Participating in summer camp can benefit children in a variety of ways. Among other things, going to camp can help stave off boredom and prevent summer learning loss as well as give children the opportunity to make new friends and explore new interests. Aside from these short term benefits, here are five ways summer camp can prepare children for life.
Learn Social Skills
After spending the school year in the classroom where grades and academic achievement are the main focus, summer camp offers participants a much more relaxed environment free from the social expectations pressuring them at school. This less rigorous environment allows for more informal interactions amongst fellow campers, one that encourages children to relax, make friends and develop social skills in the process.
Because summer camp offers an environment free from the academic and social pressures they typically face in school, summer camp participants are more likely to take risks and try things they wouldn’t normally consider. These experiences can help build self-confidence.
Since the supportive and nuturing environment of summer camp provides the opportunity for more risk taking, children learn how to endure setbacks and receive the encouragement to try again. They also learn that improvement comes with perseverance.
Grow More Independent
Summer camp typically offers a variety of activities, giving children the opportunity to practice making decisions for themselves. The chance to consistently make choices on their own can help children discover and develop who they are and leads to greater independence.
Develop Life-Long Skills
Participation in summer camp offers children the instruction, equipment and facilities that allow them the opportunity to further explore their abilities and talents. Within an environment that cultivates a willingess to try new things, children have the chance to develop life-long skills.
Have you considered sending your child to a summer camp this year?