Many who experienced a summer camp program as a child know the profound positive effects that still resonate into adulthood. If you were fortunate to have such experience, you most likely want the same thing for your own children.
Summer camp options range from day camp, week long camps or even overnight camps. Deciding which option is right for your child will depend on your child’s age, interests and temperament. You can choose programs centered on recreation such as football, soccer, hiking, dance or those focused on academic skills such as art, music, computers and drama.
Sending your child a summer camp program has numerous benefits:
The environment helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem which differs significantly from the academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school. With its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life can be a real boost for young people.
Children receive lots of encouragement and nurturing at camp making it a great setting for trying some new activities and in doing so, overcoming fears and setbacks.
Encourages Physical Activity
Talk about changing things up. Since children typically spend a substantial amount of time indoors (often sitting), camp life offers the ideal setting for more physical activity. Children get a break from TV, cellphones, and the Internet. Most importantly, they have a wonderful opportunity to rediscover their creative side by engaging with others; participating in various activities, and trying new sports.
Develops Life-Long Skills
Camps provide the right combination of instruction, equipment and facilities for children to enhance their sports abilities, artistic talents, and adventurous skills. The sheer variety of activities makes it ultra-easy for children to discover what they like to do and become good at it.
Children get practice in making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move. While managing their daily choices in the safe, caring environment, children often use this freedom to blossom in new directions.
Promotes Unstructured Play
Free from the overly-structured, overly-scheduled routines of home and school, life at camp offers children much-needed, free-time to just “play”.
Provides Wonderful Memories
Children come away from camp with amazing memories of good times, silly stories and fun activities. It is a time of discovery that stays with a child into adulthood.
Summer can be an enjoyable time for everyone. Start by researching summer camp options best-suited to your children. And while you are at it, don’t forget to schedule some vacation time away from work for yourself. That way, everyone in the family has time to get recharged!Tags: learning, memories, summer camp