During summer break, it can be easy to let the kids stay home and watch TV or spend several hours a day playing video games. Instead of creating a couch potato who stays indoors, there are many kinds of summer camp choices for kids that offer them time to be productive, learn new skills, play outdoors, and the opportunity to make new friends.
Likely, there are hundreds of traditional summer camps to choose from in your city but did you know that there are summer camps for just about every interest and hobby? Children who have an interest in art, sports, science, or technology can benefit from camps geared specifically toward their hobbies. Kids enrolled in a camp that focuses on acting, sports, music, academic subjects, and technology will stay productive while they become more skilled in the subject or hobby they enjoy; a great way to spend summer vacation if you ask me!
Benefits of Summer Camp
Overnight summer camps can increase your child’s level of independence and allow him or her to feel confident in a new setting. Day and overnight camps allow children to remain physically active during the day with the sports and games, allowing kids to remain healthy and fit. It may be a challenge to encourage your shy child to become excited about attending camp, but camp counselors are great at making kids feel safe and secure as well as the right support offered from you, the parent, ahead of time. You can also send your shy child to summer camp with an older sibling or friend to help him feel more comfortable while leaving
home and work with camp counselors ahead of time and arrange to send care packages to your camper.
Attending an educational camp is great for kids who are excited about learning as well as those who are a little behind in school. Educational camps teach kids to appreciate learning in a few way which typically results in them becoming excited about attending school in the coming year.If your child is hyperactive, summer camp will allow your him to blow off steam and energy. Attending summer camp can increase your child’s awareness of the world around and allow him to feel confident with newfound friends!
What are the three most important things to remember when choosing and preparing your child for summer camp?
- Stay positive! Help get your camper excited for camp by involving them in the process, helping them pick out their activities, and encouraging them throughout their experience.
- Be realistic. Like the rest of life, camp will probably have its ups and downs for your camper. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest advantages of the summer camp experience. Prepare your camper for this and empower them to grow from it.
- Talk to other parents. When choosing the camp for your family, it is important to talk to other parents who have sent their children to the particular camp you are considering. Ask them questions about the programming, facilities, and staff so that you can have a clearer idea of whether or not it is the right fit for your child.
With so many summer camp choices for kids and children getting such wonderful benefits from attending summer camp, there shouldn’t be a doubt in your mind that summer camp is a great choice for your child.
Alicia Hagan lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two children and puppy. Alicia blogs at TheMommyInsider.com and is the founder of AtlantaMoms.com. A (quiet) pioneer in the online parenting/mom publishing industry, Alicia started her website in 2001 and her blog in 2006. On her blog readers will find stories about Alicia’s travels, her parenting journey, and car and gadget reviews.