Have you figured out your summer plans yet? Time is ticking down, and soon summer vacation will be here – along with kids looking for something to occupy their time. Odds are you’ve at least considered the possibility of sending your child to summer camp. So what’s stopping you? Here are just a few reasons why sending your kid to summer camp could result in the best summer of their lives.
- Show Your Independence
It might be hard, but teaching your child independence from an early age can have a huge impact on their future. Camp – including day camp – will encourage your child to stand on their own two feet. They’ll learn to problem solve and deal with minor issues without relying on you. When they finish camp they’ll be tougher, stronger, and confident in their abilities to handle whatever life throws their way.
- Meeting New People
Some kids are social butterflies; others need a little coaxing to come out of their shells. Summer camp is a wonderful benefit for both types of children. Socially confident kids learn how to interact with a diverse group of individuals, while more reserved children are encouraged to speak up. With a little luck, kids will end up making lifelong friends during their stay at summer camp. When you send your child to summer camp, you’re expanding their social circle in ways they never imagined.
- Keep It Moving
Summer is a great time to relax, but too much of a good thing can backfire. If your child is left to their own devices all summer they’ll most likely end up lounging around and getting lazy. Summer camp keeps them active and moving all day, so they’re never bored. It challenges them physically and mentally, and encourages them to grow as people. Sure, downtime is important – but with so much fun stuff at camp, who has time for that?
- Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder
As much as you love your kids, you need some time apart. That goes for them too! If you spend all summer around your children, odds are someone’s going to need a break sooner rather than later. Summer camp keeps them occupied and busy, while you can focus on other things (including getting in some much-needed ‘me time’). You may miss them, but the reunion will be all the better; they’ll be able to tell you stories of their time at camp, and share their experiences.
- Learn Something New
Summer camp is all about fun and learning, so encourage your child to try something different. Does camp feature a special course on the world of Harry Potter? Has your little one always wanted to learn photography? Is archery something they’ve dreamt of doing? Now’s the time for them to explore their options and discover what they do and don’t like doing. Have them try out a wide range of activities at summer camp; you may be surprised by the ones that end up sticking.
- Live and Unplugged
It’s virtually impossible to get away from technology these days; it’s simply a part of life now. Summer camp allows kids to unplug for a while and disconnect from all the social media and online chaos that’s stressing them out. Most camps encourage kids to put down their devices and interact face-to-face; the best ones keep them so busy they won’t have time to check Snapchat!
If you’re interested in your child making the most of their summer, contact us at Colorado Academy Summer Programs for more information