Summer holidays are here! (or almost here for those giving exams) Children are free from their school-related stress and planning their indoor escapades sitting in front of a computer screen, parents are wondering what they can do to get their kids physically active and socially engaged. One of the best and most common practice is to enroll your child in a summer camp. Many parents may not be too comfortable with the idea of sending their kids out of town for a camp, hence the other solution, day camps – camps that as the name suggests, occur during the day and the children return home just in time for supper. It’s the best of both worlds – the child gets the irreplaceable experience of summer camp while parents retain their piece of mind.
Here are some of the benefits of sending your kids to day camps:
1.Builds leadership skills:
Day camps and summer camps offer many character-building exercises on a daily basis. While the child may not see activities that they do as necessarily promoting leadership abilities, children learn to work with others and assert leadership roles, promoting self – assertiveness and self-confidence.
2. Promotes social interaction:
Children who attend summer camps have the opportunity to form friendships with other children, often that may not attend their school. Because camps attracts children from different cities and states, children learn to interact with people they may not be familiar with, providing them with valuable social skills while broadening their worldview. This will enable your child to be more open-minded and accepting of different types of people, cultures and opinions.
3. Champions Resilience:
Day camps provide children with new challenges and obstacles- all of which the children can overcome with enough hard-work and persistence. Because of the challenges that children are presented with, they develop a resilient nature, fostering their critical thinking skills and motivational drive to solve a problem that has been presented to them.
4. Acquire life-long skills
Children that attend summer camps are able to learn how to live and be self-sufficient. Time away from parents and other family members will assure that children thrive on their own. Some of the skills that they learn include teamwork, compromise, responsibility, respect, integrity and critical thinking.
Children spend most of their time during school the school year indoors. For about six hours a day they are seated at desks and told not to fidget, not to run and stay in line. Children are very energetic and those hours of sitting and complying self- restraint rules penning up their energy, by summer they are more than ready to sprint with the butterflies. Summer camps cater specifically to promoting physical activity in children. Your child can have loads of fun running, hiking, swimming and, you get a peace of mind knowing they’re on their way to a healthy lifestyle.
6. Connection to nature:
Summer camps focus many of the activities in the outdoors. This is specially important for those who live in big cities and don’t have firsthand access to the beautiful view nature provides. Spending time outdoors, regardless of age, had proven to be a great stress buster, improve academic performance and promote sociability.
7. Unplugs technology
Summer camp gives children the opportunity to put down their smartphones and video games and enjoy the world around them. Away from the fantasy and distraction, kids gain practical skills and teaches them to be self- reliant and not become too dependent on technology
Enroll your child now and enjoy the above benefits.
PS: I’m conducting a Summer Dance Workshop. For details, read under ‘What’s grooving- Dance’