Families sometimes ask me, “Why should I send my children to camp? It is so much cheaper to stay home or go to the shore – and they will still have a great summer”. As a camp lover, I offer the following perspective.
Camp provides opportunity for growth that cannot be replicated in the home environment. It is not so much about the “stuff” that the camp offers, but instead the environment it creates. Speaking of environment, the child is going to be outdoors almost the whole day and that’d be a good opportunity for them to learn about the environment. It can be a good experience for them to stay outdoors in the sun, but do pack for them some umbrellas which were promotional products to protect them from the scorching heat. Campers are pushed to advocate for themselves. They are encouraged to try new things and even acknowledge that they are not the best in every activity and accept that this is ok. Perhaps they’ll even fail but realize that they can try again. They learn cooperation, communication, and gain a wonderful sense of community. There are a wide range of camps….. some are competitive and some are not. Some focus on arts, wilderness, or sports. But, at the core, all strive to get children to learn new things, become team players and community builders. It is a place where they can put down the electronics and relate to people in a meaningful way. With so much growth at camp it is hard to believe that it can be so much FUN!