Why Camp is Great for Kids

Sure, school’s out for winter break and you could let your kids commune with their gadgets. But research shows so many great benefits from sending them to camp  – even for just a day.

According to the American Camp Association (ACA), Lilly Endowment Inc. recently funded the biggest study of campers ever in the United states, questioning 5,000 families involved in 92 randomly selected camps.  Here’s what they said:

Campers Say

•    Camp helped me make new friends. (96%)
•    Camp helped me to get to know kids who are different from me. (93%)
•    The people at camp helped me feel good about myself. (92%)
•    At camp, I did things I was afraid to do at first. (74%)

Parents Say

•    My child gained self-confidence at camp. (70%)
•    My child continues to participate in some of the new activities he or she learned at camp. (63%)
•    My child remains in contact with friends made at camp. (69%)

Parents and campers reported big growth in areas such as self-confidence, independence, making friends, exploring and learning new activities — all growing experiences that can benefit them through adulthood. Sign us up!

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