Even though it may seem odd to be talking about summer camp in the middle of winter, it is never too early to start thinking about enrolling your child into a high quality summer camp program. If you went as a child or already have had a child in summer camp, then you understand why so many families love it. But for those families who are new to the experience, you may not realize what all the benefits of attending are and why so many families are committed to enrolling their children in camp.
First and foremost, summer camp provides families a childcare option during the summer months. This gives families peace of mind knowing that their children are not only enjoying themselves, but are still learning and developing new skills while under good care. While attending camp, your child will take part in activities that are fun and that will keep them active but are also helping define their short-term and long-term development.
Among these developmental benefits are:
Unplug and be active: With the rise of technology and new devices, children are spending less time outdoors and being physically active than ever before. Research shows that children from the age of 3-18 years old should be limited to only two hours of “screen time”. Enrolling your children in a quality summer camp program, allows them to take a break from TV, cell phones and computers and instead provides them the opportunity to partake in physical activities while engaging with others.
Make true friends: Unplugging from technology also has benefits beyond allowing your child to be active. Doing so allows your child to be present and truly engage with other children at camp. Creating a bond, sharing interests and participating in activities together will help them develop friendships that are meaningful and can last a lifetime.
Become more independent and 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. Attending camp also allows children to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding their 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.
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.
These are just a few of the many reasons why families love enrolling their child in a summer camp program. It’s not only a fun environment, but it helps your child development in a safe environment that allows them to become independent, confident and more social.
At Educational Playcare, we recognize the benefits of summer camp and ensure we are providing a high quality program for all of our families. To learn more about our summer camp programs, visit our website!