Why Summer Camp is important for Children


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Every summer, millions of children attend summer camps throughout the United States. Although each camp is different, Summer Camps can be a powerfully positive experience with many benefits for children. More than other youth programs, Summer Camps provide a positive developmental environment for youths to grow “who they really are” and “who they want to be”. Summer Camps improves the lives of children in the long term.

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Why Summer Camp is important for Children

  1. 1. Why Summer Camp is Important For Children Sarah Mallard Teamworks Northboro Camp Director
  2. 2. “Summer Camp is a place where kids don’t have to worry about their ‘status’ or to ‘lol’ while texting. Instead, it’s a place where they will learn how to swim, bike, sail, paint, lead, grow, laugh, compete, kick, run, sing, dance, act, play and become a friend.”
  3. 3. Summer Camp An American tradition since 1861
  4. 4. Now…… 2013
  5. 5. Summer Camp Today………. 500 million children served Camps across all 50 states of the USA 10 million children participate in camp each year
  6. 6. Why Register for Summer Camp?
  7. 7. Summer Camp is Important for Child Development
  8. 8. The primary purpose of Summer Camps is the educational, physical and social development of campers.
  9. 9. “But camp is not about facilities or structures or about the new roof on the barn – camp is about family, love, acceptance, creativity, tradition, spirit and togetherness, things that are sorely lacking in the world around us.”
  10. 10. Dear Mom and Dad, -Your Child
  11. 11. Campers develop life-long skills at Summer Camp
  12. 12. discover and develop what they like to do Adventure Skills Sports Abilities Artistic Talents Camp expands every child’s abilities
  13. 13. Campers gain more independence at Camp
  15. 15. Campers gain resiliency
  16. 16. Try new things Camp helps conquer fears.
  17. 17. Campers experience success and become more confident
  18. 18. Self-Confidence Camp teaches kids that they can. Self-Esteem
  19. 19. Camp Encourages Physical Activity
  20. 20. Camp is action! Jumping Running Climbing Hiking
  21. 21. Camp = Opportunity to Unplug from Electronics
  22. 22. When kids take a break from TV, cell phones, and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage the real world— real people, real activities, and real emotions. They realize, there’s always plenty to do.
  23. 23. Campers learn social skills at Camp
  24. 24. Trustworthiness Character Building Participation Respect Fairness Sharing Caring Responsibility Communication Community Leadership Resourcefulness Teamwork Conflict Resolution
  25. 25. Camp Helps Campers Make True Friends
  26. 26. All the fun at camp draws everyone together Camp is where you go away, meet strangers, become friends, and leave with a family.
  27. 27. "…on the last day of camp (a camper) told me `I don't have friends at school, but now I do…" (and when) his mother came to camp to hug me and thank me…she said I was the reason (her son) was always smiling now - that's when I knew I had made a difference." - Eric, Camp Counselor
  28. 28. The Power of Camp
  29. 29. Campers say being at Summer Camp …….. “ .” “The people at camp helped me feel good about myself. “
  30. 30. Parents Say their child…… “gained self-confidence at camp.” “continues to participate in the new activities he or she learned at camp. “ “
  31. 31. What are you waiting for…..
  32. 32. Start your search for a Summer Camp for your Family Today American Camp Association