If you’re a parent who went to camp as a child, you’ve experienced the benefits of summer 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 grow more confident by the day.

1. Set and accomplish goals

By setting goals such as swimming or running certain distances, campers are encouraged to meet or exceed their goals. This 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.

2. Make friends from around the world

With campers coming from all over Ontario, Canada and even the world, your daughter has a chance to forge relationships with other campers from various communities and cultures, 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.

3. Experience an unplugged summer

As smartphones 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 Snapchat and Instagram. 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.

4. Foster responsibility and independence

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.

5. Structure

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 introduces new activities, while still providing her with a structured daily schedule that many girls thrive on.

6. Self-discovery

A sleepaway 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. Counsellors are there to encourage camper bonding and that all campers are being treated with respect.

Summer camp is a great way for your daughter to learn valuable life skills, make new friends, become more independent and stay 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. Counsellors 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.