Summer Camp Benefits
If you’ve been to camp, you’re not surprised to hear about the benefits of summer camp. Experiencing life at camp yourself as a child, you know the profound positive effects that still matter to you as an adult, and you also know that you want the same thing for your own kids.
But if you didn’t go to camp as a child, you may not realize just how good the experience is for children. You may not know why so many parents are committed to sending their kids to camp. Here is the 'top ten' list of the most important reasons to send your kids to camp.
1 Make New Friends
Camp is the place where kids make their very best friends. Free from the social expectations pressuring them at school, camp encourages kids to relax and make friends easily. All the fun at camp draws everyone together singing, laughing, talking, playing, doing almost everything together. Everyday, camp creates friendships.
2 Reconnect With Nature
Camp is a wonderful antidote to "nature deficit order" to narrow the experience of modern indoor life. Outdoor experience enriches kid's perception of the world and supports healthy child development. iCamp gets kids back outside.
3 Acquire Social Skills
Coming to camp means joining a close-knit community where everyone agrees to cooperate and respect each other. When they live in a cabin with others, kids share chores, resolve disagreements and see the importance of sincere communication. iCamp builds teamwork.
4 Have Free Time for Unstructured Play
Free from the overly-structured, overly-scheduled routines of home and school, life at camp gives children much needed free time to just play. iCamp is a slice of carefree living where kids can relax, laugh, and be silly all day long. At iCamp, we play!
5 Grow More Independent
iCamp is the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move. Managing their daily choices in the safe, caring environment of camp, children welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new directions. iCamp helps kids develop who they are.
6 Develop Life-Long Skills
A camp provides the right instruction, equipment and facilities for kids to enhance their sports abilities, their artistic talents and their adventure skills. The variety of activities offered at camp, makes it easy for kids to discover and develop what they like to do. iCamp expands every child’s abilities.
7 Unplug From Technology
When kids take a break from TV, cell phones and the Internet, they re-discover their creative powers and engage with real people, real activities and real emotions. They realize, there’s always plenty to do. iCamp is real!
8 Gain Resiliency
The kind of encouragement and nurture kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening) things, and see that improvement comes when you give something another try. iCamp helps conquer fears.
9 Experience Success & Become More Confident
iCamp helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school. With its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for young people. There’s accom--plishment every day. iCamp teaches kids a "can-do" attitude.
10 Spend Their Day Being Physically Active
As children spend so much time these days inside and mostly sitting down, camp provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Running, swimming, jumping, hiking, climbing! iCamp is action!