Now a days, summer camps are being a part of our kid’s summer vacations. Earlier, summer holidays simply meant finishing homework and a visit to the grandparent’s home or native place. However, few parents are still concerned about how to spend their child’s free time in summer holidays. Some of them think that it’s time for children to play, have fun and do nothing by simply taking rest at home. But, sending your child to the summer camp has a lots of benefits than just sitting at home and doing nothing.
Although every camp is different and offers different activities, there are common benefits of these summer camps.
- Physically active
In summer breaks, children don’t get enough physical activity. Summer camps help them going both mentally and physically. Summer camps provide plenty of outdoor activities like swimming, jumping, hiking, climbing, running. They have physical activities in the form of games, which allows kids to adopt healthy lifestyle without even realizing it. Physical activity is also very important for maintaining a healthy weight and it helps manage stress and boosts confidence.
If you enroll your child for night stay camp, they learn to live independently on their own. It gives them time away from you. And they do things like brushing teeth, going to bed, etc. themselves without mom or dad’s help. This develops sense of identity and they become self-sufficient and self-reliant. Summer camp is the perfect place for kids to practice decision making for themselves and develop who they are.
- Develop skills
Summer camps help your child develop social skills like communication, solving problems, decision making, etc. Your child may have interest in anything other than the core school subjects or sports, but they are already occupied in school homework and other commitments. Camp is the place where there is no distraction and your child can concentrate on his/her skill to develop further.
- Making new friends
In summer camps, children get an opportunity to meet new students and make a friendship. Kids get to interact with like-minded peers. In the school they have structured schedule, so they can’t get enough time to build friendship. Camp provides the perfect environment for children to build genuine friendship.
- Time for free play
Kids don’t get enough of unstructured play time because of school schedule and regular classes. Summer camps provide free time for unstructured play. They give children much needed free time just to play.
- Connects to the nature
Nature stimulates all the senses of kids. Summer camps provide plenty of outdoor time. When kids are outdoor, they get to touch, smell, hear and see the nature. Time spent outdoor encourages physical, mental and emotional health. It also keeps them away from technology and they get a chance to reconnect to the nature.
Kids get a chance to try new things in summer camp and there is no one to judge them. They can express their creativity. Summer camps have activities like art and craft, filming a movie, photography portfolio which leads to creativity.
- Mental Stimulation
In summer vacations children tend to have brain drain, learning loss because they don’t have enough study or they don’t do brain related work. Summer camps like STEM, robotics and coding help them going both physically and mentally. These camps keep children intellectually engaged. Instead of just sitting at home and playing video games, they can learn to develop those games.
- Fun and entertaining
Finally, for those parents who think that summer vacations are meant to have fun and entertainment, of course summer camps provide that too. With all the benefits mentioned above if your kid is going to have fun as well, then why not to take advantage of it.
Unplug your kids from technology, let them take a break from TV, cellphones, the internet and discover their creative powers. Let your kids get connected to the real people, real emotions, and real activities. Whether it’s a day camp or overnight camp kids get an opportunity to be active in creative ways. Summer camp is beneficial for all kids, even though every child is unique. No doubt, your child make a lifetime memory at summer camp with new friends.
I hope that you now have more reasons to send your kids to summer camps, than just to have some peace & quiet at home for a while. Do share your ideas for the summers in the comments below.