The Lifetime Value of Summer Camp
written on Oct 17, 2017
This year, consider these valuable lessons that your kids will learn at camp that last a lifetime.
Make Lifelong Friends
On opening day at camp, there is always excitement in the air as kids meet up with old friends and instantly form new friendships.
After a summer of bonding, many kids even continue their friendships throughout the school year through phone calls and texts.
Then, kids who return to camp each year get to grow up with their friends, and these friendships often continue long after the kids mature into adults.
Cultivate Healthy Habits
The days at summer camp are filled with physical activity. Kids also enjoy a healthy menu that begins with a full breakfast to help jumpstart their energy levels.
During the course of a summer, kids are exposed to activities such as wakeboarding, hiking and whitewater rafting. This teaches kids that exercise does not have to mean spending hours on a boring treadmill.
Instead, kids learn to move their bodies while having fun. Since the majority of sports that kids engage in at camp can be continued once they become adults, this type of training leads to a lifetime commitment to better health.
Discover a Love for Nature
Kids today are exposed to vast amounts of technology that can lead to them spending hours stuck to a screen.
At summer camp, kids are encouraged to unplug, and they quickly discover that there is a world just waiting to be explored.
Learning to love the outdoors gives kids a unique view of nature that inspires them to continue to care for the environment.
Spending time in green spaces also helps to decrease depression and anxiety so that kids learn healthy ways to promote better mental health throughout their life.
Develop Inner Strength
It takes courage to try to stand up on water skis for the first time or perform a new trick on the silk ropes hanging high above the gymnastics mat.
Yet, this is the type of thing that kids do at camp every single day.
Somehow, tackling a challenge is just easier at camp where kids rely upon the encouragement of their coaches and fellow campers.
With every challenge met, kids develop their confidence, and this brave mindset is exactly what they need to be successful in the adult world where taking safe risks is sometimes necessary to advance in their career.
Hone Leadership Skills
One of the biggest goals parents have is to raise kids who are independent adults.
After a few summers at camp, heading off to college or applying for that first job just doesn’t seem so scary.
Campers are also provided with opportunities to step into leader roles. Whether they head up a hike or perform captain duties on their sports team, every kid has the chance to learn how to manage a group of their peers.
Once their camp days are finished, these kids can transfer their leadership skills to the workplace.
Summer camp only lasts for a few weeks each year, but your kids experience personal growth that influences their personality.
This year, send your kids to Canadian Adventure Camp and watch as they come back transformed by the experiences they have that teach them skills they will use for the rest of their life.
Canadian Adventure Camp is a North Ontario coed sleepover summer camp for kids located on a beautiful private island in the wilderness lakes region of Temagami. Founded in 1975, it provides acclaimed programs to children from around the world!