6 Reasons Summer Camp Is an Amazing Experience for Your Kids

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Kids look forward to summer for so many different reasons, but probably one of the best parts of school ending is getting to attend summer camp and spend their days having fun and doing all sorts of outdoor activities.

I mean, where else can they go where the sole purpose of their entire day is to play, run, swim, do crafts, and a bunch of other cool stuff that someone else plans for them? My own son literally counts down the days until camp starts every year -- to the point where he almost drives himself crazy with anticipation when the first day finally arrives.

Even if you don't work and are home with your children all summer, it's still such a great idea to sign them up for camp even a couple days a week so they can have amazing experiences they'll remember for the rest of their lives.

Here are 6 reasons why summer camp is awesome for kids -- not to mention being a positive thing for parents too.

1. It establishes independence -- Sure, going into a new situation where they don't know anyone can be a little bit scary at first, but kids need to learn to be comfortable being away from their parents (aside from going to school during the year). Camp is a great way to give them a nudge to be a little more outgoing.

2. They make new friends -- Most camps have kids attending from a variety of schools, so it's a great place for our children to find new buddies to pal around with who they aren't used to seeing every day. As an added bonus, if your kids attend the same camp year after year like mine does, some of those same kids return. Hanging out with their "summer friends" becomes something they look forward to all year.

3. It wears them out -- Let's go ahead and state the obvious -- kids come home from camp exhausted, which is definitely a good thing, not only because they get their excess energy out, but also because moms and dads are pooped and need a break too. Check out this photo of my little guy from yesterday. He didn't move off that couch for an hour, wound up going to bed early, and slept late this morning. (Score.)

kid worn out from camp

4. They stay in a routine -- Kids thrive on structure, and if their summer days get too unpredictable, going back to school in the fall can prove to be a challenge. Camp keeps them on a schedule so they don't deviate too far from their regular routine.

5. It keeps them active -- As much as we try our best to keep them occupied outside, sometimes the lure of the TV or video games is tough for our children to resist and they convince us to let them be couch potatoes. At least if they are at camp, they're getting plenty of exercise instead of sitting around.

6. It allows them to be kids -- And this is perhaps the single best reason to send your kiddos to camp -- because it's the one time during the year when they can laugh, yell, squeal, and play to their heart's content without anyone giving them grief for it. They are only little for so long, and they deserve to let loose and make memories they'll cherish forever.

Do your kids go to summer camp?

 

Images via Camp Warren/Flickr/Mary Fischer

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Gladi16 Gladi16

This summer was the first time my kids went to camp. They absolutely love it!!! The first time ever that I see my kids coming home exhausted. And the first time wanting to get up early n anxious to go to camp. They do so many activities with them oh and the field trips they go to its well worth paying the extra money for them to enjoy their summer!!

nonmember avatar Creative

I am a summer day camp leader (this will be my second summer at the job) and I love to see articles like this one explaining why day camps are fantastic for kids. Personally, I cannot think of a better job than getting to support kids as they explore new environments, gain exposure to new types of activities, make social connections and of course have tons of fun. I would add to the list that I see kids find a unique outlet in day camp where they can explore new interests freely in an environment where they usually don't know anyone (unlike school where many of the same kids return, year after year, for better or worse). I see the kids grow and develop throughout the week I spend with them and that is very exciting to see.

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