Summer Camp

86489804-campers280The 4-H camp, sports camp and music camp brochures are arriving and the kids are begging for a summer adventure. But other than fun, is there any value to camp?

According to the American Camping Association, more than 8 million kids attend summer camp every year. So obviously camps are an attractive summer activity for many families.

We’ll take a look at some research on whether camp experiences can contribute to the healthy development of young people.

During May, we will examine the research and discuss how to help children choose an appropriate camp. Join us!

Lori Korthals, M.S.

Mother of three. Lover of all things child development related. Fascinated by temperament and brain development. Professional background with families, child care providers, teachers and community service entities.

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3 thoughts on “Summer Camp

  1. I remember fondly of my summers at Girl Scout camp – singing around the fire, sailing, swimming, sleeping in a tent with Daddy Long Legs. I also remember my young son’s apprehension when he was readying for Boy Scout camp. After his first experience, he was hooked! He ended up being a counselor for several summers and sought other outdoor experiences like trail blazing in AZ and music camp in KS. Summer camp can offer very valuable experiences.

  2. My guess is that your fond memories of Girl Scout camp influenced your decision to send your son to Boy Scout camp. Many children have a similar experience of apprehension followed by excitement.

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