Would you have guessed this?
Princeton’s Dean of Admissions has recommended that high schoolers return to their summer camps to be senior leaders and counselors (Rapelye, 2012) instead of other academic or resume-building opportunities.
Have you ever spoken with a parent about the Partnership for 21st Century Skills? This organization has published reports that describe the critical skills major American employers desperately want from new graduates entering the workforce. The skills these employers have identified are exactly the skills that are built every year at summer camp: communication, collaboration, creativity, and leadership.
THE BENEFITS OF CAMP (for campers, volunteers)
Good friends who exert positive peer pressure can make all the difference in a kid’s life. Friendships with caring adults and other campers, forged through shared experience and the compressed time at camp, can last a lifetime and provide a connection that helps young people navigate the challenges of life. (www.thepowerofcamp.com
Unplug from everyday business and technology (yes we will take their phone away for 5 days) and take time to think about God. HE LOVES US
Experience nature and exciting activities
Enjoy the beauty of creation and try new activities like zip lines and horseback riding. Each activity is modified so every camper feels like they succeeded and some even conquer fears. All this builds confidence for life’s journey.
Think therapy is helpful? How about 5 days of nonstop socialization with peers and mentors, plenty of exercise, time to share feelings while experiencing unconditional love, acceptance and fun. Music time, craft time, swimming, etc will all be used to build up and encourage your camper!