MUSKOKA, Ontario, Aug. 16, 2017 /CNW/ -- Camp Mini-Yo-We has welcomed a record number of campers in the summer of 2017. While children and young people live increasingly technologically entangled lives, Camp Mini-Yo-We demonstrates that today's families are looking for a chance to plug into real-life adventures. During the summer of 2017, Camp Mini-Yo-We welcomed 2,074 individual campers, which is 19% more than their previous record 17 years ago.
"Everything we do at Camp Mini-Yo-We is about getting our guests outdoors and experiencing life-changing adventures," said Executive Director Rich Birch. "We're excited that so many parents trust us to care for their kids. The parents I talk to tell me time and again they are looking for ways to get their kids off the couch and into some real life action."
A recent University of Waterloo study found that campers who attend summer camps like Camp Mini-Yo-We showed the following five areas of exceptional personal growth: [ref]
- Social integration and citizenship
- Attitudes toward physical activity
- Self-confidence and personal development
- Environmental awareness, and
- Emotional intelligence
Alumni of Camp Mini-Yo-We have reported similar benefits from their time at the camp. In fact, they often remark that Mini-Yo-We was a defining experience for them as they grew up.
As a matter of policy, campers are required to check in their phones and other technology when they arrive so they can fully engage in all the fun that Camp Mini-Yo-We provides. Each week, campers choose from a wide variety of activities including traditional offerings like archery, canoeing, kayaking and sailing as well as more high-octane options like mountain biking, wilderness out-tripping, high ropes and wakeboarding.
It's not that Camp Mini-Yo-We ignores technology all together: it just limits its use by campers. Every week this summer, Mini-Yo-We uploaded hundreds of photos on the camp's Facebook page of campers enjoying physical and outdoor activities such as zip lining, windsurfing, playing games and singing around campfires, so eager parents back home could get a peek into what their kids were up to. Judging by the interaction online, parents love this service.
ABOUT CAMP MINI-YO-WE // Camp Mini-Yo-We is a high-adventure Christian residential camp that exists to develop tomorrow's leaders through life-changing adventures in God's creation. Every summer they welcome thousands of children ages 5-17 to participate in week-long programs. Founded in 1946, Camp Mini-Yo-We is an ideal place for fun-filled and memory-making experiences. Situated on 250+ acres of magnificent Muskoka waterfront property, Mini-Yo-We is a fully-accredited member of the Ontario Camping Association and Christian Camping International-Canada. As a Christian camp, Mini-Yo-We takes principles of the Bible and makes them relevant to everyday life for campers from a wide variety of backgrounds.
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