7 Reasons To Consider A Longer Camp Experience

By: Mollie Shauger | Thursday, July 18, 2019 | Summer Camp

Campers laugh while playing a soccer game.

Whether your child has been at summer camp for a short time or for several weeks, they are likely adjusting to a new routine, learning other campers’ names and making friends, and becoming immersed in the camp culture.

There’s still more summer to come and if you’re rethinking the length of their camp experience, here are some reasons to consider extending it:

1. More bonding time

Camp is like a community of people with common interests and goals. It fosters a sense of belonging, and the longer a child stays at camp, the more they will be able to feel this. 

2. More learning opportunities

During summer, children tend to lose the knowledge and skills they gained in school when they’re not being reinforced on a regular basis. The more kids are exercising their minds, the better they will be prepared for the new school year.

3. Further skill development

Children will learn a variety of skills over the course of camp. If they’ve picked up a new interest they want to further explore, then it may be time to look into a specialty camp.

4. More confidence

Campers are challenged to step outside of their comfort zone and try new things almost every day. The more time they have to challenge themselves, the more confident they will become in their abilities.

5. More independence

Campers grow in so many different ways at camp. Being away from home allows children the room to make their own decisions, learn to care for themselves, and figure things out on their own, with the support of camp staff. 

6. Time to make their mark

The more time children can spend at camp, the more they can truly experience the culture and traditions of camp. Some camps hold big events at the end of summer, such as a talent show. Closing events like these give all campers a chance to participate and allow families to partake. A full camp experience can help families decide on next summer’s plans as well. 

7. Lasting friendships 

Friendships are naturally formed at camp when kids see each other every day, sleep in the cabins together, and learn to work as a team. They can not only gain friends for the summer but also for life. 

For more information or to register for summer camps, visit metroymcas.org. Because the Y is for all, financial assistance is available to qualifying families and individuals who wish to participate in camp.


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