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Helping Campers Find Their “Green Zone”

Helping Campers Find Their “Green Zone”

The concept of red, green, and blue zones from The Yes Brain (a parenting book by Dr. Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.) has been a helpful tool for counselors as they learn how to assist campers who become dysregulated. The red, blue, and green zones describe the emotional characteristics or states our children (and we!) are in at any given time. The "green zone" is the state we want to help our children be in as much as possible and to help them learn to return to when they enter the red or blue zones. When our children are in that wonderful green zone, they are receptive, resilient, stable, calm, flexible, open, and teachable -- all the traits that allow them to be their best selves. When our kids feel and exhibit high anxiety, fight or flight, rage, extreme fear, a "deer in the headlights, or high arousal, they are in the "red zone." It's easy to remember since we all have experienced the feeling of "seeing red" or feeling extremely angry. Some kids who are dysregulated or out of their green zone don't go into the "red zone." Instead, they may go to the "blue zone." They're in the blue zone when exhibiting shutting down, being depressed, going rigid, fainting, freezing, or appearing numb. Understanding what's happening when kids respond inappropriately (outbursts, tantrums, freezing, etc.) is helpful as we guide them to expand their green zones and learn how to deal ... Read more

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Teaching Teamwork

Teaching Teamwork

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” -H.E. Luccock

In this competitive, self-focused era, learning to be part of a team is a valuable skill that is not often taught to children (or adults!). Kids participate on many sports teams, but often that experience does not end up being a lesson in teamwork. Instead, sports teams often become a competitive experience of trying to get the position or play time they want as an individual. One reason for our focus on non-competitive activities at GAC is so that kids can learn new skills without feeling the pressure to win or be the best. We also want kids to learn to be part of a team (their cabin group) and be better team members. The experience of living with a group of diverse people in a cabin group is the first lesson in teamwork that campers learn. Campers learn to work together to keep their living area organized, do daily clean up, and get to where they need to be (meals, activities, etc.). They also learn to support and encourage each other and help each cabin member do their best at each activity. During the first few days of camp, each of our cabin groups goes through a “Team Building” program led by our trained ropes course staff. During a variety of games and activities, the campers learn to work together ... Read more

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Tigers Bingo

Tigers Bingo

Tigers are our campers heading into 5th and 6th grades. They're at a great age for age group socializing and events, and they enthusiastically participated in yesterday's Tigers' Social, which included socializing, snacks, and a rousing game of Bingo! [gallery size="large" columns="2" ids="12803,12807,12804,12806"]

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