The weather might still be a little crazy, but that’s not stopping summer from approaching! No school means you’ve got to come up with summer activities to keep your kids happy and engaged while on a schedule that works with yours -and your budget.
1. Learn teamwork and social skills
A camp is a close-knit community where everyone respects and agrees to cooperate with each other. When you share a cabin, you’re agree to split chores and learn how to resolve differences quickly.
2. Develop lifelong skills
Whether it’s sports, artistic outlets or adventures, camps are a great place to help kids discover their passions that often stick with them throughout life. They can expose them to ideas they might not have discovered otherwise.
3. Help them grow to be more independent
While we all want out kids to be babies for as long as possible, unfortunately, they still grow up. They get to practice making decisions without their parents there to guide them. Whether it’s what’s the next step in building a fire, to who to pick on their soccer team, camp is a healthy, safe environment for them to learn decision making skills.
4. Unplug from technology
Let’s be honest, today’s kids are getting cell phones at a younger and younger age. Between cell phones, computer screens and televisions, it’s easy to stay glued to technology. Camp makes kids unplug, and become an active member in the community around them. Not enough can be said for how important this is.
Who all went to camp and had to do the trust fall? Where you have to rely on people other than your immediate circle to catch you as you fall backwards. Or had to identify certain types of frogs and spiders? Kids receive encouragement from their peers and counselors as they work through their fears, try new things and learn that improvement comes when you try new things.