Summer is a good time to get off your backsides and get moving. Even when picnicking or having a party in the backyard, factor in lots of exercise. If you make it fun and provide scrumptious food, no one will notice they’re burning up calories.
If you’re one of those procrastinators, and are just getting around to sending the kids to summer camp, we’ve got you covered. It’s always a good idea to plan well ahead, but some camps still have availability. There are tons of sports camps focused on a single sport, and great resources for every sport under the sun are super ways to keep your kids active. Outward Bound is the best known teen outdoor program and another we like is The Ocean Classroom. Plan ahead for next year and enroll your kids in outdoor education programs offered by the National Outdoor Leadership School. Use a camp search engine such as My SummerCamps.com, but you’ll have to dig deep to find some of the gems. Check-out our Progeny Experiences that Rock section for more excellent ideas.
It doesn’t seem fair that Mom and Dad work while the kids get to play, so tap into boomer time management skills and schedule some multigenerational adventures together. For family camping novices, this guide, The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping With Kids will help tame camping chaos in a practical way. Want more action? Ripping a zip line is exhilarating; some zip line adventures are linked with other activities and many are offered year-round. Soaring Tree Top Adventures in the Durango Colorado Mountains, Kaui Backcountry Zipline Adventure Tour, Screaming Ziplines in North Carolina and Whitefish Mountain Resort zips in Montana are some of our adrenalin-infused favorites.
Maybe you prefer having everything planned for you. If your family is Tour de France wannabees cyclers, the road biking packages at Adventure Cycling have a little bit of everything on offer for all skill levels. Ski resorts across the country are ramping up summer sports programs to extend their seasons year round. Mountain biking family adventure packages like this one at Jackson Hole include equipment and skills clinics to get you started.
There’s a crag for everyone to get your vertical fix and leaders in climbing like Total Climbing can hone your skills. For a family climbing experience to learn the basics, Rock Climbing Estes Park, Colorado is another excellent resource. For world class climbing, check-out Sierra Rock Climbing School. If your family wants to go sea kayaking, book a family adventure in Washington State with REI Family Adventures for paddling, wildlife and sea life watching, camping, hiking and stunning scenery. River rats can polish whitewater kayaking skills and novices can attend whitewater kayaking school at Otter Bar Lodge in Northern California or Sundance Kayak School in Oregon. Most classes also teach stand-up paddling (SUP) which is all the rage. There are plenty of other water sport options out there for rafting, boating, sailing, surfing, windsailing, and multisport adventure travel.
Adventure travel is an exciting way to keep fit. Eco-boomer adventurists can book action-packed trips with Eco Life Adventures where a portion of trip fees is donated to help save the Equatorial Rain Forest and its inhabitants. Road Scholar offers physically demanding activities like exhilarating canyoneering and orienteering at Zion National Park. Just let your fingers do the walking on the internet to find exactly what you’re looking for, especially in your locale. Don’t forget grandma and grandpa when planning your multigenerational activities. Energetic superseniors are an inspiration for us all to stay active to age well? Watch this video.
After all that fun in the sun, don’t forget that cool-downs and time-outs are healthy endeavors that include family kick-back time for reading, which is an exercise for the brain. What can be better than that!
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