Six Benefits of Youth Camps For Your Kids

Written by Chasen Martinsen | 5 Min Read

Introduction

“They say the happiest place on earth is Disneyland. They’re wrong, it’s camp.”

  • Studies show Youth Camps boost children’s overall happiness level & well-being and improve their social skills.
  • Our Camps provide youth the opportunity to make life-long friends, develop critical problem-solving skills, and learn new skills in a safe environment.
  • In this post, we’ll look at six benefits Youth often receive from Youth Camps, and how attending can make a lasting impression on your child.

The Proof is in the Pudding

Many studies have been conducted on this subject, and they all show similar results. Youth Camps improve children’s social skills & overall happiness level. Here is a summary of one such study:

  • Campers were asked 14 social skills related questions after attending a camp.
  • Out of 147 campers, over 95% reported significant improvements to their social skills.
  • Less than 5% reported neutral or no significant change. 

—> Click here to read more about this study & view other similar cases.

The Six Benefits

1. Make life-long friends

Starting with potentially the most valuable benefit of all, camps are a wonderful place to meet friends, and there will be lots of them!

With an emphasis on togetherness and unity, Youth Camps are an invaluable opportunity for youth to break out of their shell and be in a new environment with new people. 

Camp Fire Samish creates a safe-space where youth can learn, grow, and play amongst their peers.

2. Learn from excellent role models

Camp Fire Samish & Camp Kirby take pride in staffing helpful, caring individuals who are passionate about facilitating positive growth.

At Camp Fire, there is an emphasis on helping campers “find their spark,” which means finding what each camper is uniquely passionate about. Our camp facilitators, counselors, and volunteers are all specially trained in identifying that spark and how to facilitate its growth.

—> Click here to meet our excellent Camp Staff!

3. Unplug from technology

Summer camps offer a respite from technology and an opportunity to use nature as a classroom.” – Bobby Bascomb (Host of ‘Living on Earth’ podcast)

Now more than ever, unplugging from technology offers immense value for all us, especially our children. 

Youth Camps offer an escape from television, video games, tablet time, and any other form of digital entertainment, and an opportunity to be immersed in nature, friendship, and learning!

4. Learn new skills

Speaking of learning, while attending Camps at Camp Fire, youth can expect to learn a multitude of fun facts & new skills. Camp activities range from archery, canoeing, camping fundamentals, arts & crafts, all the way down to animal habitats, native plant life, the importance of bugs, and much more!

—> Click here to see what we’ll be learning about this month!

5. Improved self-confidence

Camp is all about having fun, but we also care deeply about helping each camper learn and grow.

Camp Fire Camps teach goal management, leadership skills, and the value of community service. We strive to give youth the tools they need to thrive in an ever-changing world.

6. Appreciation of the natural world

“A great many people, and more all the time, live their entire lives without ever once sleeping out under the stars.” – Alan S. Kesselheim

At Camp Kirby, we value the natural world, teach environmental education, and have a blast while doing it!

—> See what that looks like down below:



Final Takeaways

  • Youth Camps are an excellent place for youth to learn, grow, and play.
  • You can expect your child to come home happy, healthy, and full of new knowledge.
  • If you would like to learn more, visit Campfiresamish.org to learn how your child can get involved. 

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