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Healthy Healthy Campers

We all have great memories of physical accomplishments achieved in the Realm. From taking the courts for a fierce win against West End, to surviving one of Jamie’s Abs Classes, to successfully summiting Mt. Washington, many of us come home from the summer sporting hard-earned RH Dog Tags which we now wear with pride.

We understand the importance of exercise and activity, and know that sound nutrition further enables these physical feats.

According to a recent article on NPR.org, “Children around the world are less aerobically fit than their parents were as kids”. In addition, it goes on to explain that children today take 90 seconds longer to run a mile than kids did 30 years ago and children’s aerobic fitness has declined by 5% since 1975. Weight and body mass index have also increased.

So what’s changed since the 1970’s? Well, a lot has changed, but when it comes to the physical activity of children, one of the biggest changes has been the global presence/invasion of computers, internet access and video games. A stagnant lifestyle with little to no aerobic activity has been the consequence.

But this is not the case at Camp Robin Hood.

We are a health-minded leadership team that leads by example. We participate in (and lead) many of the activities, encouraging and celebrating campers and staff alike every step of the way in their physical endeavors. Nutrition is also a big focus in the Realm. Food is plentiful with ample choices, but unbeknownst  to many of the campers, it’s fantastically healthy. Fruits and vegetables are abound at all meals, meat is lean and whole grains are dominant. Nothing is fried, and sugary treats are offered typically just once a day. Hydration is also strongly emphasized. We fuel our bodies well to support the active culture we have created.

Good health extends past food and nutrition. We have a smoke-free camp, sunscreen is applied liberally and often, and sleep is valued. To ensure that our staff is well-versed on our health philosophies, we screen them before hire to ensure they are active and health-oriented, plus they receive a thorough training on this topic during pre-camp orientation.

Want to know what kinds of things we do at camp?  Check out our lengthy and amazing list of camp activities.

What do you think about this current health trend? What are you or your children’s favorite camp activities? Don’t forget to LIKE Camp Robin Hood on Facebook and get the inside scoop on Camp Robin Hood year-round!

Handling Head Lice

Lice continue to be a major nuisance in overnight camps. In an attempt to deal with this extremely time-consuming and irritating infestation, Camp Robin Hood has tried everything from Cetaphil to pesticides requiring prescriptions, from over-the-counter concoctions to a Louse-Buster machine. None of these methods has been both safe and effective. We are therefore thrilled to announce that we have discovered a line of products that actually works! This summer Camp Robin Hood will be using the products of a company based in East Providence, RI called Bernadette’s Lice Removal Services.

Bernadette’s Absolute Clear products contain natural organic enzymes that kill the louse by destroying its exoskeleton and that make nit removal much easier by loosening the glue that attaches the egg to the hair shaft. Unlike other products that can have dangerous side effects and that are becoming increasingly ineffective, these products contain NO pesticides and they do the job…. safely and efficiently! The owner of Bernadette’s is a Nurse Practitioner and has extensively trained and educated our staff about how to treat and prevent lice infestations. While we will treat any camper who has lice, we ask that you consider pre-ordering Bernadette’s Clear Shampoo and Conditioner for your child to use during his or her stay with us. Using these products on a regular basis instead of ordinary shampoo and conditioner will help ensure that your child remains lice and nit free. We can provide these preventative products to you for a price of $26 for a 16 oz. bottle.

Working together, we can ensure that our young campers will have happy and itch-free memories of their stay at Camp! Please visit Bernadette’s Lice Removal Services web site at www.bernadetteslrcri.com for more information about their products and services.