It’s truly a remarkable thing. Think about it…history being presented on something other than the dusty pages of a textbook. Ancient Gods actually walking into the room. Famous battles taking place with you right smack in the middle. Scientific discoveries happening in real time (with real explosions sometimes too). Kids having the time of their lives while developing the skills they will need for the real world once Summer Camp comes to an end.
“In recent years camps have put a greater emphasis on what leaders in the child development field have been saying about the needs of children today. Camp activities and group living in a natural environment are the tools used to create camp communities that provide for successful, healthy development and a place where having fun is a daily criterion. In such a structured environment, children interact with positive role models who have time to listen, talk, relax, and reflect. They learn to work together, make choices, take responsibility, develop creative skills, build independence and self-reliance, and gain confidence. All are necessary steps on a child’s path to a healthy, productive life.”
The above quote is from an article published by the American Camp Association, outlining the real-life benefits of summer camps for today’s youth. Check out the full article right here…or their video below…
More Advice from the Experts
“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 school.” – Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist and founder of Active Parenting
“Camp is one of the few institutions where young people can experience and satisfy their need for physical activity, creative expression and true participation in a community environment. Most schools don’t satisfy all these needs.” – Peter Scales, Ph.D., Search Institute in Minneapolis
“What makes camp a special community is its focus on celebrating effort. In this less pressured atmosphere, children learn more readily what positive things to say and do when they make mistakes and face challenges. Brandwein also said, “The traditions and customs of each different camp are like a secret code that allows those who know it to feel embraced by something unique and special…Campers are urged to include, not exclude, others. They are praised for choosing new partners and not always the same ones. They are encouraged to respect the differences between people. In an increasingly sarcastic, put-down-oriented world, camps aim to be an oasis of personal safety where demeaning comments and disrespectful behavior are not tolerated, and children are taught responsible and positive ways to resolve conflicts.” – Michael Brandwein, noted speaker and consultant to the camp profession
Can’t set aside the full time for Summer Camp? Guard Up’s got you covered. Your hero is invited to our Quest Camp day option, taking place at Salem State University. Questions? Give us a call at 781-270-4800 and we’ll be happy to help, that is what heroes do after all…