No it’s not summer yet, but we’re already dreaming of it.
It’s our Summer Camps Issue, which means we get to ponder what this year’s warm season will be like.
Considering the past two summers, we’re all likely hoping for a good one. But despite all the challenges of the last two years, summer camp directors have a level of enthusiasm for this year’s camp season that’s inspirational. See what they have to say in our Camp Ready feature, detailing what some camps experienced last year, what they’ve learned and what families can expect this year. Our other big feature has a focus on mental health. We all know summer camps are good for kids, but why? Considering the mental health concerns of the past two years, what benefits can summer camps in 2022 reap?
Meanwhile our Ask the Expert section answers the question of how best to keep kids safe while at summer camp. And in other themes, Family Wellness discusses the benefits of animals for children. Mindfulness offers some helpful practical tips for parenting in unprecedented times.
Local Hero this month spotlights the local president of Make-A-Wish, who spoke about what it’s like to grant wishes to children with critical illnesses.
Other sections not to miss include fresh listings in February’s calendar as well as new locations to explore in Openings. You also won’t want to miss our School Heroes preview of finalists for our annual Orange County teacher, employee and leader awards.
There’s lots to think about this month and plenty to look forward to. Stay safe and keep looking ahead.
By Jessica Peralta