There are few experiences that kids and teens can have in their formative years that are more beneficial than attending a quality summer camp.Camps give you a taste of freedom and the responsibility that comes with that. Summer camp also helps kids develop new skills, hone in on what kinds of activities they truly enjoy, learn how to build relationships with others, and keep them safe from unsupervised temptations.
Why summer camp is so important
I met my best friend at summer camp. Of course, I didn’t know he would become my best friend at the time. We bonded over our shared love of basketball, and though our competitive natures threatened the friendship in its nascent stage, ultimately we found that common bond to be helpful. For many kids, camp is all about building relationships and this is such an important benefit of it. Camp teaches you how to interact with others when you have some independence - a skill that kids will use over and over as they grow up.
“Camp is the best emotional preparation for a successful college experience, because you practice being on your own, keeping track of your clothes; you practice living in a community and getting along with roommates you don’t love — all of the skills you need for true independence,” notes The Washington Post.
Beyond the social benefits, camp is also great for letting kids figure out what they are good at and what they truly love to do. It was at camp that I discovered my love (and aptitude) for boating/sailing.
Camps give kids “A powerful identity that makes the child feel confident in front of others,” says Psychology Today. “Your child may not be the best on the ropes course, the fastest swimmer, or the next teen idol when he sings, but chances are that a good camp counselor is going to help your child find something to be proud of that he can do well.”