Adventure Camper Story: The Rock Climb that Changed My Life

Hear a first-hand story about a Rock Climb from one of our campers, Katelyn Pratte, 6th Grade. I stood on dry rocky ground, looking up at the top of the cliff. It seemed so far off. ‘Impossible. Impossible. Impossible!’ I told myself. My 3rd day of rock-climbing, and I still hadn’t reached to top of any … Read More

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May 16
Stories from camp: How adventurers are made

One of the most incredible things about kids is their hardwired willingness to try new things. But as they approach their teens, that enviable disposition can sometimes be interrupted by feelings of self-consciousness or self-doubt. Avid4 Adventure awakens that innate try-new-things mentality, creating an environment that makes it comfortable and fun for kids of all … Read More

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Stories from camp: Learning to fall and get back up again

The photos on our website of kids engaging in incredible adventures might cause families to think Avid4 Adventure is only for super-athletic kids. The truth is, many of the kids that attend our camps every year start out very tentative about participating in those adventures. That was certainly the case for Madison, who, before camp, … Read More

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