Why Send Your Kids to Summer Camp?
If I’m being cynical, I would imagine your initial response to the title above is “So I can get rid of the little troublemakers and have some peace and quiet for a few weeks!”.
However, sending your kids off to summer camp needn’t be an entirely self-serving decision. Your children will be enriched by the experience, and invariably it will push them out of their comfort zone, forcing them to become more independent, learn new skills and stay active.
Yet, camp counsellors are vetted with the highest possible care. These individuals are consistently positive role models. They are taught to lead by example, and encourage children to act in a way that is morally and ethically correct.
Better still, because they are viewed as “cool older friends” rather than “bossy teachers”, they’re able to use this privileged position to show that “doing the right thing” can be cool.
Camp is an ideal place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves. No longer will there be a parent or teacher breathing down their neck, guiding their every move.
They can manage their daily choices and if they’re struggling, they have the safety net of insightful counsellors to fall back on.
Honestly, children welcome the new freedom with open arms. From choosing which activities to take on, how to budget their tuck money and who to befriend, this is independence like they’ve never experienced.
Summer Camp helps shape your kids personalities and make them strong and independent.
Learning New Skills
Summer camps create a community where kids are encouraged to work together to achieve common goals.
In the process, they learn to communicate clearly, work together as part of a team, and in some cases, be a leader. Kids learn to share chores within their cabins and inevitably they will have to resolve disagreements and learn to respect one another.
Making New Friends
Imagine being holed up in a small wood cabin for days and weeks with the same 7 other campers. You really have no choice but to bond.
Camp is free of the social pressures and expectations found in your typical secondary school. It creates a communal bond between children because your days activities are largely the same; learning new games, singing unfamiliar songs, etc.
Consequently, kids often find themselves befriending those who they wouldn’t normally spend time with. The Goth mingles with the hipster, the band geek with the skateboarder.
Your kids will leave camp more confident and more open to meeting others, an invaluable skill throughout their life.
An alarming study has shown that kids born today are the first generations who are expected to live shorter lives than their parents.
One of the main reasons for this trend can be attributed to the decline in physical exercise taking place. Nowadays, kids are more interested in playing games on their tablets and smart phones than they are in going for a bike ride or catching grasshoppers.
Which is why, as parents, we need to make a concerted effort to ensure that our kids stay active as frequently as possible.
At camp, they’ll be away from their games consoles. Instead, they’ll be climbing a rock wall, playing volleyball at the beach or learning ultimate Frisbee on the field.
When school is in session, your kids are looked after all day and pre-occupied with their school work.
Come summer, we parents still need to grind away at work, while our young ones have the chains removed.
Your kids may become easily bored in the summer months, leading them to whine and complain. The last thing you want is to be saddled with the responsibility of planning every single day of the summer out for them.
So why not have some time apart from your children? Sending them to camp means that they will have exciting and stimulating activities to do each and every day.
This means you needn’t be anxious about their wellbeing. What’s more, you’ll have a few weeks of “alone time” with your spouse to up the intimacy. A candlelit dinner on a Tuesday night? Yes please. A bottle of wine on a Thursday evening? Absolutely.