You might have already known that summer camp can provide a lifetime of benefits for any child who attends. But now, there’s scientific research to back your opinion. A new study conducted by researchers at Clemson University found that summer camps don’t only provide healthy outlets for fun activities and kids fitness, but they also provide crucial developmental benefits, too.
For Barry Garst, an associate professor of youth development leadership at Clemson University, found that camp experiences aid children of all ages by keeping both minds and bodies active while school is out of session. Normally, children spend an average of seven and a half hours behind various laptop, tablet, and cell phone screens. But at summer camp, children are instead outdoors. Additionally, according to the study, these benefits carry on to the long-term, positively impacting children well into adulthood.
“Camping experiences push a child’s boundaries in the best way possible,” Garst said in a statement. “While camping can build self-confidence and improve how a child feels about themselves, the positive impact camping has on other aspects of human development shouldn’t be overshadowed.”
Summer camps can offer academic benefits for children, helping them to improve literacy skills. Garst also found that summer camps help children to develop more social skills and increase independence and self-confidence.
If you’re looking for evidence of your own, simply ask any of the 11 million children and adults who attend camp in the United States. There are currently more than 12,000 resident and day camps that exist across the country, where kids are able to engage in fun activities, make friends, and ultimate reap benefits that will last them a lifetime.
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