Tim Horton’s Camp Day, Camp Ronald McDonald, there’s a reason some of the biggest organizations in the world see fit to have some of their biggest charitable causes take centre stage in the form of summer camps… because kids love it!
First and foremost, it gets children off the computer and out of the house for the summer and into the great outdoors, putting them in touch with their surroundings and the environment. It’s an amazing way for children to make new friends and establish some independence; a summer camp is usually focused on developing a new set of skills to bring home apart from the added benefit of the social ones.
Camps are a great opportunity to fill in gaps parents feel their children’s schools might be missing; refining sports skills, coding, or ‘outdoorsmanship’ can be built in a way parents may have not had the opportunity to do, whether it be due to busy schedules, inexperience, or many other factors.
While some 90’s kids may have more of a Goosebumps or ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ vision of summer camp, it may comfort them to know that there’s a lot more archery, robotics, crafts and football as opposed to haunted manuscripts and possessed dogs.
In 2018, with an estimated 14,000 camps in the United States alone, there are many positive statistics available in terms of the benefit of camp to the child-psyche:
• 96% of campers say camp helped them make new friends
• 92% of campers say camp helped them feel good about themselves
• 70% of parents say their child gained self-confidence
• 74% of campers did things they were afraid to do or try at first
• More than 14 million adults and kids attend camps each year
Modern camps are ever evolving to include activities kids enjoy — adventure camps being one of the latest crazes, along with coding camps — and camps ensure children/youth learn new experiences and new skills.
It’s very hard to argue with 90%+ satisfaction rates among children so if you think your child could benefit from camp, take advantage of the many resources to choose the right camp you’re your needs or interests.