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Summer camps have taken over the most part of our parenting decisions, and truly the most significant ones. We swear by the idea that summer camps not just help in shaping a child’s summers in most stimulating ways, but also the entire experience as a camper, helps them become confident and explore their strength’s like never before. As a camper they are meant to take challenges in unimaginable ways, and whatever they do, results into something satiating. They work together with like minded fellow campers and role model camp counselors who help them in understanding their own competencies.
Campers become more and more self aware and their learning and training schedules make them prepared for taking decisions for themselves. Being a camper, the child is introduced to life skills and survival skills, also the experience of staying away from their comfort zone prepares them for challenges and facing them at their own perceptions. Every child likes to be independent and this probably is the most hilarious and tiring law of nature. Beginning from when the child learns to keep her head straight, their fight for doing things their own way begins and the challenges of parenting multiply.
Leadership is not just a trait which can be developed by looking at leaders, but more to do with personality. Being a leader is about making choices based on self evaluation of a situation, being a leader is about developing trust of peers around, being a leader is to be able to convince that the decision you made is for larger good, and being a leader is about rebounding and coming out stronger despite failures in your way. All of these require a lot of experience and test, which actually is the whole idea behind a summer camp. Camps ideally prepare a child to first explore their potential and interests, find their hidden passion, figure out a way to follow it and finally express the talent in ways unimaginable. And doing so, the camper is trained to be a leader who is willing to go that extra mile and fulfill his or her dreams.
A school education does not just prepare the child as a leader. The education imparted may help the child understand the world in a better way but when the child is put to tasks without parental support and encouragement as a camper, this begins his journey as a leader brimming with courage. Summer camps are not just an extension of school education rather it helps develop an individual as an independent person who not just stands for himself but is ready to take on the world.
Most important leadership skills that a summer camp teaches a camper are to be flexible, learn to accept defeat, rise above their own expectations of self, cooperate and coordinate and also learn the most critical problem solving and decision making skills. As a leader, a camper even as early as age 5 is trained to arrange for their own stuff, challenge fellow campers, work towards winning and also bring their own passion alive. Most often until a summer camp the campers are stuck in their own comfort cocoon, not ready to challenge themselves. But being at summer camps, the child begins to take over his or her own anxiety due to homesickness, learn to make friends with strangers and also find their hidden potentials which they may not even know about.
A summer camp experience is the most wonderful gift you would be giving to your child, and it only progresses your child’d development both personally and professionally. So be very critical while selecting a summer camp for your child. As your preferred partner and guide, we have some really interesting and exclusive insights in summer camp listings in your area. Be sure to check them here and pick your fit now, for the best ones do not last long enough.