By Shane Reynolds :: Photography by Kelsey Grudle
The end of summer, camps and activities and the return to home and school can be an emotional and challenging transition for both parent and child. No one wants to rush the close of summer but the summer season does end (sadly). 2015 was a wet summer in the Hill Country through mid-July, and our campers had the pleasure of spending lots of time in and around water. As we transition to fall, we wanted to share a few photos and thoughts with our Members that may assist you in helping transition your children and grandchildren back into their normal family life.
Arm yourself with a lot of patience and restraint! As kids transition from summer camp, traveling and spending long days outside, they need time to decompress. Hopefully you find time to sit and talk to your kids or grandkids about their experiences over the summer.
When kids get back home from traveling and summer camp, what they will most likely need and want is some downtime to reconnect with friends and family and catch up on sleep! After a fully scheduled summer of activities, allow them unstructured time before the start of school without a new schedule of activities.
Camp at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch has promoted making new friends, verbal communication, appreciation and enjoyment of the outdoors, teamwork and responsibility. Camp has shown your kids and grandkids that fun is possible through ‘unplugging,’ without cell phones, electronic devices, television and electronic games. This kind of healthy fun lifestyle should be encouraged and continued throughout the school year. Hopefully a small part of that summer spirit will allow your child to keep these summer behaviors alive year-round!
Our staff at The Club would enjoy hearing any constructive feedback. Let us know your campers likes and dislikes about their experience, and we appreciate your feedback. Our staff may not always hear from the children and are constantly looking for ways to improve their camps.
As you and your kids and grandkids prepare for the school year, we wish you a great fall and winter season on the Ranch. Look to The Club website and emails for great school year programs and activities we will be offering around The Club.
Shane Reynolds is the Outdoor Recreation Director. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.616.6051, or the Cordillera Ranch Outfitter Center at 830.336.4823.