Most kids want the same thing: fresh games to play, new playmates, and the occasional freedom to venture beyond the familiar boundaries of their home. These are the exact things that camps offer. Giving your child the opportunity of spending time at a camp is a great way of improving his development. However, in order for you to get the right results, you will need to be careful about your decision.
Different camps have different missions. Some are dedicated to sports while others are aimed at academics. You will need to identify what your ultimate aim is. Try and avoid camps that might have philosophies or missions that you are not comfortable with. It is also not a good idea to choose a camp with activities that your child is likely to hate. Sending your kid to such camps will not be a pleasurable experience for them. If your kid hates soccer, his view is unlikely to change after two weeks of being asked to kick a ball.
References and reviews are a good way of finding desirable camps. You can ask your friends or family members to recommend a camp that their kids visit. Be sure to read the reviews of former campers before making a decision. Avoid camps that appear to be constantly losing counselors or campers. When people start to avoid particular camps, it is not because the program is amazing.
If there is any downside to visiting summer camps, it is that children sometimes become homesick during their period in camp. This is to be expected and completely healthy. Fortunately, most children quickly get over their discomfort and settle into enjoying the experience of the camp.
The adjustment process is made even easier when there are qualified members of staff that can help the new campers adapt to the camp. You can also help your children adjust better by stressing the positive sides of camping before they get there. Children who already have some idea of what to expect will be less likely to go through emotional withdrawals.
It goes without saying that camps must have well trained counselors on their staff. They should be able to handle the needs of the campers and be fully trained in basic first aid and CPR procedures. Camps are also expected to have a healthy ratio of counselors to students.
An easy way of ensuring that the camp you choose meets these requirements is to look for camps that have been accredited by recognized agencies such as the ACA (American Camp Association). Camps that are members of such associations are trained in vital aspects such as camp operations and practices. They are also expected to meet certain standards in their health, policies and procedures.
Camp was once all about finding a spot in the country for children to stay for a few weeks away from the hot, congested city life. The idea grew, and the practice became a matter of young future leaders learning to bond outside their usual life spent in the suburbs or urban areas.
School-age children and teenagers love summertime, because it means they are free from school and extracurricular activities, and have lots of free time to do things they can't during other times of the year, like staying out late and going to the beach.
Young people love going to camp because it's fun and often results in friendships lasting a lifetime. There's something that is even more important and this is the knowledge that they can gain.
Most kids want the same thing: fresh games to play, new playmates, and the occasional freedom to venture beyond the familiar boundaries of their home. These are the exact things that camps offer.