In addition to providing parents with a childcare option over the summer months, camps can help children with both short-term and long-term development. When your child attends summer camp, they learn how to work with others, build meaningful relationships, accept guidance and develop decision-making skills. All of these life skills nurture independence and confidence, creating a foundation that will serve them and that they’ll stand and grow from for the rest of their life.
When researching summer camps, look for camps that provide children the opportunity to:
- Spend their day being physically active – As children spend so much time these days inside and mostly sitting down, camp provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Running, swimming, jumping, hiking, and climbing are great for your child’s physical development.
- Have free time for unstructured play – Free from the overly-structured, overly-scheduled routines of home and school, life at camp gives children much needed free time to just play. Camp is a slice of carefree living where children can relax, laugh, and be silly all day long. Play is a great way to learn for children.
- 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 children. Camp helps them achieve a new goal each day and boosts their confidence.
- Gain resiliency – The kind of encouragement and nurture children 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. Camp helps conquer fears.
- Develop life-long skills – Camps provide the right instruction, equipment and facilities for children to enhance their sports abilities, their artistic talents, and their adventure skills. The sheer variety of activities offered at camp makes it easy for children to discover and develop what they like to do. This is how camp helps expand every child’s abilities.
- Grow more independent – Camp is the perfect place for children to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move. Managing their daily choices in the safe, caring environment of camp, children welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new directions. Camp helps children develop who they are.
- Learn social skills – Coming to camp means joining a close-knit community where everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other. When they live in a cabin with others, children share chores, resolve disagreements, and see firsthand the importance of sincere communication. Camp builds teamwork. It is also a place where the place where children make their very best friends. Free from the social expectations pressuring them at school, camp encourages children to relax and make friends easily. All the fun at camp draws everyone together— singing, laughing, talking, playing, doing almost everything together.
Summer camps also give children the opportunity to unplug from technology. When children take a break from TV, cell phones, and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage with the real world and real people, real activities, and real emotions. While “unplugging”, children can reconnect with nature. Outdoor experiences enrich a kid’s perception of the world and supports healthy child development. Summer camp gets children back outside.
Summer camp is a special type of community where children come together to have fun. Within the camp setting, children develop a sense of independence as they try new adventures away from home. Summer camps are known for providing a safe environment where children gain self-confidence as they learn new skills. Camp is also a place where children develop a variety of social skills as well.
To learn more about Educational Playcare’s summer camp program, visit our website.