BRANCHBURG SPORTS COMPLEX NEWS
Welcome to the Branchburg Sports Complex (BSC) Blog! We are excited to keep you updated on all that is going on at the BSC. Whether you will be visiting us for a sports program, birthday party, corporate event or dropping by for some family fun there is always something to write about and share with you. Take a look at some of our recent blogs below to stay updated on the latest news at Branchburg Sports Complex!
June 27th, 2020
Benefits of Summer Camp
For generations, children have spent their summers at day and sleep-away camps, trying new activities such as swimming, hiking, and various sports. But what many families may not realize is that camp provides children with different opportunities to develop important life skills that are difficult to achieve in any other environment. Below are just a few of the many benefits your children will gain from the summer camp experience.
1) Campers obtain the life skills needed to become successful adults.
At camp, children gain valuable life skills. In fact, an organization called The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (comprising a group of businesses, education leaders, and policymakers) has found there is a large gap between the knowledge students learn in school and the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century. After extensive research, the organization determined that some of the skills necessary to become successful adults are communication, collaboration, creativity, leadership, socialization, and problem solving. All of these areas are fostered in the camp environment.
Campers are always communicating with each other, either on the field or in the bunk, learning to work together as a team and as part of the camp community. They also get to be leaders at camp, whether through guiding a first-time younger camper or managing their camp Olympics team. Campers learn to navigate on their own and solve problems by themselves. They engage in many creative outlets, too.
2) Camp educates the whole child.
There is more to learning than test taking and achieving good grades. Camp offers one of the most powerful learning environments and can be a place where a child’s social education takes place. It provides children with the opportunity to try new activities. When children succeed at these activities, they build self-esteem. Children also build social skills and problem- solving skills by being part of a supportive community and partaking in activities together. Campers are challenged and encouraged to grow every day.
3) Camp allows kids to unplug from technology.
Today’s children spend more than 7.5 hours a day engaged with technology, which often takes the place of vital hands-on activities and socialization opportunities. The majority of summer camps ban most technology, including TV, smartphones, tablets, and personal computers. Taking a break from technology over the summer allows children to communicate face to face.
4) At camp, there’s plenty of time for play, which helps children with social and emotional development.
Balancing school schedules, homework, and extracurricular activities doesn’t leave much room for play. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that free and unstructured play is healthy and essential for helping children to reach important social, emotional, and cognitive developmental milestones. It also helps kids manage stress. Traditional summer camps give children plenty of play time, which leads to healthy emotional and social development.
5) Children can reinvent themselves at camp.
Students often attend school year after year with the same peers, which can lead to labeling and being “stuck” with a particular perception. A child may become known as studious, quiet, etc., when, really, he can be boisterous in another setting. Children who go to day or sleep-away camps meet a whole other group of people in a different environment. Often times, a child will break out of his supposed categorization if given the chance. Children get to reinvent themselves at camp and be who they truly want to be, which helps them to build confidence.
6) Camp promotes independence.
When children go to camp, they are given the opportunity to grow more independent. Whether for a day or an entire summer, separation from one’s parents means a camper has to learn to rely on himself and other trusted adults and peers. Separation from parents gives a child the ability to think independently, which builds self-esteem.
~ Jess Michaels, the Director of Communications for the American Camp Association, NY and NJ.
June 23rd, 2020
Youth Sports ~ Missing the game
Youth sports and other recreational activities have come to a complete halt during the pandemic. Practices, team meetings, assignments, and any type of organized activity have all had to go virtual over the past few months. Many kids are experiencing this scary time without the sports they love – which normally act as an outlet for stress-relief, social time with friends, and a way to stay active.
However, youth athletes are not the only ones who are missing youth sports. Coaches have missed the frequent interaction they get with their teams and have struggled to find successful ways to keep their athletes motivated and engaged. Parents miss watching their kids play and cheering them on. Even the small things – like post-game snacks, car rides, team outings – are now things that are longed for.
The hope is that everyone in the youth sports community has spent this time reflecting on what makes sports so great and how much we all miss the sports we love. And, that when youth sports do come back, we will appreciate everything a little more and focus not so much on the wins and losses, but how special it is that we get to play, watch, and coach the game.
June 17th, 2020
Ways to keep your little one busy while indoors
Young children love to play together, but with the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, playdates with friends and games with large groups are sadly not safe ideas. Physical distancing is a responsible way to protect ourselves and others, but for little ones learning about the world around them and connecting with their peers through play, it can be especially challenging. But just because your children are stuck inside doesn’t mean they can’t have fun and learn at the same time. Check out these cool ideas!
May 26, 2020
You can enjoy a “Crazy Camp Week” at home!
Campers that have attended our KidVenture Summer Camp know how much fun our camp theme weeks are! Each week we offer a different theme with fun activities to match the theme of that week. Last summer we offered a “Crazy Week”! Campers enjoyed fun daily activities such as; Crazy Sock Day, Crazy Hat Day, Crazy Hair Day and more! We found some fun ways for you to have your own “Crazy Week” right at home! We hope to see you all soon!!! Click any of the links below to have some CRAZY FUN!!!!
May 18, 2020
Create your own “Arcade” games at home!
Branchburg Sports Complex has one of the coolest arcades around! Offering over 40 different sports and adventure themed games to enjoy. Our arcade is full of fun and exciting prizes! Guests can win points by playing games and then trading those points in for awesome rewards! We have found some pretty cool ways for you to enjoy arcade games while at home.
LIVING ROOM SKEE-BALL ~ Supplies needed; a shoe box (or a box of similar size), A cereal box, 3 laundry baskets, tape, plastic balls (tennis balls will work as well) and paper.
1) Cut off the top and front side of your box. Once the base of your ramp is ready, deconstruct the cereal box until you have made it into one flat piece of cardboard to create the ramp. Fashion the ramp onto the base and tape.
2) Label two of the baskets with the desired amount of points for each shot (50 and 100 points were used in this example). The last basket will house the balls for an easier clean up.
3) You are all set! Get your teams together and start having fun! This game is sure to get the whole family together. Even if you do not have all of the materials listed, feel free to improvise and use things you already have around the house. Get creative! Click here to check out a cool video of “Living Room Skee-Ball”
NIGHTTIME BOWLING ~ At BSC our Lane Master Bowling Game is a guest favorite! You can make your own bowling game that lights up and everything! Supplies Needed: 10 or more glow sticks, 10 clear plastic empty water bottles (16–20 fl. oz. in size works best), a small- to medium-size ball (bigger than a baseball, smaller than a soccer ball) and water.
1) Assemble the pins: Fill all the bottles with water. Then crack your glow sticks and drop them in. Screw on the lids and you’re done.
2) Set up your bowling lane: Line up your pins in the classic triangle formation. You can use more glow sticks to create a bowling lane if you want to take it to the next level.
Use a ball that’s heavy enough to knock over the pins. Or use less water in the bottles so they will tip over more easily.
Be mindful of where you’re rolling.
You can put some reflective tape on the ball to make it easier to find. CHECK IT OUT!
BASKETBALL ~ Catch and shoot with Hoop Fever Basketball! We found a great way for you to make your own version of this popular game at home! Supplies Needed: A box, tape, one sock and paper.
1) “Making the Hoop”: Cut the bottom and side flaps leaving one flap out. Hang that flap on the door and then close the door.
2) Point Lines: Using the tape mark three lines, distanced from the basket with point markers.
3) Sock/Ball: Take the sock, make a “sock ball” by rolling and tucking inside.
What is Branchburg Sports Complex?
Branchburg Sports Complex (BSC) is New Jersey’s premiere sports and family entertainment center! Featuring 78,000 square feet of action packed sports and activities BSC is one of the area’s largest and most exciting indoor recreation destinations!
Our goal is to provide quality sports instruction, exciting family-friendly activities, memorable parties, corporate outings and special events, in a clean, safe environment. We offer sports leagues, camps, batting cages, a 3,100 square foot Training Center, multi-level PlayMaze, arcade with redemption center, a 9,000 square foot interactive fantasy-themed laser tag arena and more! Our climate controlled facility provides hours of endless, weatherproof fun for the whole family!
We were proud to be featured as a “Local Spotlight Business” by the Jersey Momma. Click here to learn more about the Jersey Momma’s visit with us – https://www.thejerseymomma.com/2019/01/branchburg-sports-complex-laser-tag.html
Looking for a fun activity do do with the kids? Check out our “BSC Word Search” featuring some of our favorite things at BSC.
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