The benefits of children attending a summer camp

Jul 2013
The benefits of children attending a summer camp
Engaging with children from different areas and backgrounds is a great way to build social skills

As the summer holidays approach, you may be considering enrolling your children in summer camps. As relatively recent phenomena in the UK, you may be uncertain as to the possible benefits for your child, but there are many:

Physical activity
Much of a child's time at school is spent sat behind a desk so spending the day running around, swimming, hiking, or playing sport gives children a great chance to move.

Building confidence
Children will grow in confidence and develop their self-esteem as they tackle new activities or skills they hadn't before had the opportunity to develop.

Step away from technology
As fantastic as it is to live in a world filled with TVs, mobile phones, portable DVD players and ipods, it is always great to encourage children to get outside for a good old-fashioned kick about and run around!

Develop independence
Sometimes giving children the freedom to make decisions and plan their own time is a fantastic way for them to gain independence.

Learn social skills
Engaging with children from different schools, different areas and ultimately different backgrounds, is a great way to build social skills and to make new friends. Often the games and activities at camps reinforce the importance of being able to work as part of a team and will encourage children to form bonds and take on different roles.

Develop talents
At some camps children may be given the opportunity to take part in activities they have not encountered before. Learning archery, painting or lacrosse may help children discover talents and interests they didn't know they had.

Why not have a look at what is on in your area and see if there are any summer activities your child likes the look of. You may be surprised at the diverse range of activities on offer.