Consider Summer Camp for Your Child’s Health and Well-Being


Did you know that only one in three children is physically active every day? During the wintertime, this might make sense, since tons of kids are stuck indoors while the weather is so cold or conditions are dangerous. However, there is no excuse for a lack of physical activity in the summertime when the weather is nice.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention insist that children and adolescents get at least one hour of exercise each day. In reality, children are currently spending more than seven and a half hours per day in front of a screen, watching TV or playing video games. This lack of exercise is detrimental to a child’s health, development, and can even harm his emotional state.

Unfortunately, only around one in five homes in the U.S. is within half a mile from a park, and about the same number has a recreation center within a similar distance. For some families, regular outdoor exercise may not be very convenient or safe in their neighborhoods.

In contrast, over 12,000 day and sleep-away summer camps currently exist in the United States. In fact, the number of day camps in the U.S. has increased by almost 90% over the past 20 years. Kids who attend summer camp are more likely to participate in physical activity, positively affecting their health and well-being. Swimming is a popular activity during the hotter months, and many camps offer or even require swimming lessons for campers to ensure their safety.

It has been found that participating in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by as much as 88% among young children. At camp, fun activities such as swimming and sports are helping kids maintain their physical health while also teaching them useful skills. This is part of the reason why more than 11 million children and adults attend (or work at) a camp in the United States each year.

Summer camps also teach children to be independent, as they make their own choices and spend their days apart from their parents or regular guardians. Many individuals who have attended summer camps also say that they have made important friendships that have lasted into adulthood.

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