Summer camp provides a preview of school, particularly for the children who have not been enrolled to daycare or school. The change from flexible days at home with a parent/caretaker to the classroom structure and the environment can be challenging for children. Summer camp introduces the child different concepts like following a timetable, learning new group rules, taking up roles and responsibilities for their belongings (backpack and lunchbox), and getting along with the peers in a group.
Builds Confidence & Independence:
Summer camp can be a great “fun” and also practice for children who don’t have a lot of experience being away from home. After all, being dropped off by parents for a day full of fun and friends might seem normal than going to the first day of school. While schools usually tend to have stricter policies about the timings.
Develops New Skills:
Summer Camp is a great way to introduce your child to new activities and new skills. Many day camps include Water play, Mud play, Sensorial activities, Art & Craft, Dance & Music which children love to do. Children will have fun while practising important skills like teamwork, coordination, self-confidence and learning and following new rules. They might even enjoy the new activities enough to continue it beyond the summer camp.
We can say that Summer Camp is also a wonderful opportunity to introduce your child to a new group of friends whom they have never met or seen. Young children sometimes have limited peer group exposure— as their social circle may only include a handful of friends from daycare, school or their neighbourhood. Summer camp at school, allows children to practice making friends and interact with peers from different backgrounds. It also gives the child the freedom to make friends independently, instead of just making friends based on convenience.
Leads to Creativity:
At camp, we get the chance to try new things, which itself is a success.
Creativity cannot be kept back at summer camp because students don’t have to worry about getting any grades, as such. It is only when kids are free from such restrictions their creativity will come out.
Summer Camp is Fun and Entertaining (of Course!)
Summer camp is very exciting and fun filled with many things. If you regularly send your kids to camp, you have new benefits to look out for in your children.
If you are sending your son/daughter to camp to have fun, that is great! But also try and prepare them beforehand to ensure they maximize their ability to attain the benefits.
And last, if you haven’t sent your child to camp, and you’re wondering what summer camp does for children, I hope this helps in your future planning.
Next time? Just think about camp differently.