Importance of Summer Learning
In summer learning children play, learn, design, explore and discover. They can try new things, develop and expand on skills they already have and can grow and gain independence.
It's not just about exploration, discovery and having fun, it's also vital to prevent 'summer learning loss.' Summer learning loss is the phenomenon where young people lose academic skills over the summer.
Summer camp is more than just a fun vacation. Camp presents a tremendous opportunity for your child to widen his or her horizons, make new and lasting friendships, and discover new strengths. The camp experience can be an integral part of your child's development into a healthy, productive adult.
Summer camp not only gets children out of the house and away from television and video games, it places them in a social environment where positive interaction, cooperation and sharing are valued. It is here that children learnimportant social skills that stay with them for a lifetime. Within this community of caring, mature role models, children learn leadership skills, compassion and responsibility through living, working, playing and sharing adventures together.
Certainly camp can help your child improve his or her skills in any number of athletic or arts activities, but camp is really about much more than that. It’s a place where children are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. It’s a place that allows for kids of all abilities to achieve their personal bests. It’s a place where young people are given responsibilities that may not be expected of them elsewhere. The true payoff of camp becomes apparent when your child begins the new school year with higher self-esteem, self confidence, and greater self reliance.
Whether you are considering a day camp or sleep-away camp, the benefits are all there, within reach. The key is in finding the camp that best suits your child.