Monday, May 21, 2012

Why Should I Send My Child To Camp?

Summer is fast approaching and things are getting ready to heat up. Most of the schools only have a week or two left. Then what? 
Well, one option is the classic notion of sending the kids to camp. There are many options for summer camps now. You can choose day or overnight, activity specific (soccer, theater, music, etc), or group specific. The options are there you just need to pick which one(s) best suit the needs and desires of your child. 
I attended camp every summer for more than twelve years. I had the best time! Every year it would come I would hardly sleep a wink the night before and the morning of I was the first to rise. The friends I made at camp, I will never forget. The skills I learned I still use often. The fun I had…well enough about me. You are probably wondering-Still need convincing that camp could be the quickest route to summer bliss. Why should you send your child to camp? I can name a few reasons, though in my opinion there are a million more.
·         They will make new friends- Kids will expand their social circle by meeting new faces, often times the only people they see are family or school friends and camp is the perfect opportunity to meet new people.
·         They will gain independence- Kids learn that they can do things on their own, they learn to cope with being away from mom and dad, they are forced to step out of their comfort zone to try new things and make new friends.
·         Skill building – Among confidence, cooperation, respect for self and others, and decision making, skills can range from outdoor education and fire building, to hiking and learning about nature, swimming, canoeing, archery, crafts and so much more. They will always have the skills once learned and it is most likely something they would never have gotten the chance to do otherwise.
·         They stay physically active- Camp provides opportunities to reconnect with nature. They can hike through the woods, play a game of volleyball, go canoeing or swimming and participate in other activities that require physical activity.

Want to learn more about how a Girl Scout camp can benefit your daughter?  Check it out!

Happy Camping!

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