The Importance of Summer Camp
Giving your child the gift of summer camp is, in my mind, one the greatest gifts you can ever give them. It is a gift of community, social connections, connections to the natural world, and finding one’s place and voice in the world. Stepping away from home and into another safe and nurturing environment where one is expected to be responsible for oneself and contribute to the community is a time of great growth for a child.
Every day more and more research is done on the value of educational experiences outside of the classroom. A good summer camp environment is designed to challenge young people physically, mentally, socially and spiritually with steady encouragement from staff who love being with children and teens and who are committed to encouraging growth on all fronts.
Sending your child away to camp can be a difficult decision, especially the first time. As a parent of now young adults, I have been there and understand that feeling. I can say from personal experience and from watching hundreds of families arrive for their first ever camp session, giving your child this space to grow is one of the best things you will ever do for them.
If you are still sitting on the fence about whether or not your child, or you, are ready for camp I encourage you to go to the American Camp Association website and check out their articles and resources. In particular I think you will enjoy this article.
Hope to see you at camp soon!
Noni Waite-Kucera, Executive Director