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I just wanted to share with you my daughter's experience at camp. She had never been away from home and had never spent the night at anyone's house. I was very nervous about how she would feel, but to my surprise she said "I didn't even miss you too much!" She had a blast. She also said that it was better than three theme parks put together. Thank you very much for providing an excellent experience that will never be forgotten.
My daughter is Nancy J and she just came home Friday. : )
Dear Mr. Andrew Yoon and the Entire Staff of Camp Highland,
I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of you for providing such a wonderful learning experience for my daughter Christina and all the 5th grader from Baldwin Hills Elementary School.
My daughter can't stop talking about the experience. As we go about our day, she often makes comments about a science concept she learned at camp. She enjoyed evertying; the activities, the camp fire, the counselors, and the food.
Please continue your wonderful work of inspiring young people to respect the environment and explore the world of sicence.
Thank you so much for the wonderful day we had yesterday! I knew you guys would be great, but you in fact were completely AWESOME with our kids and science. We have a squiggly group of high maintenance boys and you were fabulous with them! I KNOW they are a handful!
I am going to do my best to get you written into our school plan next year, but if not we will have a fundraiser to pay for you guys to come back, or better, for us to come to you. I loved everything you taught us! What a blessing you all are, and such a positive experience for us all! All I can say is God Bless You all!
Thank you so much!
Chris and Alexa say "hi!". They were jealous I got to spend the day with you!
CHOSS Summer Day Camp has been featured on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution website click the image to read the full article!
CHOSS is proud to be a sponsor of a summer day camp that is planned at Highland Springs Resort. From July 5th to 29th kids will learn about organic farming and composting, spend time with the resorts organic farm animals and pick vegetables from the resorts 3 acre organic vegetable patch and make their own salad for lunch! PLUS get to canoe, shoot arrows in the archery range, climb a 45 ft Alpine Tower, swim and many more traditional camp type activities. Take a look at our brochure for more info.
I wanted to thank you again for another wonderful week at CHOSS for our Camino Real sixth-graders. You and your staff provided our students with an empowering week of learning opportunities and life experiences. I greatly appreciate your dedication to promoting a safe and secure environment in which our youth have such opportunities to expand their horizons. Thank you, as well, for your hospitality extended to me and my colleagues. I look forward to attending CHOSS next year and well into the future.
Camino Real Elementary
Dear Mr. Yoon,
I wanted to personally thank you for welcoming Balboa Elementary School to CHOSS. Our students had a wonderful time learning about Science and teambuilding. The counselors that you have on staff are wonderful! Attached you will find a letter from each of my students to you. They are from students who attended camp and from students who stayed behind. I have been trying to teach them how to write a business letter. So theya re in business letter format. Although they are far from perfect, we wanted to at least write you and thank you for a great camp experience. See you next year!
It was professional development for CHOSS staff on 3/28 and 3/29. The Huntington Library and Museum of Tolerance were visited and it was truly a great learning experience. Highlights at the Huntington included viewing the Desert Garden and Bonzai Tree exhibit and taking part in the interactive Holocaust tour and listening to the testimony of a Holocaust survivor. Staff were treated to delicious dinners at Taylor's Steakhouse (a fine dining restaurant) in La Canada Flintridge and very famous and popular Korean BBQ restaurant at Chosun Galbee in Koreatown. It was a quiet and relaxing drive home that's for sure. Food coma for everyone J
Look forward to more updates on our latest news section!
Over a month has past and it has been an incredibly busy time for everyone at CHOSS. It's been so busy at CHOSS this update is almost 2 months overdue!
Important update #1
In addition to CHOSS serving an organic salad bar during our lunch and dinner meals, another big step has been taken in the direction of eating healthier by adding organic fruits and vegetables to our menu. WOW!
Important update #2
3 green houses have been under construction on our 3 acre organic vegetable patch. 2 have been built with 1 almost complete. Amazingly fresh produce has been hand picked and CHOSS along with the local community has been one of the beneficiaries of having the food go from harvest to kitchen to plate to stomach.DELICIOUS J
Important update #3
CHOSS has chickens and geese too! If you guessed the chickens and geese are organic.you're absolutely right Each has been raised since late last year and we are expecting some eggs very soon. Hopefully in our next update we'll let you know how the eggs tastes!
Another reason why CHOSS is on its way to becoming the undisputed and premier Outdoor Education program in SoCal J
p.s. Check out recent pics of our wonderful and amazing staff in our "Meet the staff" section.
"SHORT and SWEET are two words to best describe the Fall season at CHOSS. Highlights include absolutely terrible weather during training, great kids from all schools that attended and an unbelievably dedicated and committed staff. Nuff said!"
CHOSS is off for an extended break and will return at the end of Jan. Enjoy the holidays everyone! Look forward to a long and prosperous Winter & Spring season.
We've talked the talk, now it's time to walk the walk.CHOSS is proud to offer students and staff a full organic salad bar! How many other OE or EE programs offer this?
Healthy food, means healthy people which means happy people. We practice what we eat now.
With the increasing use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides used to grow food who wouldn't want to have the option to eat organic? Students and staff at CHOSS now have that option. Eating ORGANIC for all intents and purposes is so much better for everyone and students from Fremont Elementary in Glendale is the first school to eat from our ORGANIC salad bar. Yummy in my tummy!
One more reason why CHOSS is on its way to becoming the undisputed premier Outdoor Science School in SoCal!
1. Avoid Chemicals
Eating organically grown foods is the only way to avoid the cocktail of chemical poisons present in commercially grown food. More than 600 active chemicals are registered for agricultural use in America, to the tune of billions of pounds annually. The average application equates to about 16 pounds of chemical pesticides per person every year. Many of these chemicals were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before extensive diet testing.
The National Academy of Sciences reports that 90% of the chemicals applied to foods have not been tested for long-term health effects before being deemed "safe." Further, the FDA tests only 1% of foods for pesticide residue. The most dangerous and toxic pesticides require special testing methods, which are rarely if ever employed by the FDA.
2. Benefit from More Nutrients
Organically grown foods have more nutrients--vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients--than commercially grown foods because the soil is managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine conducted a review of 41 published studies comparing the nutritional value of organically grown and conventionally grown fruits, vegetables, and grains and concluded that there are significantly more of several nutrients in organic foods crops.
Further, the study verifies that five servings of organically grown vegetables (such as lettuce, spinach, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage) provide an adequate allowance of vitamin C, whereas the same number of servings of conventionally grown vegetables do not.
On average, organically grown foods provide: . 21.1% more iron (than their conventional counterparts) . 27% more vitamin C . 29.3% more magnesium . 13.6% more phosphorus
3. Enjoy Better Taste
Try it! Organically grown foods generally taste better because nourished, well balanced soil produces healthy, strong plants. This is especially true with heirloom varieties, which are cultivated for taste over appearance.
4. Avoid GMO
Genetically engineered (GE) food and genetically modified organisms (GMO) are contaminating our food supply at an alarming rate, with repercussions beyond understanding.
GMO foods do not have to be labeled in America. Because organically grown food cannot be genetically modified in any way, choosing organic is the only way to be sure that foods that have been genetically engineered stay out of your diet.
5. Avoid Hormones, Antibiotics and Drugs in Animal Products
Conventional meat and dairy are the highest risk foods for contamination by harmful substances. More than 90% of the pesticides Americans consume are found in the fat and tissue of meat and dairy products.
The EPA reports that a majority of pesticide intake comes from meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products because these foods are all high on the food chain. For instance, a large fish that eats a smaller fish that eats even smaller fish accumulates all of the toxins of the chain, especially in fatty tissue. Cows, chickens, and pigs are fed animal parts, by-products, fish meal, and grains that are heavily and collectively laden with toxins and chemicals. Lower-fat animal products are less dangerous, as toxins and chemicals are accumulated and concentrated in fatty tissue.
Antibiotics, drugs, and growth hormones are also directly passed into meat and dairy products. Tens of millions of pounds of antibiotics are used in animal feed every year. The union of concerned scientists estimates that roughly 70% of antibiotics produced in the United States are fed to animals for nontherapeutic purposes.
US farmers have been giving sex hormones and growth hormones to cattle to artificially increase the amount of meat and milk the cattle produce without requiring extra feed. The hormones fed to cows cannot be broken down, even at high temperatures. Therefore they remain in complete form and pass directly into the consumer's diet when meat is eaten.
Hormone supplementation is the biggest concern with beef, dairy products, and farmed fish. In the United States, the jury is still out. However, Europe's scientific community agrees that there is no acceptably safe level for daily intake of any of the hormones currently used in the United States and has subsequently banned all growth hormones.
The major concerns for US consumers include the early onset of puberty, growth of tumors, heightened cancer risks, and genetic problems. Growth hormones in milk (rBGH or rBST) are genetically modified and have been directly linked to cancer, especially in women.
Many scientists and experts warn that rampant use of antibiotics in animal feed, like penicillin and tetracycline, will breed an epidemic that medicine has no defense against. Karim Ahmed, PhD, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) states that it "is perhaps one of the most serious public health problems the country faces. We're talking about rendering many of the most important antibiotics ineffective."
Choosing organic animal products is unyieldingly important, especially for children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.
6. Preserve Our Ecosystems
Organic farming supports eco-sustenance, or farming in harmony with nature.
Preservation of soil and crop rotation keep farmland healthy, and chemical abstinence preserves the ecosystem. Wildlife, insects, frogs, birds, and soil organisms are able to play their roles in the tapestry of ecology, and we are able to play ours, without interference or compromise.
7. Reduce Pollution and Protect Water and Soil
Agricultural chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers are contaminating our environment, poisoning our precious water supplies, and destroying the value of fertile farmland. Certified organic standards do not permit the use of toxic chemicals in farming and require responsible management of healthy soil and biodiversity.
According to Cornell entomologist David Pimentel, it is estimated that only 0.1% of applied pesticides reach the target pests. The bulk of pesticides (99.%) is left to impact the environment.
8. Preserve Agricultural Diversity
The rampant loss of species occurring today is a major environmental concern. It is estimated that 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost in the last century.
Leaning heavily on one or two varieties of a given food is a formula for devastation. For instance, consider that only a handful of varieties of potatoes dominate the current marketplace, whereas thousands of varieties were once available.
Now, dig back to recent history's potato famine in Ireland, where a blight knocked out the whole crop, which consisted of just a few varieties, and millions of people died of starvation. Today, most industrial farms also grow just one crop rather than an array of crops on one piece of land. Ignorance is bliss? Or amnesia is disastrous? Crop rotation is a simple and effective technique used in organic agriculture to reduce the need for pesticides and improve soil fertility.
Most conventional food is also extremely hybridized to produce large, attractive specimens, rather than a variety of indigenous strains that are tolerant to regional conditions such as droughts and pests. Many organic farms grow an assorted range of food, taking natural elements and time-tested tradition into account. Diversity is critical to survival.
9. Support Farming Directly Buying organic food is an investment in a cost-effective future. Commercial and conventional farming is heavily subsidized with tax dollars in America. A study at Cornell University determined the cost of a head of commercial iceberg lettuce, typically purchased at 49 cents a head, to be more than $3.00 a head when hidden costs were revealed. The study factored in the hidden costs of federal subsidies, pesticide regulation and testing, and hazardous waste and cleanup.
Every year, American tax dollars subsidize billions of dollars for a farm bill that heavily favors commercial agribusiness. Peeling back another layer of the modern farming onion reveals a price tag that cannot be accurately measured but certainly includes other detrimental associated costs such as health problems, environmental damage, and the loss and extinction of wildlife and ecology.
10. Keep Our Children and Future Safe
Putting our money where our mouths are is a powerful position to take in the $1 trillion food industry market in America. Spending dollars in the organic sector is a direct vote for a sustainable future for the many generations to come.
By Renee Loux, Reprinted from the "The Balanced Plate by Renne Loux, copyright 2006. Permission granted by Rodale Books. Last Updated: 09/27/2006 Copyright (c) Rodale, Inc. 2006
Thank you to all parents and children who attended our Open House. 60 families visited from near and far and got to see for themselves what CHOSS has to offer. Parents and children got to see our 5 star cabin accommodations, complete with wooden bunk beds.wink, wink.had the opportunity to pretend to be a pioneer and paddle in a canoe, be like Robin Hood and shoot an bow and arrow, and play mad scientist at our science experiment table. Special thanks to school teachers and administrators for their cooperation. If it weren't for you there would not have been an Open House!
It was professional development day for CHOSS staff as the Malki Museum and San Bernardino County Museum were both visited.
Last year's staff had the honor of Dr. Saubel give a special lecture about her childhood but due to her not feeling well this year's staff was given a special lecture by Nathalie who has worked extensively with Dr. Saubel for the past 10yrs. She gave a very informative lecture about the history of the Cahuilla Indians and staff were able to see many of the Cahuilla peoples artifacts that were on display in the museum.
Native Skills is part of the curriculum that is taught at CHOSS and it was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Cahuilla people.
Special thanks to Susan Phillips, Director of the Malki Museum for accommodating CHOSS staff.
Next it was off to the San Bernardino County Museum and staff was given a questionnaire to provide an interaction experience.
A large display of Native artwork was being showcased, talk about good timing! The questionnaire was very helpful as staff were able to retrieve lots of interesting facts about birds, rock and minerals. It was an enjoyable day for everyone that was capped off with a staff dinner outing at a delicious Thai restaurant.
CHOSS will be having its annual Spring Open House on Sat April 10th from 11am – 5pm.
Last year just under 80 parents attended with their kids and got to see our great facilities (cabins, showers, bathrooms), pretend to be Robin Hood, and shoot arrow and a pioneer by paddling in a canoe. Our Open House is an excellent opportunity for parents who are still undecided about sending their child or may have concerns and would like to see what CHOSS is all about. Seeing is believing J.
Please RSVP no later than Fri April 2nd. You can call our office (951) 769-1113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you all!
For the first time in 6yrs CHOSS got snow and boy did it get a lot of it.
No complaints as it was a nice change from a week of rain.
It snowed all day and when the sun came out the next morning it did not melt!
Here are some great pics of the property covered in the white stuff.
There were lots of mini snowman made and more snow ball fights!
No injuries or accidents to report, all is good. J
Too bad it didn't snow like this in Dec.
CHOSS is preparing for the winter/spring season that will start next month.
Looking forward to it after a nice long holiday break.
See you all very soon!
9 schools, 518 students, eight weeks, WHEW! It's OVER!!!
A very special thank you to students, teachers, administrators, parents and staff for all your cooperation and efforts in making it possible for CHOSS to give everyone the best possible experience.
Dunlap and Fremont you guys broke us in and got us going in the right direction. Thank you for being so nice!
Baldwin a great learning experience for everyone J
Birney/Lincoln you guys were like peanut butter and jam. Wouldn't have been the same without both!
Cerritos look forward to having you stay longer next year!
San Gorgonio we had you for only a day and it was WAAAAY TOO SHORT right?
Cloverdale, it may have rained ALL DAY while you were here, but it did not break your spirits and prevent you guys from having an absolutely memorable experience. "Campfire" will never be forgotten (haha) A salute to you all!
Ben Franklin the perfect ingredient to complete our fall season.
THANKS FOR A CHOSSOME SEASON J
Enjoy the holidays. We will be off for an extended break and will resume programs in Feb 2010.
Take care and see you then!
Thank you!December 3, 2009
Thanks for the greatest time ever! Your camp hospitality was very special and greatly appreciated.
The place is amazing and certainly has gone through a positive transformation.
I sent an email to all the elementary principals to promote Camp Highland. Hopefully it will generate some interest for this year and maybe next.
In the meantime have a wonderful holiday season!
New Camp Fire StageNovember 12, 2009
Baldwin Hills Elementary was the very first school to use the new Camp Fire Stage. How lucky you guys are!!
November 2nd TripNovember 3, 2009
I want to thank you and your entire staff of counselors for providing a day rich in learning and "stretching" activities. The children continue to talk about the sheep, the scat and tracking, the canoeing, the balancing on logs and "leading the blind," and the counselors themselves. Parents have thanked us for providing this opportunity for the children. I am grateful for your willingness to work with us on the financial aspect of the trip. Ann P. and I would like to sign up for an early November date NEXT fall, when you are ready to plan that far ahead. We truly see the value of continuing this professional relationship with Camp Highland Outdoor Science School. Thank you again for enbracing the children of Dunlap Elementary in this way.
FALL SEASON STARTING SOON!!!October 1, 2009
It has been a very busy summer break for CHOSS. Schools who are attending this fall you are definitely in for a treat J.
CHOSS's facilities were upgraded. To make the experience much more comfortable and even better for our students, the bathrooms in the Hitching Post, Coyote and Hawk have a different look as do the showers in Coyote. Renovations were made to each!
Our fall season will be starting very soon. Staff will be arriving for training starting on Tues Oct 20. Our season officially starts with our first school arriving on Mon Nov 2 and ends Fri Dec 11. It's going to be another amazing fall season. See you all very soon!
OUR 2008-09 SEASON IS OVER!!!June 12, 2009
Despite massive cuts to education and school district budgets in 2008-09, CHOSS successfully operated and provided day, overnight and outreach programs to 23 schools and just over 4,200 students. HOLY SMOKES!!! A special thank you to everyone who gave an incredible effort and worked so hard to make this year possible.superintendants, principals, teachers, parents, students and CHOSS staff. WE DID IT!!! YOU ARE ALL SO VERY AWESOME!!! J CHOSS is now on a well deserved summer break. Something to look forward in 2009-10 are additions to our environmental curriculum as plans have been made to add up to 5 new classes.organic vs. non organic farming, soil study, cow milking just to name a few. We expect the 2009-10 year to be even better. Enjoy the rest of the summer.
Open HouseApril 11, 2009
On April 11, 2009 Camp Highland Outdoor Science School hosted our Spring Open House! Students, Parents, Families, Teachers, and Administrators were invited to explore our site. Visitors enjoyed a guided tour of the property given by our Program Director, Carrie Bryant, and General Manager, Andrew Yoon. Program areas including canoeing and archery were available so parents and students alike could sample some of our adventure curriculum. Environmental curriculum activities included paper making, seed planting and science games. In our Hitching Post, visitors enjoyed viewing the Camp Highland Outdoor Science School video and explored displays on all of our classes.
A great time was had by all. Congratulations to our raffle winners who went home with Camp Highland Outdoor Science School Hoodies! See you at our Fall Open House!
2nd Annual Banning Recycle FairMarch 28, 2009
On March 28, 2009, 4 representatives from Camp Highland Outdoor Science School participated in the 2nd Annual Banning Recycle Fair. Zach Greene, Laura Grant, Michael Trevail and our General Manager, Andrew Yoon joined the day with fun filled information on recycling. Our display table was by far the best considering it was made all from recycled material. Our table was made from wood boards that had been used before and plastic milk crates were used for the legs. We also had a piggy bank that was made out of cardboard and toilet rolls. We also displayed how you can use printed paper as a journal. Our most popular display was a hand bag that was weaved and made out of plastic recycled grocery bags. We had kids from all ages and parents come to our table. Most people that came to our table were really excited about how we were recycling as part of our program.
Overall, it was a great day of connecting with community.
Malki Museum VisitFebruary 5, 2009
On February 5, 2009 the staff of Camp Highland Outdoor Science School visited with Dr. Katherine Saubel and explored the museum and gardens of the Malki Museum. Part of the curriculum is Native Skills. Students are taught the history of the Cahuilla and native plant uses. To prepare the staff to properly teach this topic, the Malki Museum was the perfect place to start. The staff enjoyed Katherine’s stories from her childhood as well as her observations on the changes she has seen in the structure of the tribe. The staff wanted to share some of their responses to their visit:
“People of all ages are living fast paced lives and are not spending enough time with elders who can provide so much wisdom. I feel that the younger generation is capable of utilizing advanced technology and as a result many lack in social interaction. This meeting with Dr. Saubel reminded me that children have to be educated more with the basic fundamentals of life and that the young adults have to take on more responsibility.”
- Regina Choi
“It was awesome to hear from local Cahuilla women who has seen so much change throughout her lifetime. It was great to be able to share her wisdom with the children who come here and to hope they can learn to appreciate the world they live in.”
- Ashley Brant
- Ian Macleod
Thank you to Susan Phillips and Dr. Saubel for hosting the Camp Highland Staff at the museum. It was a memorable experience and will greatly enhance the lessons the instructors will pass on to our students.