submitted by Jeremiah Thomas, Camp Curiosity
1) Diversity – Summer camps tend to draw from a wider community area than school districts do and effectively bring together many different cultures and backgrounds that may have otherwise never engaged one another. The level of world experience and knowledge that comes from cultural exchange cannot be overstated in its value to the community as a whole.
2) Leadership – Because of the inherent challenges and the adventures campers will inevitably have they will undoubtedly find themselves in an instance where they must lead. Whether it’s an activity, a sport, or just by contributing to their team as a member, the moment attention shifts to them is the moment your child becomes a leader for others.
3) The Faucet Theory – A faucet has two settings; on and off. So, too, does your child’s education with relation to the school year and the summer. Children often keep their minds running during the school year but shut them off in the summer when there aren’t grades to be earned. At summer camp, however, children remain actively engaged and while they aren’t studying for a test they are actively applying everything they’ve gathered from their textbooks through the winter.
4) The Outdoors – What more needs to be said about the fresh air, sunshine, and open spaces? It’s healthy, fun, and leads to a better attitude. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
5) Memories – Every experience, relationship, adventure, and lesson will find a place in your child’s memory that helps define them as they grow into adolescence and adulthood. The memories they forge at camp will carry with them for the rest of their lives and it’s worth noting that children who attend camp are more likely to send their own children when they become parents themselves.