If you’ve attended summer camp before, then you know that it’s the kind of experience that shapes your life in a number of ways. The numerous positive effects of summer camp are felt firsthand as a child goes through their summer. However, these positive effects linger into adulthood, helping children to become healthy, positive, and happy individuals.
But if you weren’t lucky enough to attend summer camp as a child, you might not understand what a positive impact it has on children throughout their lives.
Want proof? Here are some of the benefits of attending summer camp:
Kids are physically active
Did you know that only one in three children are physically active every day? This goes against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that children experience at least an hour of physical activity per day. Through fun activities, games, and kids fitness programs, camp
encourages kids to engage in physical activity in ways that are social, fun, and beneficial to their health.
Less screen time, more social time
In our digitally saturated world, screen time is practically all of the time. In fact, children spend more than seven and a half hours collectively in front of a screen, whether it be a television screen, video games, or a computer. This can often take away from real-time social activities that help them to build important skills and friendships. Camp enables kids to get out there and interact with others and learn crucial skills and gain friendships they will carry with them for life.
Camp builds confidence
Summer camp helps to build children’s self esteem and self confidence because it challenges them outside of an academic world and places them in a kid friendly, fun-centered environment. This encourages them to not take themselves as seriously, and to push their limits while having fun.
It might be winter, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your child’s summer plans.