Sum­mer vaca­tions can seem end­less when you’re enter­tain­ing young kids and teens, so it’s no sur­prise that sum­mer camp has become a pop­u­lar choice for many fam­i­lies around the world. Since many peo­ple choose to send their kids to camp every sum­mer, are camps real­ly a con­ve­nient form of sum­mer fun? What are the ben­e­fits for your child in the camp?

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First of all, it is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for chil­dren to play and have fun out­side of school in the way they should. In doing so, they will be able to learn new skills. Sum­mer camp keeps the kids enter­tained and has many health ben­e­fits. The best part is that the kids want to go to the camp because it’s fun and pos­i­tive results are not long in com­ing.

Here are the top 6 rea­sons why your child should go to sum­mer camp:

1. Improve social skills and find new friends

In each camp, friend­ships and con­nec­tions were some of the most impres­sive mem­o­ries of these camps. This has nev­er been more evi­dent than on the last day of camp, when chil­dren often tear­ful­ly say good­bye to new friends.
Camp is a unique envi­ron­ment out­side of school where kids can get a “crash course” in social skills with a new group of peo­ple. Stud­ies have shown that the camp sig­nif­i­cant­ly devel­ops chil­dren’s emo­tion­al intel­li­gence, which includes rec­og­niz­ing, under­stand­ing and man­ag­ing emo­tions, and is a key com­po­nent of future suc­cess.


2. Active outdoor lifestyle

One of the most chal­leng­ing aspects of child­hood for mod­ern par­ents is keep­ing chil­dren active and healthy. It’s hard­er than ever for kids to stay active out­doors, espe­cial­ly in urban areas. A new gen­er­a­tion of kids are spend­ing less time out­doors than any pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion.

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At the camp, chil­dren can safe­ly explore nature and the world with their peers. All this hap­pens under the watch­ful eye of the staff. Phys­i­cal activ­i­ty often comes in the form of fun and games that teach chil­dren to be active. Even if they don’t real­ize it on the spot, chil­dren are very like­ly to apply these skills in their home life. With numer­ous health ben­e­fits, includ­ing increased fit­ness and a healthy body weight, active kids can also con­cen­trate bet­ter, do bet­ter in school, and have few­er behav­ioral prob­lems.

3. Break from technology

More than ever, our chil­dren rely on tech­nol­o­gy for enter­tain­ment and school­work. Almost every child who arrived at the camp has an iPad, iPhone, iPod or lap­top at home. Most chil­dren spend hours watch­ing TV or play­ing video games in their spare time. While tech­nol­o­gy can have huge ben­e­fits, spend­ing some time with­out it is essen­tial. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, it is often dif­fi­cult to con­vince chil­dren of this.

At the camp, chil­dren are only allowed lim­it­ed access to their mobile phones and oth­er devices. In their free time, they can be ful­ly involved in activ­i­ties and “dis­con­nect” from the dig­i­tal world. Being away from tech­nol­o­gy pro­vides an oppor­tu­ni­ty to have fun and con­nect with peers. This helps kids real­ize that there is a world beyond video games and they will be much more like­ly to get active, pur­sue their new hob­bies and get off the couch when they get home.

4. Increased confidence and self-esteem

Camp is an envi­ron­ment in which chil­dren are intro­duced to new tasks and activ­i­ties. They may not have known them before, or they may not have believed they could suc­ceed. Chil­dren are encour­aged to step out of their com­fort zone and take part in activ­i­ties such as tal­ent per­for­mances, rop­ing cours­es, or start­ing a fire. In the favor­able envi­ron­ment of their peers and camp lead­ers, they learn that it is pos­si­ble to try to fail, and with each suc­cess their self-con­fi­dence grows.

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This new­found inde­pen­dence, resilience, and self-esteem car­ry over not only into the camp, but will come in handy lat­er in school as well as in fam­i­ly life. Chil­dren will be hap­pi­er to take on new activ­i­ties, solve prob­lems in areas or school sub­jects where they pre­vi­ous­ly had lit­tle con­fi­dence in their own abil­i­ties.

5. Development of leadership skills

Lead­er­ship can man­i­fest itself in many ways, as at sum­mer camp for chil­dren it is nec­es­sary to com­plete tasks in their social groups, whether dur­ing class­es or in their free time. Chil­dren rely on each oth­er to coop­er­ate, and in the process they learn to have a voice in a group, dis­cov­er the skills and qual­i­ties that make them good lead­ers. Chil­dren in the camp are also giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn how to take the ini­tia­tive. It could be help­ing the younger one find their way, or just clean­ing the room.

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6. Expansion of the worldview

In camps, chil­dren meet and form friend­ships with those out­side their usu­al social cir­cle at school or at home. Teenagers from dif­fer­ent cities or coun­tries meet here. It helps to broad­en one’s out­look, to learn first-hand about oth­er cul­tures. Often chil­dren return year after year just to be reunit­ed with their friends who may be liv­ing on the oth­er side of the world!