Think back to when you were a child. How many memories can you conjure up? Do you remember the long days of playing in your neighborhood carefree? Most of us grew up in a sort of ‘free range’ fashion. We rode our bikes all over town until the sun went down and sometimes after. We had freedoms and luxuries that children today might envy.
Our schedules grew as we aged. Those important milestones of childhood are something we’ve carried with us throughout our lives and well into adulthood. It’s only natural that we’d want our children and grandchildren to experience the joys of childhood the same way we did, but let’s face it. Times have changed. What worked for us in the past, simply isn’t a viable option for our children today. That’s why parents are turning to summer camps for their children.
The benefits of a summer camp experience are many. Year after year, children thrive as a result of their experiences. To put it simply, they’ll learn to be themselves, only stronger, more independent, confident, and ready for whatever life may throw their way. In essence, they learn critical values and lessons to help them grow into healthy and confident adults.
Life skills are a staple of summer camp. Think of it this way, what better way to learn than to learn by doing. They won’t have mom and dad to lean on. They will, however, have trusted camp counselors and hordes of new friends to guide them along the way.
Some of the many benefits of sleepaway and day camps include:
- Building self-esteem by trying new experiences
- Learning to manage their time
- Learning teamwork
- Becoming resilient
- Growing stronger from the inside out
While not all children lack teamwork skills, many might not have been exposed to enough opportunity to acquire those much-needed skills. Summer Camp provides the perfect opportunity to acquire them and more. Who hasn’t encountered a situation in their adult life that didn’t require some form of team-building or teamwork? Learning it as a youngster can make the transition from solo play or work easier.
Camp encourages your child, no matter their skill level, to get out, get up, and try something they’ve never done before. From kayaking to swimming, climbing hills, or hiking through the woods, children get to be a part of something challenging and learn just how strong and capable they are in the process. There’s nothing more beneficial to them then learning to trust themselves and knowing that they don’t have to be perfect, they just have to willing to take a chance.
Resiliency is a skill we all need, no matter our age. If we never learn how to bounce back from mistakes or mishaps, we’ll never learn the true essence of who we are and what we are capable of in life. Camps offer ample opportunity to discover ourselves and tests our mental, physical, and emotional strength.
The case of Summer Camp has been made. With it, the road to adulthood doesn’t have to be a daunting one.