When looking at the big picture, families want their children to become happy, balanced, successful, contributing adults. How can families provide the lessons needed for future success? By providing children with the opportunity to learn these life skills now – in an environment created just for them. That’s where camp comes in.
Beyond the campfire and tents, a positive camp experience teaches a child critical life skills – important building blocks for the future. Through camp, children learn how to be independent, self-sufficient, and self-assured. They learn a sense of community – learning how to live with others, overcome adversity, and how to respect and appreciate those that are different from themselves.
Camp provides children an opportunity to learn in an experiential classroom – a powerful learning environment that is a critical part of educating the whole child. In fact, camp is comprised almost entirely of “teachable moments” — moments when children are actively engaged and using creativity and cognitive skills. Because of the “hands on” nature of camp, often those children who may struggle in traditional educational settings excel.
At camp, children gain an appreciation of the environment and a better understanding of the world around them. They grow by learning to take healthy risks, developing authentic relationships with peers and mentors, and learning that “I can” is much more powerful than “I can’t”.
The American Camp Association® (ACA) family resource site, www.CampParents.org, offers families information and guidance as they search for the perfect camp experience. ACA’s Find A Camp search allows families to look for a camp based on region, activity, cultural focus, budget, session length, and much more! In addition, families can follow ACA on Facebook and Twitter for helpful hints and camp information.
The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org.