Summer camp is often a place to send elementary-age kids so they aren’t sitting around the house bored and make new friends and learn new things while having fun. As kids grow out of their ‘little kid years’, we sometimes forget they still need those kinds of experiences they had when they were younger, just in a different form. Maybe you don’t think your teen needs summer camp. Your teen should be babysitting, mowing lawns, working at the pool, hanging around with friends, right? Well, sure! But why not send your teen off for a week or more of summer fun and learning this year for a break? Here are some great benefits of teens attending summer camp.
Day camps come in all shapes and sizes, appealing to a range of interests and ages. Here’s how to find a camp that invests in your youngster by creating an unforgettable experience where they’ll meet new friends, gain self-confidence, and learn new skills - all while giving you peace of mind.
Sleep-away camp was just what Ally needed in order to gain independence and confidence, marvels her mom, Sharon. “She found a whole new group of girls, and had a ball. She’s had a hard time with girls beginning in Grade 4,” says Sharon, “so it was great for her to bond with girls in a different setting.” Starting at age nine, Ally went away to camp for a week. The following summer, she begged to go back for four weeks. Her parents were delighted.
Summer camp is a safe, supportive, and positive place for children and youth to build their self-esteem, confidence, and skills all while having fun in an intimidation-free environment. Getting to that point, though, can be a challenge for even the most seasoned summer camp parents.
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