Spring is here and summer is not far behind. If your student is going to be home for the holidays, you may want to consider summer camp. Aside from learning a new skill or cultivating an existing talent, summer camp offers a wealth of benefits for students of all ages.
Healthy lifestyle Playing games outdoors and exercising makes summer camp a really healthy choice. Balanced meals and the absence of junk food will be great for the health and welfare of your students. It’s also a great place to learn about nutrition and develop healthy eating habits. Peer pressure plays an enormous role in the behavior of students and, when they are exposed to healthy food and exercise in a fun environment with their peers, they are more likely to assimilate these behaviors into their routines.
Environmental conscience Developing a love for natural places and a respect for the ecosystems vital to our own survival is difficult to instill in children who live in the city. Exposure to the great outdoors in a setting that is fun and constructive will help your students to feel a connection with nature. This connection will encourage a more environmentally conscience approach.
Independence It’s really healthy for students (and parents) to form a sense of independence. Students who are independent are aware of their own abilities and confident that they can handle any situation on their own. This is an especially helpful quality for successful college students. Although students may become homesick at first, the support of their peers and the wealth of fun activities will have them enjoying themselves in no time at all. Time away from home also broadens their perspective and helps them to appreciate their home situations. It gives parents time to recharge and prepare for the coming school year.
Social impact Social skills are developed at camp where students must cope with a range of different circumstances and personalities without the parental guidance they are accustomed to. This experience is invaluable in helping them to socialize with peers and form new friendships. Not only do they learn to socialize with students they gravitate towards, but also with those they would not normally be friends with. This is crucial experience that will help them to deal with people in college, at school and in the workplace.
Responsibility Away from home and responsible for their environment, students must take ownership of their space and learn to keep it clean. They are responsible for making their own decisions and maintaining their camp space. Ownership invokes a sense of responsibility and self determination that improves their decision-making abilities. The students learn to take pride in their identity with their fellow campers as a group. They are given responsibilities they would not have elsewhere and must display leadership skills. Summer camp is a great development opportunity for your student. Camps develop social skills and give your child a sense of responsibility and independence.
This post is reprinted from the Tutor Doctor corporate Blog. It was originally posted 4/8/12