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Healthy Habits at Robin Hood

We are already familiar with some of the facts… children spend more time in front of screens than ever before. In fact, children spend an average of 7.5 hours per day in front of a screen. Aside from schoolwork, children are spending more time being active on social media than actually being active! Lack of exercise and poor eating habits have contributed greatly to the increase in childhood obesity over the past three decades.
healthy-habits-for-recovering-substance-abusersAccording to the Center for Disease Control, In 2011-2012, 8.4% of 2- to 5-year-olds had obesity compared with 17.7% of 6- to 11-year-olds and 20.5% of 12- to 19-year-olds. This means as our children get older, they are becoming more and more sedentary. The physical, social and emotional effects that are associated with childhood obesity include pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, low self-esteem and behavior and learning problems to name a few. Overweight children not only develop unhealthy habits that are hard to break but they also may be less likely to try a something new, join a team or engage in social activities.

At Camp Robin Hood we take the physical, social and emotional health of our campers very seriously. Not only are we intentional with the food that we serve, we make sure kids are active in ways that don’t feel like “exercise” but are, instead, fun!

july10-23Our menu changes daily with a number of healthy options that are always available. We are health conscious and serve your children what we serve our own. There is always a hot breakfast option (think eggs, pancakes, waffles) but we provide a hot and cold cereal bar (no sugar cereals here!), fresh fruit, homemade granola, hard-boiled eggs on our breakfast buffet daily. At lunch and dinner you’ll be impressed by our full salad bar. Our incredible kitchen staff takes pride in providing delicious salads and homemade soups daily. There is no dessert offered at lunch but we everyday we have snack at 4:25pm, which is usually a fruit! You’ll often see DC and Woody at snack checking in with the campers on the Quad. We always have a vegetarian option, are a nut-free facility, and have accommodated a number of food allergies in the past. Please contact us directly to discuss your camper’s dietary needs.

July29-14Sure kids might indulge in chicken nuggets and smiley fries (a crowd favorite!), pizza or any of our other camp favorites, but they will quickly be burning those calories off with our activities. A game of Ultimate Frisbee, Mountain Biking to the Maine border, a 3-on-3 tournament basketball tournament, a canoe trip to the Marina or practicing for our Robin Hood’s Got Talent Show, are just some of the ways our campers are getting in shape. Disguising exercise as fun is an easy way to keep children active all day long!

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Water is our drink of choice at Camp Robin Hood. With soda being a main culprit in childhood obesity, we have completely eliminated from our camper’s routine and diet. Coolers are located throughout camp so that campers and staff remain hydrated at all times!

While Camp Robin Hood doesn’t specialize in weight loss throughout the summer, it is a benefit that occurs amongst many of our campers. Even if you weight loss is not a priority for you when looking at a camp, the benefits of being active will be great for everyone!

After a summer on Lake Ossipee, campers will leave having been exposed to health conscious foods, fun and exciting activities, a greater self-esteem and independence. We believe that by living a healthy life everyday, leading by example and instilling healthy habits, our children will be on the path to leading a long and healthy life.

Forms are Due in 18 Days!!!

Camp is just 59 days away and as the Robin Hood team prepares for an unforgettable summer 2015, we continue to use our online system as the most efficient way of collecting all of your camper’s important information!

At your earliest convenience please log into your CampInTouch account and continue to ‘Forms and Documents’ where you will find the following 2015 Forms:

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Physician’s Exam – Every camper must have an updated physician’s exam to come to camp. Please email stacey@camprobinhood.com if your child’s appointment is after the May 15th deadline and submit all other forms online. As a reminder, all forms that are scanned/faxed must be in .tif format.

Health History – This form must be completed online and includes emergency contact information, insurance information, health history, etc.

Intensives Selection – Choose 4 activities that you would like to focus on during the first three weeks of the summer. We do everything we can to accommodate your choices and you are guaranteed your first choice at some point in the beginning of the summer.

Travel – How your child travels to and from camp is very important. Please note we only provide transportation to and from the following airports: Boston Logan International Airport, MA, Manchester Airport, NH and Portland Airport, ME

Bunk Requests – We make every effort to honor bunk requests, but they are not guaranteed. Positive and negative requests are welcomed.

Camper and Parent Questionnaire – Tell us what you’re looking forward to and what you’re hopes for summer 2015 are!

Additional Options – Horseback Riding, Linen Rental, Additional Travel Information

Parent’s Visiting Day – Let us know who will be visiting us on Saturday July 25th and if you’re attending the Robin Hood Talent Show on Friday, July 24th!

In addition to your camper’s forms that must be completed, you will find the following information for your family:

  • Packing List
  • 2015 Terms and Conditions
  • CampMeds Information – This document is very important if your child will need medication this summer at camp!
  • 2015 Electronics Policy – Get ready to unplug!  You can read about benefits of unplugging HERE.
  • Summer Communication – Learn how we communicate with families during the summer and ways to communicate with your camper too!