Welcome to my Summer Camp Series! I will posting all about Summer Camp for the next TWELVE DAYS! You won’t want to miss this series.
So if you are wondering if you should look at summer camp programs for your children this summer this series will give you a lot of information. My children usually attend at least one summer camp of various kinds in our area, and they have a blast.
I am also giving away a free summer camp packing guide below!
When you think of kids being at home for the summer, you might be concerned that they aren’t staying busy or will spend all their time watching TV and playing video games. An excellent alternative is to send them to summer camp. However, it isn’t good for everyone. Here are some pros and cons to consider before you decide if summer camp is the right choice.
Pro: Your child will learn vital life skills
During summer camp, your child will learn a lot of important skills they might not be able to get elsewhere. They will learn how to be more social and get along with others, important leadership and team working skills, and how to work well with others. Your child will also learn some helpful technical skills, such as how to start a fire in the woods, how to identify safe or dangerous plants to eat, and basic survival skills. Depending on the type of camp, they might also learn how to write a short story, climb a large rock, swim, or play a certain sport.
Con: They can be expensive
On the downside, camp can be expensive, depending on which type you go for. In general, the local day camps are free or low-cost, while the sleepaway camps tend to cost more. Consider what is included in the costs, such as food, shelter, activities, craft supplies, and the cost of the staff members and camp counselors. While sleepaway camps cost more, there is also a lot more involved.
Pro: You don’t have to worry about daycare
While it might cost more than you were expecting to send your child to summer camp, it also gives them a place to go when you need to go to work. You won’t have to scramble to find someone to stay home with them if they aren’t only enough to be alone, and you also don’t need to pay for an expensive daycare. Also consider that they are benefiting from camp, while you know they are safe and not home alone where anything could happen without supervision.
Con: Not all children enjoy summer camp
Unfortunately, camp can be a lot of fun, but not all children will enjoy it. Some children prefer to be at home with their parents and in the comfort of their room. Other kids have a hard time socializing or being around other kids their age when they don’t know anyone. Consider your child’s best interests when deciding if camp is the best idea for them.
Pro: It keeps your child active during summer
On the bright side, camp can help keep your child active. A major concern these days is that parents don’t want their child on the Internet or playing video games during their entire summer. If you want them to be more active, summer camp is an excellent way to do that.
Make sure you take the time to think about the advantages and disadvantages when deciding if you should send your children to summer camp.