8 Reasons Your Child Should Attend Summer Camp
Soon the heat will crank up and your children will be out of school and home to keep you busy. Summer gives parents the chance to spend more time with their children or take long family vacations. However, a break is often much needed and well-deserved for hardworking parents. Sending your child to a summer camp is the perfect place for them to have some safe, summer fun.
The following are reasons why you should consider sending your child to a summer camp:
1. Opportunity to try new things
Summer camp is full of new experiences for your child to try. Has your child ever wanted to take up archery for the day? What about learn a new art skill? Many summer camps offer activities that your child wouldn’t normally get to try, so encourage them to take full advantage.
2. Gaining confidence and self-esteem
When your child is at camp, they are encouraged to try new things, meet new people and overcome new challenges in a setting that is fun and supportive. Camp teaches kids that they are capable of making their own decisions (like what to buy during snack time or which activity to sign up for) and allows them to grow into a confident, well-rounded kiddo!
3. Becoming more independent
Being away from Mom or Dad can be a big jump for most kids, but they’ll come back feeling like they can take on the world. Like the point above, many camps give kids a plethora of options and decisions to make. Additionally, some sleepaway camps require kids to perform cabin chores.
4. Improving interpersonal and social skills
Your child probably has a core group of friends at school or at home, but summer camp is the chance to meet new kids from around your area, or sometimes from around the country. Putting your child in an environment with new people is a great way to teach them how to make friends in different situations.
5. Learning through success and failure
Whether they just conquered their fear of the ropes course or are struggling to keep up in swim lessons, camp is guaranteed to challenge your child in new ways. Sometimes they will come home with great accomplishments to share, and other days they might feel let down, but simply learning from each experience is one of the best lessons camp can teach!
6. Physical activity and increased strength
Most camps are filled with athletic-driven events like relay races, capture the flag, football, swimming, dodgeball or hide-and-seek. Don’t be surprised if your child will come home extra smelly and sweaty most days. All this activity is a great way to promote child development, coordination, strength and overall healthy habits in your child.
7. Leadership and personal growth
Camp is one of the best places for your child to learn leadership, conflict resolution, independence and respect for others. Throughout camp, there will be several opportunities for your child to be a team captain, get the lead in a performance or help a fellow camper.
8. Develop skills for school, work and life
From time management to problem solving, the lessons learned at camp will last far beyond the end of summer. When a child returns to school after attending summer camp, you’ll easily notice all the new skills they learned translate into academics.
Most importantly, camp gives children the opportunity to have FUN! Sign your kid up now for a summer they’ll never forget.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new COVID-19 guidelines for summer camps say fully vaccinated staff and campers don’t need masks. "Although fully vaccinated persons do not need to wear masks, camps can be supportive of staff or campers who choose to continue to wear a mask," the new guidelines said. Still, the CDC says kids can get sick and spread it to others, so it is good to take precautions, and it’s important to get vaccinated. Keep in mind, some camps may have specific rules and guidelines. Check with your child's camp to see if things like wearing a mask or having the vaccine are required.
Did you know Ochsner Fitness Center provides several summer camp options? Check them out at https://digital.ochsner.org/summercamps/.