Charlotte Smarty Pants is Camp ’13 Headquarters! We will continue to bring you ideas near and far throughout the camp planning season so you are armed with the tools you need to select the camp that is the right fit for our family. First, let’s talk about our Camp Highlander giveaway last week.
Our winner of the Camp Highlander Week is…drumroll please…JENNIFER HOYLE!!!!! Check your inbox this morning – if you see an email from us, then this is for you! Congrats to you, we know this is just the beginning of years of incredible memories.
Moving onto our next awesome camp giveaway, meet Carmen Johnson. Carmen is one Smarty Mama, she has taken this city by storm one school at a time! As a Motivational Speaker, Group Educator & Private Family Health Coach, Carmen Johnson is known for her entertaining, customized and research driven programs geared towards grades K-8. She provides Nutrition Series for schools, youth clubs & associations and private Family Coaching that is engaging, motivational and full of proven scientific findings that answer every child’s burning question…WHY? Why can’t I have lots of sugar? Why can’t I eat snack foods for dinner? WHY?? Why are my parent’s always fussing about my food choices? WHY??
Carmen created a summer camp series held at Charlotte Latin, Charlotte Country Day School, Providence Day School and the Cornwell Center @ MPBC. She’s not playing around! Carmen has a gift and brings it down to the children’s level. The cool part is, she SHOWS children exactly what junk food does in their body, using everyday things kids are familiar with – Bouncy Balls, WaterTubes, Balloons & Playdough and a human take apart body – Body Bob. They leave armed with knowledge and tools for healthy eating strategies and ultimately go home and influence their families and friends. All of my kids have participated in Carmen’s programs and came home and immediately started throwing out the junk in our pantry! What she teaches them completely sinks in and they had fun!
The Smarty Giveaway
One lucky Smarty will win one week of camp. Winner can choose one of the following:
The Mischievous Sweet Tooth (Grade K-2)
Insane Body Science ( Grade 2-5)
Winner can pick the location and week of camp they’d like to attend.
Here’s how you enter to win:
1) Please leave a comment below with which camp you think your child would enjoy. Click here for details.
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We’ll pick our winner at 8pm on Sunday, 4/21/13. Winner must reside in the Greater Charlotte area.
For more information on where to find Smarty Carmen Johnson:
Carmen Johnson, BCHC, AADP
Nutrition Coach: Teaching Families How to Eat to Protect Their Health!
Minding What Matters Website
Click here for Summer Camps.
Click here for testimonials.
Good luck, Smarties!
My rising first grader would love to attend The Mischievous Sweet Tooth camp! She has an autoimmune condition and healthy eating (to curb inflammation) is critically important for her. Would love to get through to her about sugar in a way that is fun and informative. Great concept!
Ashley, the Mischievous Sweet tooth would certainly help your daughter understand inflammation in a kid-friendly way. I used to teach Doctors for a living and somehow can make the most complicated things seem simple. And I”m a bit goofy, which the kids LOVE!. We talk about how your entire body is made of cells, so the first step to being healthy is creating “healthy cells!” Good luck in the contest….I would love to have your daughter in one of the camps. There are only 15 spots per camp and we hope to fill them all:-)) P.S. My heart is with you…it’s so hard to see our children go through things that seem unexplainable.
My 9 year old daughter would love the Insane Body Science camp. She has asked me to find her a cooking camp, but I think that this is one better! She is a junk food junky, but loves science and wants to be an inventor, so I think that the inormation presented in this way would be right up her alley! I know that she could get a new perspective on food an learn to make better choices on her own.
Angel, I think all of us have a “junk food junkie” inside of us! I know I sure did. But once I learned about what junk food does at the cellular level, it totally changed my perspective and when I explain it with bouncy balls and water tubes and globs of play dough, so many kids go home and start making changes..because NOW they understand what is happening in their bodies and …luck for us parents,..I’ve found most kids love themselves way more than we parents love ourselves. Children, armed with the right information, can make excellent choices for themselves and they even get their parents to eat better! Good luck in the contest!
My 8 year old would love Insane Body Science Camp!
Mary Frances – I have two boys and both boys and girls love Insane Body Science. I can be “gross” at times, in a funny way.. you know..when kids point at the bladder and ask “Mrs. Johnson, what is that?” Or they point out the rectum and giggle. I use shock value and humor to get the kids engaged. It really sticks with them:-) Good luck in the contest!
Insane body science…my son would love that…he is always asking me questions i can’t answer 🙂
I would love the Body Science Camp, my daughters have been recently diagnosed with celiac disease – would be so helpful to encourage the girls to understand the ‘science’ of eating and how it affects their bodies.
Shannon, wow! Sorry to hear about your daughter(s) being diagnosed with Celiac. That affects your whole family and it often isn’t easy to change our eating habits. You are so right.. Understanding the science makes such a big difference. During the camp, we have Bob – the take apart human and kids can actually see & touch the felt organs inside and as I explained to Ashley, the kids walk away from the very first day of camp realizing that EVERYTHING they eat affects their cells. A great visual we use is filling up a water balloon and explain that too many food dyes, chemical, preservatives, sugars etc put into the body can “fill up the cells” and cause them to burst! This makes sense to the children in a fun and understandable way. I’ll keep my eyes open to see if you are the lucky winner. Thanks for entering the contest!
My rising 1st grader would love to attend The Mischievous Sweet Tooth.
What a fun way to learn some great information!
My 8 y.o. son would love Insane Body Science! He is at very formable place right now and is becoming aware of food choices and why Mom does what she does. Although he is not on the band wagon like my 6 yo daughter.
My 7 year old is obsessed with digestion and learning about the body. He would love the Mischievous Sweet tooth. He has food allergies himself and is very much aware of what to put in his body etc.
My six year old son would love to attend the Mischievous Sweet Tooth Camp! He’s got quite a sweet tooth and a camp like this is just what he needs to learn about the harmful things in sweets.
Tough choice! My daughter would enjoy Insane Body Science.
Providence day 1-4 Mischievous sweet tooth
I want to come attend your camp!! My son would love both, but am guesing by his age he would need to do the sweet tooth. He is really into cooking and gardening.
Kat, I love your reply!!! So many mommies want to come to the camp:-)) It really is a blast! The best part is…your little munchkin will come home telling you everything he learned and he’ll likely start to pester you about what you are eating ( lol). My kids did it to me. Once I explained how “diet” drinks and candy ( my two weaknesses) were bad for the body…they became relentless and guilted me into ditching my Diet Sundrop Habit. I even had to sign a contract on the front of the fridge that said “I Promise not to drink any more Diet Sundrops!” It was brutal, but our actions speak louder than our words…dont’ they!! Shucks…I don’t even like DSD anymore:-(( But, hey, I have my kids to thank for that! Good luck in the drawing and maybe I’ll see your son at one of the camps! Sincerely, Carmen
My son is turning 5 this week and he would love the mischievous sweet tooth camp. When he was a baby he would eat everything from guacamole to fresh tomatoes, tofu, etc but has been gradually pickier and pickier as he got older and loves sweets. Nothing I do or say seems to get through to him on how important it is to eat healthy – maybe this would finally be the answer!