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Summer is almost here. As there are many benefits of summer camp, parents want to take advantage of it and send their children to summer camp instead of just sitting at home and doing nothing. Children get an opportunity to learn something new, spend time outside, meet new friends and most importantly have fun in summer camps. Now a days, with so many various types of camps, it may be difficult to choose the best one for your child. Let’s see various types of summer camps along with how it is suitable for your child.  

Sports camp: 

Summer is a great time to try a variety of sports for younger children. They can explore what makes them engaging and interesting. Accordingly they can select a particular sports from so many and make a commitment to it. Sports make children healthy not just physically but mentally as well. Children who are involved in sports are psychologically resilient. It helps them to be patient and builds self-confident. It also helps children learn sportsmanship and teamwork. 

Sports camps include sports like:

  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Skating
  • Swimming
  • Horse riding
  • Tennis

If your child is interested in sports or want to specialize in a particular area, sport camp is a great idea. There is a summer camp for almost every sport, no matter what type of sport your child is into. 

Educational camp:

There is broad variety of educational camps from history to STEM. If your child loves reading or acquiring knowledge, then educational camp is the best option for him/her. Children can extend their learning during summer vacations by participating in such educational camps. They can pursue their passion in a particular subject. 

Some children spend too much time playing video games. Educational camp like coding gives them the best of both the worlds and encourage them to learn coding while developing those games. 

Educational camps include:

  • Robotics
  • Coding
  • STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Programming

Arts camp:

If your child has hobbies like singing or dancing, he or she can be expert in that particular field with the right training. An art is a form of self-expression through which children can express themselves. Art camp rewires the brain to think more critically and applies the motor skills learned through art and music.  It develops child’s artistic talent. If your child is an aspiring artist, send him or her to a fine or performing arts camp. There are performing arts camps where kids learn acting, dance or music skills and put on play or show at the end of the camp for parents. Fine art camps like drawing, painting helps children learn to improve their skills and work on projects which they can take home later. 

Art camps include:

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Performing arts
  • Photography
  • Film making
  • Pottery 
  • Animation

Overnight camp:

Kids who are mature enough enjoy overnight camps. It promotes independence and co-operation. Overnight camps are general and offers a range of different activities. Overnight camp is like a home away from home. Every child must have a great experience of overnight camp in a life. In overnight camps, child sleeps in a dorm or a cabin with other campers. Kids get a chance to meet new people and make new friends, who become lifelong friends later. Kids learn valuable life skills like socialization, independence, team work and confidence. It also help them learn decision making, character building, social and emotional skills. Overnight camp gives lifetime experience which your child will never forget.  

Day camp:

Day camps offer a wide variety of activities and experiences to help children grow during summer vacations. In day camps, your child goes away for the day and comes back home for the night to sleep. This is best option for the parents who are not comfortable sending their child away from home at night. Typically, a day camp runs for 7-8 hours a day. It has range of activities to keep the children busy. The activities at day camps include 

  • Outdoor hikes
  • Horse riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Art & crafts
  • Sports

No matter what type of summer camp your child chooses, it’s beneficial to expose him or her to new things and nurture the talent he or she has. Just make sure to read camp reviews online or contact camp staff for your queries before registering. Also discuss camps and activities with your child to know the interests he/she has. So, take your pick and happy summer. 

About Rekha Menon

Rekha Menon is a primary teacher by profession, now engaged in various hobby & craft classes for kids, and occasionally writes about topics which interest her. With two teenage kids, she is usually grappling with issues that most parents deal with, and shares her views to stimulate discussion on these.

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  1. Aarush Rastogi 6 months ago

    Many online summer camps are coming up this season. How genuine they are? Does it make sense to register for them when yourself can find everything online?

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