[youtube:RoF47hsphXM?fs=1;[link: Find A Summer Camp];http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoF47hsphXM?fs=1&feature=related] Do I send My kid to Teen Camps? This is a non-question for folks who went to camp as a Teenager. Most only have positive thoughts and cherished memories of a time gone by.
Speaking of value, given our current economy sleep away camp is easily the most affordable summer care choice available. Camp is so much more than childcare. It’s a place and time for kids to gain independence, enhance their skills, make new friends and above all have fun.
Few places on earth can provide a child with opportunities for continuous nonstop daily fun the way a well-run summer camp can. All of that pure, safe fun would be reason enough want to be a camper, but summer camp offers much more to a child’s life.
Healthy physical exercise is a natural part of everyday life for a camper. Camp activities and interaction with nature provide exercise for the camper’s intellect and imagination as well. Summer camp offers a wonderful template for kids to learn the skills of social interaction in a more creative and independent way than school settings allow. Still gently guided by capable adult friends and role models called counselors, campers get an independent chance to apply what they have been taught at home in a larger world.
Campers discover their own capacities and grow into them, setting newer and higher standards for their own behavior themselves. The camp context encourages perseverance, listening skills, teamwork, recognizing similarities and appreciating differences. A pattern of self discovery that that is uniquely nurtured and developed at camp becomes a lifelong habit.
Jeff and Lonnie Lorenz, directors of Wisconsin’s Swift Nature Camp for over a decade, see summer camp as a fresh opportunity for self perception: “Summer camp is an opportunity for each child to come to a new place and try new things and make new friends. Everyone starts on equal footing with a chance to just be oneself. Summer camp is a new beginning, and that’s a good thing.”
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