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The Benefits of Summer Camps for Children

Parents want wonderful opportunities for their kids. They want them to possess the characteristics that are important to be happy and successful, like good health, ability to foster 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 places where young people can experience and fulfill their need for physical activity, creative expression and actual participation in a community environment. Most schools do not provide for all these needs. Camp activities and group living in a natural place are great for making camp communities that support successful, healthy development and a place where having fun is an actual requirement. Within this structured environment, children relate to positive role models who take the time to listen, talk, relax, and reflect. Here are some of the top reasons to send your children to summer camp.

Nurture New Skills

Even though your school may provide alternative activities, summer camp provides an amazing avenue to explore new opportunities. Consider giving your child some time completely immersed in coding, or a sport such as lacrosse. These opportunities are present at summer camp, and it would be hard to find such focused activity anywhere else. Moreover, kids and teens are able to get out of their comfort zone to take some risks with their skills, without the immediate fear of failure and negative consequences. Campers can take these enhanced skills back with them into the real world, making them with one step ahead of their peers.

Boost Personal Development

At summer camp, children discover that they are able to do things by themselves. Kids at summer camp are responsible for their own space and discover that other kids rely on them to perform certain duties. This type of experience begins to modify a kid’s whole self-concept and their sense of who they are and what they can achieve. Conventional schools typically recognize 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 fulfilling on a personal level.

Promote Decision Making

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