If you attended summer camp when you were young, then you already know how much of a character building experience it can be. However, if you did not have such an opportunity, we have compiled the following list of useful things your child will learn at camp. It should be very helpful when you are trying to make a more informed decision.
Learn to Make New Friends
Making friends is an important skill. While your kid may have some good friends in school, it is important to know how to deal with new people and master the art of making lasting friendships. The new and unfamiliar environment at summer camp encourages children to learn how to bond with each other. With a little guidance, your kids will learn excellent social skills which will be helpful to them throughout their lives.
New Skills or Improve Old Skills
If your child has enrolled in an art, sports, or some other self-development focused summer camp, they will learn advanced skills in their specific area. They will come out as a better artist, better sportsman, a more effective team player and so on. Summertime is precious in a child’s life and should not be wasted.
Cleverness and Confidence
Summer camps typically expose your kids to a variety of problems. They will soon learn that no matter how difficult the problem is there are different ways to solve it. This, also, will help them understand that being different can be a good thing. Consequently, this can be a boost to their confidence and will encourage them to focus more on their individual skills rather than try to be like others.
Some summer camps are like a watered-down version of boot camp. This is an environment that encourages children to keep looking for and finding new ways to solve problems and how to overcome setbacks they face in the process. They learn by doing this that success is achievable.
It is a great thing for kids to have a highly supportive system in the form of parents and teachers. However, an abundance of this support can cause the children to be overly dependent upon others. Summer camp often is their first experience of being on their own. It’s an opportunity for them to learn to make decisions without help from any member of their support system which is an important step in becoming independent.
Connect with Real World and People
Technology is a great thing but not when people get addicted to it. The opportunity for your kids to spend time away from all the electronics and gadgets is invaluable. They will spend time interacting with the environment and rediscovering their own creativity. It lets them realize how much potential they have and how much they’ve missed doing something they loved. They will learn to reconnect with their own emotions as well as the kids around them.
There is no doubt that summer camps are highly educational – for both vocational as well as life skills, depending on the type of summer camp. What’s more…they are a lot of fun!