We all know camp is fun. How could it not be with so many different activities and special events! But besides the fun children have, there are many benefits for children who attend camp. Here are just five of the benefits of camp.
Camp allows kids to unplug from technology – Today’s children spend over 7.5 hours a day engaged in media. The majority of summer camps don’t allow campers to have smart phones or computers, allowing children to focus on learning new activities and social interactions.
Camp provides children with the skills needed to become successful adults in the 21st century – The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a group of businesses, education leaders, and policymakers including the U.S Department of Education, AOL Time Warner Foundation, Apple Computer, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc. and others, has performed extensive research on the skills needed to become successful adults in life and work in the 21st century. The majority of essential skills needed for success is fostered at camp and include oral communication, collaboration, work ethic, creativity, leadership, social skills, problem solving and critical thinking.
Summer camp helps stem summer learning loss in children- Summer programs keep students engaged in learning. According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA, intentional summer programs, like camp, help stem summer learning loss – providing experiences that challenge children, develop talents, keep them engaged, and expand horizons.
Camp keeps kids active and moving– Children today are more sedentary than ever and they don’t get enough exercise. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 17% of children and adolescents are obese. At camp, children are active all day long playing soccer, swimming, hiking, and playing gaga.
Children make wonderful friends at camp – Camp is a community where children bond quickly by sharing in the activities and the traditions of camp. Research by the American Camp Association (ACA) has found that 96% of campers say that camp helped them make new friends and 69% of parents say their child remains in contact with friends made at camp.