If as a parent, you are sceptical about sending your kids to camp, here are some of the ‘camp experience’ ongoing benefits you might want to consider.
- Ability to enjoy and accept new experiences: Many times, children are ‘helicoptered over’ by anxious parents, worried kids will get hurt or may not like the new experience. At camp, children often end up doing certain things for the very first time. Usually, these experiences are fun and memorable.
- Participating in activities: Can instil the importance of participation rather than winning or losing. Taking part in activities matters and it is only then a child will realise his potential.
- Facing personal challenges: More often than not, the child may face personal challenges. However, with their newfound independence in the camp and their ability to reason out, children can find amicable solutions to these challenges. This makes them feel good and boosts their self-confidence.
- Learning active lifestyle is fun: Today, children are glued to smartphones, handheld devices, computers and TV. They hardly venture out and have forgotten the joys of running and playing. This lifestyle is unhealthy and can result in child obesity. Camps make physical fitness a priority, but in a fun way. Therefore, kids learn to be active without feeling the pressure and in the bargain enjoy their new active lifestyle.
- Learning new skills: Camps help children learn the importance of team building without them being aware. They also learn leadership skills as each child is made to lead teams and work with team members. These valuable skills will help your child succeed, not just in school, but also in adult life.
- Doing chores/duties: This benefit would make a lot of parents happy. In camp, children have to help with duties as a part of community living. Therefore, it is normal to see them sweeping, tidying cabins, helping during mealtimes and washing up after each meal.