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We ask ourselves each year, as parents, if we can afford to send our children to summer camps. Throughout the year, some of us already face the financial decisions to pay for extracurricular activities such as dance, football, cheerleading, gymnastics, marching band, soccer, etc. Summer camps are just another way to help enrich the lives and growth of your children. You will find that the costs can vary wildly depending on a number of factors such as the location of the camp, duration of the programs, activity types, and the child-to-instructor ratio.
When it comes time to decide on summer camp for your kids, you have some great options. Two of the big ones are church camp and individual camp.
Most churches have some type of getaway planned for the summer. Hopefully it's near a lake in the forest, replete with log cabins and fire pits. Just thinking about it makes you want to break out the marshmallows and an acoustic guitar.
Not all summer music camps are the same. While there will be similarities, there are often many differences. So how do you find the one that best fits your needs? In the case of Camp Jam vs Camp Electric, we first want to look at the purpose of the camps. Is there common ground? What variations can we find?
The best summer camp for you and your family will be determined by your goals and preferences. There is no negative light here, only a look into the world of Camp Electric and Camp Jam.
No, your child will not be a better musician after attending one of the many summer music camps. However, your student would also not be a better basketball player the week after attending basketball camp. Yes they will spend the week involved in an environment customized to help their musical growth. Music is a lifelong journey and marked improvement takes time.
For instance, some of the technical skills they learn will require thousands of repetitions to become muscle memory. There's literally not enough hours in a day for them to master these new skills and techniques in one week.
Students often experience personal revival at summer camp. It can be a great time of spiritual awakening and faith building. Sadly, once they're back at home, there is often a falling away, and the closeness you discovered can diminish.
When you think about it, it makes perfect sense-- camp is the perfect environment for spiritual growth. The key to continued spiritual growth is taking some of the things that helped you get close to the Lord at camp and making them a part of your everyday life. Here are three things you can do to continue, and even deepen your spiritual walk, after summer camp: