If you’ve been to camp, you’re not surprised when you hear about the benefits of summer camp. Having experienced life at camp yourself as a child, you know the profound positive effects that still matter to you as an adult and you also know that you want the same thing for your own kids. But if you didn’t go to camp as a child, you may not realize just how good the experience is for children. You may not know why so many parents are committed to sending their kids to camp. So, here is a list of the most important reasons to send your kids to camp.
AT CAMP, CHILDREN…
Physical Activity – Because children spend so much time inside and mostly sitting down, camp provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Running, swimming, jumping, hiking, climbing! Camp is action!
Success and Confidence – Camp helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing the academic, athletic and social competitions that shape their lives at school. With its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for young people. There are accomplishments every day. Camp teaches kids that they can.
Resiliency – The kind of encouragement and nurture kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new things and see that improvement comes when you give something another try. Camp helps conquer fears.
Unplug from Technology – When kids take a break from TV, cell phones and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage the real world—real people, real activities and real emotions. They realize that there’s always plenty to do. Camp is real!
Life-Long Skills – Camps provide the right instruction, equipment and facilities for kids to enhance their sports abilities, artistic talents and adventure skills. The sheer variety of activities offered at camp makes it easy for kids to discover and develop what they like to do. Camp expands every child’s abilities.Camp expands every child’s abilities.
Independence – Camp is the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move. Managing their daily choices in the safe caring environment of camp, children welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new directions. Camp helps kids develop who they are.
Unstructured Play – Free from the overly-structured, overly-scheduled routines of home and school, life at camp gives children much needed free time to just play. Camp is a slice of carefree living where kids can relax, laugh and be silly all day long. At camp we play!
Social Skills – Coming to camp means joining a close-knit community where everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other. Camp builds teamwork.
Reconnection with Nature – Camp is a wonderful antidote to “nature deficit disorder,” to the narrow experience of modern indoor life. Outdoor experiences enrich kids’ perception of the world and supports healthy child development. Camp get kids back outside.
True Friendships – Camp is the place where kids make their very best friends. Free from the social expectations pressuring them at school, camp encourages kids to relax and make friends easily. All the fun at camp draws everyone together—singing, laughing, talking, playing, doing almost everything together. Everyday, camp creates friendships.