Which parents wouldn’t want their kids to flower into awesome, confident, mature, and independent adults? But only if growing up was as easy as a walk in the park, no parent would have had to sweat over making their kids confident, reliant and pro-social. Thankfully, there are institutions like camps where a child can learn all these and more, in his own, away from the secured, restrained environment of home and school.
Camp is one of those few places where children can experience and satisfy their needs for physical activity, creative expression and participation in a community — things that often school and home fail to furnish.
Today’s camps put greater emphasis on making healthy, successful and fun camp communities wherein children can learn, develop and grow, without feeling bogged down. It is in this structured environment where children can touch base with positive role models, listen to them, talk, relax and reflect. Camp teaches kids to work together, make individual choices and decisions, take responsibility, develop creative skills, build independence and gain confidence — things indispensable for a child to fruit into a healthy, happy, productive life.
A camp experience is invaluable for every child since it helps them to mature socially, emotionally, intellectually, morally and physically.
“The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and schools,” says Michael Popkin, Ph.D., a family therapist and founder of Active Parenting.
- One of the biggest perks of camp is that it helps kids to discover and explore their talents, interests, and values. Most schools don’t satisfy all these needs. Kids who have had these kinds of (camp) experiences end up being healthier and have less problems which concern parents.
Summer camps enables and empowers children to experience a sense of belonging and blossom into cooperating, contributing and caring citizens.
- Summer camps allows young campers to get in touch with a sense of life that is larger than one’s self. The camp community satisfies children’s basic need to connect, fell accepted and get appreciated for all they are.
What makes camp a special community is that it celebrates effort than results. In this less pressured atmosphere, children grasp new things readily and positively, which helps to build their confidence and strength of mind.