The summer months offer families the chance to take a bit of a break from the hectic school year routine and to enjoy some well-deserved downtime. However, while it is extremely important for your health and well-being to include some unstructured time in your family’s summer routine, too much of a good thing is not always such a good thing. When it comes to children, too much free and unstructured time can lead to boredom and trouble.
A good way keep boredom and mischief at bay is to strike a balance between unstructured and organized activities by enrolling your child in a summer camp or two. But structure is certainly not the only thing summer camp can provide. Here are 7 additional benefits of sending your child to summer camp:
1. Encourages Physical Activity.
Sports-themed camps or camps that offer swimming, hiking, and other types of action-oriented activities provide enjoyable ways for children to move around and be active.
2. The Opportunity to Unplug.
Many camp programs provide a way for kids to disconnect from technology and engage in the real world, the world of people, face-to-face interactions and hands-on activities.
3. Make New Friends.
Participation in camp gives children opportunities for social interactions where they can make new friends and further develop their social skills in a more relaxed setting than a school environment.
4. Fosters Creativity.
Camps offer a way for children to step out of their normal home or school routine and to engage in activities often centered around imagination, allowing them to employ and develop creative thinking skills.
5. Further an Interest.
Specialized camp programs give children exposure to their areas of interest in a focused setting. Examples include art, music or drama camps, cooking or sewing camps, or science, math or technology camps.
6. Explore Something New.
Summer camp is a great way to introduce a child to a new activity without having to make a long-term commitment. For instance, before signing your child up for whole season of soccer, enrolling him in a week-long soccer camp first might help you determine whether your child is interested enough in the sport to commit to anything more.
7. Build Confidence.
Unlike in school where a project or activity has an impact on grades earned, the camp environment can be a place where children have the freedom to explore ideas and take risks they would not otherwise feel comfortable taking in a school setting, providing opportunities to build confidence.
In addition to these benefits, summer camp offers children a way to simply have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Did you know that Liberty Christian School offers a summer camp for children in pre-kindergarten to 6th grade? Click on the link below to learn more!