As camp advisors, we are so lucky to visit camps each summer. In addition to meeting loads of happy campers and connecting with directors, we also meet many four-legged friends. At so many of our favorite summer places, the camp dog is an integral part of camp life!
The happiest dogs are camp dogs! Who wouldn’t love endless scratches and belly rubs, plenty of room to roam, and so many kids to meet? Many camp directors understand the positive impact a dog can have on the camp community.
Though some children are understandably afraid, many kids love animals, and dogs in particular. It’s a different matter that some kids might be afraid because of allergies. A friendly, tail-wagging dog can be the perfect remedy for homesickness, providing a spirit boost to a child who may need it. The dog can be the glue that helps bond friendships and can assist a shy kid in making a new friend. And, a dog can make camp feel like home.
Dogs embody the values that are front and center in the camp community. They love unconditionally, they don’t care what you look like or what you are wearing, they are inclusive and accepting, and they don’t judge. Tails up for the camp dog!