- Camp engages children in activities that stimulate thinking, problem solving, and planning; all of which reduce the summertime “brain drain.” Regardless of the type of camp (art, music, outdoor activities, technology, etc.), structured, group activities require campers to actively think – often in different ways than they do at school.
2. Camp allows children to practice social skills in a less structured environment than school provides. Camps typically include significant time for free play, or less structured activities, where children can practice interacting with peers. There are also typically a different group of peers at camp than during the school year, allowing children new social experiences.
3. Camp allows children to try new activities. It is often hard to pack all of the activities in which children are interested during the school year. Summertime offers opportunities to try overnight camping, or Lego Robotics, or painting and drawing, or whatever new activity sparks a child’s interest.
4. Overnight camps allow children to gain independence. I recommend a great book called Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow by Michael Thompson for a discussion on the many ways overnight camps promote resilience, self-esteem and happiness.
5. Camps are fun! Children like to engage in active, productive activities with friends. Enrolling your child in summer camp will reduce the times you are likely to hear “I’m bored!”
And One Reason you should Sign Your Child up for Camp NOW!
- Summer Camps in the greater DC area can fill up fast! You will ensure your child’s spot in the camp of their choice by signing up early.