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Jan 04

Understanding Activities

The Benefits of Summer Camps for Children

Parents want great opportunities for their offspring. They want them to have the things that are necessary to make them happy and successful, such as good health, ability to create meaningful relationships with other people, critical and problem solving skills, and a good self-image. Children also require resiliency competencies such as self-esteem, life skills, self-reliance, and pro-social behaviors. The summer camp experience provides an ideal environment that is far from the distractions and, in many cases, the hostile environment of the city.

Summer camp is one of the few locations where children can experience and satisfy their need for physical activity, creative expression and real involvement in a community environment. Many schools do not answer all these needs. Camp activities and group living in a natural location are ideal for producing camp communities that foster successful, healthy development and a place where having fun is a given. Through this structured environment, kids communicate with positive role models who provide the time to listen, talk, relax, and reflect. Here are some of the top reasons to send your children to summer camp.

Learn New Skills

Even if your school does offer alternative activities, summer camp provides a wonderful avenue to explore new opportunities. Consider letting your child have some time entirely immersed in coding, or a sport like lacrosse. These opportunities are present at summer camp, and it would be hard to find such focused activity anywhere else. In addition to this, kids and teens are able to step out of their comfort zone to take some risks with their skills, without the immediate fear of failure and negative outcomes. Campers can take these improved skills back with them into the real world, providing them with an advantage over their peers.

Boost Personal Development

At summer camp, children realize that they are able to do things on their own. Kids at summer camp are responsible for their own space and discover that other kids rely on them to perform certain duties. This kind of experience begins to alter a child’s entire self-concept and their sense of who they are and what they can attain. Conventional learning institutions generally commend good marks, while summer camp acknowledges and rewards a wider range of accomplishments. It fosters an environment where every child can feel respected for their contribution. Summer camp can be very satisfying on a personal level.

Promote Decision Making

Children learn to make decisions at summer camp. Camp experiences instill confidence and help develop good decision making skills in kids — especially when times are difficult.