Why Send Your Child to Camp?
As summer approaches, you may be planning summer activities for your kids. Going to summer camp is the perfect way for your child to experience new activities, grow in character, and most importantly, have fun! If you're wondering about the benefits of summer camp for your child, we've compiled a list of all the best reasons to send them.
Independence and Self-Esteem
At summer camp, the children are lifted from their usual routine. In most cases, their parents and usual friends aren't there. Summer camp gives kids the unique opportunity to branch out and make new friends while learning new things in a positive environment. Camp provides a wonderful environment for your child to grow. They will learn new skills and try lots of activities, but they'll also learn more about themselves and how to interact with others. All of this is done under the guidance and support of positive role models. Camp counsellors are seen less by kids as "teachers" or "bosses" and more as cool, older friends. And these camp counsellors want to help your child grow, learn, and generally have the best time ever!
Because summer camp is packed with fun activities like horseback riding, archery, canoeing, rock climbing, arts and crafts, drama and music, kids get the chance to explore interests they never knew they had. Your child might come home with a new passion! And even if they don't fall completely in love with one activity, the chance to try so many different things will definitely enrich their development. There are also many camps which specify in a certain activity that your child might already have an interest in.
Many kids today prefer watching television or playing videos games to physical activity. Camp is an environment where kids can learn to have fun being active. It'll get them out of the house and onto the sports field, or rock wall, or beachfront!
Appreciation for Nature
Most camps are situated in a natural setting. Kids who spend most of their lives in the city will get the chance to explore nature -- a chance they might not get the rest of the year going to school. Many camps offer specific orienteering or outdoor adventure programs, which can be a unique and invaluable experience for your child.
Kids come away from camp having just had the best week of their lives! They've made new pals (who often become lifelong friends), they've experienced all sorts of fun activities, and most importantly, they feel good about themselves! The good memories your child will make at camp will last a lifetime.
Camp Changes Lives!
We have seen countless examples of how summer camp has changed kids' lives. It's what makes us camp leaders want to keep working in this awesome ministry. The growth children experience as they learn to be more patient, respectful, confident and skilled is evident, as many parents can testify.
Our member camps are all Christian camps, which means they intend to share the love of God to their campers while offering an activity-packed week of fun. This nurturing, inclusive environment is unparalleled. Offering the opportunity for spiritual growth as well as growth in skill and character is what makes CCI/Canada's member camps different from other camps in Canada. We believe that the values our camp staff can instill in the campers can only serve to positively influence their young lives.
Thanks for considering sending your children to summer camp. If kids are ready for camp, we can almost guarantee you won't regret sending them! And any of our member camps would love to have them.
Now that you've decided it's a great idea to send your child to summer camp, you can read more on what to expect!