There’s no question, going to summer camp is an adventurous, independence-building experience for kids. But the benefits of spending a week or more away from parents and meeting kids from all walks of life extends beyond the fun and friendships.
Studies by the American Camp Association show that summer camps actually help prepare kids for adulthood. Campers are shown to exhibit growth in self-confidence and the ability to learn new activities and make new friends that will serve them well through adulthood.
The benefits of camp are well documented. Children experience significant growth in self-esteem, independence, leadership, friendship skills, adventure-seeking and exploration during summer camp. As well, research reveals that the greatest strengths of the camp experience for children are supportive relationships (specifically quality relationships with adult staff) and skill building opportunities. Check out these articles at the American Camp Association website for more about the benefits of summer camp: