The summer countdown is on and summer plans are starting to take shape. Summer camps are starting to release their schedules and sign ups are right around the corner. Summer camps provide amazing opportunities for children to learn, discover and grow. We've created a list of the top ten benefits of summer camps for kids. Share your favorite memories of summer camp with us on Facebook or in the comment section.
Here are our top benefits of attending summer camp.
1. Exposure to Diversity
Camp can be a great meeting place for kids who otherwise may never meet. Camps provide kids with the opportunity to learn about other lifestyles, ideas, and values.
2. Develops Independence
At camp, kids are empowered to take care of themselves (with guidance from counselors.) Sleepover camps are especially good for learning independence as schedules are set but it’s the responsibility of the child to stick to it. Camp can empower kids to make, and trust, their own decisions.
3. Instills Leadership Skills
Camps are natural environments for developing leadership skills in children. Most camps encourage free thinking and individuality so kids are less likely to be affected by peer pressure. Less peer pressure provides the perfect environment for children to lead with new ideas and encourage others.
4. Helps Build Self Esteem
Camps provide the opportunity to learn how to make independent decisions and make connections. Kids are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and learn new skills. Learning new skills and learning to accept differences can teach a child how capable they are which will boost their confidence.
5. Develops Interests
Camps are a nurturing environment for children to explore new activities. Camps provide a variety of fun activities that allow children to discover new interests and create lifelong passions.
6. Teaches Teamwork
At camp, kids must learn to work together for the benefit of the group. Putting emphasis on the team instead of the individual helps reduce the “me, me, me” attitude and helps kids understand the value of investing in others.
7. Develops Relationship Skills
Camp offers an opportunity for a child to branch out and build new relationships. Building and navigating new friendships boosts social confidence.
8. Gets them Active
There is no better place to be a kid than summer camp! Most camps don’t allow electronic devices, so kids can take advantage of all the fun summertime has to offer.
9. Teaches Resilience
Camp teaches kids how to fall and get back up again through team building activities. Camp is all about discovery of new activities and the self. Through different activities children learn to accomplish tasks that are, not only out of their comfort zone, but may even seem impossible at first. Once a child succeeds, they become empowered and develop resilience.
10. Provides Wonderful Memories
Kids come away from camp with amazing memories of good times, silly stories and fun activities. Camp provides a time of discovery that stays with a child into adulthood.
Check Out Our List of Summer Camps, Registration Deadlines and Information.