The Nitty Gritty of Summer Camps

The Nitty Gritty of Summer CampsMost camps start in the summer, as soon as schools are over for the year. This is the best time for families to send children to a camp. Summer is also an ideal time to camp, because the weather is warmer. This is especially important if the child is camping in a tent. The temperatures cool off in the evenings and make sleeping more comfortable. Cabins are also available at most camp sites. The benefit of cabins is that they have air conditioners. This helps children who have allergies rest easier.


The ages that a child is ready for a camp experience varies from child to child. Some children are fine with going away to camp at elementary age. Other children prefer to go to camp when they are a little older. Each child is different and their personalities must be considered before signing them up for camp. Parents may want to "test the waters" by having their child spend several nights away from home to see if the child can withstand a week away at a camp.

The cost of camps vary. Specialty camps, such as a sports camp, may cost more than a girl scout or boy scout camp. The reason is that a sports camp often will recruit a specialist or a former star player to help teach at the camp. Often this leader is the reason student athletes want to come to a particular camp. A higher camp fee is required in order to cover the cost of bringing a specialist in to teach the campers.

The benefits children gain from going to camp are numerous. Camping helps younger children become self sufficient. For old campers, the experience helps them transition into a college atmosphere. Campers learn to successfully fend for themselves without family being present. This helps them when their family drops them off at college. Through camping, they have learned how to be resourceful and are experienced at meeting new friends.

Camping also helps children build confidence and learn how to be a leader. Many campers return to their favorite camp when they are older to work as a camp counselor. Often this leadership experience leads to a career in education, social work, counseling or child care.

Camping has many positive benefits for children. Camping helps students learn new skills and meet new friends. Camping is a positive experience that helps children learn and develop. Camping experiences can have long lasting benefits for children. It can even help them find a career path. Sign a child up for camp today and watch them blossom and grow!