• 12 Reasons to Send Your Child to Camp

    by Nikhil

    Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 05:54
 
 
12 Reasons to Send Your Child to Camp
 

Summer camp can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in a child’s life. Camp provides children with a community of caring mentors who provide experiential education that leads to self-respect and appreciation for life. All of the outcomes—friendships, overcoming challenges, staying healthy and building character— prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the road. In addition to great friendships and enduring memories, many important life skills are learned at camp. Here are twelve reasons kids should go to camp:

  1. To develop social skills: Camp teaches children to communicate, to work together as part of a team and to be a leader. Leadership is developed by asking campers to fulfill responsibilities that may not be expected of them elsewhere while sharing resources and attention helps foster teamwork and the desire to participate.
  2. To build character: On top of making new friends, campers also develop an appreciation for the qualities required to cultivate and strengthen these relationships. Camp provides children with the core values of a strong, moral individual by teaching them about ethics, honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Parents frequently report that after camp, their children are more-kind, understand the importance of giving, are more equipped to stand up for what they know is right, and are willing to be more responsible.
  3. To foster independence: At camp, children learn the responsibility of making their own decisions with the safety net of insightful counselors and staff in a safe environment. Campers can risk finding out what works and what doesn’t while discovering new facets of themselves. The camp environment provides peer support that allows children to quickly overcome their need for constant parental dependency. 
  4. Gain resiliency: The kind of encouragement and nurture kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening) things, and see that improvement comes when you give something another try.
  5. Experience success and become more confident: Camp helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school. With its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for young people. There’s accomplishment every day.
  6. Make true friends: 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.
  7. To Learn New Skills: All the activities and instruction at camp are great opportunities to learn something new -- such as pottery, sailing, or tap dancing -- that could end up being your favorite hobby. Camp can also help you develop important life skills like independence, self-reliance, and confidence. Since you'll be living with a whole group of people, it's also a great way to learn about cooperation, compromise, and tolerance.
  8. Instills leadership skills: “It teaches them important leadership skills,” says parent Gary Myers of Battle Creek. Because camps allow kids to make choices and direct summer projects, they’re natural leadership training places. These kids are less likely to be affected by peer pressure and more likely to set the pace and tone for other kids – and feel empowered in tasks they take on throughout their lives.
  9. Gives wonderful memories: “Camp builds good memories for the future, to enjoy the summer with a lake-front experience, swimming and meeting new friends,” says parent Tanya Williams of Commerce Township. Kids have tons of memories of the good times, silly shenanigans and fun activities. It’s a time of discovery and self-improvement that stays with a kid long into adulthood.
  10. Develop interests: “Camps are a nurturing environment for a child to explore activities and programs that could turn into lifelong passions,” says Diane Gotelaeve of Saline, formerly of Summers-Knoll Camp in Ann Arbor. With so much to do at summer camp (archery, swimming, canoeing, crafts, etc.), there are many fun activities for kids to discover.That’s why it’s the perfect place for your child to tap into an interest that he or she wants to carry on after camp is over. Did your daughter go ga-ga for horseback riding? Perhaps she’s a budding equestrian who would enjoy regular lessons
  11. Occupies the summer: “I have to work!” says Diamond Zhu of Dearborn Heights, expressing what for many parents is the most practical reason. After all, when school lets out, kids have to go somewhere to spend their time. Camp isn’t just a “parking spot” for kids, though: It also offers fun, excitement and lessons that last.
  12. Gets them active: “Camp helps kids learn how to be kids again,” says Carl Fleming, formerly of Camp Copneconic in Fenton, Michigan. “In this technology-filled world, camps cut back on distractions.” Many effectively ban cell phones and computers, so kids can truly take advantage of all summertime has to offer. That means those prone to sit on their duffs and text or play video games are forced to get up – and get moving!

 

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