School Summer Camp
It’s every parent’s concern: What’s the best way for
my child to spend his or her free time during summer
and other breaks? To some, it’s a time for children to
play and have fun. For others, it’s an opportunity for kids
to hone their studies or learn new skills -- or even
subjects, from arts to architecture.
There’s a single destination that gets kids outside
having fun, experts say, while teaching them lifelong
skills. It’s called a camp.
The benefits of 'camp' are plenty, from life lessons
beyond the classroom and the value of playtime to
appreciating nature and building confidence and
"The major changes in campers’ growth speaks
tremendously of the summer camp experience,"
says Troy Glover, the director of the University of
Waterloo’s Healthy Communities Research Network.
Camp provides a safe environment to freely learn, grow and develop their capabilities. Summer camp, according to the study, fosters emotional intelligence (or EQ), self-confidence, independence, healthy living, environmental awareness, learning, leadership and other skills that prove beneficial long into adulthood. At camp, you can have your cake flavored with a mix of fun and learning, and eat it too.
The core benefits are
Building friendships and social skills
Developing resilience and confidence
Becoming and staying physically fit
Overcoming nature deficit disorder
Learning the values of leadership
Continuing education in the summer
Carving time for “active play”