In a few weeks, the summer holidays start. While it’s a relief to be able to stay in bed a few minutes longer and not have to crawl through the school rush, the idea of our children idling away hours on the television or smart devices does put a damper on the holiday spirit. But summer camps are not just a way to keep kids off gadgets.
Summer camp is important because it offers a structured opportunity for children to grow. Kids go from home to school to extra curriculars, with each environment contributing to their development. Summer camp, then, is another unique venue for growth, allowing kids to become independent and self-confident, while socializing and making new friends, and even learning new skills.
Top 5 Summer Camp Benefits
1. Camp Helps Kids Build a Unique Interest If your child has an interest in anything outside of the core school subjects or sports, where do they go to learn or gain experience? There might be a few after-school options like a robotics club etc., but even then, you’re adding one more thing onto the plate of a student who already has homework and other commitments to juggle.
So, camp is one very good, distraction-free option, and allows for a time for kids to kick the tires on a new interest in a pressure free environment. From there, you never know what that interest might turn into.
2. Camp Reinvents and Eliminates Categories
Students often attend school year after year with the same peers, which can lead to labeling and being ‘stuck’ with a particular perception. A child may become known as studious, quiet, etc., when, really, he can be boisterous in another setting. Children who go to day or residential camps meet a whole other group of people in a different environment. Often times, a child will break out of his supposed categorization if given the chance.
So a summer camp can really change a child’s life. We’ve all been shaped by our environments in one way or another, but when that shaping forms someone into a permanent, ill-fitting configuration, it’s difficult for them to “break out” unless they get out.
Camp allows kids to get out…and into an environment filled with others who see what is in front of them, rather than what they’ve been trained to see through years of false reinforcement.
3. Camp Allows for a Deep Dive Into New Skills
Even if your school does offer “different” activities, summer camp allows for a deeper dive.
Think about giving your child a week or more to be immersed in coding or robotics or abacus or art.These opportunities exist at camp, and it’s tough to find such focused activity elsewhere. (Not to mention that if it is something like coding you choose this summer, there are a number of benefits of technology for children on top of the camp benefits!)
Plus, kids are able to really get out of their comfort zone to take some risks with their skills, without the looming fear of failure and resulting repercussions.
4. Camp Helps with Mental Stimulation & Physical Activity
We are all familiar with summer learning loss, summer brain drain or the summer slide. Camp can get kids going both mentally and physically. Camp will allow kids to get off of couches and into courses that teach them how to make games instead of simply playing. Some indoor camps have slots for meditation or yoga or brain gym ensuring that children remain active indoors too.
5. Camp Allows for Confidence to be Reinforced by Success
With activity and growth comes success or failure. Whether it is basketball or 3D printing, each activity comes with its own set of mini milestones and tests. Some of these activities might be brand new to your child, while others could be extensions of what they already know.
This summer, Minds Ahead has some great camp options for kids. And as always, we promise to be the best value for money option on this side of town. Call us or email for more information.