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As soon as spring break ends, the first thought on your kid’s mind is “How long until summer?” The same can be said at the end of any extended school break. We all know good schooling is vital to the maturity and growth of any child, but there’s something exciting about having loads of free time dropped into your lap. For reference, think about how you feel at 5 p.m. on the Friday before Labor Day. Summer offers many different options for your child to have fun, so what makes summer camp so great? We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite things about summer camp. By the end you just might be sold on the idea.
Summer Camp Allows Your Child to Explore
Childhood is an amazing time where children are constantly learning new things and encountering different places for the first time. As we grow older, we often look back on these years with fondness due to the innocence and simplicity of its time. The current era may not seem as carefree as previous decades but we still owe our children the same chance at this educational, fun process.
We can look for ways to encourage the use of imagination throughout the year. Trips to zoos, museums, and playgrounds are wonderful for meeting the needs of a child. After all, we know that allowing kids to use their imaginations leads to all kinds of positive results. Summer camps take this same energy and applies it through games, crafts, and more. Depending on what kind of summer camp you send your child to, he or she may get the chance to learn more about nature, history, music, or science. Not only is this a great time for kids to learn about the world around them, but they can also learn more about themselves. In the process, your child will also have the opportunity to meet new people. Which takes us to our next point...
Your Child Makes New Friends at Camp
We’re all familiar with the idea of making new friends at camp, right? In pre-social media days, you may not have heard from these friends for several months out of the year, but as soon as you each arrive at camp, the friendship is picked back up in no time. Kids these days can enjoy this same feeling even though Facebook and other sites have made the separation much more palatable.
Whether your child takes to new acquaintances easily or not, the safety net is removed at summer camp. This sink-or-swim moment is an important part of the progression from childhood to adult. To be fair, not every camper does so well with the first experience, but this is typically limited to children of an early age. Most researches find that children are able to adapt well, so the feeling of homesickness has more to do with how often kids are left on their own than with other factors.
As soon as the parents leave, it’s up to their child to make the most of any possible friendships. We may want to coddle our children, or even wander the border of being a “helicopter parent,” but the process of making new friends is one that every child learns to deal with at some point. It’s not something to fear, but an experience to anticipate and encourage. Summer camp is a great opportunity for homeschooled children or kids that don’t get to play with other children that often to work on their social skills. With camps that focus on sports or music, it might also be a profitable networking adventure. Don’t forget about Christian camps where your child can learn more about his faith and meet other like-minded people.
Summer Camp is FUN!
Look, there’s just no getting around it. Summer camps are really fun. On top of meeting new friends and taking in fresh experiences, every summer camp has its own particular take on excitement. Your average summer camp will have activities like horseback riding, zip lines, paintball, archery, etc. that is sure to make your kid excited about the opportunity. Even when the kids are not taking part in a designated activity, there are often games, fun songs, and team challenges that will provide a week’s worth of enjoyment.
If your child is interested in going to a music or sports camp, they’ll get to learn about things they love from some very important people. At Camp Electric, for example, we bring in some of the biggest names in Christian music to work with kids who want to pursue a career that combines their love of music with faith. Each camp has their own unique style, but one of the core goals of any such organization is to entertain campers and create an atmosphere of excitement. Your kids will bouncing off the walls telling you all about the cool things that they were able to do at summer camp.
Summer Could Use a Little Variety
We all look forward to having time off, but eventually things start to get a little stale in the summer. You can only go to the pool or sleep in til noon so many times before all of these days off start to get a little bland. That’s why it is always a good idea to make plans and create activities during the summer. Whether it’s a family vacation or a weekend camping trip in a nearby national park, summer needs to have a little variety if you’re really going to take advantage of the freedom. If you have the availability and resources to do so, it’s nice to plan family outings throughout the summer to mix things up and give everyone something fun to look forward to in anticipation. Summer camp is one of the best ways to build this excitement and with most camps taking place near the middle of summer, they come in at just the right time to make things interesting.
Parents Need a Break
When the school year kicks in, most parents develop a routine that is strenuous but works for them. Summer comes along and suddenly the kids have 7+ hours that you previously didn’t have to account for when they were in school. This means you might have to make arrangements with a family member or friend to watch them or take off time from work to get the kids where they need to be. Depending on your situation, the summer may be even more stressful than the school year. Now imagine a week where one or more of your children are away having a lot of fun and you can do whatever you want. That’s about as good as a trip to the beach, isn’t it? Of course you’ll miss them and give them big hugs when they come back, but that week will be like a spa day in the meantime.
Whatever reason you have for sending your kid(s) to summer camp, know that it is a time-honored tradition that studies show is good for both parents and children. Do your homework and find a suitable camp for your child and you’ll both be on your way to an amazing summer.
Camp Electric is a Christian music education camp that teaches kids how to use their talents at church and in their communities while also providing a fun atmosphere with some of today’s most talented artists. Find out your child can be a part of this one-of-a-kind summer camp by clicking below.