It is estimated that some 6 million children in the United States go to summer camp each year. It is an enduring tradition that has been around for numerous generations and still continues to educate and entertain kids of all ages. It is a chance to get your kids off the sofa and communicate with nature, as well as making new friends and enjoying new experiences. Although some parents have reservations, it could be the best summer of your child’s life. Below, we look at 5 reasons why you should send your kid to summer camp.
To Get Positive Role Models
Summer camp counselors are usually 18-19 years old and still have an incredible amount of energy, a must when dealing with a large group of kids! These counselors are specially trained to provide a safe environment for your kids and to teach them fun activities. Children love camp counselors because they are more like a fun older sibling than a parent, which means the kids will respond better and even see counselors as role models.
To Meet New People
This is an obvious benefit of summer camp since your child will meet people outside of his core group of friends. He will come into contact with individuals from new communities and cultures, due to many camps hiring international counselors for this very reason. Your child will spend all day with new people and should forge friendships. Above all, your child will learn that there is more to the world than his community.
For New Experiences
Where else will your child get to climb rope that involves climbing over a river or get to the summit of a mountain?
While parents are naturally worried about their kids and can be guilty of overprotection, counselors allow appropriate risks where your child can enjoy a rush of adrenaline without ever being in real danger. He can raft with a safety jacket and the guidance of a counselor or climb a cliff with a safety harness.
To Develop Creativity
One of the biggest complaints employers have in the modern era is a lack of creativity among employees. When we are content to allow our kids to do the same thing in a comfortable environment, we inhibit their creative progress. At summer camp, your child has the freedom to express himself with the encouragement of his fellow campers and counselors. When your kids are away from their normal environment, they are forced to develop creative thinking skills because their parents are not there to help.
For Relaxation (For You!)
Instead of having to drive your child to football practice, art class, or karate lessons, someone else does it for you! Your child will get to participate in an array of fun activities and you’ll finally have some peace and quiet! As you take care of your kids during the rest of the year, treat summer camp as a form of holiday. Your children will be looked after by professionals, so relax and have your own memorable summer.
Simply put, summer camp is a win-win situation. Your child gets to meet new people and have the most fun he has ever had, while you get to spend some quality time resting and relaxing.