There are so many benefits to summer camp for your children, here are a few…
1. It’s an opportunity to disconnect. Our culture is loud. I don’t mean loud as in volume level. Our culture is loud in that there is all sorts of ambient noise going on all the time. Between school, sports, homework, cell phones, video games, Facebook – to name a few – kids today can be spread so thin they are ready to break.
When they come to camp, they turn in their cell phones, unplug their music, and begin to breathe deeply again. It is very fun to see kids surprised by a sunset, or in awe at the sound of crickets at night. Within the first two days at camp, you can begin to see the walls of protection come crashing down.
2. It’s a great place to be known. Most wouldn’t admit it, but we all want to be known. When you sleep in the same cabin with 7 or 8 other campers over a period of one week or more, great friendships can be formed. These friendships can become such a support throughout the year as life unfolds.
The relationship with the counselor should be the best one. Often campers opening up to their counselors and share their souls with them. When they do, there is such a sense of relief. They can be known, and loved for who they are.
3. It’s a new adventure to be experienced. Have you ever: sailed a boat, water skied, rock climbed, gone on a survival trip, worked on a farm? Many would say no. These experiences – done safely – are priceless. And when a child conquers a new adventure at camp, they quickly store it away as a reminder of their courage.
4. It’s a great way to gain confidence. Even high school students can be scared at the idea of going to camp, even they can become homesick. However, when they get through it and realize they did it, it is great to see what it does to their confidence. When a child does an activity they never thought they would do, they walk taller, as if they’ve found their new armor.
Being away from their parents, making new friends, trying new activities – these all help in the child gain confidence as they grow up.