Why Send a Kid to Summer Camp?

By Lonnie Lorenz

This question wouldn't even occur to most people who went to Children's Camps as a kid ~ most of them can tell you long cherished stories they still remember in detail. The memories of summer camp are reminders of experiences with a lifetime's worth of value.

Values is what camp is all about. Giving kids the chance to spread their wings with out parent intervention. Oh sure they have supervision but its more like a big brother or sister rather than your parents. Camp is so much more than childcare. It's a place and time for kids to gain independence, enhance their skills, make new friends and above all have fun.

Daily fun is what children see but as parents we see opportunities for continuous nonstop personal growth opportunities. Kids don't know about the second and more positive part of camp, they only see camp as friends and fun but it is so much more. But, summer camp offers much more to a child's life.

Today with child obesity hitting all time highs it is good to know that physical exercise is a part of everyday life at summer camp. Camp also exercises the camper's intellect and imagination as well. Summer camp offers a wonderful template for kids to learn the skills of social interaction in a more creative way. Guided by capable adult friends and role models called counselors, campers get an independent chance to apply what they have been taught at home in a larger world.

Campers discover their own capacities and grow into them, setting newer and higher standards for their own behavior themselves. The camp context encourages perseverance, listening skills, teamwork, recognizing similarities and appreciating differences. A pattern of self discovery that that is uniquely nurtured and developed at camp becomes a lifelong habit.

Jeff and Lonnie Lorenz, directors of Wisconsin's Swift Nature Camp for over a decade, see summer camp as a fresh opportunity for self perception: "Summer camp is an opportunity for each child to come to a new place and try new things and make new friends. Everyone starts on equal footing with a chance to just be oneself. Summer camp is a new beginning, and that's a good thing."

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