If you’re a parent who went to camp as a child, you’ve experienced the benefits of camp first-hand. From the social aspects to learning valuable life skills, camp is a great way to get your daughter off the couch, interacting with new people, and more confident by the day.
By setting goals such as swimming or running certain distances, campers are encouraged to meet or exceed their goals, which in return helps boosts their self-confidence and self esteem. Doing this gives your daughter a “can do” attitude, and encourages her to be an achiever. The feeling of accomplishment your child gets from accomplishing her goals can translate into stronger confidence when it comes to accomplishing goals outside of camp.
With campers coming from all over Ontario, your daughter has a chance to forge relationships with other campers from various communities, and create lasting memories. The routine of being around the same group every day can help shy campers make friends and become more outgoing. When surrounded by a new group of friends, campers will often step out of their comfort zone, and try new activities they normally wouldn’t participate in. Often times, campers return year after year to be reunited with their friends again, and keep in touch once camp concludes for the summer.
As smart phones are progressively making it easier to stay in touch, sending your daughter to camp is a great way to get them to disconnect from the world of Facebook and Snapchat. Being surrounded by nature and living in cabins with no electricity can remind campers how important it is to appreciate the simple things in life.
Going to camp can also help your daughter feel more responsible and independent. Keeping a clean cabin and sorting dirty laundry are two responsibilities that campers must partake in while at camp. When assigned these tasks, campers learn to cooperate together as a team. Campers are able to make their own decisions with the guidance of their counselors and trainers, such as activities they wish to participate in, without the pressures of parents or teachers.
During the school year, your daughter gets used to the structure of going to school, followed by extra curricular activities. By going to camp, the change in pace provides a break from familiar routines, and allows your daughter to have fun with new activities, experiences and people.
Summer camp also provides the opportunity for your daughter to discover elements of her true personality. While at school, she may feel pressured to fit in a specific social circle. Upon arrival at camp, the new scenery and people establish a new environment with endless possibilities. Counselors are there to encourage camper bonding and that all campers are being treated with respect.
Camp is a great way for your daughter to learn valuable life skills, make new friends, become more independent and physically active. Give your daughter the opportunity to have an experience she’ll remember for the rest of her life. The days fly by with sports, activities, and camper bonding time. Counselors provide leadership and mentorship to their campers. Most of all, campers are given the opportunity to enjoy themselves, have fun with new and old friends, while making memories that last a lifetime.
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