A zipline during Extreme Action camp — Photo courtesy of Pali Adventures
The latest trend in teen camps is guaranteed to provide an adrenaline rush better than the roller coaster at their favorite theme park. And, with summer on the horizon entertaining teens and tweens while school is out can be challenging. Extreme camps specialize in a broad range of thrilling sessions dedicated to unique, challenging, yet safe activities.
Imagine alternating between cooler-than-cool activities that can't be done at home including ziplining, ATV riding, archery, rock climbing and more. But, extreme camps get even more specialized with a week dedicated to a particular activity. Remember also that these camps are designed with both boys and girls in mind.
A girl taking an ATV ride — Photo courtesy of Pali Adventures
The daredevil kid may want to live like a Hollywood stunt person with a of week learning how to safely learn basic stunts, choreograph a fight scene and even fall off a building, all taught by real stunt men. Or, camp dedicated to circus arts is not only fun, but a perfect way to instill a love of physical fitness through flexibility and strength training. Activities include learning trapeze and other aerial arts techniques.
Sometimes, the term extreme camp simply means out of the ordinary. Teens and tweens seeking a different type of thrill--perhaps furthering a hobby such as cooking or even fashion design--also have sleep away options.
A boy riding a dirt bike — Photo courtesy of Pali Adventures
Where does one find an extreme camp? Pali Adventures in the sunny San Bernadino Mountains near Los Angeles says that kids fly in from across the county and 17 other nations to attend their extreme camps. Locally, check nearby churches or recreation centers for extreme camp offerings with day or sleep away options. Some extreme camps also cater to special needs kids and those with food allergies.
Learning to skateboard with camp counselors — Photo courtesy of Pali Adventures
Parents are learning that the benefits of extreme camps is not only do kids gain a broader sense of independence away from home, but stepping out of their comfort zones can help increase overall self-confidence.
When selecting a camp, look for a high ratio of counselors to kids (Pali Adventures is 1:3) and gauge overall satisfaction by asking for return camper statistics. Consider whether coed or single sex is right for your child and how many elective activities your child may choose during camp. Find out about bullying policies, emergency procedures, safety measures and how to communicate with your child while he or she is away at camp.
Extreme camp is an experience your kids are likely to carry with them for the rest of their lives.