Benefits of Summer Camp for Kids

"The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school."
Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist and founder of Active Parenting

Summer camps are more than an activity for kids to do while their parents are at work. Camps are a great way for kids to learn and develop skills, which help them become more resilient, confident and independent. A couple of great articles by Psychology Today and the American Camp Association mention the many benefits that student gain from attending camps.

“Parents want the best opportunities for their children. They want them to have whatever it takes to be happy and successful - good health, ability to get along with others, thinking and problem solving skills, a good self-concept. Children need resiliency skills: self-esteem, life skills, self-reliance, and pro-social behaviors. The camp experience offers a nurturing environment away from the distractions and, in some cases, the hostile environment of the city. (Benefits of Camp: Psychological Aspects, American Camp Association, ).

It is easy to see that summer camp, no matter what the activity is a great choice.