Catching fireflies. Roasting marshmallows over a campfire. There’s just something about summer camp that makes it unforgettable. And it’s really good for kids, too. Beyond just the fresh air and sunshine, summer camp has lasting benefits. Here are 5 reasons to send your kids to summer camp:
#5.) Your child will learn new skills.
Maybe she’s never tried archery before. Or horse-back riding. Or paddling a canoe.
When you send your child to summer camp (especially an outdoorsy summer camp), she’ll try things she’s probably never tried before and develop skills she never knew she had.
#4.) Your child will make lifelong friends.
Summer camp is a place to make lifelong friends. As an adult, many of my closest friends are ones I met at summer camp when I was a kid.
Just being in a new environment and sharing fun experiences with other campers will help your camper bond and build friendships. He’ll learn the importance of trust and team-building. And he’ll make great connections that don’t revolve around texting/Facebooking/Snapchatting/etc. Summer camp is kinda like the original social network.
#3.) Your child will build confidence.
Sending your child to summer camp is an investment in her character. She will observe other kids her age trying things like rock-climbing, dirt bikes, or taking the lead role in a camp-wide skit, and she’ll be encouraged to try it herself. Don’t be surprised if your shy little girl comes home from a week at summer camp as a confident young lady.
#2.) Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Okay, please don’t get me wrong – I absolutely LOVE spending time with my kids – but a little distance can be healthy for both of us from time to time. The kids get an opportunity to enjoy life without my direct supervision, and I get to tackle those projects around the house that I’ve been putting off for months. Then we’ll BOTH be incredibly excited to see one another when I pick them up from a week at summer camp.
#1.) It will change your child’s life.
I’m speaking from experience. Summer camp changed my life. I went to summer camp when I was 7 and begged my parents to let me go every summer until I was 18. It changed me. I’m a better person because of it. Kids learn so much about themselves and the world around them at summer camp. It’s an opportunity for them to grow individually, emotionally, and spiritually. Summer camp is an experience they’ll never forget.
Sponsored by: Grace Bible Camp
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