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7 Reasons to Send Your Child to Summer Camp

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Are you thinking about sending your kids to summer camp this year? I began sending my kids to summer camp each summer around the age of eight or nine. In fact, for a lot of years I insisted they attend summer camp because I knew it was a good experience and my kids tend to be rather introverted. They always have a blast!

In fact, my daughter Sarah loved summer camp so much that when she turned 17 she began working as a camp counselor at camp and has worked summers and off season ever since. She’s had the following jobs:

  • camp counselor
  • craft house instructor
  • kitchen staff
  • assistant kitchen manager
  • horse wrangler {her dream job}

Last year when Hannah and Laura went to summer camp they signed up for horses, kayaking, and crafts. Our family loves the outdoors and I’m always encouraging my girls to be adventurous. You know they were the only girls who signed up for kayaking? I love to take my girls out on the lake in kayaks – it’s just so much fun! They had a great time, even though they were the only girls out on the lake.

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7 Reasons to Send Your Kids to Summer Camp

The camp I send my kids to is a Christian church camp and I am so thankful for the Biblical instruction and leadership there. There are some other really great benefits to sending your kids to camp that will have lifelong positive effects on them. Here are 7 benefits to sending your kids to Summer camp (although there are many more):

1. Unplug. This may not have necessarily been the same benefit when we were younger, but the fact is that kids these days are surrounded by technology day in and day out.  Camp is great because it encourages (and sometimes requires) unplugging from all of that technology.   You can’t learn how to experience camp life, people and activities if you are glued to your phone.

2. Get moving. With all of that technology we were discussing, kids tend to be pretty sedentary these days.  Camp requires that they get up and get moving.  Experiencing the fun activities of camp and getting all of the fresh air that comes with it, is a great experience for kids.  There is no being lazy at camp, it’s hard work and play!

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3.  Team work. At camp, kids get the ability to expand their social circle and because they are surrounded by and essentially living with such a tight knit group of campers and counselors, they learn how to communicate, cooperate and respect others.

4.  New friends. Meeting friends at camp can easily mean making a new lifelong friend.  Camp doesn’t hold the same social pressures as school and kids can feel more confident just being themselves.  This is when they find their true friends.

5.  Learn to be independent. While we as parents love taking care of our children, it is important that they learn to be independent. We aren’t at summer camp… so yeah. 

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6. New skills. There are many skills built during camp.  From survival skills to social skills to arts and crafts, kids learn a lot while at camp.  All of these skills translate to useful skills throughout life.

7. Explore in nature. Many kids, especially if they live in the city, do not really get to experience nature.  Summer camp is a fantastic way to get out and explore and learn about nature and all that it has to offer.  

Did you go to summer camp as a child? Are you sending your kids to summer camp this year? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. If you are sending your child to summer camp, be sure to check out my Summer Camp Ideas and Printables.

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7 Comments

  1. I agree with you when you say that summer camp is a good way for kids to unplug from technology. My children are always asking me to play with my iPad and are watching TV. We have had to set rules on when they are allowed to watch it. I'll have to talk with my wife about sending them to a summer came next year.
  2. I like how you mentioned that when it comes to kids going to summer camp that one of the benefits of them going is that they will develop independence. It will be great to see them be able to handle something like this and help them become better people when they get home. This is something that I will have to keep in mind when it comes to what my kids will be doing next summer.
  3. My kids have been wanting to go to a summer camp with their friends next year, but I'm not sure what to expect. I like that you mention how kids get the ability to expand their social circle and make friends though. Making friends is important when you are young, so maybe having this opportunity would help them out.
  4. Thanks for sharing your blog about the reasons to send your kids to summer camp. I like that you talked about how children will learn to be independent while at summer camp. As a mom, I want my children to be independent because that's the way they will learn. I also believe that independence will teach my children to appreciate the value of everything they have. I will make sure to think of sending my children to a summer camp.
  5. My niece has been trying to convince her dad to let her go to a summer camp. I think that it is a great idea and something that she should be exposed to as a youth to help her grow. If her father knew that she would be exploring nature in a way she couldn't at home, he would be much more interested in letting her go.
  6. It's great that this article talks about how summer camp gives kids the chance to move around and experience fun activities. Keeping them active would be useful to teach them to enjoy the outdoors and discover fun new activities that they can show their friends when they get back. When choosing a summer camp, it would probably be a good idea to research the different options and learn about what the children learn and do during it so that you can find one that you think your kid will enjoy.
  7. My husband and I are trying to think of ways to make the summer more fun and memorable for our two daughters and I am glad that I found this article because I did not realize that summer camp could be so beneficial for them. You make a great point that it provides a great way to unplug from technology and it would be a great way to give my kids a break from their phones. Also, I think it would be great for them to learn new survival skills like building a fire and other things that could come in handy in the future.

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