Camp is a time when children come together from all over to have fun and create everlasting memories! The camp setting is unlike no other, it allows campers to explore new adventures and skills while being in a safe and fun environment. Here are 10 reasons why children need summer camp…
- To live an active and healthy lifestyle.
Children and youth need to be active for a minimum of 60 minutes a day of moderate physical activity. This can include any of the following types of movements:
- Aerobic activities
- Physical activities
- High intensity activities in order to elevate one’s heart rate
Camp activities and programming incorporates many different movements to help improve their overall health!
- Social Skills
A camp setting allows children to develop their social intelligence skills. They learn how to interact with other campers, while being in control of their feelings and thoughts. It allows them to step outside of their comfort zone while being in an safe and welcoming environment.
- Promotes Independence
The concept of independence can be overwhelming especially while being away from parents and loved ones. Camp allows children to take on some responsibilities of their own with the guidance of camp counsellors and supervisors on site. Independence helps children learn some helpful tips and tools on how to overcome situations where they might not have someone directly available to help them.
- Teaches Teamwork
Teamwork is an essential life skill, whether it is at school, sports, work, etc. A camp setting allows children to learn how to work with others in a collaborative environment, along with learning from one another. Most of camp programming is based on group participation, we also include some team building exercise that allow them to communicate with one another to achieve the obstacle ahead.
- ‘Screen-free’ FUN!
As much as we do not want to admit it sometimes, we get into the habit of being on our phones or television a bit too much. This is why camp is such a wonderful opportunity for children to be away from their screen and enjoy some indoor and outdoor activities. It allows them to explore the outdoors while getting some much needed Vitamin D.
- Develops Creativity
Allowing children to be creative and explore new aspects of themselves and those around them is important to a child’s development. For example, at our day camp; campers will learn a variety of technical and tactical skills that will allow them to be creative when it comes to their soccer skills and abilities. These skills also translate well to other aspects of our camper’s lives!
- Stress Reliever
Camp is a great way to relieve stress for children and youth. When they are at camp they do not need to worry about school or competitive sports, they can simply focus on having fun and being themselves. With a wide variety of programming, it allows campers to learn more about themselves and how to deal with stress.
- Making Friendships
Camp is a great way to make friends that will last a lifetime. There are so many opportunities to meet some amazing people, you never know, they might even live down the street. We encourage participation at camp, creating a buddy system and making strong bonds with all the other campers in their group.
- Builds Confidence
We all know that new environments can be scary and worry-some at times. The camp community is a constantly growing environment. Campers are learning and exploring new aspects of themselves and others through various activities continuously. At camp, children have to make many of their own decisions, which is all part of the growing up process.
- Endless FUN!
From learning soccer skills to learn each others’ name, camp is being part of a community and gives you a chance to have fun while being surrounded by wonderful people. Everyday will be a little different, as we want each camper to have a wide variety of experiences and adventures. There is always so much FUN to have at camp!