The Benefits of Summer Camp

Each year, over six million children attend camp in the U.S. alone. While there are endless reasons camp is invaluable for your children, here are a few of the most important benefits from summer camp:

C: Connectivity

A: Activity

M: Maturity

P: Parental Relief

Connectivity: When you ask adults who were campers for their biggest take-away from camp, more than half of the time they’ll respond that it’s their friends. Of course, spending time with any group of people will bring you closer together, but there is something special about summer camp that gives kids a shared purpose and a greater sense of community – from the sports, games and bonding, to experiencing new activities for the first time with one another, camp is a support system that builds friendships far beyond summertime.

Activity: Kids were born to run! After 10 months of pent up energy, camp gives kids a structured way to release and channel their excitement through nonstop activity. While campers may be active during the school year, the outdoor environment of camp is exponentially beneficial to your camper’s physical and mental health. Biologist Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D., introduced his theory of ‘Biophilia’ about thirty years ago which explains humans’ innate affinity for the natural world. Stay tuned for more about camp and the great outdoors in our next blog post!

Maturity: The only way for a bird to learn how to fly is to leave the nest. (Cliche, but true). Camp provides an opportunity for kids to make decisions for themselves and to navigate a new world as an individual. With the support of counselors, staff, and friends, children have the chance not only to explore the outer world, but also their inner world. Through the development of self-confidence along with social skills, your campers will return home more mature than ever!

Parental relief: As we’ve mentioned, it is tremendously beneficial for your campers to develop their independence with some time away from their parents. However, it is also beneficial for you as well. Although it may sound silly, spending time away from your children will make you miss them, and consequently, end up strengthening your relationship. Also, if you rely on camp so you can work, knowing they are safe and having fun in a healthy environment will help keep you stress free and happy. Check out this great article in The Huffington Post for more reasons: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carrie-visintainer/10-reasons-its-healthy-for-parents-to-spend-time-away-from-their-kids_b_6783916.html  course, this is just a bird’s eye view of all the benefits of summer camp, but we look forward to exploring these ideas more in depth as the summer goes on. Even better, we’d love to hear about your favorite parts of camp – either from your own experiences or some from your campers.

LM