Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Life Skills Camp for Youth

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Life Skills Camp for Youth

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FCS in the Summer

Perhaps we as family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals should borrow a chapter from our colleagues in athletics and invest time and energy in conducting summer life-skills camps for youth. Purcell (2001) stated that "We cannot continue to assume that administrators, parents, professionals, and other decision makers are aware of the content we teach. We must become more involved with committees and organizations and seize every opportunity to get the message out about our programs" (p.57).

What better way to spread the word about who we are and what we do than by running summer day camps that teach life skills? Kids spend hours every summer in sports camps; why not spend time each summer learning about proper nutrition, money management, workforce preparation, and other core FCS topics?

Camp Know-It-All is designed for elementary and middle school youth. Curriculum topics are broad. Some ideas include:

* Having Character-campers role-play scenarios to develop understanding of the primary concepts of character education.

* Healthy Eating & Fitness-campers keep food diaries and use diet analysis software. Youth check their diet for nutritional quality. Activities are designed to promote cardiovascular conditioning.

* Microwave Cooking-campers plan and prepare foods using the microwave. They develop and publish their own cookbook in the computer lab.

* Young Spender-participants learn to manage money and other resources. …

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