Updated: Jun 3, 2020
Kids need Summer Camp, and Parents do too. Now more than ever...
Kids Need Summer Camp
If you are considering summer camp for your child, you may be wondering if it is the right fit for your child's personality. Perhaps your child has never spent much time away from you besides going to school, or maybe your child has special interests, and you are worried they will feel out of place at camp.
Although each child is a unique individual, we believe summer camp is beneficial for all kids. No matter what your child's interests are, camp helps children develop important social, emotional and cognitive skills. Best of all, children create memories that last a lifetime at camp.
What Is It Like to Go to GRIT Summer Camp?
As adults, many people look back fondly on the days of summer camp. They remember the thrill of adventure with friends for the first time, or the carefree afternoons playing with their friends under the summer sun. Camp became not just a way to pass summer break, but a vital part of who they are. At camp, children grow, explore and learn about themselves and the people and world around them, and they have fun throughout the entire process.
At GRIT we believe in combining the fun of summer day camp while also providing stimulating academic programs from our partner JEI Learning to make sure that they don’t fall behind. Kids love our movement-based programs, games and activities that help them improve their balance and gross motor skills. With COVID, we have re-imagined our camp programs this summer to use our facility as a base camp with daily outdoor adventures using local parks and outdoor sports fields for our activities.
Here is our GRIT List of why Summer Camp is important to your child.
1. Develops Lifelong Skills
During summer camp, children participate in a variety of group activities. This helps them learn how to work on a team, communicate with other children and solve problems on their own.
Of course, children learn social skills in school as well. However, camp brings children together in an environment that encourages a greater sense of community and appreciation for individual differences, whereas school focuses mainly on academic achievement.
2. Promotes Independence
At camp, a child experiences time away from a parent. This independent time is important in helping children develop a sense of identity. Kids learn to become more self-reliant as they explore their interests and discover their strengths and weaknesses. They learn to trust their inner voice instead of depending on a parent or teacher to tell them what to do. Independence is vital to becoming a self-sufficient adult.
Raising an independent child means teaching responsibility, encouraging exploration and providing a safe environment for a child to make decisions independently. Summer camp nurtures all three of these elements.
3. Makes Time for Play
During the school year, children are used to the routine of making it to school on time, doing homework and then going to bed. Some may engage in extracurricular activities. Although still structured, GRIT summer camp is more relaxed than the school routine and provides time and freedom for spontaneous play.
Free play is important to a child's development because they learn to develop creative thinking skills and explore their imagination through play. Playtime creates a safe place for children to express their thoughts and emotions, creating stronger and happier kids. They also learn to interact with the world around them, resolve conflicts, build negotiating skills and relieve stress. There are countless benefits to unstructured play, and it's a fun way to make new friends.
4. Teaches Teamwork
No matter what your child's interests are, whether it be sports or arts and crafts, a summer camp program will engage them in activities that require teamwork. Knowing how to work in a team is a useful skill for life. Teamwork matters because it helps develop communication skills, emotional intelligence and leadership skills.
An understanding of teamwork helps a child realize working with others is sometimes the most efficient way to get things done. They will value teamwork as a solution, rather than think they need to handle tasks on their own. As a result, children will grow up with an eagerness to be active members of their community.
5. Teaches Resiliency
Resiliency is an essential life skill because to be resilient means to get up and push forward after an inevitable setback.
Camp provides the opportunity for children to face many challenges and to practice overcoming challenges. For example, they might not win their first soccer game, but they will learn practice will make them a better player. Or, they might not be able to reach the top of the an obstacle right away, but they will learn not to give up and to keep trying. Once they make it to the top, they will feel stronger and more resilient than they did before.
Camp teaches the value of effort and helps kids believe in themselves as they overcome challenges with determination,