Now that school is officially out, it’s time to plan those summer activities! While I am a firm believer in the whole barefoot outdoors summer camp experience, I do try to incorporate some structured learning time into Cassidy’s summers as well. This year, I am really excited that she’ll be attending one of the camps at Unity Martial Arts. It’s a well-known fact that children who are in martial arts have higher grades, better coordination, and improved social skills; but recent research has also proven that classes in martial arts can be used as therapeutic treatments for disorders such as autism and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. As I have mentioned previously, Cassidy will be starting middle school this fall and I feel like it’s important to prepare her for the challenges ahead. I think that it will be of great benefit to her to have a refresher course in self-esteem, respect for authority, discipline and listening. Unity teaches Cuong Nhu, a Vietnamese mixed martial art which combines aspects of Aikido, Judo, Wing Chun, Vovinam, Tai Chi Chuan and Boxing. It is recommended for children ages 4 – adults. Unity’s camps are one week long each, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will be held at Unity’s fantastic 2,000 square foot facility in the Stifft Station neighborhood, at the intersection of Markham and Kavanaugh streets. Adventure Quest 1 – Mystery of the Sun Dragon is appropriate for children in the 1st – 6th grades, and will be held June 13 – 17. Ranking Camp, for kids in the 2nd – 7th grades, will be from June 27-July 1. Adventure Quest 2 – Rescue the Sun is again for 1st – 6th graders, and will be held July 11- 15, and the final camp is Ninja Olympics, for 1st – 6th graders and running July 25-29. Registration forms are available on their website at www.unitymartialarts.com or call (501) 664-0604. There is a maximum capacity of 20 children per class, so call and reserve your place today!