Purls of Wisdom

The Long-Term Value of Sending Your Children to Summer Camp

Posted by Carrie Metz on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 04:30 PM

It’s just around the corner. Summer vacation and those long days of trying to keep your kids entertained. While the thought of coordinating activities for your children over the 10-11 weeks of summer break seems daunting, you’re still unsure about sending your children to camp. Before deciding to keep the kids home and accepting the additional hours of TV watching and video game playing, consider these long-term benefits associated with sending your children to summer camp.

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Pique Their Interest in Something New

As most camps offer a variety of activities such as horseback riding, swimming, obstacle courses, hiking and even arts in a supervised environment, your children will have the opportunity to take on new adventures and experiences. By expanding their horizons and putting them in a new, unexplored setting, they grow new interests that can turn into permanent passions.

Yes, They Will Make New Friends

It might sound cliche, but kids do make long-lasting friends at camp. Sharing a similar experience over several weeks can promote tight friendships among campers. Similar to school, children form bonds when sharing activities over time. And by interacting with fellow campers of various backgrounds, your kids will learn about diversity and how to get along with people from all walks of life.

Grow Their Personality

Do you have a child often overshadowed by a louder or more outgoing sibling or neighborhood friend? Summer camps offer an opportunity to start fresh and have your child explore their personality and interests while meeting new kids. Instead of having a sibling speak for them, they can “come out of their shell” to take the lead in conversations and make friends on their terms. You may not even recognize the more mature person that returns from camp!

Reduce Reliance on Technology

Kids spend too much time buried in technology. Camps introduce a variety of activities that children can enjoy while interacting with others on a one-to-one basis. Instead of ‘socializing’ on their smartphone, children can participate in a range of activities that gets them moving and savoring the sheer joy of life. Down the road, after camp, you might find your child prefers to ride a bike or fashion their doll instead of playing video games all the time.

Take Advantage of Their Talents

Have a sports enthusiast or fashion fanatic? Some camps specialize in specific activities attuned to the personality of the camper such as theater and arts, sports and even sewing. The Handwork Studio, for example, offers a sewing summer camp program that gives kids the opportunity to explore needle arts, machine sewing and fashion from professional artists. Your son or daughter can foster creativity and learn lifetime skills in a very social and guided environment. Find a location near you today!

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