Kids need to learn how to be responsible and it’s our jobs as parents, teachers, counselors and family friends to help them learn how. They say that it takes a village to raise a child and it seems that these days that it takes an entire city to raise one and a common vision would be helpful in this monumentally important endeavor. We need to provide kids with the tools they need to think independently and critically so when difficult decisions need to be made in their lives, they choose the right path. There are all kinds of experiences that we can provide our children with that are constructive and healthy ways to help them develop into string, independent people and helping them stretch outside of their comfort zone is a big part of that.Our kids are sponges for information and the more we get them wet, the more they absorb.
Our kids are capable of developing as quickly as we allow them to by providing these valuable experiences because the younger they are, the more quickly they learn. Summer camp for kids is almost a universally positive experience for a kid to have because it puts them into unfamiliar, new territory with kids they have never met before. These kinds of experiences are what help a child grow and work on their ever-so-integral social skills which are often what some of the most successful people in this life excel at. Communicating with our kids so they can feel that this decision is partially theirs is an important part of the camp choosing process, because it makes them feel like their opinion matters and they are in some control of their future. Asking them about how they feel about a day camp or one where they would be away from home for a week or more at an overnight camp, may give you some valuable insight into how secure they are within themselves and certain concepts that you as a parent may need to work on with your kid
Kids feeling empowered to make their own decisions is a significant force and when your child finally feels that they are responsible for their own actions and that where they end up in life is completely up to them, you’d be surprised to see that they start making good decisions. Attending a nature camp could expose them to the outdoors where they learn about having compassion for wildlife and the environment and produce a major change inside of them. A lot of the time we don’t realize that the real enemy that lies within our children and our society is apathy and negativity and we don’t want our children to learn or get into the habit of letting these kinds of forces control their actions. If you as a parent don’t feel like you are in control of where your kid is going in life and don’t particularly care, then how could you expect them to? Now, obviously you are a concerned parent but if you are just concerned and never take any action, you can’t really expect your kid to ever learn to either. Parents are in much more control of their children’s lives than they sometimes think and although everyone’s got to let go at some point and let them live their lives, it doesn’t mean they can’t do a lot to point them in the right direction.
This is where learning environments that summer camps provide really excel. They are overwhelmingly positive places with caring, compassionate and kind counselors and staff that have a real passion for your children and their development. Why else would someone spend their summer getting paid less than they do working a typical day job? They do it because they genuinely care and perhaps, because they like to have fun themselves and who could blame them? We all have to grow up at some point but we also need to learn how to be able to revert to a childhood state so we can be joyful and have fun when life gets hectic and just plain routine and boring. Your child can learn how to have fun in a way that is interactive and helps them get the proper mental, social and physical stimulation they need every day in the same place. Sure, when kids go to school they have their classroom instruction periods and good teachers lead interactive, discussion-based lessons plans and then the kids get to go to recess. But, summer camps it’s all wrapped up into a ball of learning and fun altogether and everything is interactive and hands-on.